Featuring Tampa Bay celebrities and indefatigable performers, the 25th annual "Star Power!" fashion show rocked the Palm Court Ballroom at St. Petersburg's Renaissance Vinoy Resort. A "Viva Las Vegas" theme was the backdrop for spirited dancing from Dorene Collier's Event & Show Productions and high-energy runway exhibitions featuring styles from Georgette's Boutique & Shoe Salon and Bespoke & Co. in Tampa.
Every year, the benefit is a major fundraiser for the Children's Home. Founding Pinellas Auxiliary president Karol Bullard, current president Hope Dogali and Debbie Hedges chaired the event committee, which included Lynette Carney, Beth Doyle, Hilde Hulen, Debbie Russell, Brook Sneath, Betty Southard, Carole Tonnison, Danielle Tonnison, Valerie Tolisano and Connie Whitehead.
Celebrity models included Veronica Cintron, Heidi Kiffin, Jen Holloway, Kellie Lightbourn, Chole Lupo, Chris Markowski, John Racener, Jerome Richey, Alicia Robert, Jason Romano, Mark Royals, Sheli Sanders, Holly Sinn, Margaret Word Burnside and Cathy Unruh.
A nearly full moon and almost perfect weather were among the treats enjoyed by more than 500 patrons at "Gala Under the Stars," the annual benefit for American Stage Theatre Company at St. Petersburg's Demens Landing.
It was the 26th annual fundraiser for American Stage's artistic and educational programs. Guests partook of a buffet dinner from Parkshore Grill and perused auction items before settling in for this year's production of the musical Rent. The entire 2011 American Stage in the Park season is dedicated to the memory of the late Barney Bohanan, a longtime volunteer.
LeeAnn Harris, who has worked with the organization for more than a decade, received volunteer of the year accolades.
Scott Wagman chaired the event committee, which included Matthew Conigliaro, Hal Freedman, Laura Guetzloe, Rebecca Knight, Jennifer McClintic, Jill Marie, Kristy Parker, Jean Spencer-Carnes, Cathy Swanson, Kiley Tollberg, Tim Watson and Diana Whittle.
Nearly 200 guests attending the St. Petersburg's 36th annual Mainsail Arts Festival Party gathered at Craftsman House on Central Avenue to launch the outdoor event, held April 16 and 17 in Vinoy Park.
Owners Stephanie and Jeff Schorr were the party hosts. Re Fivecoat and Gail Falkingham coordinated many of the details.
Guests included Mainsail juror Kevin Sharp, director of the Dixon Gallery & Gardens in Memphis, Tenn., along with Mainsail committee members Ed and Louise Wilson, Peter and Lisa Wells, John and Ginger Hanner, Dave and Jane Ferguson, Greg and Debbie Fisher, Rick and Linda Kinsey, Cathy Hakes and daughter Sarah, Chloe Firebaugh, Stevie Osterland, Mark and Ann Vickstrom, Barbara Deininger, Jim and Gail Falkingham, Victor and Jean Hurst, Denise Newville and daughter Nicole, Pamela Hodge, Rob and Adriana Meyer, Gretchen Tenbrock and John Wolfe.