11/28/14 Human Interest
Panhellenic holiday party
The St. Petersburg Panhellenic Association hosts a holiday party and ornament exchange on Wednesday at Middle Grounds Grill, 109025 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. (727) 543-7286.
"Sprinkles," a holiday cookie decorating event presented by the St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation, takes place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 6 in the ballroom at Staybridge Suites, 940 Fifth Ave. S, St. Petersburg. The event, which is open to all ages, benefits the hospital's Susan Sheppard McGillicuddy Breast Center. $45. stanthonysfoundation.org/sprinkles...
11/25/14 Human Interest
With authentic music from Ybor City's Orquesta Infinidad, and food from Parkshore Grill, the St. Petersburg Museum of History's "Hot Havana Nights" fundraiser also offered spectacular nighttime views of the city's waterfront from inside historic Hangar 1 at Albert Whitted Airport.
Organizers called the evening a celebration of "the golden age of passenger airline service," when flying from St. Petersburg to Cuba was an actuality....
ST. PETERSBURG — They'd both been in long-term relationships that had ended. Hope trumped experience, and they turned to the Internet.
Posting on the free dating site PlentyOf Fish, Lori Ann Clark said, was "my one last-ditch effort to meet someone online. I was over it."
She had a few other dates before connecting with Byron Spradlin.
"He had a good personality. He seemed kind of real."...
11/13/14 Human Interest
Hot Havana Nights
The St. Petersburg Museum of History will host "Hot Havana Nights, a Tropical Gala in St. Pete," celebrating the golden age of passenger airline service, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Nov. 21 in Historic Hangar 1 at Albert Whitted Airport, 107 Eighth Ave. SE. The fundraiser will feature dinner and entertainment; Havana chic attire encouraged. $150. spmoh.org/havana; (727) 894-1052....
11/11/14 Human Interest
A crowd of 450 persons attending the annual Margaret Acheson Stuart Society's fashion show and luncheon meant moving to the Palm Court Ballroom of the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort, a larger venue than the hotel's Grand Ballroom, which has been the most recent home for the annual extravaganza.
In addition to a high-energy, high-style runway show featuring fall fashions from Neiman Marcus, the fundraiser for the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, featured a silent auction and opportunities. (Longtime patron Mary Shuh received the $5,000 Neiman gift card, presented in Waterford.)...
11/06/14 Human Interest
St. Petersburg's Studio@620 celebrated its 10th anniversary in grand style at the Coliseum, recognizing five couples in an evening it called "Magic of Community."
And magic it was, including performances by Czyk, aerialists, stilt walkers, an accordionist and a Frank Sinatra-inspired performance of My Kind of Town delivered by Mayor Rick Kriseman.
The evening was dedicated to David and Astrid Ellis. Dave Ellis helped to create the studio in 2004 and became its artistic director emeritus in 2009. Astrid Ellis spent her career as an administrator in health care with emphasis on obstetrics and pediatrics and is the studio's current treasurer....
10/29/14 Human Interest
Tampa Bay Watch dinner
"Evening for the Bay," a fundraiser for Tampa Bay Watch restoration and education efforts, will feature a buffet dinner and live music from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at 3000 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde. $80 members, $90 all others. tampabaywatch.com; (727) 867-8166, ext. 234.
Studio Honors celebration
The Studio @620 celebrates its 10th anniversary on Saturday by honoring Dr. Susan and Peter Betzer, Drs. Nancy and Ken Bryant, Jeanne and Peter Meinke, Richard and Mimi Rice, and David Warner and Larry Biddle. The Studio Honors dinner begins at 6:20 p.m. in the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $100. thestudioat620.org; (727) 895-6620....
10/28/14 Human Interest
Supporters of Academy Prep Center of St. Petersburg filled the ballroom inside the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort Sunset Ballroom, hearing success story after success story from the school and its alumni.
WTVT-TV news anchor Mark Wilson was master of ceremonies for the event. As a recent volunteer at the school, he said, he could vouch for the rigorous questions he received while pinch-hitting for his colleague, meteorologist Paul Dellegatto....
In 2006, the year after he became the Rays manager, Joe Maddon introduced Thanksmas to the greater Tampa Bay area.
Held between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the events are designed to raise awareness about the homeless. And they have fed hundreds.
Maddon, his wife, Jaye, and team representatives shop for, prepare and serve the meals: spaghetti and meatballs, pierogies, salad, Italian bread and cake....
10/22/14 Human Interest
Ghoulwill Bash aids Goodwill
Goodwill Industries-Suncoast will host "Ghoulwill Bash," a Halloween-themed party featuring food, music and a "Cloak & Swagger" runway show of costumes featuring Goodwill store finds starting at 7 p.m. today in the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. The event benefits the agency's services for people with disabilities. Guests may enter a costume contest; cocktail attire suggested for those who do not wear costumes. $75. goodwill-suncoast.org; toll-free, 1-888-279-1988, ext. 1052....
10/22/14 Human Interest
Patrons at PARC's 45th annual black-tie fundraiser danced to the music of Kool & the Gang and honored this year's 13 Magnetic Men at a sold-out gala in the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort.
It is the seventh year of honoring male community leaders, who this year included Mike Alstott, Dan Casey, Bill Currie, David Downing, Dr. Jonathan Ellen, Mack R. Hicks, Paul Manfrey, Capt. Tom McClelland, Iqbal Paroo, Chuck Prather, Jim Shatz and Larry Williams. ...
GULFPORT — Dr. William LaTorre had ordered stone crab claws for their anniversary dinner on Thursday, "which is our tradition," Wendy LaTorre said.
"Just the two of us. After 38 years, that's what you do."
She left for the gym before sunrise, as is her custom. When she returned home, his car was gone. As usual.
"It was that normal a day," she said. "My anniversary cards were sitting on the table."...
10/15/14 Human Interest
BrewHaHa is Saturday
BrewHaHa, a Halloween-themed extravaganza that includes food, fire cannons, psychic readers, costume contests, music and more, this year benefits the 1Voice Foundation to help children who have cancer. The party starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Rutland-Farley estate, 5030 Sunrise Drive S, St. Petersburg. $100. brewhaha.info; (813) 787-3042.
Academy Prep benefit...
10/09/14 Human Interest
'Magnetic Men' in the spotlight
The annual PARC black-tie fundraiser on Saturday will pay tribute to 13 "Magnetic Men" in the community. The Sapphire Ball runs from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort, 501 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $175. parc-fl-org; (727) 341-6962.
Costumes, cocktails at Dalí
"Suenos de Dalí (Dreams of Dalí ): From Barcelona to Paris, a 1920s Bohemian Soiree," connects artists Salvador Dalí and Pablo Picasso to the two cities starting at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Dalí Museum, 1 Dalí Blvd., St. Petersburg. The costume party is hosted by the Dalí Museum Guild and will feature craft cocktails, food tastings, gallery access and entertainment. $125 members, $150 all others. thedali.org/suenos; (727) 623-4770....
10/09/14 Human Interest
"Soup's On," the annual luncheon fundraiser for the St. Petersburg Free Clinic, raised more than $91,000 and took in 4,600 pounds — more than 2 tons — at the St. Petersburg Coliseum.
The event drew about 500 patrons, who brought nonperishable food and toiletries for people in need. Men from Beacon House, the clinic's men's shelter, prepared soup for the meal....