Be More Awards
The Be More Awards, hosted by PBS member television station WEDU on Feb. 20 at A La Carte Pavilion in Tampa, recognized local nonprofit groups and raised awareness of their work.
Some 550 supporters saw Feeding America Tampa Bay named Nonprofit of the Year. Bronson Thayer, chair of the WEDU board of directors, and Susan Howarth, WEDU president and CEO, served as chairs of the event. Lissette Campos, director of community affairs for ABC Action News, and Jack Harris of WFLA-AM, were emcees.
“I am excited about the variety and great number of wonderful stories of how people contribute to the community, their giving nature, and we are proud to be a part of it,” Howarth said. “It is an honor to tell the stories of the nonprofit organizations and unsung heroes who serve the countless and diverse needs of the community.”
Fashion Funds the Cure
Girls receiving treatment for cancer — or in remission — took to the runway Feb. 22, escorted by local celebrities for the 11th annual Fashion Funds the Cure.
Presented by the Pediatric Cancer Foundation, the event at the Tampa International Jet Center drew more than 800 guests with a goal of raising $150,000 for research and clinical trials in pediatric cancer.
TV personality Carson Kressley and WTSP news anchor Heather Van Nest served as the hosts for the event, which was chaired by Christopher Carrere, Jay Langford, Jeff Jaxwell and Alex Sullivan.
Boy Scouts Gulf Ridge Council 75th Anniversary
Carl and Lyda Lindell opened their Culbreath Isles home Feb. 19 to about 100 supporters of the Boy Scouts of America to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Gulf Ridge Council of West Central Florida.
The Gulf Ridge Council has about 31,000 Scouts and more than 5,000 adult volunteers.
Guests at the reception sampled appetizers from the Epicurean Hotel and watched the sunset over Tampa Bay before hearing Council Executive George McGovern and Council Executive Board Chair Jose Valiente speak about Boy Scouting.
“We prepare Scouts for life; we teach them honesty, ethics and integrity,” Valiente said.
Zoo VIP luncheon
Dan Kimball, superintendent of Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Park, shared information about the restoration of the Everglades with about 75 supporters of the Lowry Park Zoo over lunch.
The VIP luncheon on Feb. 25 in the zoo’s Safari Lodge preceded a public presentation on the subject, which also focused on the problems of pythons in the area.
Kimball was introduced by wildlife photographer Carlton Ward Jr.
Robert Rasmussen, zoo board chairman; Craig Pugh, zoo executive director and CEO; and Ann Shaler of Bank of America, welcomed guests, including alumni of Denison University in Ohio. Shaler and Kimball both are graduates of the small school.
Text by LENORA LAKE
Photos by LENORA LAKE, ELISA DeGREGORIO and CHRISTOPHER THORNTON