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On the Town: All Children's Foundation Society honors attorney Bob Decker


The All Children's Foundation Society celebrated its 25th anniversary at the Club at Treasure Island, presenting the 2010 William Belcher Award to St. Petersburg lawyer and child-care advocate Bob Decker.

The award is given in memory of Belcher, the first All Children's Hospital board chairman, who died in 1992. It recognizes leadership, commitment and advocacy.

Decker, who joined Trenam Kemker in St. Petersburg last year, is a 35-year supporter of the hospital, including having served on its board of trustees and on the All Children's Health System board, both of which he chaired. In addition, he is a longtime advocate for the hospital's patients and families. He is a former chair of the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership, served on the Eckerd College board of trustees and is a past president of the St. Petersburg Bar Association. His wife, Carol, is a founder of the hospital's guild in Seminole.


Tampa Bay Watch celebrated with more than 300 guests at its annual Evening for the Bay benefit, held in the Tampa Bay Watch Marine Center on Tierra Verde. The gala raised nearly $50,000 for the organization's restoration and education programs.

Advisory council member Glory Moore led the event committee, which included Kevin Kelso. Debbie Kraujalis, Michael Mikuliza, Chuck Moore, Doug Sokolowski and Doug Williamson. Also attending were Tampa Bay Watch chairman Steve Stanley and his wife, Mary; and president Steve Stanley and his wife, Marion.


New Year's in November, Creative Clay's yearly fundraiser, raised $40,000 for the organization, which encourages artistic expression by persons with disabilities.

Nearly 500 guests attended the event in St. Petersburg's Coliseum, which featured music from the new St. Petersburg Jazz Orchestra, food from Carrabba's and art from Creative Clay participants.

Keynote speakers included Michael McCurry, onetime press secretary to President Bill Clinton, and his brother, David, a professional artist.

Broadcaster Mark Wilson was the event host, and Grace-Anne Alfiero is the founder and chief executive of the organization, which is in its 15th year.


Calling for "health diplomacy" that ensures adequate care for persons throughout the world, Hadassah Lieberman told an audience of more than 130: "Illness has no borders or boundaries. Cures have no borders or boundaries."

Lieberman, the daughter of Holocaust survivors, a breast cancer awareness ambassador for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and the wife of Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., was the keynote speaker at the annual Healthy Future for Women luncheon presented by the St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation and Women in Philanthropy.

Worldwide, more than half a million women die each year of complications during childbirth, she said. And only a few decades ago, medical professionals in the United States focused little on women's health issues. Most research was conducted on men, and physicians treated men's and women's health issues similarly.

"It is astounding to me," she said, that the differences between men and women were not recognized until the latter part of the 20th century. "These are damaging misconceptions that must change. When women have a chance to flourish as equal partners, families thrive."

Bettye Black was chairwoman for the event, which took place at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park.


Fashion nearly always is fun, and it's enjoyable to see friends on the runway. So it was at "Razzle Dazzle 2010," the 58th annual St. Anthony's Auxiliary luncheon event, held in the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.

The clothing was from Patchington and Sacino's. Models included Lorraine Burke, Dr. Paul Steven Collins, Mindi Conrad, Mary Ellen Conte, Arlette Ferguson, Noreen Hodges, Dr. Kevin Huguet, Mary Lou Johnson-Evans, Meagan Lurcott, Valerie Rankin, William Ulbricht, Dr. Stephen Updegraff, Dr. Dwight Valentine, Wendy Wesley and Dr. Larry Williams.

June Wedding chaired the event committee, which included Pat Howells, Noreen Hodges, Janice Brinkley, Ruth Burns, Diane Winston, Bernice McCune, Pat LaMonde, Saranan Lauck, Roseanna Costa, Joan Jaicks, Susanna Belafante, Etheyln Henderson, Mary Carlomagno, Roberta Yancey, Sister Dorothy Dwyer, Valerie Rankin, Mary Cross, Charlotte Krisek, Mary Ellen Conte and Mary Delano-Newport.

Proceeds from the event will go toward the new emergency center at St. Anthony's.


The designs were varied and imaginative, and every one of the 20 playhouses created by Tampa Bay area artists, architects, builders and designers went to a good home at R'Kidtecture, the gala auction to benefit R'Club Child Care and the Outdoor Arts Foundation.

For several months, they have been on display throughout Tampa International Airport and at WestShore Plaza to entice potential buyers to bid at the event, held at the Sirata Beach Resort & Conference Center in St. Pete Beach.

Nearly 200 patrons attended the party, including R'Club executive director Art O'Hara and foundation director Jay Gould. And a number of board members ponied up their own money to purchase playhouses that will be situated at R'Club sites. The organization provides affordable day care throughout the Tampa Bay area.

Deborah Nicklaus chaired the gala, with help from Lenne Nicklaus-Ball, Brandi Winans, Shirley O'Sullivan, Catherine McGarry, Laurie Valette, Michelle Gardner and Eileen Goldenberg.

Major sponsors included Verizon, Catalina Marketing and Progress Energy.

On the Town: All Children's Foundation Society honors attorney Bob Decker 11/20/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 5:49pm]
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