You can help support the over 3,000 boys who participate in the Boy Scouts in the Brandon/SouthShore area by attending the 2nd Annual Soaring Eagle Dinner on Thursday, February 23 at The Regent in Riverview.

The Greater Brandon Area Friends of Scouting Committee in conjunction with the Gulf Ridge Council Timucua District Boy Scouts of America will host its Second Annual Soaring Eagle Dinner on Thursday, February 23, at The Regent in Riverview. All members of the community are invited to attend. The Regent is located at 6437 Watson Rd. in Riverview. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. with dinner to follow at 7 p.m.

This year’s Soaring Eagle Award recipient is Richard Eatman. According to Becky Jordan, co-chair for the dinner, “The Soaring Eagle Award was established as a means of recognizing members of the greater Brandon/SouthShore area who has had a significant impact on Scouting and in the southeastern area of Hillsborough County.”

In addition to presentation of the Soaring Eagle Award, the keynote speaker will be USF Bulls Football Coach, Skip Holtz. Jordan said, “We are exciting to have Coach Holtz as our guest speaker.”

Molly Blanton, District Executive, Timucua District, Gulf Ridge council,l said, “Our Soaring Eagle Dinner is an opportunity to bring together people from around the community and share with them a little of what our Boy Scouts (and Cubs and Venturers) are doing around our area.” Blanton added, “It is also an opportunity for us to recognize an outstanding community builder.”

There are no tickets to attend the event. Funds raised by the dinner are by means of donations and/or pledges to Scouting.  The dinner is a major source of support for the area packs and troops.

Blanton explained, “The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations.” Blanton added, “The Boy Scouts provide fun and challenging programs for young people that build character, train them in responsibilities of participating citizenship and develop personal fitness.”

The Brandon/SouthShore areas are home to over 150 Cub Scout Packs and Boy Scout Troops consisting of over 3,000 boys and over 900 adult volunteers.

If you would like to support Scouting, the Soaring Eagle Dinner is a prime opportunity for you to enjoy a dinner catered by Southern Gourmet Catering, hear a guest speaker and help honor a community leader. To RSVP, contact Molly Blanton at 210-1788 or

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