Fashion, dance event to help fund grants

roy stone charity event

SOUTH TAMPA — Fashion combines with dance, dinner and a presentation by former Tampa Chief of Police Jane Caster at Evening Under the Stars on Thursday.

The Palma Ceia Golf & Country Club event, sponsored by the all-volunteer Brighter Tomorrow, raises funds for grants to agencies that assist victims of domestic violence and/or work toward prevention of it.

This is the organization’s seventh annual event, open to the public with advance ticket purchase. It is the first time the function will be held at night. Traditionally, it has been a spring-time luncheon and fashion show for women.

“We wanted to have something different,” said chairwoman Pat Handly. “We asked Stein Mart to help us as we wanted to have men featured, too.”

Among the men is Roy Stone, a professional dancer and instructor who owns LaVelle Hall in South Tampa. One of his students, Shirley Taylor, is a co-chair of the event.

“I’ve always been interested in what they are doing and I was honored she invited me to be part of it,” Stone said recently as he picked out a white sports coat at Stein Mart for the occasion.

Simon Cordero