Events

Tampa YMCA, ECHO Of Brandon Host Annual Backpack Outreach Event

Tampa YMCA, ECHO Of Brandon Host Annual Backpack Outreach Event

  By Kathy L. Collins When students start the school year with age appropriate school supplies and a new backpack, they tend to be self-assured and do better in school. While school supplies are a basic necessity, when a family is struggling financially this need may be low on the list or not get met(…)

Music Showcase Hosts International Piano Guild Award Ceremony

Music Showcase Hosts International Piano Guild Award Ceremony

By Kathy L. Collins Music Showcase hosted its Seventh Annual International Piano Guild Award Ceremony on in May. Grace Rowlette, Amelia Fong, Kyle Ballado and Thomas Berrie received superior marks. More than a dozen students from Music Showcase and the area performed before a judge in a closed juried event at Music Showcase. Students who(…)

12th Annual Back To School Festival Seeks To Raise Supplies For Students

12th Annual Back To School Festival Seeks To Raise Supplies For Students

 By Marie Gilmore This year’s 12th Annual Back to School Festival, sponsored by the Valrico/FishHawk Chamber of Commerce, will benefit thousands of local children with much-needed back to school supplies. The event will be held indoors at the Campo Y gymnasium on Sunday, July 27 from 1-4 p.m. “We had such a successful event last(…)

VSA Florida Offers Summer Art, Musical Theater Programs For Special Needs Students

VSA Florida Offers Summer Art, Musical Theater Programs For Special Needs Students

By Libby Hopkins Art and music do so many things for a person. The two mediums have the ability to heal, calm and teach many things. VSA Florida and Center Place Fine Arts and Civic Association have teamed up to offer summer art and musical theater programs for special needs students in the Brandon community(…)

Annual Fourth Of July Parade To Celebrate Brandon High School’s 100th Anniversary

Annual Fourth Of July Parade To Celebrate Brandon High School’s 100th Anniversary

By Nicole Heubusch The theme for the 2014 Annual Fourth of July Parade will be Brandon High School’s 100th Anniversary. The Brandon Fourth of July Parade has been presented by the Brandon Community Roundtable for over 60 years, and is known as Florida’s largest Independence Day Parade. The parade is typically two miles long and(…)

Brandon Sports And Aquatic Center Seeks To Set Record, Special Olympics Competition

Brandon Sports And Aquatic Center Seeks To Set Record, Special Olympics Competition

  By Tamas Mondovics BSAC to Host Official World’s Largest Swim Lesson Joining millions around the globe, the Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center (BSAC) was pleased to announce the hosting of a special event promoting the importance of swimming lessons. On Friday, June 20, tens of thousands of kids and adults at aquatic facilities around(…)

Pepin Academies Gala Success With $200,000 In Funds Raised

Pepin Academies Gala Success With $200,000 In Funds Raised

  By Brock Mikosky On Thursday, May 22, the Pepin Academies held its annual fundraising gala.  The event, which was held at TPepin’s Hospitality Centre in Tampa, welcomed its nearly 500 guests with a ten foot sculpture of a Tampa Bay Lightning hockey player.  This sculpture was a gift commissioned by businessman and philanthropist Tom(…)

Visions Of Hope To Host Red Carpet Fashion Show Fundraiser

Visions Of Hope To Host Red Carpet Fashion Show Fundraiser

  By Alexandra Booth Big things are happening for Lorianne De Loreto. Her organization Visions of Hope International, which helps men and women who are domestic violence survivors, is making plans for a new fundraiser. Breaking Free: Silent No More is a fashion show that will take place on July 11 at Club Renaissance in(…)

Chamber Seeks Classroom Donations For Teacher Breakfast

Chamber Seeks Classroom Donations For Teacher Breakfast

  By Susan Prestridge The Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the Teaching to Excellence Breakfast on Thursday, August 14, with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. at The Regent located at 6437 Watson Rd. in Riverview. Alison Farnan of Clik me Quik and Jennifer Caskey of CenterState Bank are this year’s chair and(…)

Community Honors First Responders During 20th Annual Our Heroes Luncheon

Community Honors First Responders During 20th Annual Our Heroes Luncheon

  By Tamas Mondovics For the past two decades, Bay area communities have been coming to honor and thank the men and women of law enforcement and fire rescue in Hillsborough County at the annual Our Heroes Luncheon. This year 17 recipients were honored for their everyday acts of courage, valor, fearlessness and selflessness that(…)