Boot-kicking line dancers get into the spirit at "A Night under the Country Stars'' to benefit First Tee. They are, from left, Mike Robson; Linda Bella; Pamela Arbisi, fundraising director of the First Tee of St. Petersburg; Michelle Foster; and Megan Simpson. The event, held at the Rutland-Farley estate, featured barbecue, music and a live auction. First Tee uses golf to teach life skills to young people from a variety of backgrounds.
Supporters of St. Petersburg's [email protected] made merry in their kitchens for a series of fundraising collaborative dinner parties.
Hosts included artistic director Bob Devin Jones and James Howell; Bill Felice and Dale Lappe; Erica Allums; Diane Bailey Morton, whose culinary co-host was Robert Danielson; Dar Webb and Clint Page; Karen Monroe and Derek Keys; and Ron and Pat Mason.
Dinner at the Masons, where I was a beneficiary of Pat Mason's culinary gifts, was an aromatic banana Thai curry with red snapper and Key West shrimp over bok choy, Napa cabbage, shiitake mushroom and jasmine rice and a green salad enlivened by the vivid red of watermelon radish slices.
Afterward, guests went to the studio for desserts prepared by more volunteers and cabaret-style entertainment from Nate Najar, Paul Wilborn and Eugenie Bondurant and Frank Bowman.
Academy Prep Center of St. Petersburg honored longtime supporter Ben Fisher at its inaugural Breakfast of Scholars, held in the St. Petersburg Hilton Bayfront.
Recently retired as executive director of the Academy Prep Center Foundation, Fisher continues to serve on the board of trustees.
Board of trustees chairwoman Linda Marcelli and board member John Erik Savitsky announced the launch of the Ben Fisher Alumni Mentoring Award, which will be presented to one graduate every year who has shown leadership and been a role model for current students.
About 170 people attended the event, including Fisher's wife, Carol. Speakers included alumni Bernard Scott, who now is in a management program at Jabil, and Tajaa Teartt, who attends Admiral Farragut Academy.
Academy Prep is a private middle school for students who qualify for need-based scholarships.
The St. Petersburg Alumnae Panhellenic Association hosted its annual scholarship and fashion show luncheon at the Isla del Sol Yacht and Country Club, honoring Kappa Delta alumnus Brenda Dannewitz with the Eleanor Jones Tanner Woman of the Year Award for leadership and service. The recognition is presented by Alpha Chi Omega. Margot Tanner McBath, Alpha Omicron Pi, made the presentation in memory of her mother.
Modeling clothing from Patchington of Isla del Sol were Ann Beaman and Joan Jaicks, Delta Gamma; Carol DeWan, Zeta Tau Alpha; Barbara Hansen and Saranan Lauck, Kappa Alpha Theta; and Kaki Russell, Kappa Delta.
Russell led the event committee, which included Pat Lins, Delta Zeta; Merrie Beth Neely, Kappa Delta; and Maureen Woodard, Delta Delta Delta.
Proceeds from the luncheon, along with dues and donations from members, pay for scholarships for collegiate women.