With autumn comes a new season of charity fundraisers, but volunteers were busy throughout the summer as well.
St. Petersburg debutantes got together several times performing volunteer work at the Ronald McDonald houses that serve families at All Children's Hospital. The young women supplied ingredients and prepared meals for residents on July 22, and each donated items included on the residential wish lists.
On July 20, they were entertained at a Mexican Fiesta held at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club. Hosts were David and Lynn Cox, Bud and Mary Evertz, the Rev. Peter and Judge Marion Fleming, Bill and Kally Harvard, Billy and Augusta Harvard, Tom and Betty Jean Miller, Dr. Bill and Carmen Moore and Hunter and Maria Rawls.
They had a pampering day Aug. 12 at the Renaissance Vinoy Salon & Day Spa, indulging in manicures, pedicures and lunch. The invitation even offered an afternoon of poolside lounging at the historic hotel.
Hosts were Colleen Crutchfield, Ashley Gairing, Valery Hendry, Judy Holland, Pam Montonari, Connie Smith, Judy Stanton and Bonnie Strickland.
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The All Children's Hospital Guild's Beach Branch honored Annmartine "Annie" Rinker with its 2012 Angel of the Year award in July, acknowledging her volunteer work that includes creating more than 60 themed baskets for the organization's fundraisers.
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During the week of the Republican National Convention in Tampa in August, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush presented the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award from the Drug Free America Foundation to former Ambassador Mel and Betty Sembler. Bush was honorary chairman of the Aug. 28 event, which took place at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort. The Semblers founded the national nonprofit organization in 1996; Calvina Fay is its current executive director.