It was a casual, dress-down-in-jeans, fundraising affair for the Center Place Fine Arts & Civic Association at the T. Pepin Hospitality Centre in Tampa on April 28.
Some 250 people convened to bear tribute to a center that for decades in Brandon has offered arts programs for adults and childen as well as a place to meet for civic, cultural, charitable and family affairs.
This year's gala, as in year's past, is an opportunity as well to present annual awards, including the Patricia B. Odiorne Scholarship winner and the S.L. "Spud" Clements Award recipient.
This year's honoreers were Casey Field, a student from Bloomingdale High School and a student at Kim Hall's School of Dance, and Bill and Connie Durkin, respectively.
New this year was the awarding of the First Annual C.A.R.E. Award, the Corporate Award for Recognizing Excellence. For that tribute, Tad Denham took home the award, a guitar crafted by artist Virginia Spalter, on behalf of the Tampa Electric Company (TECO).
As a special treat, attendees were treated to performances by Jeremy Rosado, this year's Top 13 contestant in the "American Idol" sing-off.
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