A Moroccan experience awaited the 350 guests who filled the Coliseum for "A Sultry Night," the 83rd annual Charity Ball. For two decades now, the All Children's Hospital Guild Evening Branch has organized the fundraiser, this time for the palliative care program at the St. Petersburg hospital.
From the food, orchestrated by chef Tyson Grant at Parkshore Grill, to the colorful Marrakesh marketplace vibe in the loges on either side of the historic ballroom, the evening was a treat for the senses. Gold Productions created the decor, and Southtown Fever played a variety of favorites for patrons who danced throughout the evening.
Cheryl Matala was gala chairwoman, and Janet Lynn and Tricia Davidson were co-chairs-elect, which means that they already are planning the 2015 event. Although organizers were still tabulating income from the event, Matala said they hoped to exceed last year's intake of around $120,000.
The steering committee included Chloe Firebaugh, Shari Casey, Jennifer Christ, Nancy Lamson, Sandy Moss, Carole McGurk, Carol Nelson, Terri Shook, Jean Prina, Sue Hands, Arlene Pickard, Cindy Benfanti, Tish McQuillen, Nadine Appelt, Pam Montanari and Cassondra Fredriksen.
Major sponsors included Baskin Fleece, Raymond James, TSE Industries and the Klingel Family Foundation, Dr. Al and Debbie Saltiel and the Strickland Group.
Senior Hall of Fame
The St. Petersburg Office on Aging is seeking nominations for inductions into the 31st annual Senior Hall of Fame, which honors volunteers older than 65 who are Pinellas County residents and have focused on activities in St. Petersburg. Applications are available at stpeteparksrec.org or (727) 893-7102. Deadline is April 10.
Apply now for grants
Pinellas' Queen's Court is accepting applications from Pinellas charities to receive grants for the 2015 Queen of Hearts event. The deadline is March 1. Call (727) 894-7543.
The 56th Queen of Hearts Ball on Feb. 22 benefits the Abilities Foundation, Academy Prep Center of St. Petersburg and Daystar Life Center.