Sherwood Financial bested 43 other teams in the St. Petersburg Free Clinic's seventh annual charity fundraiser, Battle of the Minds. The trivia event drew 350 guests to the Tradewinds Island Grand Resort in St. Pete Beach.
All in the Family, the Weyman Willingham family team, took second place, and third place went to the Healers, Wheelers and Dealers, a team of Free Clinic volunteers and staff.
Valpak president Joe Bourdow volunteered as the game show host, and Blake Kennedy conducted the auction.
Marylou Bourdow and Elise Minkoff were co-chairwomen of the planning committee, which was composed of Chris Agee, Mary Wyatt Allen, Rhonda Andersen, Joe Bourdow, Bea Bryan, Pete Calabrese, Toni Calabrese, Ed Davis, Leigha Epler, Barry Foster, Bonnie Hargrett, Steve Kilburn, Jean Markley, Catherine McGarry, Lynne Mormino, Rocio Munoz, Federico Pollicina, Virginia Rowell, Traci Ryan, Angel Schumaker, Bill Thomas, Trish Thomas, Alice Thompson, Anne Von Rosenstiel, Jim Thompson Jr. and Sherwood White.
Board chairman Jim Thompson Jr. honored Von Rosenstiel at a Jan. 25 donor appreciation reception in the Bayfront Tower. The award, created by Tarpon Springs artist Sandra "Sam" Brewster, is the first such recognition. Von Rosenstiel, an ardent clinic volunteer, is also its greatest financial contributor. She received the award on Monday at a surprise luncheon at Parkshore Grill.
What better way to celebrate a birthday than with fine food and drink? Patrons of the Science Center did just that at Wine Under the Stars, which marked the organization's 50th anniversary.
Food and beverage sponsors included Bella Brava, O'Bistro, Parkshore Grill, Sam Seltzer's Steakhouse and Texas Cattle Co. in St. Petersburg; Belleair Grill and Tucson's Southwest Grill in Clearwater; Salt Rock Grill in Indian Shores; ZenZen Wines in Clearwater; the Polished Palate in Tarpon Springs; and Delectible Edible Gifts & Chocolate Confections in Belleair Bluffs.
Tasting stations and silent auction items were spread throughout the Science Center, so patrons were able to tour the building.
A special guest was Ann White, whose late father, Starley White, gave the money for Discovery Center on campus.
Organizers said she visits from the Florida Panhandle several times during the year and has a special interest in the White Gardens at the Science Center, which bear her family's name.
Guild president Connie Whitehead and Sandy Liberatore coordinated numerous details of the tasting. Among the 250 guests were executive director Madeline McNaughton, Don Whitehead, Sparky Paradis and Randall Ierna, Sally Poynter, Nora Pearson and T.W. Curtis.
Mrs. Whitehead said the center also received a $15,000 donation from the Margaret Ewell-Dickins Foundation, whose late founder and namesake was a guild member.
Call her the presidents' president: Barbara Royston, who heads the Interlock Club, organized a Summit of Presidents, a Presidents Day luncheon at the Columbia Restaurant at the Pier in St. Petersburg. The club's membership includes past and current presidents of 50 civic clubs in Pinellas. Larry Ahern and Sue Brett, wearing period costumes, greeted guests at the event celebrating Interlock's 80th anniversary. The lunch committee included Judy Cunniff, Paula Blanda, Edie Spies, Bernice McCune, Carol Russell and Mary Wheeler.