Children Across Borders Bollywood Nights
Saffron and cinnamon-hued silk tents billowed on the breezy terrace, beckoning Bollywood Nights guests, hosted by Vivek and Sharmila Seth to benefit Children Across Borders.
Actor Ed Marinaro (Hill Street Blues) mingled with 350 black-tie or sari-and-sherwani-wearing guests at the Tampa Museum of Art on Saturday. Bollywood superstar/philanthropist Vivek Oberoi appeared via video to add his voice to the cause..
S3 Caterers of Atlanta served Goan spiced crab and lobster cakes, pulled goat sliders and chilli paneer on edible spoons, with apple mint and curry shooters. Naan bread puffed on a tandoor oven near buffets of chicken tikka masala, kerala fish curry and other Indian specialities.
DJ Firoz of Dudha Productions fused tunes as Bollywood dancers drew attention to the live auction. Two deluxe trips to India sold for $22,500 each. Dinner for 10 cooked by local chefs Chris Ponte, Tyson Grant and Ryan Leto raised $20,000. Such bids will help the Seths fund 11 charities serving underprivileged children in India and the United States.
Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla 100th coronation ball
Legendary kings Tut, Poseidon, Midas, Louis XIV, Arthur and Mufasa danced Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla's 100th rulers, King Philip Carroll and Queen Colleen Pizzo, to the throne in Saturday's musical coronation. Singing and acrobatic sphinxes, sea creatures, pirates and lions from Event Show Productions joined historic queens Cleopatra and Marie Antoinette to entertain 900 guests at the Tampa Convention Center.
Krewe Capt. James Von Thron and Frederic Archerd emceed as Jake and Elwood, "Krewes Blues Brothers," introducing the Jeweled Circle, starting with maids Bryce Holloway Alley, Kelsey Bohannan, Chelsea Cone, Hilary Hunt and Liz Jennewein, escorted by courtiers Jimmy Goodwin, Tom Grandoff, Brock Johnson, Michael Palori and John Silverfield.
Abdicating king David Straz commended pirates Julian Byrd, James Judy and Vance Smith for 50 year memberships, and Queen Elly Carrere sent flowers to 50th anniversary queen Lavinia Witt Touchton.
Then one more king shook up the ceremonial scene: Elvis, swiveling Viva Gasparilla before the court cavorted "Gasparilla Style" to rapper Psy's hit song, Gangnam Style.
WEDU Be More Awards
WEDU board chairman Bronson Thayer and CEO Susan Howarth saluted Downton Abbey, nine nonprofits and four individuals at the eighth annual Be More Awards luncheon Feb. 21. The connection? The British television series energized PBS stations like activists innovate community service.
"Winners walk in, float out," said WFTS-Ch. 28's Lissette Campos, hatted a la the Downton ladies to co-emcee with Jack Harris at A La Carte Event Pavilion. Top prize, Be More Unstoppable, went to the Children's Board Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay, which also won Be More Brilliant. Find Be More Informed, Empowered, Entertaining and other category winners on wedu.org. Next year, look for the Steve Otto Be More Vocal award, named to honor the Tampa Tribune columnist who was quite surprised at the announcement.