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AMY SCHERZER | Times Nikki and Candy DeBartolo, from left, welcome celebrity guest Mary Wilson, founding member of the Supremes to the annual All Star Charity Gala on March 24 at the Marriott Waterside.
AMY SCHERZER | Times Nikki and Candy DeBartolo, from left, welcome celebrity guest Mary Wilson, founding member of the Supremes to the annual All Star Charity Gala on March 24 at the Marriott Waterside.
Published Mar. 30, 2018

DeBartolo Family Foundation
15th All Star Charity Gala

San Francisco 49er legend Jerry Rice asked Latisha Pelayo to marry him; Cleveland Brown icon Jim Brown sat across from founding member of the Supremes Mary Wilson and 70 other actors, athletes and assorted celebs made a formal fundraiser feel like a family reunion hosted by Eddie, Candy, Lisa and Nikki DeBartolo on Saturday at the family foundation's 15th All Star Charity Gala. Paul Anka, Joey Fatone and Chef Tyler Florence to a handsome huddle of football players — everybody's treated like family dining on 24 oz. ribeye steaks and Eddie V's guava budino dessert. Auctioneer Billy Harris elicited mega bids for five vacations, including $30,000 to spend on the 4th of July at the DeBartolo's Montana ranch.

The Marriott Waterside ballroom made an elegant, shimmering pastel stage for 50s-style singer Chris Isaak, then Grammy after-party DJ Michelle Pesce spun in the foyer lined with PDQ chicken and shakes, cotton candy, mini donuts and booze candy. All funds from the $500-ticket bash stay in Tampa, said Lisa, for scholarships, teacher supplies and grants to local grass roots non-profits.

Waves of Change luncheon

Helen Gordon Davis would have been thrilled to see 580 professional women, especially leadership honorees Joy Mangano and Clemmie Perry at the annual Waves of Change benefit for the Centre for Women that honors her name and legacy.

Perry founded Women of Color Golf to influence diversity inclusion in the $70 billion industry. "Golf is access at its highest level... a game you are only invited to join," she said with a nod to her trailblazer mother, former school board chairwoman Doris Ross Reddick, 91.

Moderator Kelly McBride asked Mangano, HSN's most successful seller, about holding 100 patents, from the Miracle Mop to huggable hangers to performance platforms, topping $100 million in sales.

"Product is king, and everything is a product... you, your children," said Mangano, adding the bio-film Joy starring Jennifer Lawrence "barely touched on all the obstacles" and Broadway musical Unexpected Joy should inspire and entertain. "Nothing gives me more pleasure than making someone's life better," she said.

Executive director Ann Madsen announced the Centre's newly formed League of Extraordinary Women, led by Karen Mertes, already has 20 members committed to donating $1,000 a year for three years.

GIFF /TB Jewish Film Festival

Combining calendars appeared to work out well for the Gasparilla International Film Festival and the Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival to offer 150 films March 20 to 25. Moviegoers, actors and industry pros had multiple opportunities to network and party. Among the highlights: GIFF's kick-off at the Vault; Q & A by Frank Robertson with "Stuck" producer Mike Witherill at Tampa Theatre; and 1,500 rabid fans hanging in Ybor City with Best F(r)iends stars Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero.

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TBJFF sold out two theaters for Bombshell, the Hedy Lamarr Story and dished Chinese cuisine before screening Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas. Sunday's wrap party at Union Station got no Rotten Tomatoes. It was the first public event to be staged there since the city awarded the contract to Good Food Catering. Expect many sequels to come.