Brandon South Rotary is planning for its Fourth Annual MadHatter Tea Party on Sunday, February 27, 2 p.m. at Cross Creek Ranch located at 12950 E. Wheeler Rd. in Dover.

Brandon South Rotary will kick off its Rotary fundraising for 2011 with its fouth annual MadHatter Tea Party scheduled for the events pavilion at Cross Creek Ranch in Dover on Sunday, February 27, at 2 p.m. The event, with MadHatter table hostesses, custom decorated hats and silent auction and raffle during an afternoon event, will also be a fundraiser for local service projects for Brandon South Rotary.
The event will include tea tastings from local businesses, a silent auction and live music from Bloomingdale piano teacher Amanda Cooley, Music Showcase and Theatre Arts & Dance Alliance.
Food will be provided by Chick-fil-A, Lake Brandon Village, Jaymer-Que BBQ, Ms. Cyndi’s Cafe, Original Leena’s Chocolates, The Catering Company, and tea by the Tea Cup and Palmer House Bed & Breakfast, to name a few.
Silent Auction prizes include piano lessons, Chick-fil-A basket, a one-night’s stay at The French Country Inn Bed & Breakfast at Cross Creek Ranch and many more.
Tickets for the event are $25 per person or $250 for a table of eight. Food vendors and auction donations are still welcome. Table hostesses will be asked to decorate their MadHatter hat, which will be provided.
Tea Party Chari Kathy Collins says, “It is a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon. You get to sample food from a variety of local food vendors, see old friends and meet new friends while helping to raise money for several local non-profits that Brandon South Rotary supports.” For more information or to reserve a table, call 657-2418.
All proceeds will benefit club service projects including the beautification of the flagpole at Rotary’s Camp Florida in Brandon and local community non-profits.
The Brandon South Rotary District 6890, Club 28395 earned its charter in 1989 and was established by Betty Jo Thompson, a longtime local resident, Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow.
Event sponsors include Canine Cabana, Valrico State Bank, Dynamic Painting USA, The Maids and Brandon Sports & Aquatic Center.
Silent auction, raffle items and goodie bag contributions are still being accepted. Tickets are available at Osprey Observer offices at 900 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. or at Ms. Cyndi’s Café in the Albertson’s Plaza on Lithia Pinecrest Rd.
For more information, feel free to stop by a meeting every Wednesday at 12 Noon at Buckhorn Springs Country Club, located at 2721 S. Miller Rd. or visit

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Kate Quesada
Assignment Editor Kate Quesada started working at the Osprey Observer in 2004 after graduating from the University of South Florida with a masters degree in Mass Communications. Since then, she has held various positions at the paper and has been working as the assignment editor since January 2020. She lives in Lithia with her husband Mike and sons Dylan and Max and stays active in the community on school PTA boards and volunteering with local organizations.