Coolest Party in Tampa
Music, shaved-ice drinks, fire dancing, food and fun were part of the 1 Voice Foundation’s “Coolest Party in Tampa” on July 26 at Dubliner Irish Pub in South Tampa. The foundation, dedicated to the prevention and cure of childhood cancer, offers financial, emotional and educational support while funding research for a cure. Executive director Mary Ann Massolio said the foundation began in 2008 for family input and interaction, and parents relish the time to relax with others whose children may have received health care at Moffitt Cancer Center, All Children’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital or Tampa General Hospital. About 200 attended the first-time event, which brought in $5,000.
Christmas in July
Networking was the name of the game as about 600 business owners and others celebrated Christmas in July on July 24 at TPepin’s Hospitality Centre in Tampa.
The fourth annual event was sponsored by the Tampa Bay Business Owners. Brook Borup, the event coordinator, said it brings together 18 Tampa Bay-area business associations, including chambers of commerce and other organizations. The guests sampled food and drinks, played games and heard from member Michelle DeJong, who is fighting cancer. The funds raised went to the Children’s Cancer Center, a favorite charity of DeJong’s.
Martinis for Moffitt
The Bay Area Advisors continued their fundraiser for the Advanced Prostate Cancer Collaboration with the ninth annual Martinis for Moffitt on July 19 at the Tampa Museum of Art. Chris Hounchell is president of the organization, which has donated more than $500,000 to the cancer center. Kostas Stoilas served as the event chair. More than 300 guests attended the cocktail reception, which featured a mix of cool and hot foods, including shrimp, salmon, fruits, cheeses, sliders, short ribs and macaroni and cheese. A silent auction was also part of the event.
Text by LENORA LAKE
Photos by LENORA LAKE, MARY S. GREACEN and CHRISTOPHER THORNTON