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#BeSeen photo gallery: Reception benefits Mote


Reception benefits Mote

TAMPA — Legendary charter boat captain Scott Moore was honored May 18 at a reception at the University Club that helped raise funds for the Fisheries Conservation & Enhancement Program at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium.

Carol and Barney Barnett, co-chair of Publix Super Markets, also were thanked. The Barnetts have donated $3 million to the $6 million Barnett Leadership Initiatives, part of a $50 million fundraising campaign, the first in the Sarasota-based research aquarium’s 60-year history.

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#BeSeen photo gallery: Museum hosts Pride & Passion


Museum hosts Pride & Passion

TAMPA — Using the theme “Forbidden,” the Tampa Museum of Art’s volunteer committee hosted the 10th annual Pride & Passion on May 16.

More than 600 guests attended the event at the museum, which was coordinated by Kate White and chaired by Kevin Reder. Entertainment was provided by Brandon Wagner, Carla Vaughan, Celeste Mannerud, Dallas Nielsen, Jason Champion, Jim Del Rio and Steven Ballard. Tampa Bay’s Premiere Jazz Dance Company performed an anime dance.

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#BeSeen photo gallery: Luminaries luncheon


Luminaries luncheon

TAMPA — Three local leaders — Richard Gonzmart, Sister Claire LeBouef, and Gov. Bob Martinez — were named the first “luminaries” by the Junior League of Tampa at a May 15 luncheon.

Gonzmart, president of Columbia Restaurant Group, is involved in many community boards and causes, as is Martinez, a former Florida governor and Tampa mayor.

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#BeSeen photo gallery: Healthy Mothers Luncheon


Healthy Mothers Luncheon

TAMPA — Liz Kennedy, whose name is synonymous with leadership, compassion and love for mothers, was honored May 12 by REACHUP Inc., an organization that strengthens families in our community, at the third annual Healthy Mothers Luncheon at Higgins Hall.

Mayor Bob Buckhorn; Lo Berry, CEO of the Reach Up Foundation Inc.; and Jane Murphy, executive director of the Healthy Start Coalition of Hillsborough County, were among the many praising Kennedy.

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Free rides, tows offered to Memorial Day weekend partiers

Published:   |   Updated: May 21, 2015 at 02:52 PM

For the second holiday this month, AAA is offering free tows and rides home to inebriated drivers in Florida. Just call (855) 2-TOW-2-GO for a confidential tow within a 10-mile radius to a safe location. The program is provided as a service by AAA and is free for drivers in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee, and not just current auto club members.

The free ride is offered for Memorial Day weekend beginning Friday, May 22 through 6 a.m. on Wednesday, May 26.

Although the ride is free and confidential, there are some restrictions and guidelines:

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Cuteness Alert: 3 endangered lemurs born at Busch Gardens

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Their names are almost as adorable as they are.

Three endangered ring-tailed lemurs were born to two different mothers in March at Busch Gardens, the park announced Wednesday. First-time mother Canada gave birth to Squirt on March 19, and twins Schweps and Seagramms were born to Ginger on March 27. Spike, the sire of all three babies, came to the park from the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo in 2004.

Busch Gardens said that ring-tailed lemurs are some of the most endangered mammals in the world due to habitat destruction, hunting and the exotic pet trade.

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Sam Smith vocal cord surgery won’t affect Tampa concert

Published: Staff

Tampa fans of Sam Smith can breathe a small sigh of relief.

The Grammy Award-winning singer has undergone successful vocal cord surgery and his recovery should have him back to touring in time to make his July 21 date at Amalie Arena.

Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston said in a statement today – Smith’s 23rd birthday – that he is expected to make a full recovery.

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5 minutes with Jesse Witham, owner of RSVP Men

Published:   |   Updated: May 19, 2015 at 04:50 PM
Brianna KwasnikTBO Seen

When Jesse Witham and Joey Petrella noticed there was a smaller presence of skincare products for men than there were for women, they decided to do something to change that.

Together, the two created RSVP Men, the nation’s first all natural, certified organic, vegan skincare line catered to men. What started out as an online-only business, quickly became much more. Currently, the brand is sold in more than 40 Dillard’s stores. By the end of this year, there are plans to expand into the market in Europe and China.

If being certified organic and vegan wasn’t enough, RSVP Men is a green company in other ways, too. RSVP Men’s production facility is run completely on solar power. Plus, for every bottle they sell, they plant one tree in an area in need or reforestation.

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#BeSeen photo gallery: Junior League of Tampa dinner


Cindy Coney was named Sustainer of the Year when members of the Junior League of Tampa gathered May 8 at the Palma Ceia Golf & Country Club for the annual dinner.

“The award is for a lifetime of service and leadership,” said league president Lynette Russell. “She is an amazing person.”

The event is designed to celebrate the accomplishments of the year and to honor those members who have gone above and beyond.

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#BeSeen photo gallery: The Spring Purple Gala


The pretty purple-hued outfits at the lively Purple Gala belie the somber issue: domestic abuse.

Some 180 guests enjoyed dinner, dancing, music and live auctions to support The Spring of Tampa Bay on May 9 at the Tampa Airport Marriott.

President and CEO Mindy Murphy talked about how The Spring is a beacon of hope for those who need support, emergency shelter and outreach.

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