By Kathy L. Collins

Center Place_DSCF1403On Saturday, April 12, Center Place will hold its 30th Annual Patron Party. This year’s theme is “Follow The Yellow Brick Road To The Arts!” The annual event will take place at Center Place located at 619 Vonderburg Dr. in Brandon beginning at 7 p.m.

All attendees (adults only) can dress in Oz costumes or casual attire. This is the second year that the event has been held right at Center Place. Dawn Galia, Executive Director of Center Place said, “Just as they say in the Wizard of Oz, ‘There’s no place like home.’ We are excited to have our gala at Center Place again this year. We would love the community to be involved. There are sponsorships available at a variety of levels. We hope to have a packed house.”

Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by Thursday, March 27. Sponsorships are available at a variety ofCenter Place_DSCF1354 levels including $100 (one patron ticket); $250 (two patron tickets); $500 (four patron tickets); and $1,000 (table for eight).

During the evening, attendees will dine on delicious food prepared by Spotlight Catering. The fare will include Over the Rainbow Paradise Island fruit and vegetables, Tin Man salad, Emerald City scallops, Yellow Brick Road polenta squares, Not In Kansas BBQ pork sliders, Ruby Slippers sliced beef tips with red bell peppers and more. The DJ and emcee for the evening will be Chris Heath of Big Beat Entertainment. A free full-premium bar will also be available.

A highlight of Center Place’s Annual Patron Party is their silent auction. According to Galia, “We will have tickets for Disney and Busch Gardens, certificates from local restaurants, hand-made jewelry, pottery and much more.”

In addition, Center Place will present the Patricia B. Odiorne Scholarship worth $1,000 to a local high school senior who has been involved in both community service and the arts. The S.L. “Spud” Clements award, which is given to an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution to Center Place either monetarily or in the gift of their time, will also be awarded.

Since 1979, Center Place has provided easy access to the arts for children and adults. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides fine art classes and theatre for community enjoyment.

For more information on Center Place and to reserve a ticket, please visit or call 685-8888.


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