A very serious mission underlies the very serious — and fun — programming that for decades has engaged the Greater Brandon community in sports and fitness activities at the Brandon Sports & Aquatics Center on Beverly Boulevard.
As Chuck Burgess, the executive director of the facility, described that mission: “We don’t want any kids to be left out.”
With that in mind comes the fifth annual Saddles & Spurs Casino Night for the not-for-profit BSAC, scheduled for March 2, from 7 to 11 p.m., at the Barn Theatre at Winthrop.
The fundraising event is billed as "an evening of great fun and casino games," with "a fantastic silent auction, fabulous food and great friends."
Cost to attend the Casino Night Fundraiser is $35 per person and $60 per couple, in advance. Tickets at the door will cost $45 and $75, respectively. Call: 813-689-0908. The Barn Theatre at Winthrop is at 11349 Bloomingdale Avenue, between Watson and Providence roads.
For sponsorship opportunities, contact the 2013 casino night chairperson, Emily Zawlocki at 813-928-9396.
About the Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center
Founded in 1963 as the family owned, for-profit Brandon Swim and Tennis Club, the club became a center in 2004, buoyed by a reorganization that established the center’s non-profit status and more sweeping community mission.
In addition to its own membership, the BSAC offers its facilities for other local groups and organizations that service the needs of kids, such as A Kid’s Place, the Bill Carey Unit of the Boys & Girls Club of Brandon, area schools and churches, youth ministry programs, Scouting troops and even the Best Buddies program and youth initiatives through the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
BSAC reports that it serves more than 9,400 individuals each year, of which 800 are children, noting:
Now, more than ever, it is vital for our families, children, teens and seniors to have a place to gather, volunteer, keep physically fit, play, learn and find camaraderie. We provide an environment where positive values are reinforced and children/youth receive the framework for making the decisions that will lead to healthy and successful lives."