Feel like supporting local charities and scholarships and have fun doing it? Get out the dancing shoes, get dressed up, put on a mask and plan to have a wonderful evening of fun at the Rotary Club of FishHawk-Riverview’s first annual Crawfish Masquerade Ball, which will be held on Friday, April 4 at the Palmetto Club, located at 17004 Dorman Rd. in FishHawk Ranch.

The purpose of this Ball is to help fund local scholarships and charities, including Honor Flight of West Central Florida, local YMCA scholarships, Newsome, Riverview and Spoto High School scholarships, A Kids Place, Brandon Outreach Clinic, ECHO and many more. Visit the Website for a complete list.

The Ball will be the kick-off event to the club’s highly successful fourth annual Crawfish Festival, which will take place on Saturday, May 31 in Winthrop.

The VIP reception will start at 6 p.m. and will cost $100 per person. The gallery reception will begin at 7 p.m. and will cost $50 per person or $75 per couple. Hors d’oeuvres with a Cajun flair will be served. Formal attire and masks are highly suggested.

The event will include food and drinks. There will be a live DJ who will provide great music for dancing, auctions, raffles and a king or queen.

Those interested in sponsoring the event can call 368-2699 for more information. Silent auction donations are also appreciated. Some of the items that will be available are a weekend in a condo at Siesta Key, a condo adjacent to Disney World for a week, artwork by Bryant Martinez, a tanning basket, wine baskets, educational books, a Keurig coffee maker and more.

Christine Ans, who is helping to organize this event said, “This will be a fabulous event leading up the Crawfish Festival in May. Come out in your finest Masquerade regalia.” There will be mask contests to add to the fun.

Sponsorship opportunities are available and silent auction and raffle items are still needed.

Tickets must be purchased in advance from a club member or through the Website. For more information about the festival or the ball, or to purchase tickets, please visit www.FishhawkRiverviewRotary.org.


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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.