Diamonds & Pearls Celebrity Gala
TAMPA - There were lots of diamonds and pearls at The Diamonds & Pearls Celebrity Gala Friday night in Ybor City's Good Luck Cafe. Hosted by the Professional Athletes Wives Association, the event was an evening of music, food and fundraising for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. There was a silent auction that featured diamond and gold jewelry, a skateboard signed by Tony Hawk, NFL helmets autographed by Barry Sanders, Peyton Manning and Brett Favre, and even some pool time with Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps. Comedian Demetrius Wheeler kept the crowd howling and R&B singer Trumaine Lamar crooned some soulful ballads. Even guests were given a chance to belt out some tunes during a karaoke segment.The fete also included a yummy all-you-can-eat soul food buffet that included macaroni and cheese, fried chicken, green beans, fish balls and hushpuppies. Now, getting to the Good Luck Cafe - or any other club in Ybor City - proved to be a battle. Some of the streets were closed off and traffic often backed-up as stretch limousines dropped off guests. And the prices to park were as high as $30 in surrounding lots.