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On the town: St. Petersburg debutantes, "Dining in the Dark" and Police Athletic League breakfast


The 16 young women who will be presented by the Debutante Club of St. Petersburg later in the year were entertained at a coffee in Nancy Rutland's home.

President Lynn Denson introduced the following 2011 class of debutantes:

Jacqueline Marie Amick, daughter of John Parker Amick; her major is fine arts at St. Petersburg College.

Justine Naomi Bogott, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Robert Bogott; business, Miami University, Ohio.

Kristen Nicole Bramlet, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Dale Gene Bramlet; nutrition, University of Florida.

Morgan Marie Chmielewski, daughter of Mark Chmielewski and Linda Jantschek; nursing, University of Florida.

Alexandra Suzanne Feinberg, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice David Feinberg; finance, Wake Forest University.

Katie Elizabeth Fredrickson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Fredrickson; nursing, University of Florida.

Bronwyn Elizabeth Gairing, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Lennox Gairing; anthropology, Centre College.

Courtney Sue Howard, daughter of Cathy Sue Stevens; applied physiology and kinesiology, University of Florida.

Haviland Macy Marie Kebler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Albright Kebler, premedical biology and music, Eckerd College.

Mary Elizabeth Keegan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Patrick Keegan; business administration with minor in Latin American studies, Flagler College.

Casey Shay McKeon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Joseph McKeon; accounting, Furman University.

Morgan Maria McQueen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Battle McQueen; business, University of Florida.

Alexandra Marie Moench, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Scott Moench, premedical with psychology major, Furman University.

Mary O'Connor Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Paul Smith III; event management, University of Central Florida.

Brittany Alexis Tanner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Terry Finley Tanner Jr.; premedical, St. Petersburg College/Florida State University.

Shelby Marsh Ulrich, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Kurtis Ulrich; education, University of South Florida.


Retired Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Irene Sullivan was the keynote speaker at the annual Founders Club Breakfast for the Police Athletic League of St. Petersburg. Sullivan, author of Raised by the Courts: One Judge's Insight into the Juvenile Justice System, uses her experiences in Unified Family Court to describe strategies for keeping at-risk youngsters from committing crimes.

Additional speakers included St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster, St. Petersburg police Chief Chuck Harmon, PAL executive director Melissa Byers and PAL board of directors chairman Tim Walsh.

Catalina Marketing Charitable Foundation and Bright House Networks were major sponsors.


The Margaret Acheson Stuart Society, a foundational group of volunteers who support St. Petersburg's Museum of Fine Arts, raised $211,000 for the institution during the past year, outgoing president Glenn Mosby reported during the last meeting of the season.

In February, the organization presented its inaugural fundraising wine auction and gala. Margaret Amley and Chris Hilton will be co-chairs for a second wine auction Feb. 10, 2012.

And next April, the Stuart Society plans festivities celebrating its 50th anniversary. Elise Minkoff succeeds Mosby as president.


It's a unique concept and a teaching moment: Patrons at "Dining in the Dark," the annual Foundation Fighting Blindness fundraiser, don impervious masks to experience what it is like to eat without being able to see what is plated before them. The second Tampa/St. Petersburg event drew more than 250 people to the Renaissance Vinoy Resort and raised more than $170,000 toward treating retinal diseases. A highlight of the evening was the presentation of Visionary Awards to Ronald L. Vaughn, president of the University of Tampa, and the late Edie Loebenberg, a co-founder of the Florida Holocaust Museum. Mrs. Loebenberg's husband, Walter, and daughter Sandy Mermelstein accepted the posthumous honor on her behalf.

On the town: St. Petersburg debutantes, "Dining in the Dark" and Police Athletic League breakfast 05/28/11 [Last modified: Saturday, May 28, 2011 4:31am]
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