Staff Report

The Brandon Elks Club will hold a benefit fundraiser to support its youth programs on Saturday, August 24 beginning at 5:30 p.m. (cash bar) with the first act/course beginning promptly at 6:30 p.m. This affordable night promises to be a lot of fun and full of laughs and mystery and audience participation while enjoying a three-course dinner.

MurderS She Wrote, a local professional theatre group, will perform at this event which is open to the public.

Tickets cost $25 for both dinner and the show. Linda Reid, who represents the Youth & Veteran Support programs at the Brandon Elks said, ”This show usually costs $45 at other venues in the Tampa area, so this is a very affordable and fun evening, with a delicious three-course dinner and lots of audience participation for all who will be attending. It will raise much needed money for our Youth Programs.”

The Elks Youth Programs benefits at-risk youth and each lodge has drug awareness events each year recognized throughout the nation. The biggest event sponsored by the Brandon Elks is the “Hooked on Fishing, Not Drugs” event held in April each year. Over 150 children participated this past April, and the children and families are treated to a BBQ while fishing and each child received numerous giveaways and prizes as well as drug awareness coloring books and stickers.

The Elks have the largest College Scholarship program in the nation. Millions in scholarships are awarded each year through its Elks National Foundation (ENF). The ENF also supports the largest co-ed sporting contest in the nation each year called the Hoop Shoot (best out of 25 free throws), where over three million children participate throughout the country at the local, regional and national level.

The Brandon Elks Club is located at 800 Centennial Lodge Dr., in Brandon. Tickets for the fundraiser are sold at the Brandon Elks Lodge after 4 p.m. or call Linda Reid at 503-3204 or email for additional information.


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