St. Joseph's Hospitals' Stepping Out Gala
Oh, What a Night was Saturday night, when the original cast of Jersey Boys packed the dance floor singing at the Midtown Men at St. Joseph's Hospitals Foundation's Stepping Out gala. The elegant dinner and auction topped the charts, just like the Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons hits sung by the band. Gala co-chairs Johnny and Susan Adcock were delighted to honor their friend Lee Kirkman, physician of the year, head of the BayCare and HealthPoint medical groups, "and my mother's doctor," Johnny Adcock said.
Auction trips to Nicaragua, and Israel, arranged by board chairwoman Elaine Shimberg's cousin, helped the $300-ticket gala add $175,000 to the $4 million the annual gala has raised over two decades. Late-night arrivals on $100 tickets joined the 550 guests after dinner at A La Carte Event Pavilion for cheeses and sweets, drinks and dancing.
Frameworks' Head & Heart awards luncheon
Guest speaker Daniel Goleman framed the goal of Frameworks of Tampa Bay when he titled his recent book Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence. His address to 500 luncheon guests correlated emotional development to academic success, smart decisions and healthy relationships. ("Chemistry happens when you pay attention," he said.)
Two honorees "for modeling emotional intelligence" drew cheers March 27 at A La Carte Event Pavilion: Susan Sullivan, principal of Tomlin Middle School, and Jefferson High sophomore Amanda Pastore.
Begun originally as the Ophelia Project, Frameworks helps youth deal with the pressures of growing up. Social and emotional learning can be taught and the earlier the better, said executive director Jessica Muroff, reporting more than $115,000 was raised due to Triad Foundation's donation match.
A chorus of "Buy it, Betty, buy it," followed Betty Castor on her stroll down the Fashionollia runway with other models sporting spring and summer looks from Dillard's. Her good friend, former state Sen. Helen Gordon Davis, shared the spotlight when emcee Dolores McIntosh pointed out she had modeled in the Tampa Woman's Club very first fashion show 66 years ago.
The 300-plus guests shopped jewelry vendors in the lobby Saturday before lunch at Renaissance Hotel International Plaza. Lucky Marie Whelan won a diamond donated by Continental Wholesale Diamond, coincidentally on her anniversary. Proceeds benefit Bridging Freedom to help victims of sex trafficking.
5th annual Wishmakers' Ball
Photo from Leandro Gongora Photography
"Wishmakers of the Year" Manny and Aggie Fernandez account for 65 of the wishes fulfilled by Make-a-Wish Central & Northern Florida for seriously ill children in the past five years. The couple were honored for their philanthropy at the Wishmakers Ball on Saturday as 400 guests helped net $205,000 while dining at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay and dancing to the Shakes Society.