By Kathy L. Collins

Come out and support Center Place and the arts at Center Place’s “Beach Blanket Bunco For The Arts.” This fun event will be held on Thursday, September 20, beginning at 6:30 p.m. A donation of $20 gets you dinner from LaSeptima, a drink (wine, soda or water), dessert and several lively rounds of bunco.

Advance tickets are available at Center Place located at 619 Vonderburg Dr. in Brandon or at the door that night.

No experience is necessary to play this fast moving game of dice. Just bring your luck and have a great time with friends. Dawn Galia, executive director for Center Place said, “This is a great night out, and it supports the arts.” Tammy Holmberg, long time supporter of Center Place said, “This is a great event, and it is not just for women.”

In addition to bunco, there will a 50/50 raffle, and at the end of the evening five exceptional prizes will be awarded.

The money raised from “Beach Blanket Bunco” helps to support the many programs put on at Center Place. These include high quality art workshops, children’s theatre, dinner theatre, community theatre and much more. Each year, Center Place serves more than 50,000 people. Children who attend Title 1 schools are given the opportunity to attend live theatre at Center Place thanks to the many supporters who come to events such as “Beach Blanket Bunco.”

Center Place, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was established in 1976. Since that time, its members have been dedicated to the promotion of fine arts and civic involvement. Center Place hosts numerous art exhibits throughout the year. In addition, the arts are promoted through art education and performances.

For more information on Center Place and the upcoming “Beach Blanket Bunco For The Arts,” please visit or call 685-8888.


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Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.