Clothing from White House/Black Market and Tampa Bay area designer Alla K (Kupaeva) were the highlights of Infinity's "Mardi Gras Madness V," a luncheon and fashion show held in the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.
Models included Margaret Word Burnside, Pat Howells, Kim Horstman, Joyce Larson, Karen McCollum, Joan McCreary, Barbara Paonessa, Angie Skiadiotis, Clara Kostantaras, Carole Harkins-Swift, Kula Firilas, Effie Philiou and Mantina Provias.
Winners of the annual mask contest, judged by Burnside and Don Whitehead, were Paul Blanda, Barbara Wiseman and Cindy Wheeler.
Mary Rainey chaired the event committee with help from co-chair Roseanna Costa, president Teresa Wittstruck, Joann Barger, Kay Brown, Fern Clayton, Tonya Corder, Roseanna Costa, Diane Fair, Susan Fearnley, Dot McCarthy, Karen McCollum, Catherine McGarry, Maggi McQueen, Jackie O'Brien, Nora Pearson, Sally Poynter, Mary Rainey, Valerie Rankin, Edie Spies, Sherry Trullender, June Wedding, Diane Winning and Barbara Wiseman.
Proceeds from the event go to helping victims of abuse.
The Studio@620 presented its 2011 Studio Honors awards at an evening of entertainment and recognition held in the Renaissance Vinoy Resort in St. Petersburg. Recipients include Goliath Davis, a former St. Petersburg police chief and deputy mayor; Dennis Lehane, novelist and part-time St. Petersburg resident; Pat Mason, former First Night St. Petersburg executive director; John Prendergast, human rights activist and onetime visiting scholar-in-residence at Eckerd College; and Monica Raymund, actor and St. Petersburg native.
Performers at the annual fundraiser were members of the Dundu Dole Urban African Ballet, vocalist Sharon Scott and members of the Nate Najar Trio.
The event is the studio's annual fundraiser; organizers included artistic director Bob Devin Jones, event co-chairs Robin O'Dell and Amber Brinkley, honorary chair Al May and award designer Duncan McClellan.