By Michelle Colesanti

Save the date because Friday, November 15 promises to be a very special night at the Campo Family Y. The annual Corks and Forks fundraiser will be poolside at the Campo Family YMCA and will benefit the local community by giving kids who otherwise wouldn’t get the opportunity, due to financial hardship, a chance to have the Y experience.

The theme this year is ‘Night of the Stars’ and will take place from 7-10 p.m. and is for adults 18 and over.

Enjoy an evening of enchantment and glamour by enjoying delicious cuisine from a variety of local restaurants and vendors.

“Every year, guests come to this fun and exciting event, confident in knowing their contribution will have a direct impact on kids and families in the Greater Brandon area,” said Cindy Sofarelli, senior group vice-president for the Tampa Y. “The dollars we raise at events like Corks & Forks ensure we keep our doors open to everyone in the community-regardless of age, income or background.”

There will also be a live auction and some great raffle prizes.

Corks and Forks is the Campo Y’s signature fundraising event. Each year, Corks and Forks raises tens of thousands of dollars for healthy living and youth development programs such as summer camp, swim lessons and LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA for cancer survivors and their families.

Tickets are on sale now and will cost $50 per person through Thursday, October 31. After that, the price increases to $75. Special pricing for military families is $25 per person through November 15. Tickets include beer, wine, food and entertainment. Dress is up to you. It can be casual or you can dress up like a ‘star’. Campo Y is located at 3414 Culbreath Rd. in Valrico. To purchase tickets, visit or stop by the Campo Y. For more information on the event, call 684-1371.


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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.