Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Florida Resurrection House was the focus of the annual breakfast fundraiser held at St. Petersburg's Coliseum that drew nearly 500 early-morning guests.
The event raised more than $190,000 for Resurrection House, a self-sufficiency program for homeless families that have young children.
Participant speaker Carley Burrow recounted her efforts to overcome depression, single motherhood and financial challenges. She was in the children's choir at St. Peter's Episcopal Cathedral when the church helped launch Resurrection House, and well-wishers who knew her years ago came to celebrate the successes that have prepared her to live independently.
Mary K. and John Wilson hosted the event, which also featured remarks from president and chief executive Cynthia Sinclair.
Board of directors chair Bronson Alexander presented the Eagle Award to sisters Betty Shamas and Jane Beam, longtime supporters and volunteers and presenting sponsors of the 2012 event.
The Margaret Acheson Stuart Society, which supports the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, raised a record amount of money during the past year to support exhibitions and educational programs at the MFA, president Elise Minkoff reported at the annual meeting. Museum director Kent Lydecker received the donation of $355,000, which represents individual contributions, corporate gifts and proceeds from fundraising events.
Charlotte Kendall is the auxiliary organization's next president.
Part reunion, part homage to two dedicated community leaders, the eighth annual Jim Fischer-Skip Carr Memorial Birthday Bash raised more than $40,000 for scholarships through the Mayor's Doorways Program and the Pinellas Education Foundation.
St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster and former Mayor Rick Baker attended the celebration at the St. Petersburg Country Club, relating success stories of several scholarship recipients they have known. The initiative gives free college tuition to low-income students who maintain at least a "C" grade average and avoid drug use and criminal behavior.
Bob Byelick chaired the event committee, which included David Abbey, Jim Beach, John Biesinger, Worth Blackwell, Charlie Canerday, Mitch Cochran, Linda Carr, Kris Fischer, Suzi Fischer, Paul Hardin, Ken Heretick, Chip Jones, Al Karnavicius, Doug Lampe, Tom Masterson, Mark Shames, Click Slocumb and Cathy Swanson.