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On the town: 2013 Studio Honors dinner, Battle of the Minds

Cynda Mort, Marquis Floyd, Terri Lipsey Scott and Bill Heller were honored March 30 at the 2013 Studio Honors banquet.


Cynda Mort, Marquis Floyd, Terri Lipsey Scott and Bill Heller were honored March 30 at the 2013 Studio Honors banquet.


An evening of entertainment and accolades, the 2013 Studio Honors dinner brought film, music and poetry to the Grand Ballroom at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort. This year's recipients are Bill Heller, dean and professor of the College of Education and director of the Bishop Center for Ethical Leadership and Civic Engagement at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg; Cynda Mort, coordinator of the Journeys in Journalism program in Melrose Elementary, John Hopkins Middle and Lakewood High schools; and Terri Lipsey Scott, chairwoman of the board of trustees at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum.

Dancer Marquis Floyd, recently named valedictorian for the 2013 graduating class at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School, received the Ola Mae Jones Emerging Artist Award.

The awards, according to the evening's program notes, recognize individuals "who have contributed to the intellectual, artistic, scientific, economic and other critical aspects of our community and the larger world of which we are a part."

The evening was a fundraiser for the Studio@620, and featured a film by Ben Verhulst and performances by the Dundu Dole Urban African Ballet, Sharon Scott, Peter Meinke, Nate Najar, Kenny Drew, John Lamb and Stephen Bucholtz.


Competition is fierce and animated at the annual Battle of the Minds fundraiser for the St. Petersburg Free Clinic. This year's trivia faceoff, a dinner held in the Palm Court Ballroom of the Renaissance Vinoy, marked the 11th anniversary of the event.

Among the more than 500 attending, the Stahl Stalwarts, a team sponsored by Stahl and Associates Insurance, won first place. Second place went to the Serotonins, sponsored by Ann and Eric Trida and Kathy and Greg Matthews; third place, to the Trenam Megaminds, sponsored by Trenam Kemker.

Janet Paroo was chairwoman of the sponsorship committee, and Shaina Bent led the auction committee. They were helped by Marylou Bourdow, Judy Holland, Sarah Lucas, Lynne Mormino, Donna Schonbrun and Jean Spencer-Carnes.

The event raised more than $240,000 for the Free Clinic, which offers temporary help to families and individuals who need food, shelter, health care, limited financial assistance or referral information.

On the town: 2013 Studio Honors dinner, Battle of the Minds 04/06/13 [Last modified: Friday, April 5, 2013 1:09pm]
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