Hosts of the annual "Suenos de Dalí" gala translate the phrase as "Dreams of Dalí," and the scene at the St. Petersburg museum that bears the surrealist's name was most assuredly phantasmic.
The evening celebrated the artist's illustrations of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. To no one's surprise, there were numerous iterations of the storybook characters: Alices of all kinds, Queens of Hearts, White Rabbits, Cheshire Cats, Mad Hatters, Tweedledees and Tweedledums, even a Caterpillar, near the Rabbit Hole entryway, that posed for photographs with patrons.
More than one guest paid homage to rock legend Alice Cooper, who had stopped by the Dalí Museum earlier in the day to participate in a 40th anniversary observance of Dalí's hologram image of Cooper.
There was food and drink and several performances throughout the evening, and those attending were allowed in galleries to view the works (although their libations and savories were not).
Essential to the success of the event were co-chairmen Montserrat and Emmanuel Cerf and members of the museum staff and guild.
Major sponsors included PNC Bank; Bert Smith Porsche; Mary Ann and Brad Morse; the Cerf family; Doyle Wealth Management; Cynthia Faulhaber; Tiffany and Preston Faykus; Gregory, Sharer & Stuart; Linda and Robert Pugliese; and Sandi Taraszki and David Zuern.
Speaking of Queens of Hearts: Pinellas County's Queen's Court is accepting nominations for outstanding female volunteers. 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 for the 2015 event. Call (727) 894-7543. Deadline is March 1.
The 56th annual Queen of Hearts Ball on Feb. 22 benefits the Abilities Foundation, Academy Prep Center and Daystar Life Center.