With clothing from Tampa Bay area designers Ivanka Ska, Aleka Phoenix and Ungala, and styling by Albie Mulcahy, the Surreal Fashion Show that gave guests a preview of the new exhibit at the Salvador Dali museum was a smash success.
Museum director Hank Hine welcomed the crowd of more than 500. In fact, the event was such a big drawn that many in attendance had to stand on tiptoes to see the designs.
No matter: It was a congenial group that indulged in hors d'oeuvres from St. Petersburg's Table Restaurant and Mesa Lounge and toured the galleries to view works in "Women: Dali's View," on display through Sept. 21.
Time was, Jim Leavitt coached the University of South Florida Bulls out of a trailer across the bay in Tampa. More than 10 years later, he has a much busier schedule: The fourth annual Jim Fischer Memorial Birthday bash was his third stop of the evening.
Leavitt, who grew up in St. Petersburg and who was a student of Fischer's at Tyrone Middle School in St. Petersburg, came to the St. Petersburg Country Club as the auctioneer for the evening, a fundraiser for the Jim Fischer Scholarship Fund.
Event chair Bob Byelick said the event raised more than $25,000 for the fund, which raises money for the Doorways Scholarship program operated by the Pinellas County Education Foundation.
Fischer, who died in 2004, was a lawyer, educator and community leader. The event is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of St. Petersburg, of which he was a member.
The volunteer committee included David Abbey, Jim Beach, John Biesinger, Worth Blackwell, Charlie Canerday, Skip Carr, Mitch Cochran, Larry Halstead, Terry Hirsch, Al Karnavicius, Steven Kirby, Doug Lampe, Mark Shames, Click Slocumb and Cathy Swanson.
With Fischer's widow, Suzi, was Isaiah Walker-Shelby, the first beneficiary of the Fischer Scholarship Fund, now a student at Azalea Middle School in St. Petersburg. Mrs. Fischer said the foundation was founded because she and her late husband shared an interest in education and young people.
And Byelick reports that the Englander and Fischer law firm golf tournament, held April 14 at the Bayou Club, raised more than $31,000 for the foundation.