Soup's On, the St. Petersburg Free Clinic's annual event to heighten awareness of hunger in the community, had a record attendance of 450 at the Coliseum, where donors contributed about 5,400 pounds of food and more than $65,000 in sponsorships and financial gifts.
Board chair Elise Minkoff and executive director Beth Houghton presented the annual Margin of Excellence Soup Can awards, given to individuals and organizations that address hunger in the community. The 2012 recipients are Lee and Rose Patterson; Ruth Wortham; Anne Von Rosenstiel; Mark Ruffner; First Baptist Church of St. Petersburg; DoubleTree Resort, North Redington Beach; Grainger Industrial Supply; Madeira Beach Fundamental School; and the Polywogs charity golf tournament.
WTVT-TV news anchor Cynthia Smoot was mistress of ceremonies. The First Baptist Church Sons of Thunder and the Canterbury singers performed for the event, and students from the Canterbury School of Florida served the soup and bread meal.
Tampa Bay area fashion designers John William Barger III and Alla K (Kupaeva) were the stars of the runway in St. Petersburg's One Progress Plaza for this year's "Swanky Soiree" to benefit Brookwood Florida.
There was music by Big Night Out, with restaurants donating food and drink for the more than 200 people who attended the event and raised more than $75,000 for programs at the residential and therapeutic organization that serves troubled girls.
Barger chaired the 2012 event with help from Leah Dohrman, Phyllis Eig, Beth Herendeen, Ernest Hooper, Sparky Ierna, Kathy Jones, Karen Julien, Joyce Larson, Walter Larson, Sharon O'Gradney-Krkljus, Olivia Scott, Edie Spies, Diane Sunden and Diane Winning.
Event sponsors were entertained on Sept. 21 with an appreciation dinner catered by Bascom's Chop House in the home of Walter and Joyce Larson.
Nominations sought to recognize generosity
The St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation is accepting nominations for three honors: the Helen D. Roberts Philanthropy Award, the Roy G. Harrell Jr. Leadership Award and the Hippocrates Award. Forms are available at stanthonysfoundation.org. They can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed to (727) 825-1184 or mailed to the St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation, 1200 Seventh Ave. N, St. Petersburg, FL 33705. For information, call (727) 820-7895. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 31.