Wednesday, May 23, 2018
News Roundup

On the Town: Dillinger Foundation raises funds for scholarships

05.02.2013

A sellout crowd raised more than $300,000 for scholarships and other services provided by the Beth Dillinger Foundation during the annual "Value Me: Prom Magic" luncheon and fashion show at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park.

The sixth annual event featured Dick Crippen as master of ceremonies and Cat Coats as fashion show moderator.

Seven participants from the PACE Center for Girls modeled fashions from Ambria's Gallery of Wearable Art in St. Petersburg; community women on the runway included Margaret Word Burnside, Veronica Cintron, Jen Holloway, Kamilah Perry, Wendy Ramirez, Laura Snell and Ann Sherman-White.

Pinellas-Pasco Public Defender Bob Dillinger and his wife, Kay, started the foundation in memory of their daughter, Beth.

Bob McIntyre, former chairman of the Pinellas Education Foundation, reported that 43 Beth Dillinger Foundation scholarships were awarded this year through the Pinellas Education Foundation Doorways program.

The Dillingers served on the event's host committee, which also included Kristi Cheatham, Cat Coats and retired Pinellas County Sheriff Jim Coats, Jay Coats, Joanna Garcia, Bobbie Shay Lee, Joanne and Bob McIntyre, Sarah Michaud, Carla Mattern and Wendy Ramirez.

In addition to providing scholarships, the foundation supports Beth's Closet and the Hope Chest, a donation system that offers clothing and other necessities to needy children at the public defender's office in Clearwater, Dade City and New Port Richey.

05.04.2013

Sartorial selections at the Kentucky Derby often are spectacular, but Churchill Downs had competition in St. Petersburg as 250 members and guests of the St. Petersburg Chapter of the Links dressed in their finest for a Derby Day fundraiser at the Rutland-Farley estate, home of Phil and Michele Farley.

Food offerings included traditional Hot Browns and derby pie; along with mint juleps, the bar served "Linktinis," a specialty beverage reflecting the organization's colors, green and white.

And there was a Millionaire's Row cigar bar setup, reports Joy Wallace, who was in charge of recruiting corporate sponsors. Participants had play money with which to place their bets, and a couple of televisions were set up outdoors so that patrons could watch the race itself.

Cynthia Joliff-Johnson and Joyce Thornton were co-chairwomen for the event. All members of the organization, including outgoing president Dr. Mendee Ligon and incoming president Vonda Colquitt, helped to organize the party, which was a fundraiser for the Links' community projects and educational efforts.

Mea culpa

Matt Conigliaro was chairman for the American Stage Gala Under the Stars on April 26, and he is the theater company's next president, but he was not the auctioneer at the annual fundraiser. Jason Alpert of Fort Lauderdale had those duties at the event, which raised a record amount of money for the theater's artistic and educational programming.

Comments
NFL policy: Players can stay inside during anthem if they won’t stand

NFL policy: Players can stay inside during anthem if they won’t stand

NFL owners passed a new policy Wednesday with the hopes of moving on from boycotts and political turmoil related to some players protesting by not standing during the national anthem before games.Under the new policy, NFL players are not required to ...
Updated: 18 minutes ago
Woman, pushing stroller, struck by vehicle on Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa

Woman, pushing stroller, struck by vehicle on Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa

TAMPA— A woman, pushing a stroller, was struck by a vehicle near Bayshore Boulevard and W Knights Avenue, according to the Tampa Police Department.The woman and child were hit by a northbound car at 11:43 a.m. Both were taken to a hospital with serio...
Updated: 18 minutes ago
Top 5 at noon: Gasparilla Bowl moving to Tampa; Lee Roy Selmon’s closing in Tampa; and more

Top 5 at noon: Gasparilla Bowl moving to Tampa; Lee Roy Selmon’s closing in Tampa; and more

Here are the latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com:GASPARILLA BOWL MOVING FROM TROPICANA FIELD TO RAYMOND JAMES STADIUMThe Gasparilla Bowl is heading across the bay. The annual college football bowl game is moving from Tropicana Field to Raym...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Bayport Pier reconstruction on hold as Hernando commissioners grapple with budget shortfall

Bayport Pier reconstruction on hold as Hernando commissioners grapple with budget shortfall

BROOKSVILLE — The concept of a multimillion dollar budget crisis and the reality of one are two very different things, as Hernando County Commissioners learned Tuesday.Faced with an $11.5 million shortfall going into the new budget year, they discuss...
Updated: 1 hour ago
State baseball: Carrollwood Day comes up a run short in semifinals

State baseball: Carrollwood Day comes up a run short in semifinals

FORT MYERS — Carrollwood Day's first appearance in the Class 3A state tournament ended with a 3-2 loss to Tallahassee North Florida Christian on Wednesday morning at CenturyLink Park.The Patriots (24-4) gave up three runs with two outs in the t...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Forecast: Relative calm before Invest 90L threatens to deluge Tampa Bay this weekend

Forecast: Relative calm before Invest 90L threatens to deluge Tampa Bay this weekend

ST. PETERSBURG — While rain chances will decrease over the next two days, it is only a relative calm before a broad low pressure system moves into the Gulf of Mexico, producing strong storms across an already drenched Tampa Bay for Memorial Day weeke...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Rays put Jake Faria on DL, call up Vidal Nuno

Rays put Jake Faria on DL, call up Vidal Nuno

The Rays, as expected, are placing RHP Jake Faria on the 10-day DL with a left oblique strain that he sustained during Tuesday's game.Somewhat unexpectedly, they are calling up LHP Vidal Nuno to take his place.Nuno, 30, has pitched parts of five seas...
Updated: 1 hour ago
At Bay 3, developers of Tampa’s Armature Works transform old industrial space into new co-work offices

At Bay 3, developers of Tampa’s Armature Works transform old industrial space into new co-work offices

TAMPA — The name of the new Bay 3 co-working space at the Armature Works goes back to World War I, when the red-brick warehouse overlooking the Hillsborough River was the maintenance barn for Tampa Electric’s streetcar system.As the name suggests, it...
Updated: 1 hour ago
CareerSource Pinellas bought a science center. Now the bill is coming due.

CareerSource Pinellas bought a science center. Now the bill is coming due.

In 2014, Tampa Bay jobs chief Edward Peachey sought to save the failing Science Center of Pinellas County.He asked a small panel of CareerSource Pinellas board members to let him acquire the educational center for $100.The Science Center, he said, ha...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Trash fees to appear on tax bills in the Spring Hill mandatory zone

Trash fees to appear on tax bills in the Spring Hill mandatory zone

BROOKSVILLE — County commissioners knew what they were in for.Inundated with emails and phone calls before Tuesday’s meeting, and facing an unhappy crowd of customers from the county’s garbage hauler Republic Services, county officials tried to get a...
Updated: 1 hour ago