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Local Support Helps Spiral Ice Bucket Challenge To Over $80 Million For ALS

  By Nicole Heubusch Anyone who has been on any social networking site in the past few weeks has probably become familiar with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and has seen videos of friends, families, and celebrities getting a bucket of ice dumped over their heads. This challenge is not only entertaining to watch, but(…)

St. Andrew’s United Methodist Teens Provide Summer Mission Projects

  By Bonnie Mentel Twenty-five teenagers from St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church recently loaded up in their church bus for an out of state mission trip. “We left here and went to Passion Church  in Atlanta, Georgia,” said Jon Michael Richardson, youth minister at Saint Andrew’s United Methodist Church. They also made other stops in(…)

Center Place Hosts Seventh Annual Holiday Cards For Troops In October

  By Nicole Heubusch Center Place Fine Arts & Civic Association and The Community Roundtable will be hosting the Seventh Annual Holiday Cards for Troops event on Saturday, October 4. It will take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Center Place located at 619 Vonderburg Dr., Ste. B in Brandon, and everyone in the community(…)

Sunset Bay Chapel Pastor Sets Sights On New Chapter

  By Kelly Wise Legg After nearly 16 years leading Sunset Bay Chapel in Lithia, more than 350 well-wishers will gather to say farewell to founding Pastor Galen Scott and his wife, Tandy on Sunday, September 28. Amidst the congregation, there will be friends of the Scotts from across the state helping celebrate this monumental(…)

Hunger In America Study Released Gives Face To Hunger In Tampa Bay

  Staff Report According to the new Hunger in America study conducted nationally by Feeding America, residents would be surprised to learn the characteristics of the 841,000 hungry people in the community served yearly by Feeding America Tampa Bay (FATB). “Too often, we associate being hungry with negative stereotypes, such as being homeless or uneducated,(…)

Ronald McDonald Charities Of Tampa Bay Kicks Off Fundraising Events

  By Sandy Meyer The Ronald McDonald Charities of Tampa Bay (RMHCTB) provides a home-away-from-home for families of pediatric patients in area hospitals at no cost to them. “It gives families a place to come home to rest and the opportunity to socialize with other families with similar circumstances, which is really important,” said event(…)

Support Groups Offered At FishHawk Fellowship Church

  Staff Report This fall, FishHawk Fellowship Church will be offering three programs to help those who are going through divorce and also for those looking for grief support. DivorceCare is a weekly seminar, beginning on Thursday, September 11 and will meet weekly from 7 –8:30 p.m. through Thursday, December 4.  A separate option for(…)

Brandon Prayer Breakfast To Feature Keynote Speaker David O’Brien

  Staff Report The Christian-based networking group Christian Business Connections (CBC) will host the Brandon Prayer Breakfast on Monday, September 15 from 8-10 a.m. The event will be held at Bell Shoals Baptist Church located at 2102 Bell Shoals Rd. in Brandon, in the Special Events Center. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $12(…)

Local Middle School Student Spreads Sunshine To Community Through Donations

  By Andria Barrios By this time, most New Year’s Resolutions have been completely forgotten. But this one, made by a local industrious 12-year-old boy named Jared Thayer, is still being carried out with success.  “I saw that after the holidays, food pantries are not noticed as much,” said Jared. “But people must still be(…)

Kids Are Heros Event Honors FishHawk Teenager’s Fundraising Efforts

  By Michelle Caceres Thirteen-year-old Jake Dela Cruz never in his wildest dreams imagined that one day he would don a superhero cape and run onto the field at a Tampa Bay Storm arena football game. That’s what happened, though. More than 100 children were honored at the 17th annual St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Kids(…)