It was a golden celebration for the Police Athletic League of St. Petersburg, staged in the Palm Court Ballroom of the Renaissance Vinoy Resort. Organizers of the gala looked to 1950s Hollywood for the theme, hiring actors who posed as Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley to mingle with guests, and adding entertainment such as a handwriting analyst, a photo booth and a caricature artist.
Former Buccaneers fullback Mike Alstott was honorary chairman for the event, which acknowledged 50 longtime supporters of PAL including original members, community police officers and past board members.
Luke Williams, assistant St. Petersburg police chief, spoke of his experiences with PAL as a youth and in adulthood.
Robin Grabowski led the event committee, which included PAL executive director Melissa Myers, board chairman Sean Kelly, George Hoskinson, Ed Schatzman and Amanda Taylor.
Members of the Boley Angels held their springtime membership reception in the St. Petersburg home of Diane and Richard Winning.
The crowd of about 30 people included Boley Centers executive director Gary MacMath, director of housing development Jack Humburg and new Boley Angels president Nora Pearson.
Event committee members, in addition to Pearson, were Ginny Battaglia, Sally Poynter and Loretta Ross. Sharon Clayton is retiring as president of the group, which supports Boley Centers' mission of providing treatment, rehabilitation, employment and housing services to persons affected by mental illness and substance abuse.
Coach, Chanel, Christian Dior and HSN — more than 100 handbags from Tampa Bay area donors were available for purchase in a silent auction at the fourth annual Purses & Passion luncheon to benefit programs of YWCA Tampa Bay.
Nearly 200 patrons attended the event, held in the Renaissance Vinoy in St. Petersburg.
Mary Brown, a graduate of the YWCA's program for pregnant teens, was the keynote speaker. She now works with teenagers in the Pinellas County school system while studying for a doctorate.
Co-chairs were Roslyn Graham and Carol Fisher, with help from her husband, Ben. Committee members included YWCA board chairwoman Sharon Jackson, chief executive officer Joyce Pritchett, Aimee and Jamie Bennett, Catherine McGarry, Elise Minkoff, Sonja Felton, Mary Wyatt Allen, Jenee Skipper, Joan Steelman, Lynn Kiehne, Paula Turner and Rita Wesley.
More than 150 patrons attended the sixth annual Jim Fischer-Skip Carr Bash, raising in excess of $32,000 for the Mayor's Mentors and More and the Doorways Scholarship Program in conjunction with the Pinellas Education Foundation.
St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster and his predecessor Rick Baker were among the guests at the benefit, held at the St. Petersburg Country Club. The fundraiser originated with the Kiwanis Club of St. Petersburg and is a memorial to the two community leaders. Since 2004, it has presented scholarships to 158 students.
Key organizers included Bob Byelick, Linda Carr, Kevin Carr, Al Karnavicius and Suzi Fischer. Cornerstone Bank, where the late Skip Carr was chief executive, was the lead sponsor.
Also attending were Isaiah Walker-Shelby, a student at Boca Ciega High School and the first scholarship recipient, and Annaleese Delgado, a student at Lakewood High School and the granddaughter of the Rev. J.W. Cate, a onetime St. Petersburg City Council member. Delgado is a recipient of a Doorways Scholarship.