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....
10/01/14 Human Interest
Dancing With the Stars benefit
Tampa Bay's Dancing With the Stars, which benefits Academy Prep Center of St. Petersburg, Angels Against Abuse, Housing & Education Alliance, Pepin Academies, Relay for Life, the Kind Mouse and Voices for Children, and Julie Weintraub's Hands Across the Bay, runs from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday at TPepin Hospitality Centre, 4121 N 50th St., Tampa. The event is presented by Hands Across the Bay. $250. handsacrossthebay.org; (727) 573-9351....
10/01/14 Human Interest
The grounds were too sodden for lawn games and the synchronized swimmers were unable to put in a full performance, but the show did go on at "Great Extravaganza: The Garden Party," the 1920s-themed bash for Great Explorations Children's Museum.
Development director Beatriz Maxson said about 300 guests gathered under a big tent set up on the grounds at the Rutland-Farley estate, where hosts Michele and Phil Farley invited the crowd indoors for the auction fundraising portion of the evening after the weekend storm brought steady rain....
09/24/14 Human Interest
Sept. 6, 2014
Freshly inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, onetime Tampa Bay Buccaneer Derrick Brooks was the keynote speaker at the Pinellas County Urban League's annual Equal Opportunity Day gala.
More than 500 guests attended the dinner at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park, where the former linebacker encouraged investing in children and community service....
09/23/14 Human Interest
Support Daystar Life Center
Daystar Life Center presents "Fashion Fling," a fundraising luncheon featuring clothing from Daystar Thrift Shoppe in St. Petersburg, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, 1600 54th Ave. S. $25. (727) 498-8794.
Great Explorations fundraiser
"Great Extravaganza," the annual fundraiser for Great Explorations, the children's museum, has a 1920s garden party theme Saturday at the Rutland-Farley estate, 5030 Sunrise Drive S, St. Petersburg. The event begins with a VIP sunset reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and continues from 7 to 11 p.m. with cocktails, dinner, vintage lawn games, entertainment and dancing. $150 VIP, $100 general admission. greatex.org; (727) 821-8992....
09/18/14 Human Interest
A creative evening
Participants get hands-on opportunities at creating with clay on Saturday at "Eat Rich, Play Dirty," the major fundraiser for the Morean Arts Center. The event takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Morean Center for Clay, 420 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg. $100; $50 persons younger than 40. morean artscenter.org; (727) 822-7872.
Mastry to be honored at gala...
As youngsters living in a tight-knit community, Jaclyn Raulerson and Jarod Dicks certainly knew each other.
"Growing up, we were on the same swim team together," Jaclyn said. "He was always part of the cool, older crowd. Our parents have been friends for a very long time."
Their fathers had both served as mayor of Plant City, and the adults kept in touch.
"We both have our parents to thank for our marriage," she said. "If it weren't for them, we wouldn't have met."...