Rotary Saluda! Solstice Bash
Members of the Rotary Club of Tampa and other guests gathered at the newly opened Le Meridien Hotel on June 25 for the annual Saluda! Solstice Bash fundraiser to benefit the club’s projects.
“Our goal was to create an iconic downtown event,” said event chairwoman Amie Devero as she greeted about 200 guests.
The black-tie-optional event, with music, food and drinks and live and silent auctions, raised $27,000 to be used over the next year for projects such as portable defibrillators for Tampa Police Department cars, the Rotary band shell at Water Works Park, support for Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay programs, and Camp Rotary.
The silent auction included art, white gold earrings, golf packages, Disney tickets, dog boarding and more. The live auction featured a sailing adventure, a stay at Little Gasparilla Island and international trips.
Tampa Theatre Beer and Loathing in Las Vegas
Playing on Hunter S. Thompson’s “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” almost 300 Tampa Theatre supporters — many in costume — turned out for a fun night of food and craft beer July 12 at “Beer and Loathing in Las Vegas.”
The 1998 movie , starring Johnny Depp, was shown on the theater’s screen but with the sound turned down.
“Fundraisers like BeerFest, WineFest and Oscar Night all benefit Tampa Theatre’s artistic and educational programming, as well as the ongoing restoration of our 88-year-old historic movie palace,” said Jill Witecki of Tampa Theatre.
The event raised more than $12,500. Committee members were Michelle Baker of The Refinery, Veronica Danko of The Independent Bar & Cafe, Henry Gonzalez of Platinum Bank and Kelly Prata of the Tampa Theatre.
Tampa Baseball Museum fundraiser
Wearing shirts representing their favorite teams, from Little League to the majors, fans turned out July 15 to celebrate baseball and raise money for the Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez House, set to open in late 2014. The event at Higgins Hall in Tampa featured a high school coaches panel with Frank Permuy, Pop Cuesta, Billy Reed, James Macaluso, John Crumbley and Pete Mulry.
Former players, including Tino Martinez and Lou Piniella, autographed baseballs, and guests bid on sports memorabilia and gift baskets before enjoying a hamburger and hot dog dinner
Bob Gomez, chair, and Danny Martinez, co-chair, presented the first Lifetime Achievement Award to Tony and Bertha Saladino for their dedication to youths. “They simply love the game of baseball,” Gomez said. Bertha Saladino, recovering from surgery, was unable to attend.
Text by LENORA LAKE
Photos by LENORA LAKE and CHRISTOPHER THORNTON