Zack in the Media Loge at Amway Arena.

Giving Back with Zack: In Orlando with the Magic

NOTE: We visited with the Orlando Magic team on Friday, two days before the helicopter crash that killed the basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others. One of the players we spoke with, forward Aaron Gordon, was interviewed after the accident by The Athletic and shared his memories of working with the […]

Graceful moves on the yacht club's dance floor. Photo: Jillian Nelson.

The Russian Heritage Winter Ball 2020

Close to 300 revelers celebrated the new year, family, and Russian culture at the annual Russian Heritage Winter Ball on Jan. 11 at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club. A rite of January since its inception more than two decades ago, the Winter Ball is sponsored by billionaire businessman John Catsimatidis, owner of Red Apple Group, […]

Ruth Eckerd Hall Grand Unveiling

On November 1, 2019, over 400 attendees gathered at Ruth Eckerd Hall to witness the unveiling of the most recent phase of construction in the Expanding the Experience Capital Campaign. Guests were the first to enjoy the brand new Grand Lobby, the Kate Teidemann and Ellen Cotton Cabaret Theatre, the Holt Family Stage, the Raymond James Central […]

Alden Suites 50th Birthday Bash

The historic St. Pete Beach resort Alden Suites observed its golden anniversary throughout 2019 and finished out the year in high style with an epic “Alden Family Reunion” on November 9 “to celebrate 50 years of memories,” said resort president Gary Renfrow. Longtime guests, local dignitaries and close friends gathered to celebrate on the beach with the Renfrow […]

Wheels, Wine… and a Brand New Bentley

Dimmitt Automotive and Festivals of Speed sponsored two glamorous events in November 2019 for fans of fine automobiles — in particular, the beautiful new Bentley Flying Spur. A crowd of roughly 250 car enthusiasts turned out for the unveiling at Dimmitt’s Bentley Tampa Bay dealership in Pinellas Park on Nov. 23, during which multiple orders were placed […]

Bobbie Dietrich, Cody Calvo, Jennifer Medley, Melissa Whitney, Ashley Ely, Caroline Doyle and Melissa Polo.

7th Annual Wine, Women & Shoes

The 7th Annual Wine, Women & Shoes event presented by Nu Image Medical benefiting the Children’s Cancer Center took place on November 7 at the Armature Works in Tampa. This year’s event raised a record-breaking $350,285 to make an immediate impact on the lives of the children and families battling childhood cancer.

Pilot Bank CEO Roy Hellwege addresses the attendees. Photo by Rick Tauceda of Rick Visuals Inc.

Pilot Bank's Executive Forum at dRTB

The classic motorcars on display at duPont REGISTRY Tampa Bay’s offices in St. Petersburg provided a colorful backdrop for Pilot Bank’s Annual Executive Forum Holiday Party on December 5. Roy Hellwege and Rita Lowman, the CEO and president of Pilot Bank, respectively, greeted the crowd along with dRTB Publisher/CEO Tom duPont. Pilot Bank Executive Forum events bring together […]

Beth Kelly Photography

The Debutante Club of Clearwater Courtier Ball

The Debutante Club of Clearwater celebrated its 60th anniversary during the Clearwater Courtier Ball on December 29, 2019 at Ruth Eckerd Hall, chaired by Ela Landegger and Beth McMullen. The presentation began by recognizing all former Clearwater and Carlouel debutantes and marshals in attendance at the Ball, including Merry June Jackson Burwell, one of the organization’s original debutantes […]

Zack with Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan.

Giving Back with Zack: The day he got to hang out with the New Orleans Saints

Setting up interviews with NFL players when they’re in town for a game can be difficult.  I’ve been told that every minute of their schedule is accounted for and there is no time available. But last November before the New Orleans Saints’ game against the Bucs at Raymond James Stadium, the Saints’  communications manager, Evan […]

Jordan Whitehead shows Zack his cleats supporting the American Cancer Society.

My Cause, My Cleats: How the Bucs are giving back, and how you can help

The NFL launched a program called My Cause, My Cleats in 2016 as an opportunity for NFL players to bend the uniform guidelines and wear cleats highlighting a charity or cause they are passionate about. Starting out with only a few hundred players participating, the initiative has grown exponentially. Last year, over 800 players used this […]