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Social scene: Parties, events and honors

Fred and Carol Whaley, left, join retired Gen. Bryan “Doug” Brown, guest host of the party preceding PARC’s 35th annual golf tournament. The party April 17 at USF St. Petersburg attracted about 200 supporters and ushered in the tournament at the Bayou Club in Largo.

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Fred and Carol Whaley, left, join retired Gen. Bryan “Doug” Brown, guest host of the party preceding PARC’s 35th annual golf tournament. The party April 17 at USF St. Petersburg attracted about 200 supporters and ushered in the tournament at the Bayou Club in Largo.


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About 100 guests filled the tables on the spacious lawn at Mary Wyatt Allen's St. Petersburg home for the annual Low Country Shrimp Boil to benefit Infinity, the League to Aid Abused Children and Adults.

Paul Pearson, Rick McCollum, Bob Costa and Jim Wittstruck tended the cooking pots, preparing who knows how many pounds of shrimp, sausage, new potatoes and corn for the crowd.

Outgoing president Nora Pearson co-chaired the event with Diane Winning. Among those attending were incoming Infinity president Sally Poynter, Linda Osmundson, Patsy Buker, Debbie and Verne Barnes, Bill and Marion Ballard, Mary Cunningham, Catherine McGarry, Barbie Johnson, Carrie Johnson, Anne Long, Janet Raymond, Niel Allen, Judy Stanton, Tony and Carolyn Bond, Mike Keefer, and Maggi McQueen, Carol Phelps, Nancy Smith, Karen McCollum, Tom and Elise Minkoff, Richard Winning, Edie Spies, Evelyn Wilty, Roseanna Costa, Mary Wheeler, Dr. Norval Marr and Ardith Rutland, Melissa Rutland, and newlyweds Randy and Sparky Ierna.


Community Action Stops Abuse deviated from its traditional program at the sixth annual A Good Night's Sleep Luncheon to pay tribute to one of its own.

Board president Dan Mageras welcomed 350 guests to the Grand Ballroom at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort to honor CASA's executive director, Linda A. Osmundson.

Past board members and longtime CASA supporters Mary Shuh and Mark Kamleiter noted Osmundson's work against domestic violence and stressed CASA's need for continuing support.

Members of the CASA Peacemakers Program engaged the audience with puppets and paper dolls to demonstrate their work with children affected by family violence, and Chris Clark read Through God's Eyes, one of his original poems.

Kathy Whittemore chaired the event, assisted by members of the luncheon committee, which included Bob Barnum, Don Culpepper, Tuesdi Dyer, Katherine Lenel, Julia Sorbo and Audrey Wood.


On the eve of PARC's 35th annual golf tournament, held at the Bayou Club in Largo, about 200 supporters attended a Friday night party at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg's activities center.

Retired Gen. Bryan "Doug" Brown, a former commander of U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base, was guest host for the event.

Honored for their contributions to the tournament since its inception in 1974 were Bobbie and Chuck Burkett (he is golf chairman emeritus), Bert Muller, Carol Monti, Carole Zappala, the Stogniew family, Ted Sonnenschein, Sherwood White and Tom James.

Tom Harrington, Andrea Kanne, John Kanne and Susan Rasmussen were co-chairs for the event, whose major sponsors were Raymond James Financial and Zeno Office Solutions.

Attendees included PARC president and chief executive Sue Buchholtz; PARC board chairman Bob Byelick, with his wife, Barbara; Jeff Julien; Karen Schultz; Bob Crockett; Vincent and Lorene Dolan; Gary and Cheryl Sanchez; David and Carol Pilkington; and Tino and Penny Mastry.

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Two Tampa Bay area organizations are honoring David Fischer, president and chief executive of the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay.

The nonprofit, tax-exempt organization administers an estimated $115 million in assets from individuals, corporations, private foundations and other nonprofit organizations to support the charitable needs of the region.

The Hillsborough County Chapter of the American Red Cross recognized him with its 2009 Legacy Award, which is given each year to acknowledge a person's "professional contribution toward promoting charitable planned giving in the community."

And Tampa Bay CEO magazine included him in the Tampa Bay 100, which it says recognizes the 100 business leaders with the greatest influence on the region's economic development and community.

Fischer, who is active in numerous civic efforts, is a resident and former mayor of St. Petersburg.

Social scene: Parties, events and honors 05/02/09 [Last modified: Saturday, May 2, 2009 4:31am]
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