The competition was fierce among the 59 teams registered for the ninth annual Battle of the Minds benefit for the St. Petersburg Free Clinic, held in the Palm Court Ballroom of the Renaissance Vinoy Resort. More than 500 guests attended the sold-out event, which raised more than $150,000.
After dinner and silent and live auctions, the Sabal Trust Co. team, "The Fabled Sabals," took first place, receiving the Mastermind Cup. Trenam Kemker's "Trenam Megaminds" won second place, and Raymond James' "RayJ-A Wizards" won third place. Joe Bourdow was this year's game host, and Blake Kennedy conducted the live auction.
The Free Clinic, led by executive director Jane Egbert, provides temporary assistance for those who need food, shelter and health care and offers limited financial assistance and referral information.
Mary Wyatt Allen was honorary event chair; Marylou Bourdow and Bonnie Hargrett were sponsorship co-chairs; Rose Simonds was auction chair; and Joe Bourdow, Bill Coffman, Bud Dugger and Federico Pollicina served on the game-show committee.
Members of the sponsorship and auction committee included Chris Agee, Bea Bryan, Kelly Burnett, Susan Canty, Linda and Richard Champion, Debra Coleman, Ed Davis, John Flood, Cathy Foss, Liz Heinkel, Linda Higgins, Jack Kaiser, Frances Lubin, Sarah Lucas, Jean Markley, Ken Murphy, Ronda and Norm Russick, Trina Steinbach, Trish and Bill Thomas, Jim Thompson Jr., Anne Von Rosenstiel and Bob Williams.
For the new Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, 2011 is a year of firsts, and supporters added another: The 29th annual benefit dinner, which organizers report raised roughly $100,000, featured a seated meal in the new galleries.
Competing with the artistic works is never a goal, but it must be said that the table decorations were stunning and included red napery and dramatic florals: a base wreath of roses and tall, lighted vases holding James Storie orchids, tulips and greenery.
Food, too, was a tribute to the artist: the first course modeled after Eucharistic Still Life, 1952; the second after Catalan Bread, 1932; the next after Cadaqués, 1923; and dessert after Harmony of the Spheres, 1978.
Dalí director Hank Hine, board president Tom James and dinner committee chairwoman Karen Lang Johnston addressed patrons before the meal, speaking of accomplishments past and present.
The event committee included Anje Bogott, Karol Bullard, Betty Corty, Jillian Doyle, Sally Habermeyer, Mary Harris, Jeannine Hascall, Hazel Hough, Mary James, Charlotte Kendall, Suzanne MacDougald, Cathy Martin, Carole Merritt, Sonya Miller, Mary Ann Morse, Linda Punzak, Janet Root, Jan Sher, Barbara Ulrich and Jean Giles Wittner.
Beth Ann Morean received the "Humane-itarian" award, and Tech Data the "Save the Tails Medical Fund Award" at the fourth annual Animal Affaire Gala.
The sold-out SPCA Tampa Bay fundraiser, held in Hangar One at St. Petersburg's Albert Whitted Airport, drew more than 500 guests, including board president Dr. James Lutz, Fran and Bud Risser, David Vetter and Christie Sanders, and Sherry and Ron Sacino.
Members of the Rawson family — mother Vivian, sister Bianca, grandmother Racquel Guzman and aunt Tara Guzman — attended, and Vivian Rawson accepted the Distinguished Service Award on behalf of her late daughter, Camille Rawson.
Barbara Lombardo chaired the event, and Fazal Fazlin and Michele and Phil Farley were honorary chairs.
Proceeds from the gala go to the Save the Tails medical fund to rehabilitate animals in need.
Raymond James Financial presented the Bayou Nights party to launch PARC'S 37th annual golf weekend. More than 250 guests attended the dinner event, which was held at the Bayou Club and featured keynote speaker Skip Holtz, the University of South Florida's head football coach.
Andi Kanne led the Bayou Nights committee, and Susan Rasmussen headed the weekend event committee. Tournament day co-chairs were Tom Harrington and Linda Armstrong; the steering committee included Scott Brinner, Roger Edelman, Kerry Helinger, Jeff Julien, Trish Montrone, Laurie Stacy and Fred Whaley.
The St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation presented the 2011 Roy G. Harrell Jr. Leadership Award to Bill McQueen and the Helen D. Roberts Philanthropy Award to Gus Stavros at its annual Legacy Dinner at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort. Radiology Associates of St. Petersburg received the foundation's inaugural Hippocrates Award. The new recognition acknowledges an individual physician or medical practice that demonstrates selflessness and dedication to the community and efforts to improve patient care.
"We wanted to show our appreciation for a physician or medical practice that really has gone the extra mile to serve those who may not always get the care they need," foundation chairman Charles Osterholt III said.
McQueen, new president and chief operating officer of Sabal Trust Co., retired in December as president of Anderson-McQueen Family Tribute Centers. He has led the Canterbury School of Florida board of trustees and the Greater St. Petersburg YMCA board of directors and served on the St. Anthony's Hospital board of trustees.
Stavros sold his business-forms manufacturing company in 1984. Five years later, he retired to serve the community full time in education, culture and other charities. His many leadership positions include founding the Gus A. Stavros Institute of Pinellas County, chairing the board of Eckerd College and the Florida State University and University of South Florida foundations, and serving on the board of governors for Florida's university system.