The St. Petersburg Bar Association & Foundation presented its annual Liberty Bell award to Dr. Frederic Guerrier, a family practitioner and native of Haiti who has led several medical missions to his homeland and helped obtain medical treatment for Haitians in the United States. Guerrier also volunteers with the St. Petersburg Free Clinic.
Each year, the Liberty Bell award is presented to a nonlawyer for outstanding contributions to the community.
Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Mark Shames received the Judicial Appreciation Award.
President John Biesinger was master of ceremonies at the luncheon at the Mirror Lake Lyceum. Dion R. Hancock chaired the Law Week committee.
Debra Toney, president of the National Black Nurses Association, was the keynote speaker at the St. Petersburg chapter's 17th annual nursing scholarship banquet, held at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront.
More than 120 guests attended the dinner, where scholarships were presented to Victoria Thompson, a registered nurse pursuing a bachelor of science in nursing degree at St. Petersburg College, and Oluyimika Emmanuel Adebowale, who is studying to be a licensed practical nurse at the Pinellas Technical Education Centers. The awards are based on academic achievement and financial need.
The local chapter collaborates with several other organizations to provide health fairs and screenings throughout the year and gives financial aid to students who are experiencing economic hardship.
Evelyn C. Gardner, a co-founder of the St. Petersburg chapter, is its health policy liaison; Janie Johnson is the chapter president.
Members of the Stuart Society, a supporting group for St. Petersburg's Museum of Fine Arts, present a season of fundraisers for the museum each year; the array of creative gatherings is called, collectively, Affaires d'Art.
More than 50 Stuart Society members and supporters indulged in "A Night in Havana," a dinner prepared and donated by Habana Café owner Jo Hastings in the home she shares with her husband, Gulfport Vice Mayor David Hastings.
The evening featured Latin music and included the flan cheesecake for which Mrs. Hastings won an award from Southern Living magazine. She also is the author of the Habana Café Cookbook.
Hosts included Julia Sorbo, Maritza Smith, Mary Shuh, Helene Hardick, Diane Fair, Isabel Schoenberg, Betty Bowley, Priscilla Hobby, Shirley Kaylor, Beegie Arnes, Edie Spies and Carol Upham.