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Scene & Heard: Abe Brown Ministries Banquet

Abe Brown Ministries Banquet The Rev. Abe Brown and football great Lee Roy Selmon were remembered with love and respect at the Abe Brown Ministries' 29th Annual Banquet on Nov. 3 at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn welcomed the 500 guests, who came to support the continuing commitment of the organization to help offenders, ex-offenders and their families. Organization president and emcee Robert Blount Jr., who spoke about Brown's commitment, emphasized that the ministry is thriving with new programs for the families of incarcerated offenders, along with the food bank, counseling, transitional living and family reconciliation programs. In addition to keynote speaker the Rev. Ken Bevel, who spoke about the importance of fathers in the lives of young men, a plaque honoring the Selmon family was presented to Lee Roy Selmon Jr. and his brother, Christopher. Grammy-winning recording artist CeCe Winans was on hand for a performance, and video presentations punctuated the evening. Two-time Super Bowl champion and sports radio show co-host Anthony McFarland presented a challenge to the guests that helped raise $40,000 for ministry programs. Tampa Museum of Art Pavilion Billed as the event of the season for art lovers, the Tampa Museum of Art did not disappoint as it hosted the 27th annual Pavilion on Nov. 3 at the museum. The evening, chaired by Carrie Brown, had the theme "1960s Modern Glamour" and featured a gourmet dinner for the 300 guests by Mise en Place, open premium bars and dancing to the 18-piece Helios Jazz Orchestra. For the first time since the museum opened three years ago, the VIP guests were invited to a reception in the Saunders Gallery and could stroll through the exhibition galleries, including a stop at the featured exhibition, "The Man, the Image & the World: Henri Cartier-Bresson, A Retrospective." Auctioneer Bruce Moly conducted the auction of five special items, including a one-week stay on the Balboa Peninsula in Southern California and VIP access to Art Basel, a modern art show in Switzerland. A multi-function party, Pavilion also included a Gentleman's Committee party at the Capital Grille and a Patron's Party chaired by Blake Casper and Allison Adams at the Oxford Exchange, all contributing to the fun of Pavilion and $280,000 for the museum's exhibitions and education programs.
Bob Sierra YMCA's Caribana Hundreds of guests donned their favorite team jerseys to celebrate at "Caribana: Friday Night Lights," a fundraiser for the Bob Sierra YMCA on Nov. 2 at the Phyllis Marshall Center at the University of South Florida. The Bulls, Bucs, Browns, Gators, Seminoles and Rays were represented as guests played games, bid on silent auction items and enjoyed a steak dinner. A live auction with radio personality Mason Dixon as the auctioneer included a chance to watch Tony Dungy in a live TV broadcast, an emerald and diamond necklace, a flats fishing boat and other items. Ginger Willms chaired a committee of almost 40 members who worked a year to collect about 250 auction items. Jim and Lori Gibson were the event hosts.

Text by MARIA JOHNSON Photos by MARIA JOHNSON, ROBERTA SCHOFIELD and LENORA LAKE Email information about Tampa Bay area community and social events to mdjohnson@tampatrib.com or mail to Scene & Heard, c/o The Tampa Tribune, 200 S. Parker St., Tampa FL 33606.
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