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St. Petersburg debs special guests at recent parties

First baseman Carlos Pena, daughter Isabella and wife Pamela model for the Rays Wives Fashion Show fundraiser for the Children’s Dream Fund at Nordstrom at International Plaza.

JAMES BRANAMAN | Special to the Times

First baseman Carlos Pena, daughter Isabella and wife Pamela model for the Rays Wives Fashion Show fundraiser for the Children’s Dream Fund at Nordstrom at International Plaza.


Father's Day and fashion were the headlines at a benefit for the Children's Dream Fund and the Rays Baseball Foundation, but the event was more about talent than style, said John Zappa, manager of Nordstrom International Plaza in Tampa.

That's where the Tampa Bay Rays, their wives and family members doubled as models for the event, which raised $20,000 for the charities and was hosted by the Rays wives organization.

Fans loved seeing the players in stylish casual attire. Participants included outfielder Jonny Gomes; second baseman Akinori Iwamura and his wife, Misaki; pitcher Scott Kazmir; third baseman Evan Longoria; first baseman Carlos Pena, with wife Pamela; and centerfielder B.J. Upton.

Stephanie Wheeler, whose husband is pitcher Dan Wheeler, organized the event. The aim is to fulfill the wishes of seriously ill children: a trip to New York, tickets to a Rays' game, a vacation at Disney.

Also in the crowd of about 200 were Children's Dream Fund executive director Cynthia Lake; Rays president Matt Silverman; Rays senior adviser Dick Crippen; broadcaster Joe Magrane and his wife, Renee; founding owner Vince Naimoli with his wife, Lenda, and her twin, Glenda Young, and Jack and Mary Critchfield.

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St. Petersburg debutantes were the focus of a couple of recent parties. Dan Harvey, Dan Harvey Jr., Steve Burns and Terry Tomalin were hosts at a July 10 dinner for the young women and their fathers. The casual event took place in Parkshore Plaza.

On July 12, debs decorated keepsake picture frames at Bisque-itz, then joined their parents at a dinner in the Park Room at the Florencia.

Hosts that evening were Lennie Bennett, Dr. Steve and Cathy Collins, Bud and Mary Evertz, Lucas Fleming, the Rev. Peter and Judge Marion Fleming, Wade and Pam Hamby, Dr. Bill and Carmen Moore and Mike and Jackie Spears.

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Actor Angela Bassett, a former St. Petersburg resident, is among the famous beauties featured in the latest edition of Italian Vogue, although the magazine is difficult to find. The issue features only women of color in its editorial pages.

Bassett, who grew up in St. Petersburg and graduated from Boca Ciega High School, is shown wrapped in an American flag.

Times staff writer Amy Scherzer contributed to this report.

St. Petersburg debs special guests at recent parties 07/19/08 [Last modified: Saturday, July 19, 2008 4:32am]
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