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Dali Museum dinner has artistic touches


It never fails to surprise: The annual Dalí Museum anniversary dinner, held in the galleries of the St. Petersburg landmark, stretches the imagination and allows guests to get a very close look at the artist's works.

And in decor and food, clever hosts often offer creative touches, such as the tomato sorbet palate cleanser served in tiny Campbell's tomato soup cans, a nod to Andy Warhol's works on view at the museum through April 27.

Director Hank Hine, board of trustees chairman Tom James and dinner chairwoman Karen Lang Johnston spoke to the crowd before patrons took their seats.

Committee members included Anje Bogott, Betty Corty, Jillian Doyle, Sally Habermyer, Mary Harris, Jeannine Hascall, Hazel Hough, Mary James, Charlotte Kendall, Suzanne MacDougald, Cathy Martin, Carole Merritt, Mary Ann Morse, Linda Punzak, Janet Root, Jan Sher, Barbara Ulrich and Helen Wallace.


The Queens Court continued more than a half-century of pageantry in honoring outstanding female volunteers in Pinellas County, naming Roseanna Costa its 2014 Queen of Hearts.

The 56th annual gala, which took place in the Grand Ballroom at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, was a benefit for the nonprofit's three selected charities for the year: the Abilities Foundation, Academy Prep Center of St. Petersburg and Daystar Life Center.

The current president of Infinity, Costa has held leadership positions in numerous community organization, including the Bayfront Hospital Auxiliary, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast, Breakfast Optimist Club of St. Petersburg, Woman's Service League and All Children's Hospital Auxiliary. She was escorted by her husband, Bob.

Also recognized were the 2014 "princesses" nominated by various charitable organizations:

Chloe Firebaugh, escorted by her father, Richard, and sponsored by the Junior League of St. Petersburg.

Chris Hilton, escorted by her husband, Bob, and sponsored by the St. Petersburg Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.

Carol Piper, escorted by her husband, Michael, and sponsored by Boley Angels.

Valerie Rankin, escorted by her son-in-law Doug Faraone and sponsored by Infinity, the League to Aid Abused Children and Adults, and the St. Anthony's Hospital Auxiliary.

Melissa Rutland, escorted by her cousin, Sgt. Edward Bussey, and sponsored by the Lupus Foundation of Florida.

Roberta Yancey, escorted by her husband, John, and sponsored by the St. Anthony's Hospital Auxiliary and the St. Petersburg Women's Chamber of Commerce.

The ceremonies also paid tribute to Maggi McQueen, the 2013 queen, and to members of last year's court: Dimity Carlson, Dianne Cohrs, Jackie O'Brien, Gail Phares, Judy Stanton and June Wedding.

Elise Minkoff, who was the 2012 honoree, is president of the Queens Court and chaired the event.


Members of the St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation honored hospital "family" at the organization's annual Legacy Dinner, which drew nearly 250 guests to the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon.

Sister Susan McGillicuddy of the Sisters of Allegany and a hospital volunteer received the Helen D. Roberts Philanthropy Award; June Wedding, a hospital auxiliary member and longtime volunteer, received the Roy G. Harrell Jr. Leadership Award; and Dr. Teresa Bradley, St. Anthony's Physician Services president, received the Hippocrates Award.

Sister Susan has been a part of St. Anthony's since 1991. She and her brothers, former U.S. Sen. Connie Mack and Dennis McGillicuddy, have worked with the foundation for the Susan Sheppard McGillicuddy Breast Center, which is named for their mother.

Wedding has served two terms as president of the auxiliary, which she represented on the state board of the Association of Florida Health Care Auxiliaries and Volunteers.

Dr. Bradley served 16 years as staff physician in the hospital's emergency department. In 2003 she was appointed vice president of medical affairs and was the hospital's interim president. She has a long record of service in the community, including serving on the board of Community Action Stops Abuse (CASA), and she is a member of Pinellas County's diabetes equity project collaborative.

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