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

Fancy homes, fancy cars and the history center gala highlight this weeks review.
Published November 13

Tampa Bay History Center Gala There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know. So said the 33rd U.S. president Harry S. Truman who would have enjoyed the Tampa Bay History Center's 10th anniversary black-tie gala Nov. 9. "Great format, no speeches, no auction.... Mingle with friends and meet new people all night long,” said Bet Murphey Sndyer, gala co-chair with her sister Heddy Murphey Brown. Their late parents were supporters from the very start, as is their cousin, honorary chairwoman Helen Kerr. Founders and friends feasted around a buffet arrayed with repasts from years past - gazpacho, ceviche, paella, Gulf oysters, roast suckling pig and so much more from the Columbia restaurant. A photo montage of the center’s first decade scrolled across a big screen and Nancy Skemp recalled the first gala committee wore hard hats as workers hammered away.

Cars and Couture

Vrrrrroooom. Fancy sports cars and chic designer fashions made a fine fit at Cars & Couture, the eighth annual benefit for Autism Speaks. Gabby and Tom Frederick's Lake Alice estate wowed the stylish crowd (in formal gowns to blue jeans) Saturday as did several dozen posh autos including Lamborghini, Ferrari, McLaren. Dolce Speakeasy and Supperclub set up a pit stop for dinner in the circular driveway; Julie Weintraub emceed poolside for local designers: Masha Osoianu, Pamela Roehm and Dolce Couture before an awesome fireworks finale.

Red Cross Silver Coffee

Count on the Red Cross Angels to always find the loveliest homes and most gracious hosts for their annual Silver Coffees. This year, Catherine Straz welcomed the Tampa Bay chapter and guests, more than 100 women helping to raise $58,000 on Nov. 8, all while enjoying University of Tampa professor Grigorios Zamparas on the piano and swooning over a breathtaking collection of paintings and a sparkling treasure trove of Judith Leiber handbags.

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