Advertisement
  1. News

Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly Wrap-Up of the Tampa Social Scene

Photo from Keir Margoulis Imagination co-chairs Justin and Jennifer Phelps, from left, and Shanna and Bryan Glazer greet a hot air balloon in Curtis Hixon Park at the Glazer Children\u2019s Museum gala themed Onward Upward Outward.
Published Sep. 15, 2018

Imagination, a gala

"Onward, Upward, Outward" reflects the ambitious goals and theme of Imagination, the 16th annual gala for the Glazer Children's Museum. Co-chairs Jennifer and Justin Phelps embedded bars and buffets within the exhibits, (antipasto, sushi, tacos, New York strip steak - SaltBlock Catering really kicked it up a notch this year), making each floor more fun. The 500 guests summited to the top floor for dessert, dancing and a super auction. How super?

Two Super Bowl LIII tickets with transportation to Atlanta on a private jet went to Matt Tolba and Tamer Youssef for $16,000. Amy and Raphael Drehsen bid $13,000 for the Manchester United super fan trip. A silent auction of career days for little learners and leaders added even more to the Sept. 7 gala proceeds.

CEO Jen Stancil and emcee Jason Alpert thanked all 50 sponsors before the band Frequency kicked in and a hot air balloon emblazoned with the gala logo landed in Curtis Hixon Park for late night photo ops.

KEEP UP: Track all the events of the season with Amy Scherzer's 2018-19 Social Calendar.

13th annual Martinis for Moffitt

Everybody was in a mood to party with the handsome and charming Bay Area Advisors, famous for hosting their Martinis for Moffitt midsummer blowout. The men's club maxed the attractivity score as 1,200 guests scoped out the highly Instagrammable scene July 21. DJ Fresh knows this crowd loves to dance, some swapped stilettos for flip flops from a big cart in the Straz Center lobby. They also like to sip Tito's Vodka lemonade and eat prawns, ceviche, short ribs and salads plus Boat Run Oysters and Cigar City Beer outside in huge air-conditioned tents.

A big, fat check is coming to the Moffitt Cancer Center soon from chairmen Matt Schwartz, Eric Rabinowitz, Ryan Conigliaro and Brady Diggs who collected a whopping $260,000 that night to add to the $1.2 million they have already raised for prostate cancer research and the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Program.

27th annual Gourmet "Feastival"

VIP guests got dibs on a cozy lounge and Yacht StarShip scallops and pork bellies at the 27th annual Gourmet Feastival hosted by the Helen Gordon Davis Centre for Women. They had exclusive grazing privileges for an hour before another 1,000 supporters swarmed into Armature Works, the eaters as diverse as the edibles offered. ranging from Ava to Zeko's Grill. My fav: World of Beer's Guinness and mint chocolate ice cream float.

The Chello Hollyday Band amplified the vibe Aug. 23 while emcee Allison Kropff of WTSP-Ch. 10 inspired the foodies to raise more than $50,000 so the Centre can continue to offer financial, employment and wellness coaching as they have for 40 years.

ALSO IN THIS SECTION

  1. Dr. Manjusri Vennamaneni (center) was awarded Businesswoman of the Year by the Indo-US Chamber of Commerce. With her are Matt Romeo, President of PrimeCare (left), and Dr. Pariksith Singh, CEO, Access Health Care Physicians. Vince Vanni
    News and notes on local businesses
  2. Scientology’s international spiritual headquarters in downtown Clearwater is anchored by the Flag Building, on left. An elevated walkway connects the building to the Fort Harrison Hotel, the church’s first purchase in the city in 1975. LUIS SANTANA  |  Times
    The mysterious deals could reshape downtown Clearwater.
  3. Clearwater City Council members react to Tampa Bay Times reporting showing companies tied to members of Scientology bought 101 acres of downtown commercial property in three years. Times  |   (2017)
    We showed the politicians a map of the land now owned by buyers tied to Scientology. Here’s what they said.
  4. About 400 demonstrators protest the Church of Scientology in front of City Hall in April 1980. The church has a complicated history with the city, from its secret arrival in 1975 to its recent flood of downtown property purchases. PIERSON, DAVE  |  St. Petersburg Times
    The church arrived in secret in 1975. Here’s what happened next.
  5. The church has amassed 60 properties in Pinellas County since arriving in 1975.
  6. Check tampabay.com for the latest breaking news and updates. Tampa Bay Times
    Booked on Friday on probation violation charges, 61-year-old Gerald Souders died on Saturday.
  7. Check tampabay.com for the latest breaking news and updates. Tampa Bay Times
    Troopers say the 28-year-old driver was involved in two minor accidents before causing the crash that killed a Largo man.
  8. Move over, Honeycrisp: New apple to debut at grocery stores
  9. Check tampabay.com for the latest breaking news and updates. Tampa Bay Times
    University police say a 25-year-old grad student enrolled at the University of Florida fell to her death Friday afternoon from near the top of the 8-story parking facility.
  10. Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister [CHRIS URSO | Times]
    Yes, that’s an "R" next to his name on the ballot. But if you dig deeper, Sue Carlton asks, does the sheriff bleed blue? And a follow-up: Does it matter?
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement