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Feldman elevates his UT support with 1920s themed party

Published Nov. 23, 2015

Partygoers will need a password to enter Feldman's Flappers and Fedoras tonight.

Held on the ninth floor of the University of Tampa's Vaughn Center in the Crescent Club, not only will those attending get a beautiful view of the city, they will help honor Dr. Randy Feldman.

Feldman leaves the board of counselors after 30 years to join the university's board of fellows. Flappers and Fedoras not only celebrates Feldman's new role as a "goodwill ambassador," but all proceeds will benefit university scholarships.

"I've been this way since the sixth grade," Feldman said. "I was asked to be a monitor for the kindergarteners and thought it was fun to help people even as a little kid."

Feldman moved to Tampa in 1982.

While helping at the American Cancer Society, another charitable cause, he met, Dr. Stephen Krist who influenced him to join the board.

Now, his new role will allow him to be even more philanthropic and the party is just the beginning. The speakeasy theme includes an open bar, a signature cocktail named the Tampa 75, a vodka luge, live music and dancing, a three-piece orchestra for VIP participants, pearl-laced bottles, flask (unfilled) giveaways and a production of Thoroughly Modern Millie by the drama students.

Canadian businessman Philip Orsino will be the featured speaker.

"Once I got involved in the board, I found out about the school and saw how great the programs were," Feldman said. "It's a great education and more inexpensive than many East Coast schools. It's really blossomed in the past 10 years."

Laura Randall, director of community relations is excited that Feldman's enthusiasm for the board and university will continue in his new position.

"He's done a great job of acting as an ambassador, helping raise our visibility and funds, like he is doing by putting on this party," Randall said. "He does a great job of talking about what a hidden gem we are and getting local people to consider the University of Tampa."

Though the party officially ends at 11 p.m., it will continue across the street at the Falk Theater where the drama students will perform The Rocky Horror Show.


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