Brooke Bailey and Clay Patterson rally support at the 2012 Relay for Life of Fishhawk Spirit Night at Sonic.

By Donna Campisano

The 2012 Relay for Life of Fishhawk, to be held Saturday and Sunday, March 31 and April 1, at Newsome High School in Lithia, continues its fundraising efforts. In a recent January fundraiser, Sonic generously donated 10 percent of the proceeds to Relay teams.

High Tea for Hope occurs on Friday, February 10. This traditional English high tea will take place at The Tea Cup Room on Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Brandon beginning at 5:30 p.m. Besides sandwiches, soup, salad, scones and petit desserts, there will also be a 50/50 raffle and silent auction. Tickets are $30 per person; contact Mary Kathryn Kennedy at 376-0013 to purchase.

Another Spirit Night will take place on Thursday, February 16, at Bloomingdale Pizza on Bell Shoals Rd. in Valrico. They will donate a portion of their sales from dine-in, carry-out and delivery orders to 2012 Relay for Life of Fishhawk. In order to receive the donation, you must mention that you are ordering in support of the Fishhawk Relay for Life.

Theater Arts & Dance Alliance (TADA)’s Relay For Life Team will host an Improv Dessert Theater on Friday and Saturday, February 3 and 4, from 6:30-8 p.m. Off the Top will perform the comedy Improv, “Who’s Line Is It Anyway?” Audience participation is encouraged. Admission is $5.

According to Lillian Kraack from TADA, “We will also hold a Parents Night Out on Saturday, February 11, from 6-10 p.m. The cost is $10 per child (ages 4-12). A pizza dinner will be provided and they’ll provide a Movie/Dance party. TADA is located at 16711 FishHawk Blvd. in Lithia. For more info on either of these events, call 571-0901.

One of Relay’s main purposes is to honor cancer survivors with a survivors’ lunch and walk. If you’ve ever been diagnosed with cancer, register as a survivor.

You can also purchase a luminaria “in honor of” or “in memory of” someone who has battled cancer.

Go to the 2012 Relay for Life of Fishhawk Website at and click on “Sign Up.”

For more information, register a team or to get fundraising ideas, attend the next Fishhawk Relay meeting on Tuesday, February 7, at 6 p.m. at Stowers Elementary School, or contact Cathy Vallianatos, Community Representative, at 685-0670, ext. 5457 or

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