Thursday, November 23, 2017

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Amy Scherzer

Amy Scherzer

Amy joined the Times in January 2002 to help launch the weekly City Times edition serving South Tampa and nearby neighborhoods. Her column, Amy Scherzer's Diary, takes readers along as she makes her rounds on the social circuit. Camera in hand, Amy captures the galagoers, wine tasters, Gasparilla kings, debutantes and bay area philanthropists. Amy earned her bachelor's degree in mass communications and political science at the University of Pittsburgh, and has been a Tampa resident since 1978. She and her husband, Robert, live on Davis Islands, proud parents of two grown children. Any free time is spent people watching, entertaining, boating and reading.



Tampa social grande dame Hermanda deRoos O'Connor died Sept. 4, 2017 of complications of Alzheimer's Disease.

Epilogue: Hermanda DeRoos O’Connor, social grand dame 1939-2017

TAMPA — Had she known she would be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at age 66, Hermanda de Roos O’Connor would have organized a gala or fashionable fundraiser every day of the week to fund a cure.The social grande dame of Tampa graciously...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17
C.W.'s Gin Joint executive chef Gui Alinat and proprietor Carolyn Wilson recently celebrated the opening of the new

Downtown Gains New Gin Joint

SOUTH TAMPA—Don’t even think about making a fast getaway from C.W.’s Gin Joint. Downtown Tampa’s new Prohibition-hip speakeasy is designed for lingering. "It’s an ode to the ’20s and ’30s," said executive chef Gui Alinat, presenting proprietor...
Published: 11/09/17
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The Kefi Dance Group performsat a past Greek festival at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church.

Folk dancing, food and fun bring life to Tampa Greek Festival

TAMPA — The music and dancing never stops at the Tampa Greek Festival, the biggest fundraiser of the year for St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in south Tampa."We invite everyone to watch ancient folk dances, eat authentic food and be...
Published: 11/08/17
Updated: 11/09/17
AMY SCHERZER | Times
Pavilion XXXII, Made in Tampa Bay co-chair Mary Ann Ferenc, left, thanks honorary chairmen Jim and Celia Ferman for decades of support Nov. 4 at the Tampa Museum of Art.

Amy Scherzer’s Diary: Weekly Wrap-Up of the Tampa Social Scene

Pavilion XXXIIFrom a parking garage to a chic waterfront terrace, the Pavilion ball evolves as elegantly as its beneficiary, the Tampa Museum of Art. For the 32nd gala, "Made in Tampa Bay," co-chairs Mary Ann Ferenc and Chef Marty Blitz...
Published: 11/08/17
Updated: 11/09/17
Lisbeth Pacheco received the 2017 Young Entrepreneur grant for her start-up, Ethos Coffee Roasters. The fair-trade coffee bean importer will sell her product at the 14th annual Junior League of Tampa Holiday Gift Market on Nov. 10-12 at the Florida State Fairgrounds. [Junior League of Tampa]

Junior League’s Holiday Gift Market will feature more selections for men

TAMPA — Make a shopping list, Aunts to Zookeepers, and the odds are good you’ll find something for everyone you care about at the Junior League of Tampa’s 14th annual Holiday Gift Market."This is our largest yet in both merchants and square...
Updated one month ago
AMY SCHERZER | Times
AMY SCHERZER | Times
Pam and Les Muma announced a $15 million gift to the University of South Florida, a surprise for 800 guests at the USF Foundationâ\u0080\u009A\u0088\u009A\u0095s Unstoppable Celebration on Nov. 11 at Amalie Arena.

Amy Scherzer’s Diary: Weekly Wrap-Up of the Tampa Social Scene

Starlight GalaEarth, Wind & Fire fired up the Starlight Gala with their combustible mix of rhythm, blues and jazz classics getting guests grooving on the faith-based mission of the Florida Hospital West Florida Division Foundation. Five...
Published: 10/31/17
Updated: 11/20/17

Amy Scherzer’s Diary: Weekly Wrap-Up of the Tampa Social Scene

Broadway BallHello, Judy, Well, Hello Judy, sang the Patel Conservatory Ovation singers, channeling Carol Channing in a musical salute to Straz Center CEO Judy Lisi who celebrated her 25th year at CONGA!, the Broadway Ball. Video accolades from...
Updated one month ago

Amy Scherzer’s Diary: Weekly Wrap-Up of the Tampa Social Scene

Broadway BallHello, Judy, Well, Hello Judy, sang the Patel Conservatory Ovation singers, channeling Carol Channing in a musical salute to Straz Center CEO Judy Lisi who celebrated her 25th year at CONGA!, the Broadway Ball. Video accolades from...
Updated one month ago
Grace Byers, University of South Florida Class of 2006, stars on the Fox television show Empire. She delivered the keynote at the USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy luncheon Friday. Photo by Amy Scherzer

‘Empire’ star Grace Byers keynotes USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy luncheon

BY AMY SCHERZERTAMPA — The first University of South Florida graduate to address the USF’s Women in Leadership & Philanthropy supporters, Grace Gealey Byers, class of 2006, centered her speech on her first name, turning it into a verb to share...
Updated one month ago
AMY SCHERZER | Times
Founding board members Gwynne Yung, left, Mary Figg and Joanne Harvey reminisce at the Champions for Children's 40th anniversary lunch Oct. 25 at Higgins Hall.

Amy Scherzer’s Diary: Weekly Wrap-Up of the Tampa Social Scene

JDRF, Night of Hope GalaBack by popular demand, Nicole Johnson, JDRF Tampa Bay director of mission, again emceed the annual Night of Hope Gala, this year with a swinging 1920s theme, Roaring Towards a Cure, to fund Type 1 diabetes research. The...
Updated one month ago