Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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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.



Photo from Keir Margoulis 
 Imagination co-chairs Justin and Jennifer Phelps, from left, and Shanna and Bryan Glazer greet a hot air balloon in Curtis Hixon Park at the Glazer Children\u2019s Museum gala themed Onward Upward Outward.

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

Imagination, a gala"Onward, Upward, Outward" reflects the ambitious goals and theme of Imagination, the 16th annual gala for the Glazer Children’s Museum. Co-chairs Jennifer and Justin Phelps embedded...
Published: 09/08/18
Updated: 09/15/18
AMY SCHERZER | Times
Earth Wind & Fire perform at the Starlight Gala on Nov. 12 at the Marriott Waterside.

Society Datebook 2018-19, Tampa style

#DrinkDanceDonateThe Tampa Bay Times/Tampa Tribune annual Society Datebook, Sept. 2018-May 2019SeptemberSept. 7: Imagination: A Gala to benefit Glazer...
Published: 09/07/18
Updated: 09/10/18
Tampa Bay Times social writer Amy Scherzer loves to shine the spotlight on Tampa's fundraising parties. Seeing groups like 
Earth Wind & Fire perform is just an added bonus. AMY SCHERZER | Times

Amy Scherzer: Tampa’s ready for another season of purposeful parties

Whose idea of a fun party involves being asked for money?Well, luckily for charity organizers, lots of people enjoy raising a bid paddle or answering a cash call at the festive fundraisers that fill
Published: 09/04/18
Updated: 09/08/18
AMY SCHERZER | Times
Earth Wind & Fire perform at the Starlight Gala on Nov. 12 at the Marriott Waterside.

Society Datebook 2018-19, Tampa style

#DrinkDanceDonateThe Tampa Bay Times/Tampa Tribune annual Society Datebook, Sept. 2018-May 2019SeptemberSept. 7: Imagination: A Gala to benefit Glazer...
Published: 08/27/18
Updated: 09/06/18
SKIP O\u2019ROURKE   |   Times
Gigi\u2019s Playhouse Tampa opens this week, a Downs Syndrome Achievement Center offering 40 therapeutic-based language, math, motor and social programs for all ages, even mothers with a prenatal diagnosis, delivered by volunteers for no charge.\uFEFF

Life skills, love shared at GiGi’s

TAMPA — Learning, life skills and love are offered unconditionally at GiGi’s Playhouse Tampa, a Down syndrome achievement center opening Saturday.Specially-designed therapeutic, educational and career development programs are provided for all...
Updated one month ago
Courtesy of Rose Schiff
Executive engineer, mentor and philanthropist Al Schiff died July 10, 2018

Epilogue: Al Schiff engineered career to put family first

TAMPA — In a lifetime of remarkable accomplishments, executive engineer Alfred "Al" Schiff considered his family life to be the greatest accomplishment of all.A pioneer of the industrial controls industry, Mr. Schiff integrated the expertise of...
Updated: 2 months ago
BRONTE WITTPENN   |   Times
Plant City native and actress Charleene Closshey appears before fans on the red carpet at the premiere of the movie No Postage Necessary at the Tampa Theatre in Tampa on Thursday, June 28, 2018. Closshey also co-produced the film and chose the music for the locally-made movie.

Sunday Conversation: Charleene Closshey

Homegrown married high tech at the premiere of No Postage Necessary on June 28 at the Tampa Theatre. • Plant City actor/composer/producer Charleene Closshey found herself surrounded by scores of family, friends and fans — even her piano teacher — at...
Updated: 3 months ago
AMY SCHERZER | Times
Lt. Col Houston Tucker, left, Gen. Joseph Votel and Dr. Alan List visit at the 243rd Army Birthday Ball on June 9 at the Hilton Tampa Downtown.

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

243rd Army Birthday BallHappy 243rd Birthday (aka Flag Day) to the U.S. Army, celebrated with a formal gala salute to generations of army heroes hosted by the Suncoast Chapter of the Association of the...
Updated: 3 months ago
Photo from Make-A-Wish Southern Florida
Marcus and Lauren Fernandez, from left, and Wishmakerâ\u0088\u009A\u0095s Ball co-chairs Natalie and Steven Gillis celebrate at the ninth annual Wishmakerâ\u0088\u009A\u0095s Ball benefiting Make-A-Wish Southern Florida on May 12 at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay.

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

Wishmaker’s BallIf rocking out to Joan Jett & the Blackhearts was their wish, guests at the Wishmaker’s Ball must have been beyond thrilled. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers made...
Updated: 3 months ago
Blake and Tate Casper, from left, Ronald McDonald House Charities' retired CEO Janice Davis, executive director Lisa Suprenand, Allison and Robby Adams celebrate at 19th annual Storybook Ball on May 19 at the Tampa Convention Center.

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

Ronald McDonald House Charities Storybook BallChimney sweeps on stilts, a waddle of penguins and Mary Poppins herself swooped into a supercalifragilistic Storybook Ball, the 19th annual Ronald McDonald House Charities black-tie...
Updated: 4 months ago