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Outback Bowl Gridiron Gala
Visiting Wolverine and Gamecock football fans, locals and Outback Bowl sponsors cheered for the real winner: Tampa Bay, scene of a full week of fun events, including the annual Gridiron Gala, this year rocking a Coachella music fest theme Dec. 30 at the Marriott Waterside. Two days before the University of South Carolina beat University of Michigan 26 to 19, nearly 1,800 guests tackled buffets and bars, cigars and gelato, ravioli made from scratch, and by special invitation, title sponsor Outback Steakhouse’s sirloin and burgundy mushrooms.
Glitzy gowns to jeans and Uggs, pretty much everything fit chairwoman Tracie Domino’s Colorado music and arts festival vibe. Event Show Productions lit up the ball room with 20 performers LED covered robots spinning cubes, belly dancers, and colorful stilt walkers. The New Year’s Day college football game is estimated to have generated $1 billion in economic impact for the Tampa Bay region to date.
13 Ugly Men Ugly Sweater Party
Target must have sold out its entire collection of goofy holiday attire to 13 Ugly Men’s Ugly Sweater partiers. A Winter Wonderland street festival filled the block outside the Hall on Franklin. Chairman Brian Wexler strung up lights, flipped on the snow machine and tuned up the deejay for 800 ugly (NOT!) guests filling a parking lot Dec. 15. VIP tickets got you drink service inside the Hall where each of the five restaurants provided a special menu for the night.
Latkes for Santa instead of cookies on Christmas Eve? Young Jewish singles (and more than a couple of couples) spent the evening at Vodka Latke catching up with childhood friends and meeting newcomers over drinks and appetizers at Franklin Manor. The annual event takes place all over the country; Tom Stanton and Dori Marlin co chaired for the local Jewish federations of Tampa as well as Pinellas and Pasco counties. Lisa Robbins, the Tampa director of Young Adult Engagement, welcomed 175 guests mingling and laughing at Alex Horden’s hilarious compilation of classic Jewish comedy acts on the bar’s huge screen.