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On the Town

By MARY JANE PARK, Times Staff Writer
Published September 30, 2007



The popularity of television makeover shows has led many of us to wonder how to polish our looks.

Four St. Petersburg women had the opportunity to undergo transformations at the annual Makeover Magic Brunch presented by the Resurrection House Auxiliary, held in the Sunset Vinoy Ballroom in St. Petersburg.

Consultants from Marion's and the boutique at Stein Mart chose up-to-the-minute clothing; hair and makeup were from stylists at J.Con.

"Before" photos of Laurel St. Clair, Sandra Beall, Mila Turtle and Amy Kelso described their personalities and mini-metamorphoses. Their "after" looks drew applause.

Celebrity commentators were Linda Gialanella, who was mistress of ceremonies,Gwendolyn Johnson, Joe Connelland Karen Agnello.

Event co-chairs were Judy Holland and Denise Degnan. Resurrection House president and chief executive Cynthia Sinclair outlined the mission of the nonprofit, faith-based organization, which has a better than 80 percent success rate in helping homeless and working poor families with children to become self-sufficient.

Martha Buttner created the adorable table favors, hand-decorated cookies cut in dress shapes and adorned with varying colors and patterns of icing and embellishments.


Some 170 supporters of the Jewish Community Center of Pinellas County gathered at Temple Beth-El to honor Pillars of the Community awards recipients Harriet Lieberman, Walter and Edith Loebenberg and Thelma Rothman.

All have been active supporters of the JCC and its popular Camp Kadima summer program for kids. The received handmade ceramic Kiddish cups from Shapiro Studios.

Three funds have been set up to build the JCC's resources and foster new programing in areas reflecting the interest of each honoree. They are the Harriet Lieberman Camp Kadima Scholarship Fund, the Thelma Rothman Cultural Arts Fund and the Edith and Walter Loebenberg Community Education Fund.

Guests included JCC president Jay Kaminski; JCC founders Sidney and Ina Colen; former ambassador Mel Sembler; David Wolstein; Marshall Seiden; Joel and Ellen Goetz; and RabbisMichael and Betsy Torop, Alter Korf and Shimon Moch.

[Last modified September 30, 2007, 01:11:44]

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