10/20/15 Human Interest
The Dalí Museum Guild will host "Sueños de Dalí," a surreal costume and tasting event Saturday celebrating the upcoming "Dalí and Disney: Architects of the Imagination" exhibition. 8 p.m. to midnight at the museum, 1 Dalí Blvd., St. Petersburg. $125 members; $150 nonmembers. thedali.org; (727) 623-4726.
The West Central Florida Council Boy Scouts of America will present Distinguished Citizens Awards at their annual dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg Student Center, 200 Sixth Ave. S. Honorees are Lucas DeVicente, Harvey Ford, Bob Gualtieri, Mark LaPrade and Sophia Wisniewska. (727) 391-3800, ext. 219. $125....
10/15/15 Human Interest
Soup, bread and a brownie: That's a good lunch by most standards, and a hearty meal to the 50,000 Pinellas County residents who receive food assistance from the St. Petersburg Free Clinic each month.
About 500 supporters at the annual "Soup's On" fundraising luncheon partook of that fare and brought more than 5,000 pounds of nonperishable food and household necessities to the Coliseum. The event, chaired by Beth Vivio, raised $81,000 for the nonprofit organization....
10/14/15 Human Interest
St. Anthony's Hospital Auxiliary to host fashion show
The St. Anthony's Hospital Auxiliary presents "Rock the Runway," a luncheon and fashion show featuring styles from Dillard's beginning at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway. $50. (727) 448-7119; (727) 776-1903.
Dalí Museum's guild to present costume, tasting event
The Dalí Museum's guild will host Suenos de Dalí, a surreal costume and tasting event connected to the upcoming "Dalí and Disney: Architects of the Imagination" exhibition Oct. 24 at the museum, 1 Dalí Blvd., St. Petersburg. The event runs from 8 to 11 p.m. $125 members; $150 nonmembers. thedali.org; (727) 623-4726....
10/07/15 Human Interest
The YWCA of Tampa Bay honored several Tampa Bay area leaders at its "Pearls of Wisdom" fundraising luncheon, held in the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park, which focuses on the organization's key initiatives: eliminating racism and empowering women.
Gems of the Community awards went to St. Petersburg Free Clinic executive director Beth Houghton, who was presented by St. Petersburg deputy mayor Kanika Tomalin; National Council of Negro Women president Angela Rouson, presented by African American Heritage Association of St. Petersburg president Gwendolyn Reese; State Sen. Arthenia Joyner, presented by St. Petersburg urban affairs director Nikki Gaskin-Capehart; and St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce visitor experience manager Kristina Alspaw, presented by chamber president and CEO Chris Steinocher....
10/07/15 Human Interest
"A Grande Gala for Flappers & Fellas," a Roaring '20s theme party to benefit Religious Community Services, takes place Saturday at Banquet Masters, 13355 49th St. N, Clearwater. The evening features food, drink and entertainment. 6 p.m. VIP, $500 for two; 7 to 11 p.m. all others, $125. rcspinellas.org/grandegala; (727) 584-3528.
The Studio Honors, a benefit for the Studio@620, will celebrate numerous supporters starting at 6:20 p.m. Saturday at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg Ballroom, 200 Sixth Ave. S. $100. thestudioat620.org....
09/30/15 Human Interest
Major donors to the St. Petersburg Opera Company dined under an outdoor tent set up near the water at Redington Beach outside Claudia McCorkle's home, Seaside, with Michael's on East of Sarasota catering the meal for members of the Bel Canto and Maestro circles (contributors of $5,000 and more).
McCorkle is sponsoring Carmen, scheduled Oct. 18-20 at the Palladium Theatre, and entertainment for the evening included performances from Jennifer Feinstein (Carmen) and Michael Morrow (Don Jose), guitarist Bob Webb and pianist Mun Tzung Wong....
09/30/15 Human Interest
The Bowtie Ball, a 40th anniversary celebration for the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, will honor retired CBS News journalist Bob Schieffer at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon, 950 Lake Carillon Drive. $125 general reception and dinner; $250 exclusive dessert reception (includes general reception and dinner). poynter.org/thebowtieball; (727) 553-4676.
Boley Angels will host a Low-Country Boil at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Mary R. Koenig Center, 647 34th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. $40. Send checks to Boley Angels in care of June Wedding, 6900 10th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 289-7418....
09/24/15 Human Interest
Great Extravaganza 2015, "Rendezvous in Rio," will have a Brazilian Carnival theme on Saturday at the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. The fundraiser for Great Explorations Children's Museum features food, drink, entertainment and auctions. 5:30 p.m. VIP $225, 7 p.m. general admission $125. greatex.org/calendar/rio2015.
The St. Petersburg Panhellenic Association will host its annual meet and greet event at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Hollander Hotel, 421 Fourth Ave. (727) 215-7107....
09/23/15 Human Interest
Party guests packed the Morean Center for Clay at the annual Eat Rich, Play Dirty fundraiser, where hands-on activities included pottery-making, letterpress, massage therapy, zentangle and painting with chocolate, wine, coffee and tea.
Patrons also sampled food from Banyan Cafe, CA Cafe, Cafe 1001, Emmanuel Roux, Gratzzi, Il Ritorno, Lee Roy Selmon's, The Mill, My Southern Fusion, Parkshore Grill, Salt Rock Grill and Sea Salt. There were signature drinks, plus beer, wine and a whiskey tasting bar....
09/16/15 Human Interest
Answered Prayers block party
The Answered Prayers Project will host its inaugural block party from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at its studio, 400 23rd St. S, St. Petersburg. The evening includes food, entertainment and clay creations. $75. answeredprayersproject.org; (727) 410-8107.
Morean Arts Center benefit
Eat Rich, Play Dirty, the annual benefit for the Morean Arts Center, features food, drink, entertainment and hands-on activities from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Morean Center for Clay, 420 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg. $100. moreanartscenter.org; (727) 822-7872. ...
In late spring through summer, the Times invited organizations to submit their events that raise money for worthy causes to be listed in our annual calendar. This list is not an entirely complete guide to all the charitable balls and social activities in the area from now through May, but a guide mainly to those that are held annually. If your organization's event is not listed here, please send an email to Mary Jane Park at email@example.com or a note to her at P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731. Corrections and/or additions may also be submitted to either of the two addresses....
07/09/15 Human Interest
Rays on the Runway, a sellout event that crowded the lobby and the ballroom at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, raised a record $130,000 for the Children's Dream Fund. The Rays Wives organization, which includes players' spouses and significant others, organized the signature gala, which offers patrons the opportunity to meet favorite players, request their autographs, purchase merchandise and compete for big prizes....
07/09/15 Human Interest
The St. Petersburg Woman's Club will host its second foodscape competition from 1 to 4 p.m. on July 26 at 40 Snell Isle Blvd. NE. Competitors in several categories (business, individual, group, family) are encouraged to create a tabletop scene using edible materials. There is no cost to enter; $5 to attend and vote. A portion of proceeds will go to the Mr. Strong Foundation for special-needs children and their families. For entry forms, send email to foodscape firstname.lastname@example.org or call (727) 822-4982....
06/18/15 Human Interest
The Studio@620 will celebrate its 11th birthday at a party starting at 6:20 p.m. Saturday at 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. The event will feature live music, local art and a cake parade. Dessert contributions are desired. Admission is free. (727) 895-6620.
Rays on the Runway, which will feature food, drink and a fashion show featuring Tampa Bay Rays players, runs from 6:30 to 9:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, 333 First St. S. The event is a benefit for the Children's Dream Fund and showcases fashions from Dillard's. $250 patrons; $125 individual. (727) 896-6390; childrensdreamfund.org....
06/17/15 Human Interest
Nearly 600 guests attended the Equality Florida Greater St. Petersburg Gala, at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, raising a record $288,600 and partaking of food donated by Locale Market.
The evening honored several community leaders: Rose Walton, with a lifetime achievement award for her work with HIV/AIDS in New York and her continuing efforts for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality in Florida; community leaders Larry Biddle and Sylvia Rusche, with Voice for Equality awards; and Tech Data Corp., with an Equality Means Business award for its global support of the LGBT community....