Members of the Stuart Society of the Museum of Fine Arts fulfilled a $1-million pledge to the organization a year early, and retiring president Louise Chapin presented a check for $386,293.15 to director John Schloder, the fruit of many hours of volunteer labor on behalf of the museum.
It has been a remarkable year for the group and for the museum, which opened an expansion, the Hazel Hough Wing, to the public in March.
Susan Hicks is the next president of the organization, which met in the Marly Room at the museum.
In a preview of the Stuart Society's October fashion show, several members modeled Nicole Miller fashions from Saks Fifth Avenue in Tampa.
Sallie's Angels, a volunteer group that raises money and awareness of Sallie House, an 18-bed Salvation Army emergency shelter for abused children, hosted a pizza party for the youngsters.
In part, the treat was a celebration of the start of a new building, which should open next year.
Sallie's Angels' first Blue Ribbon Gala on April 10 brought in $40,000 for the project, which will cost more than $4-million.
About half of that — $2.3-million — has been raised to date, said Lisa Howard, the Salvation Army's development director.
Many friends filled the ballroom at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club in support of community leaders Hazel and Bill Hough, who were recognized at Family Service Centers' ninth annual Family of the Year luncheon.
The couple contribute to numerous arts, education and charitable organizations and lead a "strong, caring family with respect for each other," said Family Service Centers' president and chief executive Mary Jo Monahan.
The presentation also honored the Houghs' children and their families, Robb and Susan Hough and children Will, Bonnie, Mansie and Michael; Susan Hough and Pat Cole Henry; and Helen Hough and David Feinberg and daughter Alexandra.
Through numerous programs, FSC works with families affected by poverty, violence, poor parenting skills and other strains.
Elise Minkoff led the event committee.
Times staff writer Dagny Salas contributed to this report.