A record 600 supporters of the St. Petersburg Free Clinic raised more than $200,000 at the organization's 10th annual "Battle of the Minds" benefit dinner and trivia competition, held in the Renaissance Vinoy Resort.
Winners were the Trenam Megaminds team, sponsored by Trenam Kemker, which placed second in 2011. The Woof Pack, sponsored by What a Dog Play Center, placed second. Third place went to the Fable Sabals, sponsored by Sabal Trust Co., which took the 2011 trophy.
Joyce Karoleski was the sponsor for the evening; the event committee included Sara Lucas De Plas, Janet Paroo, Marylou and Joe Bourdow, Amanda Taylor, Bud Dugger, Federico Pollicina, Daryl DeBerry, Bill Coffman, Kathi Cown and Linda Champion.
The St. Petersburg Free Clinic supplies temporary assistance for families and individuals who need food, shelter, health care, limited financial assistance and referral information.
Fresh Start Ministry & Mentoring, a faith-based charity that coaches church volunteers to successfully mentor probationers through their terms of probation and become contributing citizens, honored volunteer Karol Bullard for her exceptional service, presenting her with the annual Beacon of Light award.
Additional participants in the event, held in the Feather Sound Country Club, included Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Frank Quesada, Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri and Pinellas Department of Corrections Circuit Administrator Matt Sampson.
Herb Schluderberg, Fresh Start founder and a chaplain at the Pinellas County Jail, was master of ceremonies.
Farewell to Interlock Club
Mary Wheeler, president of St. Petersburg's Interlock Club, which has comprised past and present presidents of more than 50 civic clubs in Pinellas County, writes that the group will be dissolved.
For more than 84 years, she said, Interlock was a clearinghouse for events, and members kept each other informed in hopes of avoiding conflicts.
Roseanna Costa will lead a committee that will plan annual or semiannual reunions.