Thursday, January 18, 2018
News Roundup

'Biggest Loser' expert to speak at hospital foundation's dinner

St. Anthony's dinner

Dr. Robert Huizenga, the medical expert on NBC's The Biggest Loser, will be the guest speaker at the St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation's Legacy Dinner on Thursday. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park, 950 Lake Carillon Drive. Proceeds from the evening benefit the hospital's sports medicine programs. $75. stanthonys foundation.org; (727) 825-1086.

Fundraiser for CASA

Internationally recognized interior designer Sally Morse will teach the "Ten Steps to a Perfect Room," at a Thursday benefit for Community Action Stops Abuse, or CASA. The fundraiser begins at 6 p.m. at the Blind and Shutter Gallery, 2610 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg, and includes appetizers, wine and coffee. Tickets, $25, are available at the gallery. (727) 823-2929.

Dalí 31st anniversary

The Dalí Museum presents its 31st anniversary dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the museum, 1 Dalí Blvd., St. Petersburg. Black tie. $350. (727) 623-4713.

Honoring Crippen

Tampa Bay Rays senior adviser Dick Crippen will be the honoree at the Fresh Start Beacon of Light Award Banquet on March 7 at Bascom's Chop House, 3665 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater. The presentation recognizes his community service, and proceeds from the event support the faith-based charity Fresh Start Ministries & Mentoring. $50. Reservations accepted through Friday. (727) 249-6876.

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