The Osprey Observer was able to collect $1,500 in last year’s Bunco for Relay for Life. This year, the goal is to raise $2,000 at the second annual Bunco, to be held on Tuesday, January 18, at 7 p.m. at Center Place in Brandon.

One of the Osprey Observer’s slogans is “in the community and in your mailbox, we’ll be there.” One more way the Osprey will be in your community is by participating in the annual Relay for Life for the third year in a row.
Starting in 2008, the Osprey has participated at the Newsome and Bloomingdale Relays, and will be taking part in the Riverview High School’s Relay for Life this year, scheduled for Saturday, March 26, with walking commencing at 12 Noon at the school’s track, located at 11311 Boyette Rd. in Riverview.
As part of its fundraising efforts, the Osprey Observer is hosting its second annual Bunco to benefit Relay for Life on Tuesday, January 18, at 7 p.m. at Center Place, located at 619 Vonderburg Dr., Ste. B, in Brandon. Dinner will be included, provided by Chick-fil-A at Lake Brandon Village and The Catering Company.
Last year, this Bunco event enabled the Osprey to make an additional $1,500 donation towards its Relay for Life team. “This year, we are hoping to raise $2,000,” said Assignment Editor Michelle Colesanti.
Some of the silent auction items at last year’s Bunco included a stay at Palmer House, haircuts from Hot Locks and more. This year, two of the main auction items, which may be used as live auction, are a stay in a North Carolina cabin for a week (a $750 value) and a free flocking, which is when a flock of animals or other display is put on someone’s yard as a surprise for a birthday or other special occasion.
In addition to the live and silent auctions, a 50/50 raffle will also take place.
Tickets to the event will be $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets may be picked up at the Osprey Observer offices, located at 900 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Brandon, on the corner of Lithia Pinecrest and Lumsden Rd.
For more information, or to reserve your ticket to the Osprey Bunco, please call 657-2418 or visit Team Captain Suzy Wiesenhart can also be reached at for more information on how to get involved in Relay for Life.
Another fundraiser Osprey Observer is involved in is an eFair through Usborne Books. By logging onto and clicking on the link in the upper right-hand corner, you can order books online. If the sales reach $700, the Osprey Observer Relay for Life team will receive 25 percent of the sales.

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Jennifer Silverstein
Jennifer is the Assistant Editor at the Osprey Observer, having climbed the corporate ladder from intern in 2007. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications. She lives in Channing Park with her husband, Eric, and their two dogs.