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#BeSeen photo gallery: Chillounge Night


Jewelry store owner and philanthropist Julie Weintraub was the diamond in the sky for Chillounge Night featuring Cirque du Chill.

The April 18 event at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park included a surprise appearance by Weintraub in the AeroSphere Aerial Balloon.

The event, which took place under a beautiful evening sky, included performances by Circus Arts Conservatory and Nock Productions. It benefited The Diversity Initiative Inc., which works to integrate individuals with special needs into the workforce.

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#BeSeen photo gallery: CCA Banquet


Outdoor enthusiasts were grabbing at the bait as the Coastal Conservation Association presented its 30th annual banquet and auction April 16 at T. Pepin Hospitality Center. They bid on trips to South America, Montana, the Florida Keys and elsewhere, along with rods, reels, ice chests and other necessities for the big catch. Art depicting birds and other wildlife also was plentiful.

The event raised $115,000 to assist in the preservation of land and species.

“This organization is the voice of the fisherman,” said Ted Hagaman, who helped start the Tampa chapter.

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#BeSeen photo gallery: Clinic hosts Testimonial Dinner


The Judeo Christian Health Clinic’s 2015 Testimonial Dinner honored the Rev. Morris E. Hintzman, president of Metropolitan Ministries Foundation, with its Humanitarian Award for years of giving back to the community through many philanthropic endeavors.

A room of sponsors, including 500 guests, helped raise about $100,000 at Higgins Hall. The Rev. John DeBevoise was master of ceremonies; News Channel 8 anchor Gayle Sierens Martin served as dinner chair; and Rabbi Richard Birnholz of Congregation Schaarai Zedek gave the benediction. Carolyn Shrimplin provided the patient testimonial. Tampa surgeon and board President Sylvia Campbell awarded Barbara Bond with the Good Samaritan Award.

The evening included a cocktail hour, dinner and a silent auction chaired by Tom Cue. The event is the clinic’s largest fund-raising event to help serve the health care needs of the uninsured working poor of the Tampa Bay area.

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#BeSeen photo gallery: Moffitt Magnolia Ball


This year’s Magnolia Ball raised more than $3 million to help find a cure for cancer and assist in the treatment of those with the disease.

The April 18 event at the A La Carte Event Pavilion, sponsored by the Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation, benefited the cancer center and featured entertainment by Earth, Wind & Fire.

Hundreds of guests also recognized the honorary chairs, former Miami Dolphins head coach Don Shula and his wife, Mary Anne. Former Dolphins quarterback Bob Greise was among the guests.

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Temple Terrace man ends Boston Marathon by getting engaged


It was a particularly cold, windy and wet morning Monday for a Floridian to finish the Boston Marathon, but Dustin Hicks had some extra motivation to keep moving — the wedding ring tied to his running shoe.

The 30-year-old Temple Terrace man proposed to his girlfriend Laura Bowerman, 28, at the finish line of the fabled race. He was winded and shivering after running 26.2 miles in two hours and forty-four minutes, so the proposal “came out a bit muddled,” Hicks said. But Laura said yes.

“I was so cold, my fingers were frozen, and I couldn’t get my shoe untied,” Hicks said.

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‘Full House’ reboot coming to Netflix

Published: staff

Uncle Jesse, D.J., Stephanie and Kimmy Gibbler are reuniting as one of the of the most beloved 1990s sitcoms is returning to television — with a vastly updated version.

“Fuller House,” a reboot of the hit ABC series “Full House,” is headed for Netflix after the streaming service ordered 13 new episodes.

John Stamos, who played Uncle Jesse on the series, which ran from 1987-95, announced the long-awaited return on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

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Clouded leopard makes public debut at Lowry Park Zoo

Tribune staff

A clouded leopard cub that became an internet sensation after the Tampa Lowry Park Zoo released its first video of him makes his public debut this week.

The 6-week-old cub has begun exploring the great outdoors and his adoring fans. He also has a name -- “Mowgli,” after the main character in “The Jungle Book.”

For a limited time, zoo guests can get a glimpse of this rare and precious creature. Public viewing will be held daily at 10 a.m. to coincide with the cub’s morning feeding time, weather permitting and subject to change.

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5 minutes with The Pink Petticoat Boutique owner Lesley Geyer

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The Pink Petticoat epitomizes femininity from its powder pink hangers to the delicate garments that decorate them.

The boutique, located at 1540 S. Dale Mabry Hwy. in Tampa, specializes in luxury lingerie and swimwear.

While some may prefer to shop for fashion worn in public, owner Lesley Geyer said she thinks shopping for intimate wear can be an empowering experience.

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8 tips to help you take your best vacation photos ever

Published:   |   Updated: April 20, 2015 at 01:36 PM
By Ashley Reams Mistretta

Spring is here, and that means vacations are right around the corner.

Whether you’re staying close to home with a weekend getaway to St. Pete Beach, or flying across an ocean for adventures on another continent, you’ll likely make lots of memories.

But what’s the best way to capture those moments on camera?

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#BeSeen photo gallery: AHA Heart Ball


Almost 500 guests donned evening gowns (many in red) and tuxedos for the American Heart Association’s Heart Ball on April 11 at A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa.

The event, which raised more than $1 million, featured silent and live auctions. A Super Bowl 50 Experience for four went for $17,500; a private catamaran trip to the British Virgin Islands went for $14,000; and a one-week stay in Breckenridge, Colo., brought in $8,000.

Bob and Lorraine Dutkowsky were the chairs for the event, which featured heart transplant recipient Madeline Jones as a special guest. Stacie Schaible of News Channel 8 was the emcee.

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