Jingle Jangle Jam
Henry "The Fonz" Winkler said his humor comes from bad parenting. His father spoke 11 languages and called him dumb in all of them, the actor told 400 guests at Eckerd's seventh annual Jingle Jangle Jam. Joking around hid his humiliation until age 31, when he figured out he was dyslexic That lack of support made him a different kind of parent, one who has written 29 books about children with learning challenges.
WTSP-Ch. 10 co-host Roxanne Wilder emceed the Dec. 10 event at TPepin's Hospitality Centre, where Tom and Lauren Pepin were honored with the Second Chances for Children award. After dinner, 22 kids wound between the tables carrying signs describing such situations as "27 foster homes" and "Both parents incarcerated." When the music turned upbeat, they reappeared with signs naming future careers. A standing ovation for the foster children and a matching challenge helped the event net $250,000.
LAMPLighters' 25th Christmas Silver Coffee
Metropolitan Ministries' LAMPLighters seized the opportunity to launch their newest project — Dawn's Diapers — at the festive Christmas Silver Coffee, setting a goal to provide the homeless shelter 2,500 diapers at month. The effort is named in memory of longtime LAMPLighter, Dawn Greenwood.
Danielle and Jason Accardi decked their Sunset Park home in holiday finery for the 25th anniversary benefit Dec. 5, arranging the buffet with treats from members' own kitchens. President Christine Manley and president-elect Kelly Breeding saluted the past president present: Cleta Alexander, Evelyn Bowles, Robin De La Vergne, Tricia Hancock, Nancy Leach, Sally Mabry, Marsha Martin, Susy Nelson, Sally Ordway, Bernadette Schurr, Barbara Simmons and Helen Raterman. All celebrate chairwoman Linda Mills' joy that 250 guests donated a record-setting $15,000.
Home Is Where the Heart Is Holiday Stroll
Appetizers on the huge Hyde Park porch of Allan and Marie Martin started off door-to-door hospitality at the Home Is Where the Heart Is Holiday Stroll, the 10th moveable feast to benefit A Kid's Place of Tampa Bay. Next stop, a few blocks away, accomplished pianist David Sharpe and Jim Walters entertained the 150 guests at their historic and festive Bayshore Boulevard residence.
Four houses away, Dr. Marguereite Cabrera-Cancio ended the Dec. 5 fete with cordials and decadent desserts (picture lava cake, bananas foster, cherries jubilee and more) and dancing to a DJ. Stroll co-chairwomen Siri Rock and Cindy Hart; CEO Virginia Johnson and development director Suzette Armatas report $30,000 was raised to provide a safe home for Tampa's most vulnerable children.