Tuesday, January 16, 2018
News Roundup

Social Scene: Prom Magic raises funds for Beth Dillinger Foundation

Prom Magic raises funds for foundation

"Value Me," the sixth annual Beth Dillinger Foundation's Prom Magic luncheon and fashion show, starts at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon, 950 Lake Carillon Drive. $60. beth dillinger.org; (727) 347-5600.

Derby hats apropos

The St. Petersburg Woman's Club hosts a Kentucky Derby luncheon and card party from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday in the clubhouse, 40 Snell Isle Blvd. NE. Participants are encouraged to wear hats. $20. Reservations: (727) 821-8006, (727) 823-4761.

Women's expo is set

Women with Purpose will offer a women's expo and luncheon from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Nielsen headquarters, 501 Brooker Creek Blvd., Oldsmar. The event is a fundraiser to help other nonprofits raise money for cancer patients' nonmedical needs and to offer help to those facing catastrophic situations. Featured speakers include Teresa Tapp, Lynn Wise, Sheryl Fry and Alishia Willardson. $25. (727) 641-3171.

Run for the Roses

The St. Petersburg chapter of the Links will present its Kentucky Derby Run for the Roses Gala from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Rutland-Farley estate, 5030 Sunrise Drive S. All guests are encouraged to wear hats for the party, which will feature signature food and drink plus entertainment. The fundraiser benefits the organization's community projects. $50. stpetelinks.org; (727) 460-5140.

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Fake social media accounts pose as jackpot winner Shane Missler

Fake social media accounts pose as jackpot winner Shane Missler

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Italian Butterfingers? Nestle selling candy business for $2.9B

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In major shift, House bill would turn three USF universities into one

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St. Pete officer suspended for month after pushing concert guard

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School board member is ‘dumbfounded’ by Times report on Hillsborough substitute teachers

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Video captures basketball game between kids, St. Petersburg officers

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23 seek vacant PSC post

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Tampa judge denies ‘stand your ground’ claim in Lyfe Coleman murder case

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