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Amy Scherzer’s Diary: Weekly Wrap-Up of the Tampa Social Scene

GHOULWILL BASH: Wicked fun at the Ghoulwill Bash scared up dinner and dancing, a costume contest and games to learn about Goodwill Industries-Suncoast services, all aboard the Yacht StarShip. The “Ship of Ghouls” sailed Oct. 27, with 300 supporters, most in costume like Charlotte Lehner and Doug Misler, prize winners as Little Red Riding Hood and a hungry wolf. Emcee Hilary Zalla, WTSP-Ch.10 pointed out costumes made from Goodwill finds and fabrics, including a surfer, a picture-posing mermaid and Davy Jones and sea witch Calypso. Ghoulwill Bash netted more than $60,000 to help people with employment challenges in 10 West Central Florida counties achieve their full potential.

RED CROSS ANGELS SILVER BRUNCH: The American military and the American Red Cross go together like love & marriage, working hand in glove in every way possible to support our armed forces and veterans. Tampa Bay’s Red Cross Angels celebrated that historic relationship Oct. 27 with a Silver Brunch at the home of Carmen and Harry Barkett. Co-chairs Peggy Gill and Pauline Holovak invited the first female four-star general, Ann Dunwoody, USAF-Ret., to be their special guest as the occasion also marks the 75th anniversary of MacDill Air Force Base. Maybe it was the mimosas, maybe the red, white and blue florals or the buffet catered by Rita Carlino, but many Angels lingered long into the afternoon. Funds raised at the $50-brunch stay right in Tampa to be used for military family emergencies.

Beyond the Suit

Tampa Bay Dress for Success executive director Katie McGill purposely wore two different shoes to the 18th Anniversary Beyond the Suit luncheon, a reminder that she has many more choices then the women getting help to earn economic independence, like Rochelle Ward, recipient of the annual Pat Ellington Award, once a client and now a volunteer who got word that day she was hired at Seminole Hard Rock Casino.

Guest speaker Marla Wynne humorized her all-too-true fairy tale and proverbial frog kissing before successfully launching her clothing and accessories line on HSN. The retail television network’s charitable arm, HSN Cares, staged the fashion show with Dress for Success clients and volunteers as models, joined by honorary chairwomen Penny Vinik and Renee Vaughn. All the outfits were donated to the boutique which offers free professional attire to women seeking employment. The Bags of Change website was also announced, https://bagsofchange.org.

Luncheon chairwoman Jessica Rivelli raised the bar Oct. 27 raising $50,000 and drawing 320 guests to the Doubletree by Hilton Tampa Airport.

TAMPABAY-JOB-LINKS FIFTH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: “To get prepared, get inspired and get employed,” professionals in career transition turn to TampaBay-Job-Links, said board president Andi Jacobs, welcoming more than 100 guests to the work force development agency’s Fifth Anniversary celebration Oct. 22. Co-founder Blossom Leibowitz honored founding board members Andy Hirsch and Mark Schneider and staff trainer/psychologist Michael Lillibridge. Kay Jacobs and Sharon Stein co-chaired the benefit at the Stein residence, launching a “Let’s Have Lunch” auction featuring a line-up of community leaders joining their top bidders for a meal.

WOMANADE OF TAMPA BAY: A few hours of girl talk —old and new friends chatting over snacks and wine at a Womanade of Tampa Bay “Giving Gathering” — resulted in a whopping $5,000 for the four agencies the group supports while socializing. Karen Levy hosted 75 women at her new Bayshore Boulevard home Oct. 18, each gal bringing wine or an appetizer and $40 to be used to fund all sorts of anonymous requests, from bus passes to dentures to daycare. The women have collected $23,000 since they began meeting in May 2015.

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