Amy Scherzer’s Diary: Weekly Wrap-Up of the Tampa Social Scene

TV anchors, glitzy gowns and former Bucs highlight the latest collection of events
Published December 12 2018
Updated December 13 2018

30th annual Georgette’s Holiday Fashion Show

Cheers to 30 years of Georgette’s Holiday Fashion Shows, the glamorous labor of love produced by the Tampa boutique that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for St. Joseph’s Hospitals Foundation. Television newscasters and other models zipped in and out of glitzy gowns, ripped jeans and prom and pageant dresses at the sold-out luncheon Dec. 7. Colleen Orender’s voice, Betsy Isaak’s violin and Event Show Production’s dancers ratcheted up the runway dazzle at the Hilton Downtown Tampa.

Co-chairs Brenda Sproat and Priscilla Castellano netted $200,000 to buy ultrasound equipment for the hospital, helped by auctioneer Don Germaise, Continental Wholesale Jewelry bling king Andy Meyer and the handsome Cheesecake Factory Give Back Team who sold a whopping $18,000 worth of raffle tickets. Radiologist and model Tracy Halme gave a very personal thank you on behalf of the Shimberg Breast Center.

10th annual Power of Giving

Perks for Power of Giving partygoers supporting the Ryan Nece Foundation: selfies with Tampa Bay Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston, blackjack with former wide receiver Vincent Jackson, and Plinko with former Buc Nece, who invited his pals to mingle with 350 celebrants at the student leadership training program’s 10th annual holiday benefit. Teens under Nece’s mentorship have volunteered more than 25,000 service hours, including feeding 16,000 people at a Thanksgiving event.

Josh Walther and the Phase5 Band played a jolly setlist Dec. 6 as Cask, Little Greek, Metro Dinner, Seasons 52 and Eddie V’s offered bites around auction displays and casino tables at TPepin’s Hospitality Centre. The Hard Rock Hotel hosted a divine dessert bar as balloons dropped and popped.

Home is Where the Heart Is

What’s the next best thing to visiting Derek Jeter’s house? Appetizers next door at the Davis Islands home of Monica and Brad Culpepper, one of three stops on A Kid’s Place of Tampa Bay’s annual “Home Is Where the Heart Is” Holiday Stroll. Guests strolled, golf carted or boated to each of the lavishly and lovingly Christmas-adorned homes Dec. 7. Mindy and Randy Ogden served short ribs and mashed potatoes on the festive waterfront. Around the corner, crepes and S’mores awaited poolside amid Cynthia and Todd Alley’s countless seasonal collectibles. With 175 guests, the portable party raised $35,000 for the 60-bed residence built to keep siblings in foster care together.