Glamour & Grit – Aug. 29, 2010

20 years and counting

Main Street Fort Pierce had much to celebrate last week, as it reached the pinnacle of being established for 20 years and held its 17th Annual Reverse Raffle.

At the 20th anniversary party, old and new friends connected, reminiscing about the days when Friday Fest was held on the north end of Second Street, and organizers would hope and pray that folks would come into downtown Fort Pierce for what has now become the largest recurring street party in the state of Florida.

The summer’s best place to see and be seen is always the Reverse Raffle. This year’s theme “Denim Diamonds” made for a very relaxed atmosphere for the more than 400 revelers. Up for grabs were hundreds of silent auction items, along with the grand raffle prize of $2,000. I took home a gift certificate for a special gourmet dinner made for me and a guest by the one and only David Recor, Fort Pierce City Manager. Turns out, David is a member of a local gourmet cooking club – who knew? That’s something I’ll definitely be looking forward to. The $2,000 cash-prize was won by Andy Steinbergs, advertising manager here at Scripps, and he donated the funds back to Main Street.

The Reverse Raffle is always my favorite summer-time party, agreed upon by everyone attending. Some of those seen on scene included Veronica Tempone, Victoria Stalls, May Horn, Lisa Mowers, Ray Walker and Sandee Allen. Hope you all had as much fun as I did.

Spin the wheel

Abingdon’s Casino Night, held to benefit the American Red Cross, was like taking a short trip to Las Vegas. With a delicious dinner and gaming tables set up in various rooms, resident volunteers saw to every detail of a delightful evening. Winning guests roared with excitement as they hit three on the slot machines. And with every $100 won in the casinos, a ticket went into the drawing for raffle prizes. Great idea, great fun and great anticipation for the next event.

Speaking of Abingdon — its Health Wellness Expo that had been scheduled for last week, was rescheduled for this Wednesday, Aug. 31. On hand will be representatives from Alzheimer’s Community Care, Council on Aging of St. Lucie County, Parkinson Education Network, Treasure Coast Resource Center for the Blind Visually Impaired, American Red Cross and others. The Alzheimer’s Association will be on-site to distribute free Safe Return bracelets. The expo is from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Abingdon Clubhouse at Tradition. For more, call (772) 345-2700.

Talking trash

Dancers involved in the 2nd Annual Dancing With Our Celebrity PALs to benefit the Fort Pierce Police Athletic League on Oct. 8 are talkin’ a lot of trash these days. Oozing with confidence, dancers have challenged each other, bringing out the best in fundraising efforts. The coveted mirror-ball trophy will be awarded to the dancer that is the lightest on his/her feet, garners the most votes the night of the event and raises the most funds. Volunteer local “celebrities” include Rita King, Tod Mowry, Lisa Perona, Marcus Robinson, Mindi Fetterman, Chris Craft, Bill Parrish, Lori Reyes and yours truly – Sydney Liebman. There’s a lot at stake, here, and to get things started, some of the dancers can be heard on The Sue Ellen Sanders Show promoting the event. Tune in to WPSL AM from 11 a.m.-noon on Sept. 12 to hear all the details of the season’s opening event. Or call event chair Cathy Townsend at (772) 201-5503.

On the horizon…

The American Legion Post #358 is hosting a family-fun event to benefit little Alexa Czechowski from noon-5 p.m. on Sept. 5 at the Post on Oleander Avenue in Fort Pierce. There will be bounce houses, entertainment, plenty of food and a drawing for a cruise for two. Dinner is $5 per person. For more information, or to donate, call Bruce Condy at (772) 878-4264.

“Birdies for Bracelets,” the annual golf tournament hosted by the Pilot Club of Fort Pierce, is Sept. 24 at Meadowood Golf Tennis Club. Proceeds benefit the St. Lucie County ID Locator Bracelet Program, which provides bracelets with state-of-the-art tracking technology free of charge to Alzheimer’s patients in St. Lucie County. Each entry fee of $100 includes breakfast, buffet lunch, 18 holes of golf, cart, silent auction and a tournament golf polo shirt. Registration, putting contest and breakfast begin at 7 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. For more, call Jan Smith at (772) 971-8470.

The Blues Alliance of the Treasure Coast is hosting its annual “Playoff of Bands” at 7 p.m. on Sept. 25 at Mickey Finn’s in Port St. Lucie. The winning band will go on to the prestigious International Blues Challenge in Memphis. For more, visit

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