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March of Dimes auction and other Tampa philanthropic events

Red Cross Angels Silver Coffee

Fall weather arrived just in time for the Red Cross Angels to host their festive silver coffee. And for Jeanne and Jeffrey Dowdle to decorate their Golfview home with holiday flair for the Nov. 13 fundraiser.

Catering by Chavez made the tea sandwiches while the sweet treats were member-made.

"This year is the first time we asked for patrons, at $100," said Angels president Missy Steadman, happy to report 30 women stepped up. "And we collected another $600 in a bowl in the family room for the Red Cross to help victims of superstorm Sandy."

Past presidents took turns behind the silver coffee service, catching up with friends with every pour. Some guests began strategizing about decorating ideas for the Red Cross Gingerbread House brunch on Dec. 8 at the University of Tampa. Prizes are awarded for the most creative designs.

Boys & Girls Clubs annual steak dinner

Former Mayor Pam Iorio and American Idol finalist Jeremy Rosado headlined the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay's 31st annual steak dinner. Iorio was honored as 2012 Community Hero for her public service. Rosado had 88 youngsters singing with him, all club members eager to dine with the grownups Nov. 8 at Busch Gardens. Outback Steakhouse donated dinner for 400 grownups and the children planted at every table.

VIPs began the evening in the new Animal Care Center meeting a baby kangaroo in the state-of-the-art facility before heading to the Desert Grill to explore the silent auction. Despite some technical difficulties with a video, the event raised more than $175,000 for club programs.

23rd annual March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction

Aqua Bar & Grille served lamb on farro. Ciro's Speak Easy and Supper Club baked bread pudding and mixed Rhino cocktails (rye whiskey, Averna Amaro and yellow chartreuse).

And that's just a few of the 15 restaurant and beverage stations at the Signature Chefs Auction benefit for March of Dimes.

Executive director Kimberly Boone, on her 10th day in that role after more than two years with the organization's Pinellas chapter, pointed out the Nov. 15 date was set to mark Prematurity Awareness Month. One in seven Florida babies is born prematurely and may need their help.

The 300 guests sampled and shopped the silent auction until WFTS-Ch.28 anchor Brendan McLaughlin stepped up with Tampa Bay Parenting magazine publisher Angela Ardolino to hustle up live bids on dinners catered by some of the participating chefs, plus travel and sports packages.

Amber "Fund the Mission Mom" Rutherford helped raise $4,000 by explaining her three sons might not be here without March of Dimes research. Born at 30 weeks, Jackson and Brayden are healthy 4-year-olds. And 3-month old Landon is thriving because of a surfactant therapy. The event netted more than $70,000.

Events

Thursday: 24th annual Georgette's Celebrity Holiday Fashion Show benefits St. Joseph's Women's Hospital; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Hyatt Regency Tampa; $75; (813) 872-0979.

Nov. 30: H.B. Plant Museum Society Holiday Cocktail Buffet and Victorian Christmas Stroll Party; 7-9 p.m.; University of Tampa; $75; (813) 258-7302.

Nov. 30: Philanthropic Women of HARC black-tie gala; keynote speaker Holly Robinson Peete; 7 p.m.; TPepin's Hospitality Centre; $500; (813) 931-9100.

Dec. 4: Elegant Evenings, classical concert to benefit Brighter Tomorrows; 7:30 p.m.; Everett residence, Golfview; $45; (813) 926-3760.

Dec. 12: The Centre 35th anniversary gala; 5:30-8 p.m.; Floridan Palace; cash bar; $60 benefits Project Recovery scholarship fund; thecentre.org or (813) 251-8437 ext 225.

March of Dimes auction and other Tampa philanthropic events 11/22/12 [Last modified: Thursday, November 22, 2012 3:30am]

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