Kellie Burns' Scene & Heard
Kellie Burns shares gossip, news and notes from around Southwest Florida.
Brian Roland and other local celebrities are the new stars of Clive Daniel Homes' latest ad campaign.
You don’t break up a hot team, and that’s why Karen Scott is pairing up with good friend Vicky Smith for the fourth time to co-chair Hats in the Garden at Naples Botanical Garden in November. Given the cause and the companionship, Karen says, “This is more fun than work.” Both ladies believe this 10th annual fundraising Hats gala can match or exceed last year’s $400,000 record take, even without guest star Michael Kors. I’m betting they can make money grow on those trees and more …
FROM THE MOUTHS OF BABES, PART 1
Please don’t have another baby. That would ruin my life forever,
—Words from my 9-year old son on the card he made for my wedding anniversary. Apparently, one little sister is enough.
… And now for some Deadly News: There’s mayhem and murder afoot—much of it here in Southwest Florida—in the first novel by retired CNN anchors Don Farmer and Chris Curle. The husband-and-wife team—with 90 combined years of TV news experience—are living here now and will hold their first book signing Saturday, Oct. 19, from 2-4 p.m. at the Naples Barnes & Noble. “We’ve seen a lot of bizarre things and met a lot of strange people,” Don says about why they wrote the book. Readers, start your page-turning …
FROM THE MOUTHS OF BABES, PART 2
I am 200 percent sure we are going to live happily ever after.
—Olivia Cabrera, 8-year-old daughter of former NBC2 news anchor-turnedbanking- executive Jessica Stilwell Catti on her mother’s wedding day. Olivia, her twin sister, Sophia, and younger sister Arianna, 5, surprised their mom and new stepdad, Christoper Catti, with three touching letters saying how thrilled they were to be one big happy family. Not a dry eye in the house.
Gail Markham is a strong advocate for the PACE Center.
… Hoping to raise $750,000 on Oct. 18 for the Harlem Heights Foundation, Dave Copham and wife Cheryl have hired country superstar Martina McBride to sing at the Heights Center at a concert celebrating Dave’s 70th birthday. “It is said that charity begins at home,” says Dave, a Gulf Harbour resident. “Well, there’s hardly a need that’s closer to our home than Harlem Heights. It’s that close. One block in distance, but a world away in everything else.” Save up a lot of wind for blowing out the candles at this most worthy party … There’s more Dave Copham news, too, this time on board his yacht. Ten local couples, including Denise and Brian Cobb, were on a Bahamas getaway savoring the benefits of their successful bid at the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest. One highlight? Denise says it was the night they talked AC/DC bass player Cliff Williams into watching footage of his old concerts he had never seen before. “It was fascinating,” Denise says, “to see him reacting to whathe saw and carrying on with his entertaining commentary.” …
I was a guest at the PACE Lee lunch, when she took the microphone. Her pure passion was magnetic. I had no idea who she was or what PACE was. All I knew was that I had to be a part of this movement.
—PACE Center for Girls board member Christin Collins, talking about the first time she met outgoing board president and PACE Lee County founder Gail Markham. Markham is credited with changing the lives of hundreds of at-risk teenagers at the Center.
… Naples-based Clive Daniel Home is going edgy, at least with its campaign to promote its latest project furnishing homes for Talis Park. Rather than using models, the company has turned to the likes of Tiffany Kuehner, executive director of Hope for Haiti; Shelia Davis, soon to be a cast member of TLC’s new ballroom dancing show; Crave Culinaire Chef Brian Roland; and State Representative Heather Fitzenagen to star in playful ads. President Dan Lubner is counting on what he calls these “local-ebrities” to lure people off their couches and into the store to buy some new ones, plus accessories.