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Brookwood 'Swanky Soiree' features author Lisa Unger; do you know a great volunteer?

Brookwood executive director Dr. Pam Mesmer, left, and board member Dianne Blyler enjoy the “Swanky Soiree IV.”

CHERIE DIEZ | Times

Brookwood executive director Dr. Pam Mesmer, left, and board member Dianne Blyler enjoy the “Swanky Soiree IV.”

09.26.2013

Patrons sampled food and drink from bay area donors at "Swanky Soiree IV," the annual benefit for Brookwood Florida. The lobby of St. Petersburg's Mahaffey Theater, with its views of the Dalí Museum and the city's waterfront, served as both gathering place and runway for the fashion show, which featured clothing from White House/Black Market.

Along with the basic black and white, the designs featured pops of teal, as did the decor throughout the party space.

Writer Lisa Unger, whose novels have been on the New York Times and other bestseller lists, was honorary event chairwoman. She autographed the poetry anthology she edited using works by Brookwood residents, with all of the proceeds going to the residential program for girls.

Kate Wentzal was mistress of ceremonies, and guests acknowledged executive director Pam Mesmer's 35th anniversary with Brookwood.

John William Barger led the event committee, which included Roberto Arzate, Leah Dohrman, Phyllis Eig, Kelly Francisco, Dawn Greenridge, Ernest Hooper, Sparky Ierna, Marie Izzo, Kathy Jones, Karen Julien, Joyce and Walter Larson, Sharon O'Gradney-Krkljus, Edie Spies and Diane Sunden. The Larsons were hosts of a VIP dinner the week before.

Know a great volunteer?

The Queen's Court is accepting nominations for outstanding female volunteers who live in Pinellas. Submissions must be sponsored by guilds, auxiliaries or other nonprofits. For an application, call (727) 822-7571. Deadline is Jan. 3.

The court also is accepting applications from Pinellas charities to receive grants from the 2015 event. Call (727) 894-7543. Deadline is March 1.

The 56th annual Queen of Hearts Ball on Feb. 22 benefits Academy Prep Center and Daystar Life Center.

Brookwood 'Swanky Soiree' features author Lisa Unger; do you know a great volunteer? 10/03/13 [Last modified: Friday, October 4, 2013 12:04pm]
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