The grounds were too sodden for lawn games and the synchronized swimmers were unable to put in a full performance, but the show did go on at "Great Extravaganza: The Garden Party," the 1920s-themed bash for Great Explorations Children's Museum.
Development director Beatriz Maxson said about 300 guests gathered under a big tent set up on the grounds at the Rutland-Farley estate, where hosts Michele and Phil Farley invited the crowd indoors for the auction fundraising portion of the evening after the weekend storm brought steady rain.
Dan andSilvia Leeper were co-chairs for the event, leading a committee that included Ann Taylor, Amy Spoor, Torrie Jasuwan, Carey Kleinmetz and the Great Explorations staff, including executive director Angeline Howell.
Plans are on for a follow-up event, "Great Extravaganza: The Garden Party (Take 2) - Different Garden, Different Party." That will take place Oct. 24 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Sunken Gardens, at 1825 Fourth St. N, next to the museum. Those who purchased tickets for the Sept. 27 event will not be charged again; the fee is $75 for all others. The evening will include heavy hors d'oeuvres, drinks, entertainment, lawn games and a silent auction.
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The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition team, which plans a new journey in January, held its first "Trail Mixer" in the Tampa Bay Automobile Museum, with patrons mingling among the many vintage motorcars in the collection.
The benefit, which included food, drink and informational material about the corridor, was to raise money and awareness for the next 1,000-mile effort, which organizers said will start in central Florida, move to the Gulf Coast, go through the Big Bend and traverse the Panhandle to the Florida-Alabama border. The trip is to begin in January.
The group - conservationist Mallory Lykes Dimmit, bear biologist Joe Guthrie,cinematographer Elam Stoltzfus and photographer Carlton Ward Jr. - traveled more than 1,000 miles in 100 days in 2012, hoping to build support for the corridor, a conservation effort to connect many of the remaining undeveloped areas of the state.
The event committee included Pamela Adkins, Renee Athey, Bill Chamberlain, Maddie Southard, and hosts Susan and Olivier Cerf.
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A story about the Swanky Soiree benefit for Brookwood Florida in the Sept. 26 edition of the St. Pete Times misspelled the name of keynote speaker Ashlie Stevens.
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Dancing With the Stars benefit
Tampa Bay's Dancing With the Stars, which benefits Academy Prep Center of St. Petersburg, Angels Against Abuse, Housing & Education Alliance, Pepin Academies, Relay for Life, the Kind Mouse and Voices for Children, and Julie Weintraub's Hands Across the Bay, runs from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday at TPepin Hospitality Centre, 4121 N 50th St., Tampa. The event is presented by Hands Across the Bay. $250. handsacrossthebay.org; (727) 573-9351.
Rep. Jolly hosts awards dinner
U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Indian Shores, will be honorary host at the Pacesetter Awards Dinner on Thursday in the Margaret Heye Great Room at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. The evening honors the 2014 PEMHS Pacesetter Awards recipients. $30. pemhs.org; (727) 362-4316.
Magnetic Men featured at ball
PARC's Sapphire Ball on Oct. 11 will feature the 13 Magnetic Men of 2014. The black-tie gala runs from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort, 501 Fifth Ave. NE. $175. parc-fl.org; (727) 341-6962.
Dali gala mixes Barcelona, Paris
"Suenos de Dali: From Barcelona to Paris, a 1920s Bohemian Soiree," connects Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso to the two cities. The costume gala hosted by the Dali Museum Guild features craft cocktails, food tastings, gallery access and entertainment beginning at 8 p.m. on Oct. 11 at the Dali Museum, 1 Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg. $125 members, $150 all others. thedali.org/suenos; (727) 623-4770.