Bay Magazine February 2021

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A MAGAZINE OF THE TAMPA BAY TIMES

FEBRUARY 2021

XOXO


SMITH IS HOME. In times of change, we are always here.

BAYSHORE ESTATES 3 W Spanish Main Street 4 Bed | 4/2 Bath | 4,470 SF | $1,799,000 B-G Holmberg 813.220.0643

BALLAST POINT WATERFRONT 5010 Bayshore Boulevard #2 3 Bed | 3/1 Bath | 2,916 SF | $899,000 Mary Pond & Ed Gunning 813.690.7902

BEACH PARK 124 S Lauber Way 4 Bed | 2/1 Bath | 3,597 SF | $1,100,000 Jeanne Wolfe 813.997.7654

HARBOUR ISLAND 847 Seddon Cove Way 2 Bed | 2/1 Bath | 1,505 SF | Private Boat Slip | $740,000 Traci Burns 813.833.7510

THE OAKS ESTATE 12321 Fort King Highway 8 Bed | 12/14 Bath | 36,361 SF | $17,500,000 Dina Sierra Smith, Ed Gunning & Mary Pond 813.294.8867

PARKLAND ESTATES 2506 W Parkland Boulevard 5 Bed | 5/1 Bath | 4,748 SF | $2,125,000 B-G Holmberg 813.220.0643


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Moments from Johns Pass and the Gulf of Mexico this estate sized home is perfectly nestled in Yacht Club Estates on the second largest lot in the neighborhood. 2,600sft, 3bed/3.5bath with a new seawall, dock and new tile roof.

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Capt. Bruce Erbeck | captainbruce2015@gmail.com | 727.417.4694


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Bay is published eight times a year by Times Publishing Co. and delivered to Tampa Bay Times subscribers in select neighborhoods in Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco counties. Copyright 2021. Vol. 13, No. 9.

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CONTENTS

TIME FOR NEW BEGINNINGS FROM BAY EDITOR KATHY SAUNDERS On the day we shot the cover photo for this issue of Bay, for a few minutes, I had Raymond James Stadium all to myself. In the silence I was able to reflect on how much sports has meant to so many of us since it returned, giving us something to focus on that wasn’t the pandemic and politics. I thought about the excitement the Super Bowl would bring to Tampa today and how hopeful it makes me for the year ahead. For me, the Super Bowl will be the kickoff of a new season of optimism.

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Toast your valentine with something special this year. Short on ideas? Not to worry. We’ve got plenty. Set the scene this Valentine’s Day with a marble and wood tray ($38) from Jennie Smith Interiors (2713 S MacDill Ave., Tampa, 813-839-7637, jenniesmithinteriors.com) and a Corkcicle Classic Canteen ($30), stemless glitter wine glasses ($15 each) and a Papyrus valentine card ($7) from the Write Stuff (3225 S MacDill Ave., Suite 107A, Tampa, 813-837-0400, writestufftampa.com).

It seemed fitting to have the beautiful Camille Kostek on our cover today. The model, a former NFL cheerleader, actress and Sports Illustrated cover girl, has plenty of game. She was comfortable at Raymond James, having spent this season cheering on her longtime beau: Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski.

22 LISTEN UP, SPORTS FANS The success of local teams has given us a reason to both celebrate and connect.

We also expanded our talent pool this issue with the addition of gifted designer Tim Creagan, who rounded up our amazing Found It items to help make Valentine’s Day extra lovely. Creagan has been a stylist for 20 years, with a focus on photo styling and wardrobe management. While he has worked with international photographers and designers, his professional advice to clients is “just own your own style.” He’ll share more of his flair next month in our fashion spread. Finally, we are changing up our society coverage to better reflect the creative ways local charities have managed social distancing. Contributor Amy Scherzer will highlight those events in a regular column. We hope you will love her coverage as much as she loves reporting the good news of our communities. 8 / bay

44 A LUSCIOUS LOVE LANGUAGE For chef Dominique Christini of Cafe Largo, food “definitely beats diamonds.”

50 SOLID FOUNDATION 30 A FASHIONABLE PATH TO VICTORY

Mika and Brian Kleinschmidt put the bay area in the spotlight with 100 Day Dream Home on HGTV.

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Stylist Tim Creagan put extra love into finding the perfect gifts to inspire romance and relationships this Valentine’s Day. From jewelry and chocolates to personalized books and handbags, he found plenty of passion-provoking presents.

Janette Hill Louden Custom Illustrations frontispiece and gift box, $150. Additional pages, $100 each. 763-258-6425. janettelouden.com. United Kingdom native and children’s book illustrator Janette Hill Louden debuts a new concept for her business to Tampa Bay readers. Playing off the theme “Reasons for My Love,” Louden receives a picture of the gift-giver and the person they wish to celebrate. She develops a list of reasons why there is love between them, then creates custom illustrations. She can add pages in years to come.

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ABOVE: Chocolate hearts filled with chocolate truffles, $25 and up. Chocolates by Michelle, 8637 Little Road, New Port Richey. 727-849-7502. chocolatesbymichelle.com. When Michelle Palisi stopped smoking in the 1980s, she started saving the $2 a day that was once spent on her habit. In the years that followed, the savings enabled her to go college and to open Chocolates by Michelle. Almost 40 years later, she is still making her decadent chocolate creations in New Port Richey.

RIGHT: Elsa Peretti Heart Box in red leather, $95. Return to Tiffany sterling silver bead bracelet with red enamel finish heart, $175. Tiffany & Co. tiffany.com.

FAR RIGHT: Tray by QZ Design Gallery, $110. QZ Design Gallery, Tallahassee. 850-228-2660. qzdesigngallery.com. Pink Sea Urchin and Anais Cocktail Rings by Sergio AndrÊs Mendoza, Miami, $195 each. Proceeds from the purchase of each ring go to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. 646-883-0890. pharaoun.com. Miu Miu Mirrored Round Glitter Acetate Sunglasses in pink, $388. Neiman Marcus. neimanmarcus.com. Plants, $8 and up. Pots, $26 and up. Leafy Luv Affair, 1625 W Snow Circle, Tampa. 813-251-8191. leafyluvaffair.com.

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LEFT: Goldenwear coin purses with Louis Vuitton patches, $45 each. goldenwearonline.com. Elevate your gift card game and place it in a handmade Goldenware coin purse made from upcycled Louis Vuitton bags and leather. Gucci or Goyard options are also available. Alabaster bowl, $48. Jennie Smith Interiors, 2713 S MacDill Ave., Tampa. 813-839-7637. jenniesmithinteriors.com. Before you race to a big-box retailer for affordable home accessories, pump the brakes and visit local shops. Jennie Smith Interiors has had a Tampa storefront since the mid-1990s. Here you will find a well-curated collection of new and vintage items.

FAR LEFT: Blue Sage Intention Candle, $33. Blue Sage Chakra Candle, $22. Blue Sage Eco Boutique, Tampa. 813-231-7310. blue-sageboutique.com. Apple Blossom Nest candle, $16. Japanese Plum Bloom Voluspa Candle, $24. Compartment tray with cutting board, $154. Palminspired paper cocktail napkins, $5. The Write Stuff, 3225 S MacDill Ave., Suite 107A, Tampa. 813-837-0400. writestufftampa.com. Among the offerings at Blue Sage Eco Boutique are handpoured soy candles infused with a variety of essential oils, fragrance oils, flower petals and natural earth minerals.

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ABOVE: Round stone cheese tray, $35. Scented reed diffuser, $40. Gold tone mirror compact, $40. Ballpoint pens with “diamonds,” $10 each. Papyrus valentine card, $8. The Write Stuff, 3225 S MacDill Ave., Suite 107A, Tampa. 813-837-0400. writestufftampa.com. A South Tampa staple for your hostess gifts and greeting cards, the Write Stuff is a place to wander and find both sentimental gifts and ones that are a little sassy.

FAR LEFT: Custom handbag, $550. Artist Ayden Stoefen, St. Petersburg. 727-2353217. stoefsstudio.com. Ayden Stoefen’s alter ego “Stoefs” appears in prints and paintings and on casual wear. For this issue of Bay, the artist painted Stoefs on a Louis Vuitton travel bag with a bold message about love. The piece is titled The Playful Heart. Custom projects are available. Prices vary.

LEFT: David Yurman Heart Y Necklace in 18-karat gold with diamonds, $2,400. David Yurman, International Plaza, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Suite 267, Tampa. 813-870-2719. davidyurman.com.

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SOLD FOR 97% OF ASKING PRICE IN WATER CLUB 1325 Snell Isle Boulevard NE #505 | Snell Isle, St. Petersburg Last offered at $725,000

$125 MILLION+ SOLD Top 1% of REALTORS® in Pinellas County Judy Holland, CNE, CLHMS, REALTOR®, BROKER ASSOCIATE Caryn Rightmyer, CNE, CLHMS, REALTOR® Tess Mullinax, REALTOR®

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BY JOHN ROMANO • PHOTOS BY DIRK SHADD his is why we endured a Rays owner who once had a running feud with a neighborhood raccoon.

This is why we forgave the Buccaneers for cutting ties with both Bo Jackson and Steve Young within days of each other in 1987. This is why we still had faith in the Lightning after hiring a coach no one wanted in 2008 and then firing him 16 games later. This is why we care. Because all the heartache, frustration and humiliation have finally paid off. Because all the goobers, nitwits and busts are finally in the past. Because, for the first time in our lives, Tampa Bay is the envy of the sports world. Sure, we had a Super Bowl title in our past, and a Stanley Cup, too, but never has Tampa Bay seen such a remarkable stretch of success in such a short period of time. Heck, few markets in America have ever matched this four-month run. The Lightning won the franchise’s second Stanley Cup on Sept. 28, the Rays reached Game 6 of the World Series on Oct. 27 and the Bucs are in the Super Bowl in their own stadium. Never before had our three big-league franchises ever had a winning season in the same calendar year, let alone qualify for the postseason in such rapid succession. We tend to bellyache about rising ticket expenses and overpriced beers, but the true cost of being a fan is devotion. It’s the nights and weekends and lunch hours spent dying a thousand small deaths over an interception, an error or a penalty kill. It’s knowing there will be far more disappointment than glory, but refusing to lose faith. Those bills have been paid over and over in recent seasons, and now the confetti has finally found us. You can say these are just silly games played by millionaire athletes, and that is not entirely untrue. But you would be wrong if you argued their impact ends when the final whistle blows, or the last out is recorded.

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Lightning fans celebrate the Sept. 28 Stanley Cup win outside Amalie Arena in Tampa. Photo by Luis Santana

SPORTS FOR THE WIN

What’s happened in the past few months has been cathartic and galvanizing for a community in need. It’s also brought exposure to the bay area across hundreds of millions of television screens nationally. But, mostly, it’s provided shared memories for parents, children, spouses, neighbors, colleagues and those random guys still wearing their Mike Alstott jerseys every Sunday.

BY KATHY SAUNDERS

These are not your run-of-the-mill memories. For fans who care, they are the culmination of years of hope and doubt and shared experiences. Now, it’s true, Tampa Bay is not the greatest of sports markets. Far from it. We’re a little smallish and too spread out geographically. We don’t have enough corporations or disposable income, and too many of our residents still cling to allegiances from elsewhere. In a big-picture sense, we’re also still pretty new in the world of major league sports. Midsize cities such as Cleveland, Cincinnati, Detroit, Pittsburgh and St. Louis have franchises that date back to the early 1900s. We, on the other hand, were just getting started in 1976. All of those factors contribute to the ridicule Tampa Bay has endured through the years. Our teams have been comically inept at times, and our fans have not paraded through the turnstiles with great regularity. But that’s why these past few months have meant so much. We’ll never have the gravitas of fans in Boston or Philadelphia, but for a short time in the middle of a pandemic, the Lightning, Rays and Bucs gave us a reason to cheer. A reason to be proud. This is why we care. 24 / bay

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his summer, when we were holed up in our homes and frustrated with the pandemic, politics and even the people in our “bubbles,” sports came to our rescue. After the suspension of, well, everything, even a little league game would have been a welcome diversion.

Maybe we didn’t agree with other fans about the ways the seasons were orchestrated to keep everyone safe or even presidential policies, but we agreed we loved our players and wanted them Kristin A. Kosyluk to compete. And that was good for our teams and our own mental health, according to a University of South Florida assistant professor who studies such behaviors. “Really, sports is about connection, and I think particularly now when we have experienced so many events in our country that have worked to drive us apart — now, more than ever — it’s important for us to find things that can unite us,” said Kristin A. Kosyluk, who has focused much of her research on understanding stigmas, particularly those surrounding mental health and illness. While we raged over friends waving flags of a different political party, we all waved Stanley Cup flags and Tampa Bay Rays foam fingers at our television sets and donned Brady jerseys when the home teams went back to work.

Kosyluk, who works in USF’s College of Behavioral Sciences, isn’t much of a sports fan, but her husband, David, a Chicago native, loves the Bears and the White Sox. The pandemic helped her understand the devotion and obsession. “Sports is so important to him,” she said. “When sports events were canceled that was really, really difficult for him.” Even if fans didn’t agree that players should get preferences on things like COVID-19 testing in order to return to the ice and fields, they agreed they wanted their teams to win. “Connecting with one another over a shared experience, even though those aren’t always longterm stable, lifelong relationships, that has been shown to improve mental health,” said Kosyluk, 38. “Moments of connecting in any way is positive for our mental well-being.” While she doesn’t know the names of many sports superstars, she did know the name Tom Brady. His move to Tampa to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was a particularly beneficial “shot in the arm during a really difficult time,” Kosyluk said. “People are definitely connecting over Brady. He was an infusion of hope during for what many people seemed, and still does seem, like a huge loss.” Cheering for the home team requires passion. “Having something that you feel passionate about is a big factor in mental well-being,” Kosyluk said. “That’s the beauty of sports.”



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Located in the heart of Pass-A-Grille, you will love this multi-residential compound with 4768 sqft under roof, a gorgeous primary home and two short-term rental income producing apartments. In fact, the all three residences may be rented short term - a true rarity that delivers maximum flexibility to the owner. Offered for $1,850,000.

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Cooking and eating are like relationships. They all take time.

labor of love Snails move slowly and deliberately. Steak should be tender and desirable. Swans are a symbol of sweetness and love. That’s why Escargot Provencales, Tournedos of Beef Tenderloin and Swans of “Amour”— with chocolate and marzipan hearts — make up the perfect Valentine’s Day menu for chef Dominique Christini at Cafe Largo. He will be offering those options at his Largo restaurant on Feb. 13 and 14 to give more customers an opportunity to celebrate with the current social distancing situation.

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of an exchange program for chefs at Indiana University. He returned to France to complete a year of mandatory military service and was assigned to cook for a general in Marseille. Afterward, he reached out to American chefs who had offered him jobs in Atlanta, New York and Cincinnati. He flew to the United States and called each of them as soon as he arrived. “The chef at the Hilton in Cincinnati was the first to answer the phone,” he said. So, he went to Cincinnati. After a series of moves with the hotel chain, his marriage and the births of his son and daughter, followed by a cooking stint at a private club, “I knew the next move had to be my own,” he said. Like so many transplants, he and Kathy were drawn to Florida’s west coast for the weather and way of life.

Food, for Christini, “definitely beats diamonds.” His tenderloin steaks, carefully carved and pan-seared, “are part of the recipe to make love happen,” says the French-born chef and restaurateur. “It’s a gift of Mother Nature.” Christini and his wife, Kathy, opened the cafe, located at the end of a courtyard at the Galleria Plaza off Indian Rocks Road, in 1986. Trained in Nice, near his hometown in the South of France, Christini came to the United States in the early 1970s as part

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— CAFE LARGO CHEF DOMINIQUE CHRISTINI

Ever since opening Cafe Largo, he has been working to “create a perfect atmosphere for romance.” His specialty is classic French cuisine, where salted butter, cooking only with wine good enough to drink and making sauces from scratch are among the kitchen rules. A special Valentine’s Day meal “is an investment in yourself and your companion,” Christini said. And, he allows, true love doesn’t come cheap. His prix fixe menu is $112.50 per person and includes a choice of appetizers, entrees of lamb, seafood or


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Photos by Scott Keeler Chef Dominique Christini, owner of Cafe Largo, prepares Swans of “Amour” With Chocolate and Marzipan “Coeur” in his kitchen. BELOW: Saffron Veloute With Scallop Garniture and Escargots Provencales With Basil and Tomatoes on Socca.

beef and the shared pastry dessert and a bottle of Champagne Henriot. Christini chose each dish for the flavors and passion he hopes they will invoke. His escargot is sauteed with basil and tomatoes and served with a Nice staple, socca, a chickpea flour flatbread. He offers a hot pheasant terrine with truffle sauce and a saffron veloute, garnished with scallops. Red snapper is adorned with shrimp and fennel. And the beef filets are prepared with sauce made from homemade lamb stock and served with Roquefort cheese. Christini makes his pastry dough from scratch, molds it into swans and fills each with Grand Marnier chantilly cream. He adds a touch of chocolate and a hand-crafted pink marzipan heart to each plate.

be rare for premium flavor, he insists. “It’s been killed once already.” And a simple chocolate mousse is a perfect finale.

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French meals are meant to be eaten slowly. “It’s not a 50-yard dash,” says Christini. “You go slowly and know that it’s going to be a beautiful and long evening.”

Most importantly, Christini says, don’t rush. “Cooking and eating are like relationships,” he said. “They all take time.”

For those who aren’t ready to dine out, Christini suggests homecooked meals should still be special. He recommends beef that can be prepared in the oven, on the stove or on the grill. It should

Cafe Largo, 12551 Indian Rocks Road, Largo, is open 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 727-596-6282. cafelargorestaurant.com.


try it at home Chef Dominique Christini shares these recipes for a home-cooked sauce for beef tenderloin and dessert. The beef can be prepared in the oven, on the stove or on the grill.

Simple Sauce for Beef Tenderloin 2 to 4 tablespoons butter 1 shallot, chopped or sliced Pepper and salt to taste About 1/3 cup good red wine (suitable for serving as a dinner drink) About 1/3 cup beef stock Saute all but 1 tablespoon of butter in a pan on the stove and add shallots and pepper. Watch the heat closely to prevent butter from burning. Add the wine and then stock and reduce the mixture. Taste and add salt if needed. Remove from heat and add last tablespoon of butter. Slowly whisk the butter to thicken the sauce and add shine. Spoon over tenderloins and serve.

Basic Chocolate Mousse 1 to 2 cups semisweet chocolate (chips or shredded) 1/2 cup heavy cream 4 or 5 egg whites 1 1/2 cups sugar Melt chocolate in a double boiler (a bowl placed over slightly boiling water).

Tournedos of Beef Tenderloin With “Carte Noire.�

Remove bowl from stove and add heavy cream. In a separate bowl, whip the egg whites to soft peaks, adding sugar about halfway through the process. Gently fold the egg whites into cooled chocolate and cream mixture. Pipe or place in fancy glasses or bowls and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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FROM THE GROUND UP BY KATHY SAUNDERS

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ika and Brian Kleinschmidt are inspired by design, development and deadlines on their HGTV show, 100 Day Dream Home. But mostly, they delight in sharing their love for the region they call home.

“We’ve spent most of our lives here in the Tampa Bay area and we feel like it’s still a bit of a secret to the world out there,” Brian said. That passion inspired the couple to reach out to HGTV three years ago with the proposal for their show: to design and build a home for their clients in 100 days. Their nine latest episodes premiered in January and continue on the cable network at 8 p.m. Mondays. “New construction wasn’t being featured on the network and we thought it would be a cool concept,” Brian said. The Kleinschmidts help clients scout locations and select materials, and then construct the homes on a tight deadline. Their company, Dirt2Design, is in Brandon, and they focus on projects within an hour’s drive. This season features a project in St. Petersburg’s Shore Acres that included demolishing a home and building a new one — 14 feet higher to avoid flooding issues in the neighborhood. The $542,000, 2,500-square-foot home featured modern, clean lines and floors of large ceramic tiles. “It’s a really cool, eclectic house,” Mika said. The couple will take viewers into their new home for the final episode of the season in March. They were happy in Riverview, but couldn’t pass up the views from a piece of waterfront property in Ruskin. Mika described their new home as a coastal lake house. Part of the show’s charm is the relationship between Mika, the Realtor and designer, and Brian, the construction manager. The two, both 38, met at Riverview High School and reconnected 10 years later when they owned gyms. They moved into real estate investing before developing private homes. Being in front of cameras comes easy for Brian, who has experience acting in community productions and who participated in Season 15 of The Amazing Race in 2009.

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Most of the homes they develop range in price from $300,000 to $750,000. “We try to be in the middle for mass audiences,” said Brian. Once they decide on the price and location for the new houses, the Kleinschmidts take clients through existing homes to help determine design elements such as kitchen layout and color patterns. Sometimes they feature homes they have developed as well as those being offered by other local Realtors. Brian used his parents’ home in their first season. The 100-day clock starts the day they break ground on the construction sites. Admittedly, Florida weather comes into play. This season was filmed in the summer during hurricane season. Storm delays are built into the timeline. In the first episode of this season, the couple built a $338,000, approximately 2,000-square-foot home in Plant City for two engaged deputies with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. (They were wed 20 days after moving into the new house.) After torrential rains flooded the property, Brian and crews were filmed digging trenches to re-route the water before county inspectors showed up that day. The house was a one-story, farmhousestyle home in the center of the couple’s 8.2-acre property.

WHAT’S TRENDING IN HOME DESIGN?

Multigenerational homes,” Mika said. Many homeowners are looking for extra space for their parents. Also, home offices, home gyms and home theaters are in demand. “Everyone is now living in the same house so it’s got to be plenty comfortable for everybody,” said Brian. “Homeowners see the value in that and I think those things will be around to stay whether the pandemic is here or not.

“Every house takes on its own character and we fall in love with every single house,” Brian said. “When we have to turn over the keys to a house it’s kind of tough.” At any time, the Kleinschmidts could have as many as 10 projects going at once, each with its own distinct features and challenges. The diversity in the Tampa Bay area landscape is one of the things that motivates the couple. “There is such a massive difference between the views you get in Plant City and the vibes you get in Shore Acres,” said Mika. “When people think about Tampa, often the only thing they think about is beaches. But this area has so much more to offer. You have farmland and you have great urban core areas.” The Kleinschmidts create a special, surprise design for each of the homeowners they work with. In one episode, they added a craft room, and in another, Brian constructed and planted a garden. Contractors built a dock behind one home. They gave the Plant City couple a separate room for their uniforms and gear hidden behind a secret door. Mika refers to the additions as “dessert.” “We always want that little sweet dessert at the end and we always want to have a little surprise for our clients.”

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Mika and Brian Kleinschmidt, top left, show Zoe and Trey Larson, who were married in October, their new 100-day dream home. The one-story, farmhouse-style house, whose exterior is pictured above, was built on 8.2 acres in Plant City. Brian is the construction manager, and Mika is the Realtor and designer. Photos courtesy of HGTV


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Pavilion 2020 became a hybrid celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Tampa Museum of Art. About 50 sponsors arrived for a socially distanced dinner on the terrace while other supporters watched a virtual program and auction from their homes. Photo by Foto Bohemia Photography

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he last in-person charity event I attended for Bay was a lovely LifePath Hospice Women of Philanthropy luncheon. Our tears that day, March 11, 2020, came upon hearing bestselling author Mitch Albom’s heartbreaking story of adopting an abandoned Haitian child with a brain tumor. We had no idea a deadly coronavirus was about to impact nearly every aspect of our daily lives. Pandemic reality became virtual reality. Nonprofits had no choice but to replace potential superspreader fundraisers with livestreamed remote appeals. As if it wasn’t hard enough to pitch the mission in a boisterous ballroom, now computers are venues and our cellphones are bid paddles. Yes, expenses dropped without open bars, flowers and ice sculptures, but so did revenue. Florists, valets and bartenders aren’t very happy either, now that cocktail chatter is a

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public health hazard. Remember when we used to complain of calendar overload? If only. At my first Zoom gala, I was like, “Awww, look how cute, little people in little boxes.” By my 30th Zoom, I was painting my nails and reading emails. My small talk skills have rusted and there’s 3 inches of dust on my Jimmy Choos. (Just kidding, I don’t own any Choos.) Still, I suspect plenty of folks rejoice staying home: No babysitter, no traffic, no bad seats, no shouting over the band, no having to remember a name. So what did we learn from turbulent 2020?

DON’T BE BORING Adorable pets, opera singers, runway models — done and done. Mechanical bull rides, lasso contests and line dancing at a Cattle Baron’s Ball? Impossible.

“It was scary and hard and tough,” said Celia Hagerman, American Cancer Society senior development manager. Comedian Tom Cotter hosted and humored in an Old West virtual venue, preceded by two months of weekly virtual pre-parties where he chatted up the sponsors. In October, guests clicked into the General Saloon, Main Street and VIP “rooms” where they pretended to be seated at a table of friends eating the smoked brisket and sipping the sangria delivered to their homes. It kind of worked.

NO TIME FOR TECHNOPHOBES Virtual event production is intimidating and expensive, “almost insurmountable on your own,” says Lisa Suprenand, CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay. “Don’t be afraid. Get expert help, dive in and go for it. What do you have to lose?”


Her production team gave her a crash course on platform options, landing on Facebook Live to quickly convert the annual Storybook Ball to a virtual “House Party.” A fast learner, she fearlessly faced the live cameras, bantering with emcee Don Germaise and DJ Jason Tally between prerecorded testimonials to raise $200,000 for a pandemic relief fund for four houses providing food and lodging to families of children getting local medical care.

SHOUT-OUT TO SILENT AUCTIONS Without the energy and frenzy of bidding wars for high-ticket cruises, golf, safari excursions and the like, the pros say live auctions aren’t worth the effort. Not until we feel safe to travel.

Janelle, Maddie, Jack and Steve Griggs , CEO of the Tampa Bay Lightning, are longtime supporters of the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance. Photo courtesy of FARA

That said, silent auctions stay open for days, marketed beyond the guest list to an entire database and blasted on social media. Mobile technology makes it so easy to bid, text updates and collect payment. And here’s a pandemic surprise: Merchants seem more willing, even eager, to donate auction items to keep their brand visible.

GALAS WITHOUT BORDERS Donor outreach could hit Antarctica (maybe?), now that anyone with a phone or tablet can join the party. You can bet hybrid events — small physical gatherings livestreamed at-large — are here to stay. Just ask FARA Energy Ball founders Suzanne and Paul Avery, who saw donations pop up from across the country when nearly as many guests logged onto a virtual gala — about 750 — and raised nearly the same proceeds — more than $1 million — as the 2019 benefit for the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance.

Dawn Hunt, Cindy McGinness, Brooke Melendi, Christine Derr and Robin Dreier turned the annual Gasparilla Bash into a virtual dance party to raise money for the Rotary Club of Tampa Foundation, which distributes the funds via grants to local nonprofits and charities. Photo by See Jarrett

Until we get the all clear to clink glasses again, I cheer your innovations and generosity. As much as I appreciate our new best friends, YouTube, Facebook Live and Zoom, I really miss seeing you all.

Earlier, Chapters Health Foundation counted 1,500 viewers at its virtual Rock the Dock disco party, thanks to DJ Kopec’s international fan club. That’s five times as many guests as attended last year’s benefit at the Tampa River Center.

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When the Black Honkeys headlined Rotary Club of Tampa’s annual Gasparilla Bash, the prerecorded Zoom concert pulled fans from as far away as Chicago. A $500 ticket got you delivery of a pirate booty box loaded with beads, cookies and beer for 10 for a safe-athome watch party.

Feb. 26: Virtual Go Red for Women “Lunch-In” benefits the American Heart Association. tampabay@heart.org.

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April 10: Virtual Tampa Bay Heart Ball benefits the American Heart Association. tampabay@ heart.org.

April 23-24: Winefest 2021: The Greatest Showman benefits Tampa Theatre. tampatheatre.org/winefest. April 25: Hollywood Awards Night benefits Tampa Theatre. tampatheatre.org/ hollywood-awards-night. May 14: Tropical Nights Gala, 30th anniversary, benefits Keep Tampa Beautiful. keeptampabay beautiful.org/event/tropical-nights/. May 15: 11th annual PNC Bank Wishmaker’s Ball Tampa benefits Make-A-Wish Southern Florida. JW Marriott Water Street, Tampa. $500. wishmakersballtampa.net. Contact Amy Scherzer at amyscherzersdiary@ gmail.com.

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