Seen and Heard

#BeSeen photo gallery: All Star Charity Gala


The DeBartolo Family Foundation invited world-renowned illusion artist and magician David Blain to be the surprise entertainment for the 12th annual All Star Charity Gala held Feb. 28 at the hangar at Peter O’Knight Airport in Davis Island.

About 500 guests were treated to a magical evening that included a cocktail hour mingling with celebrities, live entertainment and a gourmet three-course dinner. The top-selling item in the live auction was a trip for two — including first-class airfare and accommodations at Caesar’s Palace — to watch the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao welterweight fight in May. It sold for $42,000.

The auction also included a Sedona golf vacation, a Bill Currie fishing trip, a Paris culinary experience and tickets to the French Open, Super Bowl tickets with airfare, a Loree Rodkin diamond ring, and more. Hostess Lisa DeBartolo served as emcee and said that last year, the foundation awarded more than $700,000 to nonprofit organizations and individuals in the community.

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#BeSeen photo gallery: Military Appreciation Banquet


Military members and civilians came together to honor those who serve our country at the Feb. 25 Military Appreciation Banquet sponsored by the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce.

Several hundred guests gathered at Pepin Hospitality Center in Tampa to hear Gov. Rick Scott and others praise military members and those businesses that hire veterans and offer support to military families.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn thanked the members of the military for all they do. University of South Florida President Judy Genshaft said many early graduates of the school attended on the GI bill, and USF is ranked No. 5 for being military friendly. “But we are going to be No. 1,” she said.

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Why Gasparilla Music Festival band The Gaslight Anthem will be singing a different tune on Saturday

Published:   |   Updated: March 6, 2015 at 11:49 AM
BY ED CONDRANTribune correspondent

Benny Horowitz has a hard time swallowing the angst-ridden songs penned by teenage pop stars over recent years.

“How do you believe a 17-year-old girl’s love story,” Horowitz, percussionist for The Gaslight Anthem, asked while calling from Baltimore. “How do you know real romantic agony at that age? They haven’t hit the highest or lowest points of love. So their stories are a bit disingenuous to me.

“I’m a 34-year-old guy, who has been through it all. I have all of the pain that comes from experience. When you have that experience, your songs are real. That’s what makes (Hold Steady’s) Craig (Finn), Bruce Springsteen and (The Gaslight Anthem vocalist) Brian (Fallon) so good at what they do. They write what they see. It’s real, and it’s personal.”

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#BESEEN photo gallery: Fashion Funds the Cure


On Saturday, February 21, children battling cancer made their debuts on the runway in the twelfth annual AGW Capital Advisors Fashion Funds the Cure presented by Saks Fifth Avenue, Mercedes-Benz, and Bright House Networks.

Modeling the latest spring styles, the girls – and for the first time, boys – were escorted down the runway by celebrities including players and former players from MLB, the NHL and NFL. Guest enjoyed fine wines, delicacies from top area restaurants, and an exclusive fashion show.

The Pediatric Cancer Foundation also welcomed back Emmy-winning television star, celebrity stylist, author and fashion designer, Carson Kressley, and local personality Heather Van Nest as the evening’s celebrity hosts.

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#BESEEN photo gallery: Designer shoe auction benefits Easter Seals

Published:   |   Updated: March 5, 2015 at 02:04 PM
TBO Seen Staff

From stilettos on silver platters to businessmen strutting table-to-table with designer handbags, the ultimate ladies luncheon took place on Friday, Feb. 27.

Hundreds of women gathered to sip champagne, socialize with friends and support a good cause at the sixth annual “A Pair to Remember” luncheon.

Although event organizers are still calculating the grand total, the event raised more than $50,000 to benefit Easter Seals.

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Free coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts on Monday, March 9

JANINE staff

Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 8, and Dunkin’ Donuts is ready to perk up your work week after you lose an hour of sleep.

Stop by any Tampa Bay area Dunkin’ on Monday, March 9, for a free 16-ounce cup of iced coffee. You’ll also get your choice of three ice cream-inspired flavor options, including rocky road, cookie dough or butter pecan. Other flavor shots and swirls options include french vanilla, hazelnut, toasted almond, blueberry, coconut, cinnamon, caramel and raspberry.

There’s no purchase necessary to redeem the offer, which is available all day.

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How water transportation is changing in downtown Tampa

Keith MorelliTribune staff

From rentals to tour boats to a plain ol’ get-from-one-end-of-the-Riverwalk-to-the-other water taxi, the waters around downtown are alive with the sounds of motors.

As the long-awaited Riverwalk project winds down, said Donna Chen, director of marketing and communication with the Tampa Downtown Partnership, “all eyes are turning to the river.”

“Prior to this, the river did not get the attention it deserved,” she said. “Now, it’s becoming more and more our front door rather than our back door.”

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What did Sacred Heart Church look like 80 years ago?

Published:   |   Updated: March 2, 2015 at 10:56 AM

Sacred Heart Catholic Church has been a landmark in downtown Tampa for more than a century.

And it looks much the same in 2015 as it did in 1935 when the black-and-white Burgert Brothers photograph was taken.

In the early 1800s, Hillsborough County commissioners deeded property on Ashley Drive and Twiggs Street for a Catholic church. The property was later exchanged for land at Florida Avenue and Twiggs. In 1859, a little frame church was erected on the site of the current Sacred Heart Church.

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#BeSeen photo gallery: Sports Club Hall of Fame


More than 30 of Tampa Catholic High School and University of Tampa baseball coach Peter J. Mulry’s former players showed up to honor him when he was inducted Feb. 19 into the Sports Club of Tampa Bay Hall of Fame at Embassy Suites-USF. Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden and the late baseball player and manager Don Zimmer also were inducted.

“This is an evening of humility and gratitude,” said Mulry, who coached at Tampa Catholic for 10 years beginning in 1968. During the time, his teams won three state championships.

“The greatest honor is to hear someone call me coach,” he said.

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#BeSeen photo gallery: Equality Florida Gala


The ninth annual Equality Florida Gala drew more than 600 guests to TPepin’s Hospitality Centre on Feb. 21 for an event to benefit the Equality Florida Institute Inc. The nonprofit provides educational programs on nondiscrimination policies, marriage equality, transgender inclusion, hate crimes and safe schools.

Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner and Equality Florida CEO Nadine Smith served as keynote speakers. Mark Puskarich was the steering committee chairman.

Music was provided by harpist Anthony Hamilton, the group Jurica and DJ-CK.

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