Friday, September 14, 2012
Tampa Bay area GrillSmith locations, including at the Westfield Brandon shopping center, will be donating a portion of total sales from the week of Sept. 17-21 to The Calyx and Beau Schenecker Memorial Fund.
All six GrillSmith restaurant locations in the Tampa Bay area, including at the Westfield Brandon shopping mall, will be hosting the eatery's second annual drive for The Calyx and Beau Schenecker Memorial Fund. A portion of total sales from the week of Sept. 17-21 will be donated to the fund. This past January marked the one-year anniversary of the double-homicide deaths of Calyx, 16, and Beau, 13, Schenecker, whose mother, Julie, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder. The family lived in Tampa Palms. "Ever since, the child's father, Parker Schenecker, has devoted his life to honoring his children, and established a foundation in their memory to provide leadership, athletic and performing arts opportunities for promising…
Monday, August 6, 2012
The 10th annual Back-To-School Festival at the Campo Family YMCA in the Greater Brandon community of Valrico drew a strong crowd for vendors treats and showcases. The event is sponsored by FANG, the FishHawk Area Networking Group.
Supporting children from low-income families with school supplies and backpacks was the mission behind the grand networking event held Aug. 5 at the Campo Family YMCA in the Greater Brandon community of Valrico. There, the FishHawk Area Networking Group, or FANG, hosted its 10th Annual Back-To-School Festival, featuring a strong crowd of attendees visiting with vendor booths and watching dance and judo peformances. This gallery of photos gives testament to the day's events. Backpacks and school supplies will be distributed to registered families at the YMCA's Camp Christina on Aug. 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in an event sponsored by both the Y and the Emergency Care Help Organization (ECHO) of Brandon.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
The kickoff lunch for "Cooking for a Cause III" drew heartfelt eaters to the Copper Bell Cafe on June 11, where State Rep. Rachel Burgin donated her time as celebrity chef to aid the mission of the Brandon Outreach Clinic.
Deborah Meegan, executive director of the Brandon Outreach Clinic, had a lunch worth remembering June 11 at the Copper Bell Cafe in Brandon, where State Rep. Rachel Burgin was "cooking for a cause." Burgin's charity of choice as celebrity chef for the day was the Brandon Outreach Clinic, where Meegan works to carry out the mission of providing primary and diagnostic health care to those who are unable to afford it. "It's a neighbor-helping-neighbor event and I get to eat lunch and tell people about the clinic," Meegan said of the celebrity chef event. "It's a win-win." Resources are scarce, she added, noting that "if we had more resources we could reach more people." As for Darren Dennington, the restaurant's proprietor, Meegan added: "…
Friday, May 25, 2012
The Rotary Club of Brandon South's annual distribution of checks, with money raised at Lobstah' Fest and the Mad Hatter's Tea Party, aids 14 charities, including BSAC, Rotary's Camp Florida, the American Cancer Society and 4-H Foundation.
Each year Rotarians meeting at the Buckhorn Springs Golf & Country Club in Valrico get three votes each to cast for the charities they wish to support in the Greater Brandon area. Each charity can get one vote, or one charity can get all three votes; it's up to the member to spend his votes as he or she sees fit. Then, each spring, the Rotary Club of Brandon South divvies out the money proportionately to those charities. The money is raised at the group's two major fundraisers — Lobstah Fest and the Mad Hatter's Tea Party. This year, checks on May 23 were given to: