By Libby Hopkins

The members of the Brandon ’86 Rotary Club can’t think of a better way to bring a community together than by hosting a Southern style fish fry. They have partnered with the Tampa Bay Times and O’Briens Irish Pub to host their 19th annual Denizens of the Deep Family Fish Fry on Saturday, November 3 from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. at Rotary’s Camp Florida in Brandon. Mary Boor has been a member of the Brandon ’86 Rotary since 1999. She is the club’s current vice president and Chair of the event. She thinks the fish fry is a great way for the community to come together and raise money for local charities in the Brandon area. Some of the charities that will benefit from the event are ECHO, I Am Hope Café and the Brandon Outreach Clinic to name a few. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for ages 13-18. Kids 12 and under are free with a canned food item to be donated to ECHO.

“The purpose of the event, besides being a family fun day and to raise money for local charities, is to bring awareness and showcase Florida’s Camp Rotary,” Boor said. There are a lot of non-profit organizations that have camping programs and utilize the facility because it’s considered Brandon’s “best kept secret.” Boor and her rotary would like for the community to get to know more about the non-profits who use the camp. “This year we have invited all the non-profits that use the camp to come to the event so the community and others can learn about whom they are and what programs they offer,” Boor said. Last year Boor’s rotary club raised $20,000 for local charities and this year they hope to raise over $25,000. “At the end of the day, there are some fun stories to share and the best part is giving back to the community,” Boor said, “We have fun and every year it has potential to grow.”

For more information on the Denizens of the Deep Family Fish Fry, you can visit the Brandon ’86 Rotary Club’s website at Rotary’s Camp Florida is located at 1915 Camp Florida Rd., in Brandon.


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Libby Hopkins has been a part of the Brandon community for more than 30 years. She is a graduate of USF with a degree in journalism. She has been a freelance writer for The Osprey Observer Newspaper since 2008. She also the Executive Director of Center Place Fine Arts and Civic Association. She is a dog mom to her rescue dog, Marshall. She loves being a part of the Brandon Community and she loves sharing positive news about our community.