A Successful Wild Game Dinner Means Money For Local Nonprofits

The Rotary Club of Brandon works hard to give back to the community. Annual events such as the Wild Game Dinner allow the club to consistently distribute over $50,000 each year to local nonprofits.

For more than 50 years, the members of the Rotary Club of Brandon, have been raising funds and working on service projects that benefit the nonprofits that serve the greater Brandon community. To do this, the Rotary Club of Brandon holds a variety of fundraiser throughout the year. One of their signature events is the Annual Wild Game Dinner.

This year’s Wild Game Dinner was held in April at Lupton’s Boggy Bottom Ranch in Plant City. More than 550 men attended this fun event which included dinner featuring every imaginable type of game such as venison, duck, wild pig, fun door prizes and fellowship. The event raised approximately $25,000.

The funds raised by the club at its various events including the Wild Game Dinner, an annual golf tournament and a raffle for a new car, benefit several area nonprofits including A Kid’s Place, I Am Hope Cafe, ECHO, Rotary’s Camp Florida, Brandon Sports and Aquatic and the Brandon Outreach Clinic. Overall, the anticipated distribution from all of the fundraisers for this year will be approximately $50,000.

According to Kevin Baker, a Rotary Club of Brandon director and Public Relations chair, “The nonprofits to which we give are selected because they serve children, needy families and the homeless.” Baker added, “The organizations are nominated by members each year. The Charity Board determines the group who could best use our help.”

The Rotary Club of Brandon has 65 dedicated members. Since its inception, the club has raised and distributed more than two million dollars to local nonprofits, scholarships for high school seniors and more.

In addition to raising money, the members work on service projects such Relay for Life and construction projects for organizations such as the Brandon Outreach Clinic and the Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center. Baker said, “Rotary’s motto is ‘Service Above Self.’ We do everything we can as individuals and as a club to live that motto.”

The Rotary Club of Brandon meets every Tuesday at Barnacles Seafood Restaurant, located at 926 Providence Rd. in Brandon. Everyone is welcome to visit the club. For more information, please visit www.brandonrotary.org.