The very day after the Girl Scouts of America celebrated its centennial, television personality Joan Lunden offered a 10-point strategy for women balancing work and family lives. The onetime co-host of ABC-TV's Good Morning America told a luncheon crowd of more than 700 at Tampa's A La Carte Event Pavilion that the organization's principles of "courage, confidence and character" are mainstays for anyone who seeks to thrive.
The Girl Scouts of West Central Florida named Robin DeLaVergne, Deirdre Dixon, Jean Gibson and Gwin Londrigan as its 2012 Women of Distinction Award recipients.
DeLaVergne is executive director of the Tampa General Hospital Foundation and senior vice president of the hospital. Dixon, an adjunct professor at the University of Tampa, is studying toward a doctorate of management degree; she retired from the U.S. Army as a lieutenant colonel. Gibson is a longtime community leader in Lake Wales. Londrigan is a senior business consultant for retail operations with Publix Super Markets and has held leadership positions with the Junior League of Clearwater-Dunedin.
WFLA-TV broadcaster Gayle Sierens was mistress of ceremonies for the event.
Hawkeye Pierce and Trapper John were there; "Hot Lips" Houlihan and a host of additional characters, too: M*A*S*H Bash, a fundraiser for Daystar Life Center, attracted a number of costumed guests who gathered in Bay Air's Albert Whitted Airport Hangar One.
And what a party it was, with swing-dance lessons, helicopter rides, Maggie on the Move and Killer Sammich food trucks and Rosie's Cash Bar.
Organizers Maureen Camphire and Daystar board member Corrine St. Jean worked with community relations manager Kitty Rawson and executive director Jane Walker to transform the space into a venue reminiscent of the Korean War-era Mobile Army Surgical Hospital unit of film and TV fame.
Daystar supplies emergency help for needy individuals and families.
Fashions from White House Black Market and designer Alla Kupaeva were the highlights at Mardi Gras Magic VI, held in the ballroom at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, with volunteers Kristen Brett, Roxanna Fall, Elizabeth Hammer, Luisa Perez Harvey, Joyce Larson, Antonette Magnani, Barbara Paonessa, Carol Russell, Louise Wilson and Margaret Word Burnside doing the honors on the runway.
Burnside, emcee Aaron Fodiman and Infinity president Teresa Wittstruck were judges for the mask contest, awarding prizes to Barbara Wiseman and Janet Raymond.
Roseanna Costa and Claire Mazella co-chaired the annual fundraiser for Infinity, the League to Aid Abused Children and Adults; their committee included Kay Brown, Diane Fair, Susan Fearnley, Hammer, Ginger Hanner, Larson, Karen McCollum, Sally Poynter, Valerie Rankin, Maritza Smith, Edie Spies, Ann Vickstrom, June Wedding, Louise Wilson, Diane Winning and Roberta Yancey.