By Kathy L. Collins

You can support Center Place and the arts by attending Center Place’s “Beach Blanket Bunco For The Arts.” This fun event will be held on Thursday, September 19 beginning at 6:30 p.m. A donation of $20 gets you dinner, refreshments and several lively rounds of bunco.

Advance tickets are available at Center Place located at 619 Vonderburg Dr. in Brandon. Tickets will be available 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, “Bunco for the arts is a fun evening. Come out and support the arts and make some new friends! No skill or experience is necessary.”

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

Galia added, “Bunco for the arts is a fundraising event that supports our artistic programming at Center Place. Without our special events, we would not be able to offer the wide variety of classes, events and free community events.” Center Place offers high quality art workshops, children’s theatre, dinner theatre, community theatre and much more. Each year, Center Place serves over 50,000 people.

Center Place, a 501 ( c ) ( 3) non-profit, was established in 1976.  Galia said, “Center Place offers residents of Eastern Hillsborough County a unique cultural space in which advocacy for the arts occurs through programs and outreach for all ages.” Galia further said, “We have many options for our patrons from arts classes for children and adults, family theatre, artist exhibits and free community events. We have something for everyone!”

Center Place also offers volunteer opportunities. Galia said, “We would love to have you get involved. Visit our website and take a look at what we have to offer.”

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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