Festivals of Speed reception
The recent Festivals of Speed kicked off with a Luxury Lifestyle Jet Port Reception on April 4, showcasing a display of vintage aircraft as well as the world’s top luxury cars, motorcycles and boats.
The event at the Tampa International Jet Center Hanger was organized by Joe and Jarrett Sabatini and included a silent auction with all proceeds benefiting The Pediatric Cancer Foundation.
Guests wandered through the displays, dreaming, no doubt, while a band played.
Heart Association Heart Ball
About 500 guests donned tuxedos, cocktail dresses and gowns as they helped raise money for the American Heart Association at the annual Heart Ball on April 5 at the A La Carte Pavilion.
Proceeds of the sit-down dinner will be used for the education, awareness, advocacy and research programs of the organization.
Lee Arnold of Colliers International Tampa Bay, Central and Southwest Florida, served as chairman. “My ancestors have a long history of cardiovascular disease,” he said, “which is why I am dedicating my time and energy to raise funds for cutting-edge research necessary for the American Heart Association to prevent, treat, and ultimately defeat the leading cause of death for American men and women.”
A live and silent auction featured travel and sports packages, health and beauty items, and wine-and-dine packages.
LampLighters’ Lights Fashion Hope
A stilt-walking juggler, a mime and tarot card readers were among the greeters for “Lights Fashion Hope: A Night on the Boardwalk” on April 2 at the Straz Center.
Sponsored by The LampLighters, the event raised money to benefit children in care at Metropolitan Ministries and Joshua House.
About 400 guests strolled through Morsani Hall, tasting foods from various restaurants, having their pictures made in a photo booth and ordering cocktails at the bars. Models descended the staircase with fashions from Neiman Marcus Outside. Craft beers, hand-rolled cigars, brandy tastings and an old-fashioned popcorn vendor were on hand.
The event was chaired by Laine Walker, Cheryl Adams and Kelly Breeding. They were assisted by many members of the 26-year-old all-volunteer organization.
TGH Foundation’s 17th annual gala
It was a step back in time as more than 500 guests celebrated at the Tampa General Hospital Foundation’s 17th annual gala: “Come Together: A Tribute to the Beatles.”
Tie-dyed shirts, miniskirts, peace symbols, white go-go boots, mop-top wigs and granny glasses mixed with coats, ties and cocktail dresses for the April 5 event at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay.
The April 5 event included a “Hard Day’s Night” casino, a “Strawberry Fields Forever” silent auction and lots of dancing to The Black Honkeys, who played Beatles hits and other sounds for the era.
Catherine Christie-Zanghi, Heidrun Divers and Gretchen Dominguez were the co-chairs.
“We wanted it to be colorful and funky,” Divers said.
Guests dined on fish and chips, roast beef, assorted potato dishes, salads and more from various food stations in the ballroom.
Text by LENORA LAKE
Photos by LENORA LAKE, ELISA DeGREGORIO and CHRISTOPHER THORNTON