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Dalí Museum's 31st annual dinner is one to celebrate

The 2013 Junior Sungoddess is Haley Lehmann of Largo High, center. At left is second runnerup Paxton Brady, Palm Harbor University High, and first runnerup Mary Margaret “Molly” Hellier of St. Petersburg High IB.

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The 2013 Junior Sungoddess is Haley Lehmann of Largo High, center. At left is second runnerup Paxton Brady, Palm Harbor University High, and first runnerup Mary Margaret “Molly” Hellier of St. Petersburg High IB.


Dalí Museum officials often use the annual anniversary dinner as a "state of the museum" report to patrons.

Director Hank Hine told guests that the institution is having a significant annual economic impact on the Tampa Bay area. Fifteen paintings from the St. Petersburg landmark are on loan to the Pompidou Centre in Paris in an exhibition that runs through March 25. And a mobile classroom called the "Dalímobile" soon will visit area schools.

Hine and the staff have made the museum "work like clockwork, and not like one that's drooping," board president Tom James said, making a reference to the "melting" timepiece in the surrealist's painting The Persistence of Memory.

Event chairwoman Karen Lang Johnston also had praise for the curators and staff who organized the 31st annual gala.

"It was such a team effort," she said. "There wasn't a soul who wasn't involved in that this year."

A capacity crowd of more than 230 participated in the evening, where a floral arrangement created by Jeannine Hascall and Leigh Wilson contained materials from the museum's gardens. And the menu had whimsical touches, including a mozzarella "virtual egg" and chocolate moustache garnishes for the desserts.

Other committee members: Anje Bogott, Betty Corty, Jillian Doyle, Sally Habermeyer, Mary Harris, Hazel Hough, Mary James, Charlotte Kendall, Suzanne MacDougald, Cathy Martin, Carole Merritt, Sonya Miller, Mary Ann Morse, Linda Punzak, Janet Root, Jan Sher, Barbara Ulrich and Helen Wallace.

Allstate Roadside Services was the presenting sponsor.


Haley Lehmann of Largo High was announced as the 2013 Junior Sungoddess in a program presented at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.

A student representative to the Pinellas County School Board Rights & Responsibilities Committee and her school advisory council, she is president of Florida Future Educators and the ExCEL Board of Student Advisers.

She has volunteered with Junior Achievement, National Honor Society's holiday toy drive and Sun Coast Law Enforcement Charities and was assistant to the activities director at Regal Palms.

Mary Margaret "Molly" Hellier, a student in the St. Petersburg High School International Baccalaureate program, is first runnerup, and Paxton Brady of Palm Harbor University High School is second runnerup. Together, the three young women receive more than $5,000 in scholarships and awards.

The 20-member court participated in a community service project at the St. Petersburg Free Clinic.

A tradition since 1955, the Junior Sungoddess program was established to recognize high school girls in Pinellas County who are active in their school and community, maintain good academic standing and demonstrate a commitment to service.


Television's "Dr. H," Robert Huizenga, medical expert on NBC's The Biggest Loser, likes to talk about how altering negative habits can make positive changes in his patients' lives.

He brought that passion to his address at the annual St. Anthony's Foundation Legacy Dinner in the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park.

Lisa and David Meehan received the Helen D. Roberts Philanthropy Award; David Punzak received the Roy G. Harrell Jr. Leadership Award; and Dr. Jack Pyhel received the Hippocrates Award.

The event recognizes a number of donors to the hospital and foundation. The crowd of nearly 200 included Mary Wyatt Allen, Mary Hilton Cross, Dr. Corey and Mary Lou Johnson Evans, Phil and Stephanie Graham, Dr. Royce and Priscilla Hobby, Noreen Hodges, Pat Howells, Joan Jaicks, Jim and Charlotte Krizek, Dr. Donald and Suzanne Lanza, Janet Raymond, Dr. Mike Reilly and Roberta Yancey.

Dalí Museum's 31st annual dinner is one to celebrate 03/09/13 [Last modified: Friday, March 8, 2013 3:19pm]
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