There are many types of men in this world. Many kind, some are not. Others ruthless, some extraordinarily gentle. I’ve met many kinds of men, and today I’m sharing my story with you all, about the 4 wise men of St. Pete, Florida.
You are cordially invited to Eat, Drink, and be Merry with us at our Annual Holiday Celebration here at NOVA 535 downtown St. Pete, Florida on Friday, December 26, 2014. That’s the warm cheer that the 4 men in my story give to their city, day after day, decade after decade.
Below: Dan Harvey, myself, Mike Mitchell, Steve Burns and Melody Stang, of Stang Realty, a lovely stand-in for Mr LaBudde who is so popular he’s holding court upstairs. =D
And thanks Dan to your excellent crew helping Team NOVA throughout the evening. Bravo! Harvey’s at 3121 4th Street North has been serving delicious meals for as long as I can remember, including the wild and infamous Full Moon Parties we used to attend back in the 90’s. Dan and his family truly understand customer service with a smile.
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Diana Pugliese and her beau Ken Flynn, below, strolled in about 9 pm ish. Diana and her sons Ed and Danny and I have been friends, brothers, since 1970s when we met in St. Jude’s school. Ed now runs the family business OMNI COPY, so if your in need of expertise in the copy / imaging services world, well here you go. Cheri her lovely daughter is likely traveling somewhere around the world now too! They are such an incredibly warm, kind, generous and loving family, plus lots of fun, they are truly family. Diana travels ALL OVER the world, and I keep joking that she’s near the point where she’d start a war (jokingly here) so countries would split and form new ones that she could visit. If you aren’t lucky enough to know her, she’s like a lady Buddha, one that cooks like a 5 star chef. =D She wanted a JUMP PHOTO here, and yup we got it. Love you all!
Gardner, below, was back in town, always great to see him. He was the civil engineer on the NOVA 535 project, and he did an excellent job. This was a difficult project, to say the least, and Gardner work has proved nothing short of 5 star!
Downtown Carol here, enjoying herself as always. You know she’s got a camera hidden on her somewhere.
BELOW; Legendary Steve Burns, left, along with super man Mike Mitchell here, enjoying a moment of long time friendship and holiday cheer! Thanks gentlemen, for EVERYTHING that you both do to help and support NOVA and our entire city. These two guys are the quieter, positive, constant productive force of side of the good works that happen here. Behind the scenes kinda guys. They are not the flashy front guys like Harvey and LaBudde, which we need and love, but these two are extraordinary gentlemen, and should have their own public holidays. Just saying out loud here.
A sincere thank you to both from me and from our community!
There are always some end of the night photos and bombing. Check out the next few photos, below, for the guy who landed with a perfect 10.
Someone here, no names mentioned, is fortunate her best GF pulled her aside, just in time, from a FLASH photo, 70’s style, as the Monday morning holiday cheer is never at the same level as it WAS on Friday night. ;-D
My pal Jerry keeps talking about bringing a Mad Men party here to NOVA 535. Sounds great to me, what do you all think?
Some end of the night laughs and antics with our host and friend and mentor and brother Dan Harvey, along with co-hosts Michael Mitchell and Steve Burns, plus Jon’s lovely “stand-in” Melody Stang of St. Pete’s own real estate company Stang Realty. Jon, of course still has a line of people waiting to kiss his ring. =D
THANK YOU GENTLEMEN!! You are truly the 4 Wise Men of St. Pete.