ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (October 16, 2015) – To a crowd of close to 400 people, PARC’s 46th Annual Black Tie Legacy Ball at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club on Oct. 3 raised more than $135,000 for the non-profit.
In addition to delicious dinner and cocktails, a highlight of the evening included the live auction of a painting by a PARC client, an annual tradition at the event. This year, the painting of flowers painted by Vicky B. sold for more money than ever before to Mr. and Mrs. Tom James for $7,000. After the live auction, led by PARC Board Member Dick Crippen, guests danced to music by The Dan Orlando Band. The emcee of the event was Trevor Pettiford, a reporter at Bay News 9.
For the eighth year, the evening also featured the introduction of 13 Magnetic Men who exemplify the qualities found in people who are successful in love, life and learning as selected by a committee. Gayle Guyardo, from News Channel 8 presented the 13 Magnetic Men of 2015, which included: Trevor Burgess (president and CEO at C1 Bank), Steve Eaves (sponsorship and retail marketing director at VF Licensed Sports Group), Van Fagan (CEO – Shear Enterprises, LLC), Captain Robert Fine (headmaster at Admiral Farragut Academy), James Flynn, Jr. (attorney), Rich Herrera (radio announcer), Brian Lamb (banking executive at Fifth Third Bank), US Army Sergeant Major Gary Littrell (retired military), Constantine Mastry (retired president of Mastry Engine Center, LLC), David Neely (restaurateur and business owner), Ron Rhoads (coach and owner of All Star Indoor Training Complex), Anthony Sullivan (producer), and Terry Tomalin (journalist at Tampa Bay Times).
The evening raised money for the adults and children with developmental and intellectual disabilities at PARC, and was chaired by Alison Lescarbeau and Celma Mastry. Special thanks to the sponsors who helped make the evening possible including:
– Ambassador Sponsor – Bill Edwards
– Heir Sponsor – Diamond Direct Fine Jewelers
– Humanitarian Sponsors – Duke Energy and Publix Super Market Charities
– Guardian Sponsors – C1 Bank, Fifth Third Bank, Hays Company of Florida, Kamal and Najla Majeed, Raymond James, Shear Enterprises, LLC and Sullivan Productions
Plans are already under way for next year’s gala. For more information about this event or any of PARC’s upcoming events, call Annie Woods, PARC’s development and special events manager at 727-341-6962.
PARC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities to exercise their independence and experience life to the fullest. Established in 1953, PARC currently serves more than 800 individuals in the greater Tampa Bay area. To learn more about PARC, call 727-345-9111 or visit www.parc-fl.org.