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Amy Scherzer's Diary

By AMY SCHERZER, Social Scene
Published December 7, 2007


The highly anticipated autumn art auction hosted by Las Damas de Arte on Nov. 15 lived up to expectations, and then some, at the colorful home of Jan Banker. Members crafted the array of hors d'oeuvres and donated dozens of paintings, etchings and jewelry to silent and live auctions. The generous as well as talented crowd of 70-plus opened their checkbooks and raised more than $4,000 for emerging artist scholarships.

Much credit goes to always-entertaining auctioneer, Las Damas member Jane Hardin.

Save the date: Don't miss Las Damas' Sunday in the Arts party April 20 at Pepin Heart Institute.

Tampa's version of the Rockettes kicked off Georgette's of Old Hyde Park's annual Celebrity Holiday fashion show with a tribute to the late Jackie Loto, choreographer of many of Georgette and Tashia Diazes' fashion shows. The Nov. 29 benefit for St. Joseph's Women's Hospital Breast Center opened with a medley of red cocktail dresses and gowns, ran through '60s-Pucci looks, a hip-hop Santa dancing with a lineup of fur coats and a formal evening gown finale at the Marriott Waterside. Always-affable Jack Harris emceed.

Wine glasses in hand, the fashionable crowd of 550 shopped a silent auction before the show. A live auction, including a week in a Lake Tahoe condo donated by Will Bissett, got the net proceeds to $30,000, which will help the hospital buy a digital mammogram machine.

For three days early in November, 7,000 shoppers visited 150 vendors at the Junior League of Tampa's fourth annual Holiday Gift Market. Co-chairs Lauri Kleman and Wendy Brill are delighted with numbers like these: 100 new vendors, 17 percent increase in attendance, and total net proceeds of $300,000 from admission tickets and vendor fees at the Florida State Fairgrounds and sponsorship parties.

"We felt bad we even had to turn some vendors away," Kleman said. Shoppers found gifts from scents to soup to baby-must-have Swarovski crystal-studded pacifiers for $180.

A Nov. 8 Market kickoff party dubbed a "Norman Rockwell Christmas" brought 250 guests and sponsors to league headquarters on Davis Islands to enjoy carolers and a saxophonist, a silent auction and dinner donated by Bonefish Grill on the chilly waterfront. Vintage UF-FSU football clips and a casino entertained the indoor-inclined.


Tuesday: Florida Orchestra Guild/Tampa Soiree; 7:30 p.m.; home of Jean Mattison; $45; 293-6784.

Dec. 14: Home Is Where the Heart Is; third annual Holiday Stroll benefits Kid's Charity of Tampa Bay; 6-10 p.m.; tours and treats at three Davis Islands homes; $150; 263-3469.

Dec. 29: Outback Bowl Presidents' Reception, 7 p.m.; A La Carte Pavilion, invitation-only, 874-2695.

Dec. 31: Aqua Eve benefits Florida Aquarium; 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.; $90 until Dec. 23; $100 after that; 273-4568.

Jan. 3: 17th annual Night at the Circus to benefit Tampa General Hospital Foundation; 7:30 p.m.; St. Pete Times Forum; 844-7273.


Got gossip?E-mail Amy Scherzer at or call 226-3332.Party online:For more party pictures, visit


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