St. Jude’s Tasting Around the World
More than 15 Tampa Bay restaurants gave guests an opportunity to taste foods from international and domestic partner sites of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital at the second Tasting Around the World on March 15 at the Straz Center in Tampa. WFTS news anchor Jamison Uhler was the speaker for the event, which drew about 300 guests and raised almost $150,000 for children receiving treatments.
Live auction items included a chance to fire the Tesla coil and create “lightning” during the Tampa Bay Lightning game; an overnight stay on Little Gasparilla Island with a fishing trip and fish fry; and a trip to the Danny Thomas Pro-Am tournament.
Women’s History Month Centennial Celebratory Luncheon
Jan Kaminis Platt was honored by the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Libraries with the inaugural Helen Virginia Stelle Award at the Women’s History Month celebratory luncheon March 15 at Maestro’s Restaurant at the Straz. The award recognizes local women who have played a major role in library advocacy. As a county commissioner, Platt was instrumental in promoting the Florida Legislature’s passage of a law creating the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library Board and authorizing a Special Library Taxing District.
The luncheon drew about 120 guests. Edith Stewart served as moderator. Speakers included Mary James, granddaughter of Ada T. Payne, an early African-American librarian; historian Doris Weatherford; and author Connie Mae Fowler, who spent her summers reading at the North Tampa Branch Library and attended the University of Tampa on a full scholarship.
“I think I would be in jail or dead now if it wasn’t for the Tampa Public Library. It was a safe place for me,” Fowler said.
The Chiselers Market Preview Party
Those who love to shop, eat, drink and visit had their chance when about 300 guests arrived March 14 for The Chiselers Market Preview Party at the University of Tampa.
Items for sale at the next day’s market were available — but guests had to pay twice the price.
Stephen and Marsha Dickey were honored for their community service in a presentation by University of Tampa President Ron Vaughn. Audrie Ranon was chair of the party, Peggy Gill was the market chair, and Jean Amuso served as president of the organization, which raises funds for the restoration of Plant Hall at the university, which was once the Tampa Bay Hotel.
A silent auction had almost 500 items culled from donations and provided by local businesses. Live auction items included spending half a day with Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn; dinner, wine and flowers for eight provided by Chef Jamie Urso and his wife, Connie; and an heirloom brooch. The total raised was not available, but The Chiselers report it was one of their most successful parties and sales ever.
Text by LENORA LAKE
Photos by LENORA LAKE and CHRISTOPHER THORNTON