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Sales of soup, Thai appetizer benefit fund

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Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 12:39 PM
TAMPA -

Calyx Schenecker's favorite soup at GrillSmith restaurants was the Caribbean pumpkin crab bisque. Her brother, Beau, always ordered the spicy Thai shrimp appetizer.

Last year, sales of the siblings' favorite dishes raked in $10,500 for a scholarship fund in their name.

The two teens — Calyx was 16, Beau, 13 — were shot to death in their New Tampa home in January 2011. Their mother, Julie Schenecker, awaits trial on two counts of first-degree murder in the case.

This year, father Parker Schenecker and GrillSmith's Tampa-based owner are partnering again to raise more money for the memorial fund.

Schenecker will announce the renewed partnership Friday at the GrillSmith at The Shops at Wiregrass, 2000 Piazza Ave., Wesley Chapel.

The restaurant will have a scholarship drive for the fund Monday through Sept. 21 at the six GrillSmith locations in the Tampa area. All proceeds from sales of the crab bisque and the shrimp appetizer will again go toward the fund, said restaurant spokeswoman Alisha dos Santos.

Schenecker told restaurant president Billy Grimm that his children were "huge fans of GrillSmith," dos Santos said.

"We were humbled when Mr. Schenecker approached us last year to help honor Calyx and Beau's memory," Grimm said.

Schenecker was traveling Wednesday and could not be reached for comment.

No trial date has been set in the slayings, but a disposition hearing is scheduled today in front of Circuit Court Judge Ashley Moody.

Prosecutors intend to seek the death penalty for Julie Schenecker, whose attorneys said they will use an insanity defense.

Schenecker had long battled and been treated for manic depression, court records show. Police found 12 medications, including antipsychotics and mood stabilizers, when they searched the home after finding the bodies.

At the time of his children's slayings, Parker Schenecker was a U.S. Air Force colonel on temporary deployment in Afghanistan. The first time he saw his wife after their children's deaths was in jail. He told her he was filing for divorce.

The divorce was finalized in May 2011.

Parker Schenecker established the scholarship fund last year through the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. The fund offers financial support to leadership, athletic and performing arts programs for Tampa area teens.


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