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Amy Scherzer's diary

Andrea's Sip for Life

By AMY SCHERZER
Published January 26, 2007


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Gasparilla memorabilia lured a smallish crowd to reminisce on the verandah and check out H. B. Plant Museum's current exhibition, Crowns and Tiaras, on Jan. 19. A recent treasure trove from 68th Gasparilla King, the late W. DeHart Ayala, included 60 items, including his two parade outfits, ceremonial keys to the city and coronation programs.

Gasparilla Queen Bonnie Judy (1964); Lee Touchton (1963) and King Richard Clarke (1977) were seen browsing at the annual display, which featured mother and daughter crowns worn by Queen Louise Lykes Ferguson (1934) and Queen Stella Ferguson Thayer (1962), and coronation gowns belonging to Queen Lesley Dobbins (1972) and current Queen Katherine Dobbins. Two other gowns were made by beloved fashion designer Anne Lowe, who will be the topic of a luncheon discussion Tuesday in Plant Hall.

Cork & Olive served and sold its exclusive Jose Gaspar, vintage 2005. Both the Macebeo white wine and the Tempranillo red sell for $11.90, with 50 cents of each sale going to Metropolitan Ministries. Beads draped around the bottles set off the logo bearing Tampa's pirate ship and the University of Tampa minaret skyline.

She was 27 years old when she argued Roe v. Wade before the Supreme Court, attorney Sarah Weddington told 200 women and a dozen men at Planned Parenthood's annual A Choice Affair at the Marriott Waterside on Jan. 17. Her experience then included a couple of divorces, some wills and an adoption, but she convinced the justices that the "right to make private decisions is central to the Constitution," she said. Exactly 34 years later, her recollection of the landmark case that made abortion legal reminded some guests of Texas columnist Molly Ivins' lively wit.

The former state legislator (the first woman elected to represent Austin, Texas, in the Texas House of Representatives) and a White House advisor to President Jimmy Carter stayed to autograph her bestseller, A Question of Choice.

The group also honored Tampa's first woman mayor, twice-elected Sandy Freedman, for being a role model for women elected to public office.

"The mission is expanded, but not accomplished," Weddington said, handing the microphone to chief executive Barbara Zdravecky and board chairwoman Adrienne Garcia, who sought donations to match a grant to build an express clinic in Tampa. Avila resident Sandy Thomas and former Sen. Helen Gordon Davis pledged $5,000 each, and in return, received a tote bag dotted with colorful condoms in appreciation.

EVENTS

Sunday: "Stylishly Hot," 49th annual Ebony Fashion Fair, benefits Derrick Brooks Charities Youth Auxiliary; 5 p.m.; Tampa Theatre; $30; 231-1340, ext. 252.

Feb. 3: Sojourn black-tie dinner and auction benefits WEDU; 6 p.m.; Hilton Carillon Park Hotel, St. Petersburg; $200; toll-free 1-800-354-9338, ext. 2241.

Feb. 3: Ruby Jubilee Gala black-tie dinner and auction on the stage benefits Tampa Theatre; 6 p.m; 711 N Franklin St.; $400 and up; after-hours speakeasy, $40; 963-6832.

Feb. 3: Einstein on Wine: Decanting Relativity wine tasting and auction benefits MOSI; 6-9 p.m. 4801 E Fowler Ave.; $60; 987-6000.

Feb. 6: Johnnie B. Byrd Sr. Alzheimer's Center and Research Institute Lifetime of Memories dinner; 6:30 p.m. Wyndham Westshore; $200; guest speaker Michael Reagan; 866-1610 ext. 4126.

Feb. 8: Florida State Fair Opening Day Luncheon; noon; $15; Charles M. Davis Special Events Center; 621-7821, ext. 216.

Lights, camera and plenty of action. South Tampa artists Eileen Goldenberg and Jeff Monsein were among the hordes of volunteers coordinated by Linda Misner for ABC's Extreme Makeover Home Edition when they descended on Davis Islands to rebuild Cynthia and Tom Tate's home.

Goldenberg painted bright-colored stripes in Loren Tate's karaoke-themed bedroom, when she wasn't directing traffic or running errands (60 safety goggles at Home Depot). Monsein spent many hours painting Florida Gators in an army camouflage theme in Ryan Tate's wing and a harlequin diamond pattern in Tommy Tate's skateboard hideaway.

"So nice to see the community come together like this," said Monsein, who painted till 2 a.m. the final night. They can't wait to see their handiwork when the show airs March 4.

Richard and Melanie Gonzmart were charming at the first Andrea's Sip for Life, a wine and tapas tasting they hosted in memory of Andrea Dicks Hartley at the Ybor City State Museum on Jan. 19.

Andrea was 30 years old when she lost the battle to sarcoma, a kind of cancer in August, said Richard to the courtyard full of friends; her three brothers; husband Jeff Hartley, and daughter, Emma, 3, from Tallahassee; and her mother, Wanda Dicks. Richard drummed up business for the silent auction, urging guests to sample, then bid on wines from 20 Spanish wineries. Sips encouraged bids, and the Gonzmart Family Foundation raised more than $40,000 to fund clinical trials for a sarcoma cure at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute.

The most popular of the dozen tapas the Columbia restaurant served: sauteed scallops, shrimp and garbanzo beans. Along with dessert, guests were treated to a performance by guitarist Brad Carlton and a tape of the late Cesar Gonzmart playing violin.

[Last modified January 25, 2007, 08:35:05]


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