Actress and three-time NAACP Image Award winner Terri J. Vaughn (The Steve Harvey Show, All of Us, Soul Food) will host a party Jan. 31 at Clearwater's Feather Sound Country Club called Chocolate Ties: A Sweet Super Bowl Sensation, with a full slate of decadent treats and a screening of her documentary Angels Can't Help But Laugh.
Geared toward young professional women, the event will feature an array of chocolate desserts and cocktails, and is expected to draw some celebrities, said event co-chairwoman Audri Cabness. Tickets will go on sale around Thanksgiving and cost $150, or $225 for VIP. For more information, contact Keisha Pickett at (813) 903-9247 or email@example.com.
Pickett, the event's publicist, is also helping to organize a concert the previous night at Feather Sound called Soul of Super Bowl, with R&B artists Eric Roberson, D. Mawl and one more headliner yet to be announced.
Feather Sound is already hosting Winky Wright and Michael Clayton's celebrity golf tournament on Jan. 29; that event's kickoff party takes place the night before.
Are you a lucky duck?
Here's a way to score two Super Bowl tickets and help a worthy cause: Adopt a rubber duck in the second annual Lucky Ducky Derby Nov. 9 in downtown Tampa.
To adopt a duck for $5 apiece, go to luckyduckyderby.com by noon Nov. 8 or visit a participating site listed online. At noon on derby day, organizers will drop thousands of yellow rubber ducks into the Garrison Channel from Beneficial Drive. The sponsor of the first duck over the finish line outside the Tampa Convention Center will win tickets to the Super Bowl. Subsequent winners will receive prizes ranging from airline tickets to Universal Studios vacation packages.
The duck race benefits America's Second Harvest of Tampa Bay. Last year's derby included more than 20,000 ducks and raised about $75,000 for the food bank.
A strong Kickoff
Each Super Bowl, the NFL partners with nonprofit housing group Rebuilding Together for "Kickoff to Rebuild," a daylong volunteer home-rehab effort featuring hundreds of volunteers from around the community.
On Jan. 30, the NFL and Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay will stage the 14th annual Kickoff to Rebuild, which will repair about 15 homes in Old West Tampa, along Union, Chestnut, Spruce and Walnut streets near Howard and Armenia avenues. The previous night, Rebuilding together will host an invite-only VIP gala for sponsors and organizers at the University Club in Tampa.
In the past, players like Kurt Warner and David Garrard have volunteered for the project. Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay executive director Jose Garcia said the event will feature a block party with music and vendors.
They're still looking for volunteers and sponsors, especially on the corporate side (though you can donate as little as $25 to the cause). For info, visit rttb.org.
Ready for some ... kumquats?
By the time the Super Bowl actually rolls around, you might just be sick of all things football. If so, here are two events taking place that week that have, um, absolutely nothing to do with the big game:
- Shine on, you crazy diamonds, at Florida Orchestra: The Music of Pink Floyd. Yes, it's an orchestral tribute to outer-space prog rock, taking place two days before the Super Bowl. It's at 8 p.m. Jan. 30, at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. Tickets are $37-$87. (727) 892-5798, mahaffeytheater.com.
- Dade City's beloved Kumquat Festival always takes place on the last Saturday of each January - so why postpone it, just because the largest annual sporting event on the planet is in town? Get your fill of the little sour fruit at the daylong festival on Jan. 31, featuring classic cars, train rides and vendors. For details, call the Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce at (352) 567-3769 or visit kumquatfestival.org.
Pink Floyd and kumquats: It's Super Bowl Week in Tampa Bay!
Contributing: Jay Cridlin, Susan Thurston, Dalia Colon