On The Town
By MARY JANE PARK, Times Staff Writer
Published January 27, 2008
St. Anthony's Health Care Foundation celebrated a $250,000 gift from former Florida Sen. Connie Mack (formal nameCornelius McGillicuddy)and his wife, Priscilla, and Dennis and Graci McGillicuddy by naming its new breast-care unit the Susan Sheppard McGillicuddy Breast Center.
St. Anthony's Sister Susan McGillicuddy, who celebrates half a century as a Franciscan Sister of Allegany this year, encouraged her brothers to make the contribution in memory of their late mother, who was a breast-cancer survivor.
Among others at the dedication were Bettye Black, chairwoman of the center's fundraising appeal; Robert Sherman, the foundation's executive director; Dr. Claudia Bundschu and Dr. Vanessa M. Hart, joint medical directors of the center; and Worth T. Blackwell, chairman of the foundation's board of trustees.
The McGillicuddy Center coordinates all breast-care services such as screening, diagnosis, treatment and counseling in a single location.
Heavy rains just before the doors opened kept some patrons away from Bayfront on Vine, but that meant more goodies for those who did venture out: Food and drink from a host of Tampa Bay area restaurants, plus wines and even a martini bar from spirits purveyors.
That happy occasion was a fundraiser for the Bayfront Baby Place at the new All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, and it took place inside the Bayfront Medical Plaza Building, filling open spaces in the first and second floors with all kinds of treats for partygoers.
Those who made $400 contributions got all of that and amazing Friday night fare at premier vintner partner parties.
Dr. Richard and Sue Knipe of St. Petersburghosted a dinner that featured Australian wines and food from Island Way Grill in Clearwater Beach; Dr. Edward A. Zbella and Dr. Lisa Nemecopened their Belleair home for a meal that starred French wines and cuisine from Cafe Largo; Norm and Maureen Dobieszof Tierra Verde served fine wines from around the world and welcomed guests to a feast prepared by a private chef; and Alan and Elaine Levitz led a group at the Don CeSar Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach that indulged in a five-course meal and Napa Valley vintages.
Another group gave $625 for a weekend's worth of activities that included the opportunity to have a Sunday brunch cruise aboard the Dobieszes' yacht.
Bayfront officials estimate the events brought in $140,000 for the charity, a tribute to a sea of volunteers and the event committee: Chairman Scott Smith, Niel Allen, Emily Benham, Angela Bond, Kathy Carlson, Kristen Cebuhar, Michael Cope, Amy Dowden, Dr. B. Lynn Feaster, Jamie Francis, John Hamerlinck, Jeff and Donna Hearn, Bob Hilton, Christy Hicks, Heidi Hobbs, Lynda Jollay, Chip Jones, Robin Kettle, David King, Brian McNulty and Kathleen Roache.