ST. PETERSBURG — He likes to say they met along the Gasparilla parade route in Tampa, and technically, that's true: They were in the same social group and attended a friend's private party after that.
Peter Pastman, 27, was living in Vero Beach at the time. "She's really cute," he says now, five years after he met Sara Campbell, who took his last name when they married in January. "She's really smart. She's a dynamo."...
03/07/14 Human Interest
Artistic blueprint for Habitat dining gala
"Blueprint ArtScape," a Saturday gala to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County, will feature Daytime television hosts Jerry Pennacoli and Cyndi Edwards and dining-room scenarios created by Tampa Bay area artists and designers. The dinner event begins at 6 p.m. in the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, 333 First St. S. $150. habitatpinellas.org/news/gala....
02/28/14 Human Interest
Fashion fights abuse
Members of Infinity, the League to Aid Abused Children and Adults, will present "Mardi Gras Madness VIII," a fashion show and luncheon at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave. The even benefits Brookwood Florida, Community Action Stops Abuse (CASA) and the Suncoast Center, a child-abuse prevention and awareness program. $50. (727) 544-4409....
ST. PETERSBURG — Mary Patterson Fausch, the only child of the late Eugene and Sue Patterson, died at St. Anthony's Hospital on Friday after an extended illness.
Mrs. Fausch, 59, was born in England. Her father, who would go on to be editor, chairman and chief executive officer of the St. Petersburg Times, was the London bureau manager for United Press. Her parents met in South Carolina; her mother, the former Mary Sue Carter, was a general assignment reporter and feature writer for the Columbia Record, and her father was Columbia bureau chief for United Press....
02/28/14 Human Interest
It never fails to surprise: The annual Dalí Museum anniversary dinner, held in the galleries of the St. Petersburg landmark, stretches the imagination and allows guests to get a very close look at the artist's works.
And in decor and food, clever hosts often offer creative touches, such as the tomato sorbet palate cleanser served in tiny Campbell's tomato soup cans, a nod to Andy Warhol's works on view at the museum through April 27....
02/21/14 Human Interest
Sweet treats were everywhere at Bascom's Chop House in Clearwater for "Candy Land," the annual Poetic Justice Gala benefiting Operation PAR. A white and silver candy buffet, cotton candy and nostalgic confections helped to fulfill the theme.
Mary Critchfield, muse of the fundraiser, bid along with Stewart and Linda Turley, and Mary Wheeler and her grandson Joseph on jewelry donated by Keith and Peggy LeClerc of International Diamond Center, along with trips, artwork and gift baskets....
02/21/14 Human Interest
Mardi Gras luncheon
The St. Anthony's Hospital Auxiliary presents "Mardi Gras Masquerade," a luncheon event including cards and other games, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the hospital's auditorium, 1200 Seventh Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 866-3158; (727) 823-2088.
To Life gala
The Florida Holocaust Museum will honor survivors of the Kindertransport at its annual "To Life" gala beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. The event is a fundraiser for the museum and marks the 75th anniversary of the effort that saved the lives of about 10,000 children during the Holocaust. Concert pianist Mona Golabek will perform, and Tampa police Chief Jane Castor will receive the Loebenberg Humanitarian Award. $200. (727) 820-0100, ext. 251....
They had so many friends in common that, even now, Melanie and Phillip Dooley can hardly believe their own paths had not crossed before.
Melanie, 42, manages the Central House at All Children's Hospital for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay. Years ago, she helped her mother, Midge Trubey Decker, in Personal Touch Catering & Florist, and at Mansion by the Bay in downtown St. Petersburg, which Decker owned before she sold it and retired....
02/14/14 Human Interest
The final figures are not yet tallied, but Wine Weekend St. Pete looks to have been a huge success in terms of fundraising for the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. Guests were gaga over the decor in the museum's Marly Room on Feb. 7 when patrons, sponsors and other VIPs gathered for a black-tie dinner presented by chef Tyson Grant and the staff at Parkshore Grill.
Dimity Carlson led the event committee, which had nearly 50 members from the presenting Margaret Acheson Stuart Society and help from the museum staff as well....
02/06/14 Human Interest
Golden Baton dinner
Marsha and Jay B. Starkey Jr. will be honored at the Florida Orchestra Guild of St. Petersburg's 47th annual Golden Baton Award dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the lobby and atrium of the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S. Proceeds benefit the orchestra. $250. (727) 896-5097.
Sweets and jams
"Big Hearts for Little Hearts," a Valentine dessert party to benefit ALPHA House of Pinellas County, will feature tunes by the Black Honkeys at 9 p.m. Feb. 14 in the Mahaffey Theater atrium, 400 First St. S. $32.50; $100 VIP includes dinner. alphahouse pinellas.org; themahaffey.com....
02/06/14 Human Interest
Granted, we haven't had snow and freezing temperatures in these parts, but lots of business leaders at the sold-out "Friends and Flowers" luncheon to benefit Academy Prep Center of St. Petersburg murmured that the recent chill and rain and fog have kept people indoors and wallets closed.
All that seemed but a memory as the sun shone on St. Pete Beach for the event. The tables inside the big tent at the TradeWinds Island Resort held vases of yellow daffodils, blue hydrangeas and creamy roses, blossoms bright enough to inspire spring fever....
01/31/14 Human Interest
A Moroccan experience awaited the 350 guests who filled the Coliseum for "A Sultry Night," the 83rd annual Charity Ball. For two decades now, the All Children's Hospital Guild Evening Branch has organized the fundraiser, this time for the palliative care program at the St. Petersburg hospital.
From the food, orchestrated by chef Tyson Grant at Parkshore Grill, to the colorful Marrakesh marketplace vibe in the loges on either side of the historic ballroom, the evening was a treat for the senses. Gold Productions created the decor, and Southtown Fever played a variety of favorites for patrons who danced throughout the evening....
01/30/14 Human Interest
Honoring 5 women
The event is sold out, so this is a reminder of the Academy Prep Center of St. Petersburg's Friends and Flowers luncheon honoring Five Fabulous Females: HSN's Mindy Grossman, the St. Petersburg Free Clinic's Beth Houghton, the Tampa Bay Times' Jana Jones, philanthropist Carol Morsani and St. Petersburg College's Tonjua Williams. 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort, 5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 322-0800....
01/24/14 Human Interest
Digital arts at MFA
The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance will present MUSE@MFA, a dinner party featuring interactive digital arts and popup performances to benefit programs supporting artists and arts and cultural organizations. 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, 255 Beach Drive NE. It includes presentation of the MUSE Arts Award and MUSE People's Choice Art Award. $100. ...
01/23/14 Human Interest
She headed straight for the children's section in the public library, where her mother took her and her brother after swimming each week.
"Every book was better than the last," author Lori Roy said. She borrowed the limit every time she went and kept going to the juvenile-reading area until after she outgrew the furniture.
Roy learned on Jan. 16 that she is a finalist for best novel in the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Allan Poe Awards for her second book, Until She Comes Home. "It was a big day in the Roy house," she said....