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On the town: Fish Head Ball, Free Clinic 'Soup's On' lunch draw crowds

The crowd dances during the Pier Aquarium’s 18th annual Fish Head Ball at the Don CeSar Beach Resort.

JAMES BRANAMAN | Special to the Times

The crowd dances during the Pier Aquarium’s 18th annual Fish Head Ball at the Don CeSar Beach Resort.


The crowd looked like a pantheon of rock: Lady Gaga, Grace Jones, Slash, Stevie Nicks, Peter Frampton, Amy Winehouse, Tina Turner, even Robert Palmer and his Addicted to Love ladies.

High winds and heavy rains sent the more than 400 Fish Head Ball guests indoors at the Don CeSar Beach Resort, but the scene change did not dampen spirits.

FISH-A-Palooza RockStar! had much to offer attendees, from food and drink to photo booths, karaoke to belly dancing, and all for a cause: The event raised more than $40,000 for the Pier Aquarium's educational programs.

St. Petersburg Times pop music critic Sean Daly was master of ceremonies for the evening.

Annica Keeler led the event committee, which included aquarium president and chief executive E. Howard Rutherford, Belinda Felgueiras, Lisa Earls, Cindy Lew, Debra Hempel, Tina Dyakon, Emily Stehle, Anna Modig, Jarrod Langhans, Patty Zimmermann, Lisa Della Penna and Susan Wallace.

Contributing restaurants included 400 Beach Seafood & Tap House, Cha Cha Coconuts, the Columbia Restaurant, Crabby Bill's, Guppy's on the Beach; Jonny Reno's, St. Petersburg; Island Flavors and 'Tings, Maritana Grill, Old Northeast Tavern, Snapper's Sea Grill and MadFish. Beverage sponsors were Budweiser, Southern Wine & Spirits and Luekens Liquors.


The St. Petersburg Free Clinic's 32nd annual "Soup's On" luncheon drew well over 400 guests to the Coliseum in St. Petersburg and helped fill the shelves at the organization's food bank.

Patrons, whose bread-and-soup meals were served by volunteers from the Canterbury School of Florida, were invited to fill 55-gallon barrels with nonperishable edibles and rose to the occasion, donating about 4,000 pounds of food, according to communications director Steve Kilburn.

The gathering was another milestone for Jane Egbert, the free clinic's executive director since 1999, who retires later this year.

Event chair Lynne Mormino was the keynote speaker and helped board of directors president Elise Minkoff present "Soup Can" awards to individual winners Wayne Hoover and Virginia Bishop, faith community recipient Clearview United Methodist Church and corporate honorees Pepsi Beverages Co. and WTVT-TV Ch. 13 news anchor Cynthia Smoot.

Fox 13 anchor John Wilson was master of ceremonies.

On the town: Fish Head Ball, Free Clinic 'Soup's On' lunch draw crowds 10/15/11 [Last modified: Friday, October 14, 2011 12:56pm]
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