"Gray matters ... it replaces basic, boring black," said Robert Robideaux, Neiman Marcus public relations manager, assessing the anything-but-boring runway parade that was CITY: Fashion'Art'Culture. Heads bobbed as the Prada-and-prosecco crowd took in leggy models and stunning spectators at the Tampa Museum of Art. Grille One Sixteen passed hors d'oeuvres, complementing Eddie V's Prime salmon and steak buffet; Chocolate Pi and this newspaper's Sweet Times tendered desserts. Timing the Sept. 19 benefit to fashion week, co-chairwomenMary Kelly and Sandy Juster's glam scene attracted hundreds of stylish young donors. Congrats to Gail Chibani, winner of the Treasures of Vienna and Prague vacation drawing.
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MacDonald Training Center 60th Anniversary Gala
A walkabout "Diamond Jubilee" gala kept MacDonald Training Center guests on the go, from riverside cocktails to a Ferguson Hall concert to a video in Morsani Hall to dinner in the lobby, all at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts on Sept. 18.
Highlights included performances by blind and autistic musician Jonathan Davis and the MTC dance troupe, choreographed by University of Tampa students; the premiere of The MacDonald Story by photojournalist Larry Ellison; and a sneak preview of the history book authored by Cathy Unruh.
"Trailblazers," CEO Jim Freyvogel called founders Clifford and Georgie MacDonald, whose legacy continues to create opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities.
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Brinner of Hope
Over fruit and Froot Loops, scrambled eggs and bacon, pancakes and waffles, sports analyst Dick Vitale worked the crowd of breakfast-for-dinner eaters at Brinner of Hope. He was deeply moved to receive the first Dick Vitale Heart of Gold award from the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. "Can't imagine a better gift," Vitale said Sept. 18 as the legacy launched at A La Carte Event Pavilion.
Physicians spoke of fast-tracking clinical trials; Tony Colton and Kyle Peters, best pals since kindergarten and now in remission, spoke of their cancer ordeal. Brinner chairman Chadwick Loar and emcee Dave Reynolds of FOX Sports Florida and Visit Tampa Bay ran the play-by-play on a "Quick Ask," reeling in $50,000 in five minutes and scoring net proceeds of more than $100,000.
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Centennial Celebration Author Gala
Humor ripped from the headlines had Friends of the Library laughing so hard they nearly fell out of their chairs listening to author Carl Hiaasen at the Centennial Celebration Author Gala. Smart satire beguiled 150 literary groupies including Friends president Melodee Suarez, Margaret Rials, Gloria and Judge Herb Berkowitz, Sally and Lewis Hill, Diane and Steve Otto and Jim and Celia Ferman. The Ladybug Quartet trilled at the sold-out dinner at Le Meridien Hotel on Sept. 20.
Save the date: Celebrate Andrew Carnegie's birthday and the opening of the Hive at the John F. Germany Library on Nov. 15.