Wednesday, July 18, 2018
News Roundup

Equality Florida gala honors Edie Windsor

Equality Florida to celebrate trailblazers

Edie Windsor, whose lawsuit led to the U.S. Supreme Court decision that overturned the federal Defense of Marriage Act, will be the honoree at the Equality Florida Greater St. Petersburg Gala. The fundraiser begins at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S. The organization will present its Voice for Equality Award to Anastasia C. Hiotis, chief operating officer of Carlton Fields Jordan Burt, which will receive the Equality Means Business Award. The evening includes food, drink, entertainment and a silent auction. $125. eqfl.org/greaterstpetegala; (813) 870-3735.

Join St. Anthony's for the Run for the Roses

The St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation will present its spring "Derby Gala" to coincide with the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg Student Center, 200 Sixth Ave. S. The race will be broadcast, and the evening will include dinner, a dessert and coffee bar, dancing and a silent auction. The event is fundraiser for the hospital's memory disorders center, which will offer world-class services to diagnose and treat memory disorders. Black-tie optional; derby attire encouraged. $250. stanthonysfoundation.org; (727) 825-1086.

Put on the Ritz for the Sunshine Center

Friends of the Sunshine Center will present "Puttin' on the Ritz," a silent auction and celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, 559 Mirror Lake Drive N. The evening will include food, drink and entertainment. $20 advance, $25 at the door. Reservations: (727) 821-2323.

Blue Ribbon Gala helps fight abuse

Angels Against Abuse will host its Blue Ribbon Gala with dinner, dancing and live and silent auctions beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park, 950 Lake Carillon Drive. $100. angelsagainstchildabuse.com; (727) 804-7710.

Yachad chapter of Hadassah luncheon

Fashions from So Chic consignment boutique will be featured at the Yachad chapter of Hadassah's annual luncheon from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at Inn on the Pond, 2010 Greenbriar Blvd., Clearwater. $30. (727) 321-1170; (727) 530-4018.

Prom Magic luncheon features fashions

The annual "Value Me" Prom Magic luncheon presented by the Beth Dillinger Foundation starts at noon Thursday at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon, 950 Carillon Drive. PACE students and community leaders will model clothing from Ambria's Gallery of Wearable Art in St. Petersburg. $60. (727) 347-5600.

Bella Voce gala features local opera talent

Musical entertainment from Mark Sforzini, executive director and artistic director, and singers from the St. Petersburg Opera will be featured at the "Bella Voce" dinner and gala May 10 at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, 333 First St. S. Black-tie optional. VIP (admission at 6 p.m.) $200; grand entrance (admission at 7 p.m.) $125. (727) 823-2040.

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Lakeland teen, 15, killed in Dade City crash

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Live from ACC Kickoff: A few stories to follow

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