With dinner prepared by Tampa Bay area chef Tom Pritchard and more than 20 desserts from community volunteers, St. Petersburg's Studio@620 marked its fifth anniversary with a gala dinner and the inaugural Social Justice Pioneers Awards presentation held in the studio of artists Robert Stackhouse and Carol Mickett.
Honorees are historian Ray Arsenault; the late historian John Hope Franklin; U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga.; actor Susan Sarandon; and photographer Herb Snitzer.
Arsenault received his award from his cousin Monica Rowland of the Florida Humanities Council; he also made the presentation to Snitzer. Franklin's son John, attending with wife Karen from Washington, D.C., accepted for his father; state Rep. Darryl Rouson accepted on Lewis' behalf; and Terry Tomalin accepted for Sarandon, who is his sister.
Entertainers included Dundu Dole Urban African Ballet, Sharon Scott, Alesha Harris, Nate Najar and Shawn Brown.
The 180 guests included producing artistic director Bob Devin Jones; artistic director emeritus David Ellis and his wife, Astrid; Freedom Riders David and Winonah Myers; event steering committee chairwoman Joanne Johnson; state Rep. Bill Heller; Carol Dameron; Karen White; Sylvia Rusche; Ron and Pat Mason; T. Scott Wooten and Julie Rowe; Vyrle and Mozell Davis; Brian Reale; Kathy Arsenault; Duncan McClellan; Eric and Meg Higgs; Raphael and Sarah Perrier; Bonita Cobb; Kevin Lane and Eric Davis; Desmond Clark and Thadeus Root; Robin O'Dell; Clint Page and Dar Webb; Simone Bennett and Rep DeLoach; Hal Freedman and Willi Rudowski; Maria Emilia and Greg Vossler; Sheldon and Ann Wykell; Gail Simpson; Bob Glaser; and Al May.
From business totes to lunch bags to designer clutches, the silent auction at "Purses & Passion" offered an array of accessories along with other items to raise money for the many programs of the YWCA of Tampa Bay.
St. Petersburg fashion designer and stylist Ivanka Ska was mistress of ceremonies for the luncheon, held in the Renaissance Vinoy Resort.
More than 240 guests attended the event, including community volunteer Joann Barger, who was featured on the program cover; Kim Barger, Barbie Bauman, Fran Davis, Carol Fisher, Maggi McQueen, Chris Self, Barbara Glowaski, Dr. Kathleen Griffin, Helen Leslie, Elise Minkoff, Carlen Peterson, Carol Phelps, Sally Poynter, Marion Rich, Mary Wyatt Allen, Maria Edmonds, Sandra Lyth, Peggy Sanchez Mills, Catherine McGarry, Charlene McPherson, Jane Putzel, Judy Humbert, Janet Raymond, Cynthia Johnson and Jenee Skipper.
Sharon Jackson headed the event committee, which included Aimee Bennett, Sonja Felton, Roslyn Graham, Hillary Hubbard, Mary Jean Kisner, Charlene McPherson, Avery Slyker, Joan Steelman, Vidya Varani and Vikki Yates.