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Black Tie & Tales 03.30.17

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From baby showers to tooth fairy sightings, here's what you missed last week on the social scene.
by: Niki Kottmann Managing Editor of Arts and Entertainment

Black Tie Bracket Update: The Elite Eight

If you haven’t heard already, we’re bringing our Black Tie Standouts issue back after more than 10 years, and we want your help! Last week, voters narrowed our list of the 16 most fashion-forward Black Tie scenesters to eight, and now we need help determining who will rise to the top.

To vote for who you think deserves a spot in the coveted final four, go to YourObserver.com/contests/BTBracket up to once a day this week and vote for your two favorite men and women for the 2016-2017 season. We will announce the winners in our Black Tie Standouts special section May 4.

Ready for landing

Brigid Saah greets the youngest guests at her baby shower on March 26 at the home of Beth Karins. Photo courtesy of Jessica Hays
Brigid Saah greets the youngest guests at her baby shower on March 26 at the home of Beth Karins. Photo courtesy of Jessica Hays

Several local ladies and their little girls showered Brigid Saah on March 26 at the home of Beth Karins. The baby shower, which was hosted by Lindsay Schwager, was airplane-themed because Brigid and her husband, Shane, are naming their new daughter Piper Saah, and they happen to own a Piper airplane. The 40 guests included familiar faces such as Kara Saunders, Kelly Romanoff, Jessica Hays and Melissa Long, along with 15 guests’ daughters who were invited to join their mothers and take part in activities including a contest to see who could drink apple juice out of a baby bottle the fastest. Fun fact: the Karins family owns Brigid’s childhood home, so the party took place in the house in which she grew up. This is the first of four mommy-to-be celebrations that have been planned in Brigid’s honor, so Jessica Hays says she might be the most loved person in Sarasota.

Party Preparation

Tammy Karp and Donna Koffman prepare for Blue Ties & Butterflies at Child Protection Center on March 22. Photo courtesy of Mya Widmyer
Tammy Karp and Donna Koffman prepare for Blue Ties & Butterflies at Child Protection Center on March 22. Photo courtesy of Mya Widmyer

Two of the three Blue Ties & Butterflies Co-Chairwomen, Tammy Karp and Donna Koffman, began prepping for the event March 22 at Child Protection Center. The dynamic duo wrapped marbles for the traveling pillar of hope that eventgoers will have the opportunity to drop a marble in, just as supporters of CPC traditionally do when visiting the center. The mini pillar mimics the permanent structure at the main campus, which symbolizes the CPC mindset that no child stands alone when they walk through the doors of the building. The annual CPC fundraising gala will take place at 6 p.m. April 19 at Michael’s On East.

Tidbits

Lisa Kates and Richard LaBrie show off their costumes at Fairytale Ball on March 25 at Michael's On East. Photo by Niki Kottmann
Lisa Kates and Richard LaBrie show off their costumes at Fairytale Ball on March 25 at Michael's On East. Photo by Niki Kottmann

Embracing the theme … Some guests took the Fairytale Ball: “A Sprinkle of Pixie Dust” theme extra seriously at the March 25 gala. Tom Casmer donned a tall red cap and faux butterfly in his beard to pass as a gnome, and Richard LaBrie and Lisa Kates went as the Tooth Fairy and Mother Nature from “The Santa Clause 2.”... Cuts for a cause  Guests at Cutting Loose Salon are now invited to donate to the not-for-profit Nik Wallenda Family Foundation when visiting its various locations. At least two of the five people who were injured during a Circus Sarasota accident on Feb. 2 were reported to be members of the Wallenda family, so any money donated at the salon will go directly to the injured to help cover the necessary medical and rehabilitation expenses incurred. Guests who donate a minimum of $10 will receive a gift from the salon 

(Front) Britney Guertin, Ashley Gruters, Elizabeth Ruth, (middle) Nikki Taylor, Elli Baldwin, Lauren Thomas, Hyatt Helmuth, Amanda Chandler, (back) Alex Chau, Tiffany Wenzel, and April White — Photo courtesy of Nikki Taylor
(Front row) Britney Guertin, Ashley Gruters, Elizabeth Ruth (middle) Nikki Taylor, Elli Baldwin, Lauren Thomas, Hyatt Helmuth, Amanda Chandler, (back) Alex Chau, Tiffany Wenzel, and April White — Photo courtesy of Nikki Taylor

Ladies who lead Incoming Designing Daughters President Ellie Baldwin hosted a leadership retreat for incoming DD officers and chairs on March 25 at her home. Over brunch, the leaders discussed the membership feedback they’ve received and how to best implement it while remembering their goal of raising large sums for their grant fund  …

 

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