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On the town: Bowling with B.J. Upton and a Dali Museum dazzler


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Outrageously mustached and Dalíesque-dressed guests, including "hallucinogenic" toreadors, peacocks and even Abe Lincoln, partied at the Dalí Museum's "Los Sueños de Dalí," the finale fete to celebrate the stunning new home of the world's largest private collection of the works of Salvador Dalí.

People watching got surreal with 600 guests combing the galleries, including Amalia Bracho as a sea urchin in a dress by Mario Gomez and makeup by Amra Farcheg. Brothers Tom and Dr. George Stovall were a hit, especially Tom's bald pate on which Cathy Shott painted a melting watch.

Dorene Collier's Event Show Productions crew captured the crowd's collective eye with bicycle-pedaling skeletons, a champagne-pouring aerialist, a roving rock pile and more. StoneChef Caterers served sushi and carved turkey indoors with the raw seafood bar outside.

The Dalí Museum Guild, including president Jody Morelli, presented the event. Committee members also included Cathy Martin, Laura Tillinghast Hine, Sandy Tarazski, Irene Athos, Ellen and Lanny Dacus, Maria Kern, Mary Paul, Ana Hartnett, Luisa Perez-Harvey, Dixie Passardi, Catherine McGarry, Montserrat Cerf, Precella Wallace, Karen Bang, Maureen Laurie-Kolar, Francine Shebell, Jane and Dr. George Stovall, Doreen and Andrew Jackson, Susanna Bellefonte, Rose Marie Terra, Geri Kanaan, Linda Pugliese, Amy Blake, Janice Brinkley and Bea and Chuck Black.


More than 400 people crowded into Tampa's Splitsville for "Bowling with B.J.," a charity fundraiser presented by Tampa Bay Rays centerfielder B.J. Upton.

Major league baseball players in attendance included David Price, Reid Brignac, Wade Davis and Matt Joyce, Matt Garza and Upton's brother Justin, a rightfielder for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers also were well-represented with current and former players Mike Alstott, E.J. Biggers, Jeff Faine and Kyle Moore.

Proceeds from the tournament benefit the Childs Park and Wildwood recreation centers, and programs for the homeless in St. Petersburg and Tampa through the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Upton sponsors the two St. Petersburg youth centers through his B.J.'s Bunch initiative.

Times staff writer Amy Scherzer contributed to this report.

On the town: Bowling with B.J. Upton and a Dali Museum dazzler 01/29/11 [Last modified: Saturday, January 29, 2011 3:30am]
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