A roadside bomb shattered the left side Bob Woodruff's skull in January 2006, as he was in Iraq to report about the war. The ABC-TV news co-anchor was in a coma for weeks. His wife, Lee Woodruff, keynote speaker at the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida annual Women of Distinction luncheon, spoke of their family's struggles. Faith, family and friends carried them through as Bob Woodruff recovered, she said, giving insights about the difficulties they faced. The couple recounted them in their bestselling book, In an Instant.
The Scouts honored Julie Janssen, superintendent of Pinellas County schools, and Tampa civic leaders Rose Ferlita, Sally S. Hill and Elizabeth Kennedy with its Women of Distinction awards at the luncheon, held in Tampa's A La Carte Event Pavilion.
Nearly 400 people turned out to hear Xerox president Ursula M. Burns' keynote address at the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce Women's Symposium.
Recently ranked in Fortune's Top 10 most powerful women in America, she has been designated Xerox's next chief executive.
Dr. Teresa Bradley, vice president of medical affairs for St. Anthony's Health Care and president of St. Anthony's Primary Care and St. Anthony's Specialists, was named 2009 Business Woman of the Year.
Barbara Heck, president of St. Petersburg's Council of Neighborhood Associations, was named Community Service Woman of the Year.
Event chairwoman Elise Minkoff also heads the chamber's Women's Council.
"Enchanted Evening," the Stuart Society's preview party for Art in Bloom, was a fantasy land for flower lovers. The invitations invited tropical wear and eschewed black tie, which may have accounted for the significant number of men who attended the event held in St. Petersburg's Museum of Fine Arts.
Professional and talented amateur designers created about 50 fresh and dried floral arrangements that interpreted artworks throughout the permanent collection; food and drink were served in the museum's Marly Room and in the gardens outdoors.
Charlotte Kendall coordinated the event schedule, and Dale Wybrow, Jeanne Houlton and Sally Wheeler oversaw the floral preparations.
Margaret Amley and Mary Anne Boston led the preview party committee, which also included Pat Campbell, Barbara DeMaire, Mary Lou DeVoe, Sunny Endicott, Sally Habermeyer, Jeannine Hascall, Kim Horstman, Mary Lou Howe, Susan Lahey, Joy Lemm, Suzanne MacDougald, Signe Oberhofer, Carol Piper, Joty Puckett, Mary Booker Wall and Becky Wells.