Kellie Burns' Scene & Heard
Kellie Burns shares gossip, news and notes from around Southwest Florida.
Take a Nude Home … Our Forbes 400 Guys … Helping a Beauty Queen
Is it any surprise that an event called “Take a Nude Home” was a sellout at the Alliance for the Arts in September? The show, hosted by Lydia Black, featured hundreds of paintings, sculptures and drawings of nude forms—and even some live interactive exhibits. “The best thing about hosting a nude event,” Black says, “was not worrying about what you are going to wear. No one will be looking at the clothed nudes.” The 250 guests included Pam Beckman, Kat Epple, Sonny Lubner, Dwyanne Bergman and Janet Lane. They raised $40,000 and a lot of eyebrows … The latest Forbes 400 list of the richest people in the America is out—and guess what?—Southwest Florida has four of them. No. 122 Shahid Khan, Naples, $3.8 billion net worth. No. 201, Richard Schulze, Bonita Springs, $2.7 billion. No. 222, Reinhold Schmieding, Naples, $2.5 billion (first time on the list), and No. 296, Tom Golisano, Naples, $1.9 billion …
WEDDING BELLS, PART 1
"Dancing till dawn! Best wedding ever! And I’m going back to bed!"
—This was Amy Wegman Radel’s post on Facebook the morning after the August wedding of Abigail Dosoretz and Steven Pezzi. Abby is the legislative aide to Amy’s husband, Congressman Trey Radel, and is the daughter of Danny Dosoretz, M.D., the founder of 21st Century Oncology. Can you imagine a wedding at the Hyatt Coconut Point Resort for 700 guests, including Gov. Rick Scott, that featured the following: a band flown in from Brazil, imported chandeliers for the ballroom and dancers suspended from the ceiling pouring champagne? What a launch into married life.
… NBC2 anchor Lindsay Logue and her husband, Doug, are expecting their first child next year … Connie Rosellini and her whole family flew to Atlantic City, N.J., in September for the Miss America contest. Rosellini’s niece Annie Rosellini is Miss Pennsylvania. She did not win the crown, but did place in the top five “America’s Choice.” I am pretty sure her Aunt Connie’s social media campaign played a big part in that. Connie says she loved the pageant parade and the 53 pairs of outrageous shoes clicking by …
WEDDING BELLS, PART 2
“The judges decree happiness.”
—This story is all legal—and romantic. Casey Barber, grandson of Judge Judy and Judge Jerry Sheindlin, of Naples, met the love of his life, Neapolitan Olivia Weil, while both were students at Ave Maria Law School. They were married in August at the Sheindlins’ estate in Greenwich, Conn., with the two judges performing the ceremony. On hand was Denise Cobb, who gets a credit as matchmaker. It was her urging—she’s a member of the Board of Regents at Ave Maria University—that put Casey in the right school to meet Olivia. Case closed. Who’s next, Denise?
… With its 10th annual Rumrunners Celebrity Chef Night “Culinary Castaway,” Cape Coral stepped up with a record $250,000 raised in August for the Golisano Children’s Hospital. The creation of three culinary minds—chefs Todd Johnson, Ralph Centalonza and Fabrice Deletrain—it has become arguably the Cape’s biggest annual fundraiser. Supporters included Realtor Barbara Watt, Daun and Peter Dessak, Tom and Beverly Fewster, and Rose and Gary King … If it’s not food as the irresistible draw, it’s dresses. Nearly 700 frenzied female shoppers packed into the Embassy Suites in September for the “Love That Dress” event to raise money for PACE Center for Girls. Credit this year’s chair Kendra Sutton for her heroic work in making both this and the “Dress” party in Collier County such huge successes.
WEDDING BELLS, PART 3
“I’m going to marry this guy.”
—It was literally love at first sight. KC Hirst, stylist at La Te Da Salon in Fort Myers, saw Basil Bsisu’s photo and write-up (see below) in Gulfshore Life’s Bachelor issue in 2009 and made her move. She got her phone number to him and the rest is history. They were married this past September in the Chicago Planetarium. He picked her up the first time on his motorcycle and now she has one, too. How sweet to think of them gunning it off into the sunset happily ever after.
FOOD AND BEVERAGE DIRECTOR, Fort Myers
Hometown: Covington, KY
He first notices: Her smile, lips and eyes
Dating here: It’s slow to nonexistent.
Great first date: I like a little bit of a surprise—maybe pick her up on my motorcycle. See if she’ll go with the flow.
Dating deal breakers: Ignorance and neediness
Worst date ever: I took a girl to a shooting range to try something out of the ordinary. After she shot the gun, she freaked out. I’ll never do that again.
Desire to settle down: 6 out of 10
Trait of successful couples: Understanding
Go-to pickup line: Usually telling a joke