By Tamas Mondovics

The notion that the spirit of generosity and care for others is ever present within the Brandon and surrounding communities was quite obvious last month as local residents, as well as businesses found ways to support a charity and subsequently their friends or neighbors in need.

Such was the case in connection with October being a breast cancer awareness month, as Music Showcase, Brandon’s full-line music store and home of the Florida Academy of Performing Arts, awarded breast cancer patient Debbie Morey of Riverview $2,106, a much needed and appreciated financial support.

The check presentation ceremony was actually the climax of a month-long campaign at Music Showcase located at 402 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon and, according to Music Showcase spokesperson Deborah Evans, was the result of a very successful effort on the part of all involved.

“We were able to raise the money from a number of fundraisers held at the store throughout the month of October,” Evans said.

Adding to the campaign’s success, Evans emphasized that the store also held a kids fall festival followed by a Halloween Party.   To be able to choose the award winner, Music Showcase sought nominations from store staff as well as customers and at the end of the special month selected Morey, who was nominated by her friend Nikole Whitehead, as its winner.

“Everyone deserves all the help, but Debbie was a good choice as she is now undergoing treatment with an experimental drug for stage 4 breast cancer,” Whitehead said of her friend.

It is also noteworthy that Morey is by no means a stranger to struggles and challenges when it comes to illness affecting her family. Prior to her breast cancer diagnosis, Morey’s 5-year-old daughter was diagnosed with leukemia and is now in remission.

For more information about this event, please contact Deborah Evans by email at


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