Key to the Cure Kick-Off Party
Julie Lux and Kathy Lewis, chairs for the 2012 Key to the Cure Kick-Off Party, said they honored "the brave, the bold and the determined" at the event hosted by the Moffitt Cancer Center and Saks Fifth Avenue on Oct. 17 at the store in Tampa. The team of Lux and Lewis took turns introducing Yanna Galante, Angela Hazzard, Kelly Anne Heyer, Debbie Kavouklis, Wendy Pepe, Julia Rogers, Felicia Sable and Debbie Trujillo, who were cheered on by more than 400 guests as they sashayed and swayed, accompanied by their doctors, along Saks' second-floor rotunda modeling beautiful clothing. Cocktails and delicious appetizers from A La Carte Event Pavilion, Roy's and FlameStone/Besa Grill -- along with a "girlfriend" photo booth -- completed the evening. Thanks to the Tampa Bay Rays, Saks' donation of 2 percent of their sales from Oct. 18 to 21, and the sale of limited-edition Key to the Cure T-shirts designed by Carolina Herrera, the event should net about $100,000 for the cancer center.
NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner
As more than 400 guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at the Hillsborough County Branch NAACP 2012 Annual Freedom Fund Dinner on Oct. 18 at the Doubletree by Hilton in Tampa, committee member Pat Spencer announced the recipients of the Living Bridges Community Award: Ross Anderson, Pete Edwards, Sonia Franklin, Dexter Frederick and Candi Lowe. Spencer also presented Spiritual Leader awards to the Rev. Earl B. Mason and the Rev. W.D. Sims. The theme for the dinner was "Civic Engagement -- There is Power in Numbers," and attorney Daryl Parks and the Rev. Freddy Haynes III served as keynote speakers. Branch President Carolyn Collins welcomed guests and thanked her committee, which was led by event chairwoman Kathy Browne. The evening was emceed by Aminta Voyce and Geovonnie Justice, and focused on encouraging people to vote.
Rotary Club Wild, Wild West Casino Night
Guests arrested by the newly elected Sheriff Bryce Wolford were happy to pay him a $5 bribe to let them go during the Rotary Club of New Tampa's Wild, Wild West Casino Night on Oct. 19 at Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club. About 160 partygoers dressed in cowboy hats, plaid shirts, jeans and boots paid $1 per vote to elect Wolford, who promptly deputized his opponents, Joyce Gunter and B.J. Harris. Later he collected "bribes" of $5 each to "arrest" guests, who then had to find someone willing to pay another $5 bribe to get them "released." The additional fundraiser added $1,349 to the Rotarian coffers for its many local and international charities. Chaired by Tom Gruber and Karen Tillman-Gosselin assisted by Lesley Zajac, a director on the club's board, the evening also featured a chow line of chili, salads, barbecue sliders and grilled chicken along with casino games and an auction.