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Amy Scherzer's Diary

Published May 18, 2007


As promised, participants left Tampa Museum of Art with a wonderful painting, sculpture or photograph on Saturday, and had fun in the process.

From Our Wall to Your Wall worked like this: Nearly 80 people paid $500, drew a number and listened for Tampa creative arts manager Paul Wilborn to call them up, five at a time. They had two minutes to choose from 90-plus donated artworks.

But first, Sara Richter offered to sell her No. 11. Sold to Betty Castor and Sam Bell for $1, 500. Then Gail Levine sold her No. 6. to Lisette and Frank Shields for $2, 000.

Seconds before the starting whistle, the Shields bought John and Chris Phillips' No. 1 for $1, 000 and nabbed a Robert Rauschenberg photogravure. Bumped down to No. 6, the Phillipses managed to nab the second Rauschenberg photogravure, plus made $500 on the deal.

Debra Williams and fianc Gary McDaniel drew No. 2 and got the Alexander Calder lithograph. Mart and founding museum board member John Pieper chose a Bruce Marsh oil painting, and promptly donated it to the museum collection. Live jazz, hors' d'oeuvres and renderings of the new facility entertained guests.. Auctioning a Theo Wujcik oil painting for $10, 000 helped net $44, 000.

That might have been your doctor in the leisure suit or go-go boots, dancing beneath a dazzling disco ball at Tampa General Hospital Foundation's Studio TGH on Saturday. The takeoff on New York's Studio 54 was the 10th Moments in Time gala, the third chaired by board member McIver Berner and the most successful yet, netting $250, 000 for the hospital's Fund for the Future.

Surgeons in psychedelic bell bottoms and developers reliving their youth in wild wigs were barely recognizable.

Lots of women found vintage disco dresses in the back of their closets. When they weren't dancing, partiers sprawled on sofas, gambled at casino tables and munched shrimp and lobster corn dogs, hamburgers and fries and decorated Belgian waffles.



Saturday: The Lion King, eighth annual Storybook Ball benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities; 6 p.m.; A La Carte Pavilion; $300; 258-6430.

Sunday: Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation Concert supports literacy efforts in rural and tribal India, 5 p.m., India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road; $25 for adults, $15 for children; (813) 962-4172.

Thursday: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Suncoast chapter's 2007 Man and Woman of the Year; 6 p.m.; Pepin Hospitality Center, 4121 N 50th St.; $100; 963-6461.


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