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Tennis and yacht club toasts new officers

By MARY JANE PARK
© St. Petersburg Times
published April 3, 2002

Members gathered at the Treasure Island Tennis & Yacht Club on Saturday evening for the Commodore's Ball and change of watch ceremony.

Dave Marger, the club's new commodore, or chief officer, greeted guests with his wife, Helen. He succeeds Jon Kieffer, under whose watch the organization reported its best financial year ever. Kieffer's predecessor was his spouse, Michelle.

Sue Wray remembered heading the junior tennis program with husband Don, the club's new treasurer. The new commodore began taking lessons from them at age 12. His beaming parents, Bruce and Mary Ann Marger, attended along with their daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Steve LeVine.

Marjorie Sontag, president of the Blue Gavel Society, which comprises past commodores, introduced herself just as the cocktail hour drew to a close.

Also in the crowd were Frank Struchen and his mother, Audrey; Dick and Tricia Rahter; Larry and Barbara Kimmerling; Phyllis Emerson and Ray Siegle; Andy Brusini; Ed and Jackie Baron; Don Wansor and Jean McDonald; Patrick Tracz; Bette and Roy Siegle; and Pete and Jan Jernigan.

Because I had Easter choir duties very early Sunday morning, I left before dinner, although the menu was tempting, starring filet mignon and prawns stuffed with crabmeat.

In the dining room, tables held low tropical bouquets of white lilies, pink anthuriums and pink bromeliad blooms.

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Look for the work of St. Petersburg photographer Todd Richardson in the April Esquire and May GQ issues.

Richardson is a graduate of the University of South Florida in Tampa's fine arts program. He has exhibited his private work in shows throughout the bay area and does all of the print advertising photography for Dillard's Southeast Division.

The magazines feature advertising for Murano, the department store chain's private men's clothing label.

Conde Nast publishes GQ; Hearst publishes Esquire.

LOOKING AHEAD

Friday

FESTIVAL OF STATES CORONATION BALL: The Suncoasters crown a new Mr. or Ms. Sun and a Sungoddess. New format includes dinner. Black tie. 7 p.m. Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $100. 898-3654.

Saturday

GULF COAST JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES: Annual celebrity gala features special guests Rep. Jim Davis, D-Tampa, and New York City police officer and tenor Daniel Rodriguez. Black tie. 7:30 p.m. Renaissance Vinoy Resort, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. $200. 538-7150.

Sunday

SPRING BONNET TEA: St. Petersburg Woman's Club historical tour and program. Hats, gloves encouraged. 2-4 p.m. 40 Snell Isle Blvd. NE, St. Petersburg. $5. 822-6659; 521-4836.

April 11

GALA UNDER THE STARS: Cocktails, dinner, premiere of The Bomb-itty of Errors, benefits American Stage's Shakespeare in the Park. 6 p.m. Demens Landing, First Avenue South and Bayshore Drive, St. Petersburg. $85. 823-1600 ext. 203.

April 13

PAWS-ITIVELY PURR-FECT AUCTION: Benefits Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Friends of Family Pets and Crisis Care programs. Cocktail reception, heavy hors d'oeuvres, silent and live auctions. 6:30 p.m. Renaissance Vinoy Resort, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. $50 advance, $60 at door. 586-3591.

April 18

COLLECTORS CHOICE: Benefit for Museum of Fine Arts acquisitions; previews works under consideration for purchase. Reception, dinner, live auction. Special guest Maria Cristina Buccellati. Black tie optional. 6:30 p.m. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. $125. 896-2667.

April 20

BROADWAY -- YESTERDAY, TODAY & FOREVER: 25th anniversary gala for CASA, the Center Against Spouse Abuse. Silent and live auctions, dinner and dancing. Black tie. 6 p.m. The Coliseum, 555 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $100. 895-4912.

-- Mary Jane Park can be reached at 893-8267; fax 893-8675; e-mail

park@sptimes.com; P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731.

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