Circle of Red VIP Portrait Party
Members and guests of the Circle of Red and Men Go Red came together recently to share their concerns about women and heart disease. They also ate heart-healthy snacks and had professional portraits made while enjoying the view of Tampa Bay from atop the Westin Hotel on the Courtney Campbell Causeway. The April 16 event was in conjunction with the American Heart Association’s annual Go Red campaign, which includes a luncheon May 8 at A La Carte Pavilion. Katie Pemble, a heart disease survivor and chair of Go Red, said the purpose was to get other women to join, raise awareness and put on a fabulous luncheon. Members of the Circle of Red and Men Go Red commit to a $1,000-a-year donation and support of the organization. Allison Canfield, a heart disease survivor, told her story of how open-heart surgery repaired a valve.
Hillsborough Community College Presidential Showcase
Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan received the 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award during the Hillsborough Community College Foundation 2014 Presidential Showcase on April 17 at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel. More than 300 guests attended the dinner and silent auction as emcee Gayle Sierens and HCC President Ken Atwater welcomed guests and presented the awards. Tom Dorety, president of the Suncoast Credit Union, was presented with the Champion of Education award for the organization’s support of the college and its foundation. Steve Cona Jr., president of the school’s Alumni Leadership Board, recognized the 2014 Distinguished Alumni: Chris Brown, Merle “Chip” Kelley, Russell Spicola and Erik Youngs. Proceeds from the event will benefit the HCC Foundation, which raises private gifts from the community for scholarships. Last year 1,300 HCC students received $1.2 million in scholarships.
Coastal Conservation Association banquet
Outdoor enthusiasts, including professional charter boat captains, gathered April 17 at the Pepin Hospitality Centre for the 29th annual Coastal Conservation Association banquet and auction. Tampa chapter president Morgan Lynch said the association focuses on education about conservation and restoration of marine resources. It also encourages people to be involved in the legislative process. About 300 guests were able to bid on fishing rods, artwork, ice chests and other items in the silent auction. The live auction included trips for a week to the Florida Keys, Montana and Alaska. The Tampa chapter will hold its 30th annual catch-and-release tournament in the fall.
Text by LENORA LAKE
Photos by LENORA LAKE and MARIA JOHNSON