YMCA Community Impact Dinner
Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan received the 2014 Community Impact Award from the Tampa YMCA on March 27 for his dedication and positive impact on Hillsborough County residents. He was presented the award by Brett Couch, Tampa YMCA Governance Board chairman, at a dinner at the Pepin Hospitality Centre in Tampa. The event drew 435 guests and raised $140,00 for YMCA programs.
“I am incredibly honored and humbled to receive an award from an organization that I have worked closely with and admired for many years,” Hagan said. Former board chair D. Scott Luttrell received the Red Triangle Award, given to volunteers whose leadership, dedicated service and devotion to the mission have made a significant and lasting impact on the Tampa YMCA. In addition, 14 branch Volunteers of the Year were recognized by Tom Looby, Tampa YMCA president and CEO.
St. Joseph Hospitals Foundation’s Stepping Out Gala
Guests at St. Joseph’s Hospitals Foundation’s 2lst annual Stepping Out Gala “Oh, What a Night!” put on their dancing shoes for the event, which featured The Midtown Men, four stars from the original Broadway cast of “Jersey Boys.”
Chaired by Johnny and Susan Adcock, the March 29 black-tie event drew a sellout crowd of 550 guests to A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa. Johnny Adcock said the best part of chairing the event was working with the people, “as they have just been wonderful.”
The evening also featured a dinner and silent auction with sports memorabilia, gift cards, beauty baskets, event tickets and jewelry. A live auction included a private jet trip to Key West, a vacation in Israel and a stay in Nicaragua
Physician Lee C. Kirkman, who has been with St. Joseph’s Hospitals since 1989, was this year’s honoree. The event netted $175,000.
Make-A-Wish Wishmakers Ball
Supporters of Make-A-Wish Central and Northern Florida turned out March 29 to raise money to grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.
The event at the Tampa Grand Hyatt drew 350 guests who helped raise about $210,000 for the cause.
Guests walked a red carpet and enjoyed a night of cocktails, dinner and entertainment, and a silent and live auction followed. A cockapoo puppy — part of the live auction — was a hit with the crowd.
Meg Huntley, development and events manager at Make-A-Wish Foundation, said granting the wishes helps “to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.”
Friends of Plant Park GreenFest Luncheon
Guests at the 17th annual GreenFest Luncheon learned from and laughed with speaker Becky Savitz as she told about her garden, which appeared on the cover of Southern Living Magazine.
Her friend, Donna B. Popovich of the University of Tampa, set the stage in her introduction of the South Tampa resident who spends part of the year in North Carolina.
Almost 200 guests enjoyed the March 27 luncheon at the Tampa Yacht & Country Club, with a special menu that included orange blossom-scented strawberry and mango gazpacho with candied rose petals and a spring salad of star anise and honey-roasted acorn squash with chicken.
The event benefited the Friends of Plant Park.
TEXT BY LENORA LAKE
Photos by LENORA LAKE and CHRISTOPHER THORNTON