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Mary Jane Park, Times Staff Writer

Mary Jane Park is a general assignment reporter and writes about south Pinellas County charitable and social events. She is editor of Bay, a bimonthly Tampa Bay Times magazine for select subscribers in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.

Mary Jane has been an editor in news and features. She came to the Times in 1983 from the News & Record in Greensboro, N.C. Before that, she was a reporter and editor for her hometown newspaper, the Salisbury (N.C.) Post. She has a bachelor's degree in political science from Appalachian State University.

Mary Jane lives in St. Petersburg. She enjoys cooking, music, reading and traveling.

Phone: (727) 893-8267

Email: mjpark@tampabay.com

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  1. Mary Maloof is 2015 Queen of Hearts

    Human Interest

    02.28.2015

    Former Treasure Island Mayor Mary Maloof is the 2015 Queen of Hearts, a distinction that recognizes her extensive service even beyond that role in communities in Pinellas County and Tampa Bay.

    Among her many involvements, she has been a member of: the Pinellas and Tampa Bay Regional planning councils; Gulf Beaches Rotary; the Margaret Acheson Stuart Society of the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg; Family Service Centers, the Florida Orchestra Guild; the Pinellas Mental Health Association; the Community Visioning Project of Treasure Island; and the Agency on Bay Management. She was sponsored by Boley Angels....

    Digital projections by Joe Wheaton transform the front of Rococo Steak as the Warehouse Arts District Association hosts a fundraiser at which it changed its name to the Arts Xchange project.
  2. Luncheon, fashion show, benefit All Children's

    Human Interest

    Social datebook

    Hospital guild luncheon

    The Beach and St. Petersburg branches of the All Children's Hospital Guild will present a spring luncheon and fashion show from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Bayou Country Club, 7979 Bayou Club Blvd., Largo. Entrepreneur Lindsay Phillips, creator of Switchflops sandals, will attend, and representatives from the Bronze Lady will present jewelry, handbags and accessories. For tickets, $35 per person, send checks payable to ACH Guild Beach Branch to 7979 Bayou Club Blvd., Largo, FL 33777. Please include a note with name, address, phone number, email address and lunch selection (salmon or chicken) for each attendee. (727) 278-2554....

  3. Pass-a-Grille home tour is Saturday

    Human Interest

    Pass-a-Grille tour

    Six residences will be showcased on Saturday in the 18th annual Pass-a-Grille Women's Club Home Tour. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., buses will shuttle patrons to and from free parking lots with stops where patrons may visit the Suntan Art Center, the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum and shop and dine on historic Eighth Avenue. $20 advance; $25 day of tour. Patrons must be able to use stairs. Ticket locations, other information: pagwc.com; (727) 362-8041....

  4. Habitat for Humanity gala has African theme

    Events

    Habitat for Humanity fundraiser is Saturday

    "Blueprint: Afrika — Land of Contrasts," a fundraising gala for Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County, will feature work by more than a dozen Tampa Bay area interior designers and celebrate the cultures and natural wonders of Africa. The event begins at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, 333 First St. S. $150. (727) 536-4755, ext. 220....

  5. Museum of Fine Arts Wine Weekend St. Pete brings in record donations

    Human Interest

    Visitors packed into the galleries on Saturday for a free Founders Day event celebrating the half-century mark for the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, and its anniversary exhibition, Monet to Matisse — On the French Coast.

    Connoisseurs crowded the Marly Room, the conservatory and a spacious tent north of the museum for sold-out wine events; organizers estimated they raised more than $700,000....

    Chef Tyson Grant talks to the audience during “Dinner at Maxim’s,” part of the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg Wine Weekend that celebrated the museum’s 50th anniversary.
  6. From This Day: Emilia Hoppes and Robert Lenzen

    Relationships

    ST. PETERSBURG — They were made for each other. Their friends said so. Except that they had never met.

    Close friend Alison Christol invited Emilia Hoppes to be a bridesmaid in her October 2012 wedding to Nick Christian, who asked Robert Lenzen to be a groomsman.

    "Alison and Nick kept saying, 'You're going to fall in love, you're going to get married,' " Emilia said. "They were very insistent on this."...

    Emilia Hoppes and Robert Lenzen were married Jan. 2 in St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in St. Petersburg.
  7. Junior League presents Whale of a Sale fundraiser

    Human Interest

    'Sip & Sea' today

    The Junior League of St. Petersburg presents "Sip & Sea," a preview of its fundraising "Whale of a Sale," from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday in Harbor Hall at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, 1000 Third St. S. Participants are able to shop early and enjoy food and music. $50. The sale itself is free and open to the public. It runs from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday in the same location and features gently used furniture, appliances, housewares, clothing, toys and more. jlspete.org....

  8. Circle of Red event benefits American Heart Association

    Human Interest

    01.29.2014

    Heart-healthy chocolate and heart-healthy wine make for a merry gathering, especially with chef Jeffrey Jew making the pairings. He is the Top Chef contestant and executive chef for 2BHospitality, overseeing the kitchen at the soon-to-open Stillwaters Tavern on St. Petersburg's popular Beach Drive.

    The event was a Circle of Red information and membership party hosted by Debbie Saltiel and Toni Walsh in the Walsh home on Tierra Verde. Nearly 100 women from throughout the bay area heard the personal stories of Kristen Powers and C1 Bank Florida Market president Katie Pemble, past Go Red chairwoman....

    Toni Walsh, Katie Pemble and Debbie Saltiel at the Circle of Red membership event held Jan. 29 in Walsh’s home in Tierra Verde. The Circle of Red supports the American Heart Assocation.
  9. Art Festival Beth-El opens Saturday

    Human Interest

    Art Festival Beth-El

    Art Festival Beth-El celebrates its 42nd year with a three-day extravaganza Saturday through Monday at Temple Beth-El, 400 Pasadena Ave. S, St. Petersburg. The invitational juried show and sale features works indoors and outdoors.

    A purchase award patrons reception runs from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday for those who have prepledged a minimum of $500. From 6 to 10 p.m., there is a patrons review and cocktail reception (free for purchase award patrons, $500 and above; sponsors, $250 and above; and benefactors, $150 and above). Donors ($25) are welcome at 7 p.m....

    Will Slicker
  10. All Children's Charity Ball has a French theme

    Human Interest

    01.24.2015

    Think Paris, and you often think of lights and love, so the theme for the annual Charity Ball presented by the All Children's Hospital Guild Evening Branch was appropriate: "Amour au Clair de Lune." or "Love Under the Moonlight."

    With its illuminated ropes suspended from above, the Coliseum was an appropriate setting for even more light. A 25-foot-tall replica of the Eiffel Tower in Paris fit the bill. Guests danced to the music of Southtown Fever, dined from a French menu and relaxed in a French market atmosphere with fountains and greenery in a cafe setting....

  11. Art Festival Beth-El opens Jan. 31

    Human Interest

    Art Festival Beth-El celebrates its 42nd year with a three-day extravaganza Jan. 31-Feb. 2 at Temple Beth-El, 400 Pasadena Ave. S, St. Petersburg. The invitational juried show and sale features works indoors and outdoors.

    A purchase award patrons reception runs from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 31 for those who have prepledged a minimum of $500. From 6 to 10 p.m., there is a patrons review and cocktail reception (free for purchase award patrons, $500 and above; sponsors, $250 and above; and benefactors, $150 and above). Donors ($25) are welcome at 7 p.m....

  12. Guild presents annual All Children's Charity Ball

    Human Interest

    All Children's charity ball

    "Ooh La La, Amour au Clair de Lune," the 84th annual Charity Ball presented by the All Children's Hospital Guild Evening Branch, starts at 6 p.m. Jan. 24 in the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Black-tie optional. $250. achevening.org; (727) 424-2531.

    Bar salutes 'Heroes Among Us'

    The St. Petersburg Bar Foundation "Heroes Among Us" event honoring Robert Kapusta Jr., William D. Slicker and Kira B. Doyle, starts at 6 p.m. Jan. 24 in the Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway. $150. stpetebar.com; (727) 823-7474....

  13. From this Day: a couple, right off the bat

    Relationships

    ST. PETERSBURG — His profile on eHarmony.com mentioned baseball, and Betsy Dunn thought they would have at least that in common.

    Growing up in New Jersey, she was enthusiastic about the sport. She watched games with her dad and brother and was a statistician for her high school team.

    "Baseball was my life," she said. "Right off the bat, it was something we could talk about."

    Gary Bozich, a St. Petersburg native, has played since he was a youngster, including professionally in the minor leagues with the Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers organizations....

    Betsy Dunn and Gary Bozich were married Nov. 26, 2014, on Limetree Beach in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
  14. Quintessence to benefit three bay area charities

    Human Interest

    Big benefit for three charities

    "Quintessence," a benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, Julie Weintraub's Hands Across the Bay and the Ryan Nece Foundation, takes place from 6 to 11:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at Peter O. Knight Airport on Davis Islands in Tampa. The event features dinner, a fashion show, dancing and auctions. $200. quintessenceflorida.com; (727) 269-9462.

    All Children's charity ball...

  15. St. Petersburg debutantes in the spotlight

    Human Interest

    12.27.2014

    For more than three-quarters of a century, the annual presentation ball hosted by the St. Petersburg Debutante Club has brought together friends and families during the winter holiday season.

    The tradition continued in the Coliseum, with former St. Petersburg Mayor Bob Ulrich as master of ceremonies, introducing the 18 young women in this year's class:

    Caylee Biddison, daughter of Marcie Biddison and Rick Biddison, presented by her father and escorted by Kenneth Scott Corrigan....

    Samantha Amy Moench, left, and her father, Christopher Scott Moench, Nicole Carole McQuillen and her father, John Michael McQuillen, and Brooke Alexander Tanner with her father, Terry Finley Tanner Jr., take part in the first dance with dad Saturday at the St. Petersburg Debutante Club’s Presentation Ball at the Coliseum in St. Petersburg.