Sunday, June 24, 2018
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Amy Scherzer's Diary: Wine, Women & Shoes; Alzheimer's & the Arts; Trashy Flashy; H.B. Plant Museum cocktail buffet

Trashy Flashy Fashion Show

Yellow Pages folded into evening gowns; old magazines and Target shopping bags were recycled into dresses, skirts and topss at the Trashy Flashy fashion show benefit for Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful. Designer Neva (the Diva) Durham repurposed a 1964 wedding gown, adding rose petals, feathers and pearls. Every creation used at least 75 percent recycled materials. Many designs sprang from the imaginations of Alonso and Riverview High students.

Don Germais emceed the Nov. 15 luncheon at Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore with chairwoman Barbara Heineken who hopes to turn Trashy Flashy into a must-see annual benefit.

Wine, Women & Shoes

Tampa's tweak of the national fundraiser Wine, Women & Shoes racked a win-win-win for Tara Knauss-Wilga and committee, led by co-chairs Cheryl Landon and Maria Alithino, plus all the families getting financial and emotional support from the Children's Cancer Center. Nearly 500 women sipped, shopped and splurged Nov. 21 at the Renaissance Hotel International Plaza, browsing wines, boutiques and buffets as 30 "Sole Men" refilled their glasses and tapped the sexiest-shod to compete for Best in Shoe.

Tate & Tilly, Tresca sandals, High Cotton Living, Schakolad chocolates, Sientra gummy bear silicone breast implants and others set up shop in corridors and courtyard. A lucrative auction preceded a fashion show styled by Urban Body, Penelope T, W by Worth, Navy and others. Michele Heitlinger shrieked hearing her name drawn at the Key to the Closet raffle, winning $15,000 worth of merchandise.

Alzheimer's & the Arts

"Queen of Keys" pianist Lillette Jenkins-Wisner, 89, who was diagnosed with memory loss at the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute, played brilliantly at Alzheimer's & the Arts, demonstrating that "people with Alzheimer's disease can still express themselves artistically," lauded medical director Amanda Smith.

"Alzheimer's affects one in two people over age 85," said Smith, mingling with 80 guests at Saturday's cocktail party. Byrd CEO and researcher David Morgan lent his talents to the celebration of the arts, along with former colleague John O'Leary, USF theater students and USF alums with Shoes at the Door Dance Co. A silent auction including artwork by people living with Alzheimer's helped net $25,000.

H.B. Plant Museum Society Holiday Cocktail Buffet

Wow, how dolls and soldiers, even teddy bears have changed, exclaimed guests at Henry B. Plant Museum Society's holiday cocktail party. They were first to view the "Toys Then & Now" display on the 32nd annual Victorian Christmas Stroll, one of 14 rooms decorated in holiday antiques at the opulent railroad destination, the Tampa Bay Hotel, now the University of Tampa. Randy Stevens got a kick out of seeing his replica of Mr. Plant's train chugging around an evergreen.

Chairwoman Karen Palori upheld buffet traditions Nov. 22, always laden with society members' homemade specialties, such as venison sausage and caviar pie. Salon decorations were Allyn Lane's purview; Julie Lux created the tropical Christmas tree centerpiece. Since 1975, the Museum Society has raised $1 million for the preservation of the collection and educational programs.

Trashy Flashy Fashion Show

Yellow Pages folded into evening gowns; old magazines and Target shopping bags were recycled into dresses, skirts and tops at the Trashy Flashy Fashion Show benefit for Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful. Designer Neva "the Diva" Durham repurposed a 1964 wedding gown, adding rose petals, feathers and pearls. Every creation used at least 75 percent recycled materials. Many designs sprang from the imaginations of Alonso High and Riverview High students.

Don Germais emceed the Nov. 15 luncheon at Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore with chairwoman Barbara Heineken who hopes to turn Trashy Flashy into a must-see annual benefit.

H.B. Plant Museum Society Holiday Cocktail Buffet

Wow, how dolls and soldiers, even teddy bears have changed, exclaimed guests at Henry B. Plant Museum Society's holiday cocktail party. They were first to view the "Toys Then & Now" display on the 32nd annual Victorian Christmas Stroll, one of 14 rooms decorated in holiday antiques at the opulent railroad destination, the Tampa Bay Hotel, now the University of Tampa. Randy Stevens got a kick out of seeing his replica of Mr. Plant's train chugging around an evergreen.

Chairwoman Karen Palori upheld buffet traditions Nov. 22, always laden with society members' homemade specialties, such as venison sausage and caviar pie. Salon decorations were Allyn Lane's purview; Julie Lux created the tropical Christmas tree centerpiece. Since 1975, the Museum Society has raised $1 million for the preservation of the collection and educational programs.

Alzheimer's & the Arts

"Queen of Keys" pianist Lillette Jenkins-Wisner, 89, who was diagnosed with memory loss at the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute, played brilliantly at Alzheimer's & the Arts, demonstrating that "people with Alzheimer's disease can still express themselves artistically," applauded medical director Amanda Smith.

"Alzheimer's affects one in two people over age 85," said Smith, mingling with 80 guests at Saturday's cocktail party. Byrd CEO and researcher Dave Morgan lent his talents to the celebration of the arts, along with former colleague John O'Leary, USF theater students and USF alums with Shoes at the Door Dance Co. A silent auction including artwork by people living with Alzheimer's helped net $25,000.

     
     
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