For the second year, co-chairs Heidi Charpentier and Jason LeBlanc hosted Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful's lively and sustainable Tropical Nights party, known for its eclectic auction to fund and raise awareness of local environmental programs. Guests posed for caricatures, raved about Saddlebrook's short rib meatballs on tater tot waffles and bid on wind chimes, pallet wine racks, terra cotta planters and other useful items artfully painted by Terry and Dori Klaaren, Ken Mitchell, Anita Long and Irene Guy, among other participants March 23 at TPepin's Hospitality Centre. Proceeds reached $115,000, said executive director Debra Evenson, announcing next year's party stewards will be Nathan Carney and Ericka Andrade.
A Pair to Remember
Bid paddles popped up like the lavishly poured champagne at Easterseals' annual A Pair to Remember luncheon where designer shoes are paired with some of the best auction packages around. Chefs' dinners, plane tickets, hotel stays, cruises, spa treatments and more amusements came with sandals, stilettos and such by Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, Alexander McQueen, Tory Burch and Stuart Weitzman and others. A dozen handsome guys, outfitted in fashions from the Jackie Z Style Co., strutted out the footwear on silver platters March 23 at the Straz Center.
Emcees John Willam Barger and sportscaster Rich Hollenberg got a surprise boost when Joy Murray donated three nights at her family's Green Turtle Cay home. That offer sold for $6,100, helping chairwoman Christina Majeed raise $100,000 to help children and families challenged by autism and other disabilities.
Golf like a Rockstar
You say Gulf, they say Golf - any way you spell it, Golf Like a Rockstar scored with supporters of Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services. LPGA pro Shasta Averyhardt joined the party March 24, offering pointers to some of the 150 guests hitting micro-chipped golf balls at Topgolf Tampa targets while enjoying a barbecue buffet and music by Fencewalk.
Attorney General Pam Bondi was there to salute her good friend, psychiatrist Rahul Mehra, who was honored with the M.A. Bernstein Behavioral Health Award for 30 years of helping people deal with stressful life situations, locally and especially in the statewide foster care system.