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Rachel Massey, left, Dave Gunning, Rob Barthelemy and Matt “Icon” Coxe have a blast at the 13 Ugly Men Ugly Sweater Party on Dec. 14 at American Social. AMY SCHERZER | Special to the Times
Rachel Massey, left, Dave Gunning, Rob Barthelemy and Matt “Icon” Coxe have a blast at the 13 Ugly Men Ugly Sweater Party on Dec. 14 at American Social. AMY SCHERZER | Special to the Times
Published Dec. 18, 2018

13 Ugly Men Ugly Sweater Party

Ridiculous reindeer, lewd elves and sexy snowmen made for great icebreakers at the 13 Ugly Men's Ugly Sweater Party, even better if the tacky attire got soaked in torrential rain on Dec. 15. "It will be a memorable party because of the weather," said Dave Moyer, president of the men's club, who pulled out all the jingle bells and whistles to decorate American Social on Harbour Island.

"I'm the oldest and ugliest," said Augie "the Legend" Mauser, professor emeritus at USF, one of about 500 partiers jammed into a tent, dancing to DJ Barry Carew. The three dozen Ugly members will donate $13,000, a portion of the 650 tickets sold, to Clothes To Kid, an agency providing new or quality-used clothing — no Ugly Sweaters, please — to children in preschool through 12th grade. "The kids come to shop and the little ones think the size tags are price tags," said Clothes To Kids executive director Patti Hanks.

LAMPLighters' Silver Christmas Coffee

Call it calories for a cause, the LAMPLighters' Christmas Silver Coffee crowdsourced catering at its finest, from Michelle Clark's sausage balls with apricot and mustard dipping sauce to Amy Hall's shrimp cocktail, all on silver platters, of course. Gail Chibani opened her home so merry and bright Dec. 14 for the auxiliary's 29th annual benefit for the children living at Metropolitan Ministries and Joshua House.

Ten Santa-capped kids from MetMin's school chorus, Notes of Joy, caroled for the 110 women and one male — MetMin CEO Tim Marks. Guests' donations raised more than $19,000, including 50-50 raffle winner Barbara Spencer's $1,800 prize which she generously donated right back.

Bow Ties & Clutches

It's holiday glitz from toes to bows at the Fashion Movement's annual Bow Ties & Clutches, a festive night for charity and making connections hosted by brothers Lacey and Tony Smith, Germaine Levy, Curtis Clarke and deejay David Luckain. Fashionista rubbernecking kept heads turning all night Dec. 7, especially with local designers Elizabeth Carson Racker and Nicolette Simms in the house. "Two guys out of about 300 guests didn't wear bowties and I had to call them out," said Lacey.

Luckain and saxophonist Jay Singleton entertained inside and out at Red Door No. 5, a renovated Tampa Heights fire station. Artist Megan Golden exhibited her work and donated a piece to the table full of clutches and gifts raffled to benefit the Friends of Joshua House Foundation.

"The guys make a difference in the children's lives and make their holidays brighter," said DeDe Grundel, executive director of the therapeutic foster home auxiliary.

Contact Amy Scherzer at amyscherzsdiary@gmail.com.

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