Members of the Florida Orchestra Guild of St. Petersburg honored longtime patron Gayle Bertelstein with the Golden Baton Award at a luncheon celebration held in St. Petersburg's 400 Beach Seafood and Tap House.
Bertelstein has led numerous committees, served on the orchestra's corporate board and is a three-time president of the Tampa guild support group. Her daughter, Peg Zertucha, attended from Fort Lauderdale.
Principal clarinetist Brian Moorhead, whose chair Bertelstein endows, presented a musical tribute. Also attending was violist Ken Kwo, whom Bertelstein sponsors.
Sheila Tempelmann chaired the event committee, which included Marty Hallas and Claire Mazzella.
The more than 70 guests included orchestra president and chief executive Michael Pastreich, St. Petersburg guild president Krista Whipple and former Golden Baton recipients Dr. Susan Betzer; Vicki Fox and husband Frank; Jim Gillespie and wife Emily; Bill Hough and wife Hazel; Helen Torres; and Bill Wallace and wife Sally.
The Inner Circle of St. Petersburg's American Stage Theatre Co. — made up of major donors and board of trustees members — was treated to a preview of the company's holiday show at a party held in the St. Petersburg home of Marion and Bill Ballard.
Actor Chris Swan stars in This Wonderful Life and portrays every citizen of Bedford Falls, N.Y., the setting for the play and for It's a Wonderful Life, Frank Capra's classic film.
Producing artistic director Todd Olson presented a progress report to guests, who included Sandi and Dick Averitt, Joanne and Joe Fleece, Dr. Crayton Pruitt, Dr. Neil and Lorraine Franckle, Susan and Pat Henry, Hazel and Bill Hough, Michael Murphy, Brian Reale, Helen and Peter Wallace, Fred Wilcox, Barry Dingman, Joel Cohen, Mary Lou and Burrage Warner, Suzanne and Quentin Onstine, Jane and Don Silverberg, Cathy Swanson, Bill and Mary Ellyn Stickley, Mary Booker and Barry Wall, Marilyn and Herb Polson and Charlie Justice.
Good food inevitably draws a crowd, and that certainly was true of Family Resources Foundation's annual Great Chefs event, held at the home of John and Cathy Long in Tierra Verde. More than 400 patrons attended the benefit, which raised nearly $90,000 for the agency. U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill and Beverly Young were honorary chairs.
Tyson Grant, of St. Petersburg's Parkshore Grill, was the featured chef. Additional participants included Sean Squires, 400 Beach Seafood and Tap House; Chris Ponte, Cafe Ponte; Joshua St. Pierre, Centerplate at Tropicana Field; Joe Higgins, Chocolate Specialties by Joe; Jason Maddens, Jackson's Bistro; Raphael Perrier, Kahwa Coffee Roasting; Doug Bebell, Mystic Fish; Jim Hendrey, Publix Apron's Cooking School; John Harris, Rusty's Bistro at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort; Barry Spaulding, Salt Rock Grill; Matthew Tracey, St. Petersburg Yacht Club; Ed Quintin, SYSCO Food Services; Dan Tederous, Capital Grille; Dale Ford, TradeWinds Resort; Robert Uzilla, Viaggio at the Venue; and Tim Papas, Working Cow.
Ceramic artist Charlie Parker, cofounder of the St. Petersburg Clay Co., was the featured artist, donating an original work to help establish a culinary arts scholarship in memory of the late Hook Atsavinh.
Steel drums, a reggae band and tiki torches placed throughout the outdoor area coordinated with the event's jungle theme, and volunteers from Family Resources, HSN and Franklin Templeton kept the party moving.