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On the town

By MARY JANE PARK, Times Staff Writer
Published February 3, 2008


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01.26.08

The St. Petersburg Bar Foundation made more than $50,000 and honored lawyers Robert C.Decker and the late Roy G. Harrell Jr. at its annual Heroes Among Us dinner, held in the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.

Keynote speaker Lee Roy Selmon spoke about the work ethic and values his parents instilled in him and his eight siblings, all of whom grew up on a farm in Oklahoma.

Selmon, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' first-ever draft pick, was inducted into the Pro Football League Hall of Fame and is president of the University of South Florida Foundation Partnership for Athletics.

Jean Galanos, who is general counsel to the Sembler Co.,paid tribute to Decker, expressing gratitude for his mentorship. He has been active in numerous civic and professional groups, including All Children's Hospital, Eckerd College, the Florida Bar, the St. Petersburg Bar Association and the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership.

Ernest Mascara led accolades for Harrell, a lawyer and accomplished community activist who died in 2006. His many involvements included the Southwest Florida Water Management District, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Tampa Bay Partnership, the St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation, Bayfront Medical Foundation, United Way and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg advisory board.

Darby Dickerson, dean of the Stetson University College of Law, was honorary chairwoman; Nancy Biesinger and Robert Kapusta co-chaired the event committee, which included Danell G. DeBerg, Kelly Feeley, Greg Hoag, Beth Horner, Eric Ludin, Colby Masterson, Judy Stanton and James D. Thaler Jr.

The foundation finances a number of ongoing projects that are designed to enhance the legal profession and to encourage better public understanding of and access to the judicial system.

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Mea culpa: That's Clark Smith who chaired the big Bayfront on Vine fundraiser for Bayfront Baby Place at St. Petersburg's All Children's Hospital the weekend of Jan. 18 and 19. The Jan. 27 On the Town column published another name.

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Gordon and Pat Campbell were hosts for a premier vintner dinner for special contributors in their Parkshore penthouse in St. Petersburg.

Food was from Marchand's at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort, and patrons were treated to vintages from Wine Spectator's Top 100 list.

Weather conditions and other factors postponed a Jan. 20 Sunday brunch cruise available to high-level donors for the Bayfront Health Foundation event. That event has been rescheduled for April 11.

[Last modified February 3, 2008, 00:23:17]


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