"Friends & Flowers" has become a popular make-and-take event in which floral designers show the rest of us how to create bouquets that don't cry "amateur." The main purpose of the luncheon, held at the TradeWinds in St. Pete Beach, was to benefit Academy Prep Center St. Petersburg.
Cassie Osterloth and Terry Hagstrom of Carter's Florist brought peonies, stock, orchids and greenery to the event, and guests left with completed arrangements.
Attendees also heard a performance of songs from Aladdin by Academy Prep's chorus, directed by Donal Noonan.
Jerica Coley, a 2006 graduate of the nonprofit private school, and a recent graduate of St. Petersburg Catholic High School, spoke about the advantages she received attending Academy Prep, including the smaller class sizes, individual attention and "close family atmosphere. When you do well academically, so many doors open for you," she said.
Additional speakers included event co-chairs Anje Bogott and Darlene Grayson and board of trustees chairwoman Linda Marcelli.
The Beth Dillinger Foundation's third annual "Value Me" Prom Magic luncheon and fashion show was a showcase for Beth's Closet at PACE Center for Girls in Pinellas Park and the Hope Chest clothes closet in the Pinellas-Pasco Public Defender's Office.
PACE participants modeled donated clothing on the same runway where community leaders modeled evening wear from Ambria's Gallery of Wearable Art.
Bob and Kay Dillinger organized the foundation in memory of their daughter. The event, held in the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon, raised about $50,000, much of which will go to scholarships. The Spirit of Hope award went to Bob and Joanne McIntyre.
Saxophonist Alan Darcy performed during the luncheon, Dick Crippen was master of ceremonies and Cat Coats moderated the fashion show.
Members of the St. Petersburg Debutante Club honored the 2010 debutantes at a coffee held in the home of Whitney Shouppe. President Lynn Denson introduced the young women, who also were entertained the previous evening at a pizza-making party hosted by Lela Garnett.
The 16 debutantes, who will be presented in December, are:
Caroline Dolven Anderson, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Carl Anderson, University of Central Florida.
Stephanie Marie Farkas, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Frank Stephan Farkas, University of Tampa.
Kirstie Nicole Fisher, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steven Douglas Fisher, Florida State University.
Christine Elizabeth Foster, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David William Foster, University of Florida.
Andrea Leigh Mastry, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Donald Mastry, University of Mississippi.
Emily Marie Miller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Robert Punzak and Walter Clyde Miller, University of Florida.
Jacqueline Nicole Montanari, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Edmund Montanari, University of Central Florida.
Mary Amanda Nickens, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy William Nickens, Duke University.
Erin Kathryn O'Keeffe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Whitney O'Keeffe, University of Central Florida.
Farris Alexandria Rahall, daughter of Ms. Cary Thomas Rahall and Farris Jeffrey Rahall, Eckerd College.
Mary Helen Rouse, daughter of Ms. Ann Margaret Coryn and Stephen Carle Rouse, Florida State University.
Melissa Jeane Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Paul Smith III, University of Tampa.
Alejandra Elena Sosa, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Roberto Arturo Sosa, University of Central Florida.
Emily Anne Updegraff, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Ambrose Updegraff, Savannah College of Art and Design.
Caroline Elizabeth Vetter, daughter of Ms. Deborah Lee Vetter and David Rodman Vetter, Florida State University.
Madeline Cole Walker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Frank Walker, Vanderbilt University.