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Amy Scherzer's Diary

Amy Scherzer's Diary

DeBartolo Family Foundation

Pregnant Lisa DeBartolo and expectant hubby Don Miggs greeted tons of past and present San Francisco 49ers, plus assorted Super Bowl invitees to their Palma Ceia golf course brick mansion Jan. 30. Daddy Eddie DeBartolo's FIVE Vince Lombardi Super Bowl trophies gleamed on carved ice pedestals in the foyer. Impossible to walk by without getting chills.

The guest roster around Chef Rand Packer's poolside buffet included Wade Boggs (catch him big game hunting Monday nights on Direct TV's Pursuit channel) and football greats Freddie Solomon, Roger Craig, Randy Cross, Vernon Davis, Josh Johnson, Troy Smith and Marshawn Lynch. Google away if you don't know who they are.

Some of the same faces partied again Super Bowl afternoon with football legend Jerry Rice at Club 009, a Drew Park hangar transformed with sofas and tables inside; hammocks and cabanas, deck chairs and sand outside. "I'd like to leave the bar right there,'' quipped Candy DeBartolo, pointing to the family's Gulfstream 550's usual parking space.

A cheery Pied Piper of pigskin, Rice strolled, danced, autographed and posed for 600 fans and a handful of Bond Girls. He and analyst Jesse Palmer bantered through a "Chalk Talk" with guests, including Phillippi Sparks (Jordin's dad and former New York Giant). Organizers swear Rice was not paid for his generous three-hour host duty.

DJ Rekka took a break for Miggs' band, who rocked his hit single Perfect. Buffets at the $450-party offered brats, brisket, grouper, lamb chops, paella and more.

Rice shared the spotlight briefly with Nick and Drew Lachey, Jimmie Johnson, and two "siblings" on ABC's hit, Brothers and Sisters: Dave Annable, (he plays Justin Walker) and Matthew Rhys (Kevin Walker). All five guys were surprisingly amenable to smiling for the multitude of cameras.

Town & Gown

Town & Gown President Heidi Land welcomed 99 women, "biggest attendance ever," she said, to the Bring-A-Friend Winter Luncheon to hear Dr. Susan MacManus, oft-quoted University of South Florida government professor.

Still hoarse and frost-bitten from President Obama's inauguration, MacManus fascinated with facts and figures about the 2008 election, particularly "Florida's bellwether role." She chastised pundits for "terrible forecasting, and getting just about everything wrong." The analyst concluded predicting "Florida will be even more important in 2012."

Town & Gown meets three times a year, to "combine our love of education and love of Tampa," said Land, over cinnamon rolls and chicken crepes at the Tampa Yacht Club. The rest of the year, "we spread the news of the green and gold gem."

Land began with a nod to the 1977 founding members, as she is the daughter of one, the late Winkie Howell. She presented Lindsay Robbins and Jan Gruetzmacher a book in memory of their late mother, past president Mary Ellen Germany. Land also recognized the first president, Adajean Samson, and noted Lee Leavengood recently received USF's President's Distinguished Citizen Award.

Smocks & Jocks

The Rev. Jesse Jackson stopped by Smocks and Jocks jazz brunch Saturday for a quick look-see at artwork by retired NFL players up for auction on the StarShip Yacht. He had just come from the Pittsburgh Steelers workout and predicted their sixth Super Bowl win as he glanced at paintings by jocks like former Bucs Jeff Hatch and Steve Christie.

Marian Winters, executive director of VSA Arts of Florida, told him about her USF-based agency sharing proceeds from the $100-event with the Gene Upshaw Player Assistance Trust Fund. Her group promotes creative abilities of people with disabilities, including featured artists Susan Kubes, Bruce Cook, Jack Beverland, Bill Renc and Jane Palmer. Winters was thrilled to be invited to partner with the trust fund again in Miami at Super Bowl 2010.

Smocks & Jocks

The Rev. Jesse Jackson stopped by Smocks & Jocks jazz brunch Saturday for a quick look-see at artwork by retired NFL players that was up for auction on the Yacht StarShip. He had just come from the Pittsburgh Steelers workout and predicted the team's sixth Super Bowl win as he glanced at paintings by jocks like former Bucs Jeff Hatch and Steve Christie.

Marian Winters, executive director of VSA Arts of Florida, told him about her USF-based agency sharing proceeds from the $100-event with the Gene Upshaw Player Assistance Trust Fund.

Her group promotes creative abilities of people with disabilities, including featured artists Susan Kubes, Bruce Cook, Jack Beverland, Bill Renc and Jane Palmer.

Winters was thrilled to be invited to partner with the trust fund again at the Super Bowl in Miami in 2010.

Town & Gown

Town & Gown president Heidi Land welcomed 99 women, the "biggest attendance ever," she said, to the Bring-A-Friend Winter Luncheon to hear Dr. Susan MacManus, oft-quoted University of South Florida government professor.

Still hoarse and frostbitten from President Obama's inauguration, MacManus fascinated with facts about the 2008 election, particularly "Florida's bellwether role." She chastised pundits for "terrible forecasting, and getting just about everything wrong." The analyst concluded predicting "Florida will be even more important in 2012."

Town & Gown meets three times a year, to "combine our love of education and love of Tampa," said Land, over cinnamon rolls and chicken crepes at the Tampa Yacht Club. The rest of the year, "we spread the news of the green and gold gem."

Land began with a nod to the 1977 founding members. She is the daughter of one, the late Winkie Howell. She presented Lindsay Robbins and Jan Gruetzmacher a book in memory of their late mother, past president Mary Ellen Germany.

Land also recognized the first president, Adajean Samson, and noted Lee Leavengood recently received USF's President's Distinguished Citizen Award.

DeBartolo Family Foundation

Pregnant Lisa DeBartolo and expectant hubby Don Miggs greeted tons of past and present San Francisco 49ers, plus assorted Super Bowl invitees to their Palma Ceia golf course brick mansion Jan. 30. Daddy Eddie DeBartolo's FIVE Vince Lombardi Super Bowl trophies gleamed on carved ice pedestals in the foyer. Impossible to walk by without getting chills.

The guest roster around chef Rand Packer's poolside buffet included Wade Boggs (catch him big game hunting Monday nights on Direct TV's Pursuit channel) and football greats Freddie Solomon, Roger Craig, Randy Cross, Vernon Davis, Josh Johnson, Troy Smith and Marshawn Lynch. Google away if you don't know who they are.

Some of the same faces partied again Super Bowl afternoon with football legend Jerry Rice at Club 009, a Drew Park hangar transformed with sofas and tables inside; hammocks and cabanas, deck chairs and sand outside. "I'd like to leave the bar right there,'' quipped Candy DeBartolo, pointing to the family's usual parking space for a Gulfstream 550.

A cheery Pied Piper of pigskin, Rice strolled, danced, autographed and posed for 600 fans and a handful of Bond Girls. He and analyst Jesse Palmer bantered through a "Chalk Talk" with guests, including Phillippi Sparks (Jordin's dad and former New York Giant). Organizers swear Rice was not paid for his generous three-hour host duty.

DJ Rekka took a break for Miggs' band, who rocked his hit single Perfect. Buffets at the $450-party offered brats, brisket, grouper, lamb chops, paella and more.

Rice shared the spotlight briefly with Nick and Drew Lachey, Jimmie Johnson, and two "siblings" on ABC's hit, Brothers and Sisters: Dave Annable, (he plays Justin Walker) and Matthew Rhys (Kevin Walker). All five guys were surprisingly amenable to smiling for the multitude of cameras.

Events

Sunday: Annual President's Dinner benefits Tampa Jewish Federation; guest speaker Doris Kearns Goodwin; 6:30 p.m.; $150; A La Carte Pavilion; (813) 264-9006.

Tuesday: A Choice Affair luncheon benefits Planned Parenthood; noon; Maestro's at Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center; $50; (941) 365-3913, ext. 1124.

Feb. 14: Sojourn to Spain, dinner and auction benefits WEDU; 6 p.m.; Belleview Biltmore Resort & Spa, Clearwater; $200; 254-9338, ext. 2241.

Feb. 14: Wild at Heart dinner benefits Pepin Heart Hospital and K.C. Patel Research Institute; 6:30 p.m.; $250 and up; (813) 615-7663.

Amy Scherzer's Diary

02/05/09 [Last modified: Thursday, February 5, 2009 3:30am]
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