By Michelle Colesanti

Looking for a night out with friends? What better way to spend an evening than having fun playing Bunco, while supporting local charities and fundraising efforts. Here are a few that are happening locally.

 Osprey Observer Bunco Benefits Relay For Life

The fifth annual Osprey Observer Bunco will be held on Tuesday, February 5 at 6:30 p.m. at The Bridges, located at 11202 Dewhurst Dr., in Riverview (across with from Winthrop Town Centre). The Bunco supports the Osprey’s Relay for Life team, which benefits the American Cancer Society.

The cost is $15, and includes food and wine and prizes. Great raffle prizes, 50/50 and silent auction items will be available. Tickets are available at the Osprey Observer office, located at 900 Lithia Pinecrest Rd., in Brandon. For more information, call 657-2418 or e-mail


Bunco Cocktail Party Benefits American Cancer Society

Delaney Creek Lodge is hosting a Bunco Cocktail Party on Thursday, February 7 at 7 p.m. The cost is $15 with all the proceeds going to The American Cancer Society. The evening will be full of laughter, food, cash bar, prizes and many new friends. Call to reserve your ticket or come and purchase them. You can also purchase a few extra and invite your friends.

Delaney Creek Lodge is located at 320 S. Lakewood Dr., in Brandon. For more information, call 655-8858 or e-mail


Kappa Kappa Sorority Bunco for Charity

“BUNCO FOR THE KIDS”, will be presented by the Kappa Kappa Chapter of Kappa Delta Phi service sorority Thursday, February 21, at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held at Center Place Fine Arts & Civic Association, located 619 Vonderburg Dr., in Brandon.

Tickets are $15 and are available at Center Place or at the door the night of the event.

The event will benefit charities that help children in the greater Brandon area. Last year the organizations included the Emergency Care Help Organization (ECHO), Pediatric Therapy Services, Inc., Center Place, Guardian ad Litem, Nativity Food Pantry, The Kids Place, Boy Scouts of America’s Troop 110, and the YMCA. For more information, call 684-8587.


G.F.W.C. Valrico Service League Bunco

Bunco hosted by the G.F.W.C. Valrico Service League will be held on Tuesday, March 5 at 6 p.m. at Center Place. Tickets can be purchased through Thursday, February 28 at Center Place. The$20 cost will include food, drinks and over 40 door prizes. For more information on this event, call Sue Hadden at 685-6160.


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Michelle Colesanti
Michelle has been with the Osprey Observer for almost nine years, and her current position is Assignment Editor. She resides in Bloomingdale with her husband Phil, two sons, Philip and Matthew, and Tigger the cat.