By Kathy L. Collins

On Friday, April 11, Debbie Ploor, owner of Orange Home Accessories, will host a fundraising event which benefits Family Promise of Greater Brandon, a non-profit organization that helps families regain their housing, their independence and their dignity.

The event, which runs from 6-9 p.m., will feature live jazz music, appetizers and wine. Cost to attend is a $10 donation, 100 percent of which will directly benefit Family Promise of Greater Brandon. Orange Home Accessories is located at 1046 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico.

Family Promise of Greater Brandon is a non-profit organization of local Christian churches committed to helping homeless children and their families within the community achieve lasting independence and escape the cycle of poverty. Family Promise is a nationwide organization. All chapters have five key components. These include hosts (hosting rotates weekly among 10 to 12 congregations), day center (facility is used as a place to conduct job searches, take showers, do laundry and have as a permanent address), volunteers, social service agencies and transportation. Locally, there are a number of churches that have come together to establish a network in the greater Brandon area.

Ploor said of the event and the organization, “I heard about Family Promise of Greater Brandon from a friend who is involved with the organization. When I found out about the organization and learned more about them, I thought that an event would be a great way to create some awareness of an organization that is doing great things for local families in need.”

Orange Home Accessories is a boutique which carries eclectic, colorful and artsy home decor. Among the beautiful items found at Orange Home Accessories are goods from Michael Aram. The event benefitting Family Promise of Greater Brandon will feature a drawing for a chance to win one of five Michael Aram pieces. You can also receive 15 percent off your Michael Aram purchase of $75 or more.

Ploor said, “I have carried Michael Aram pieces since I opened. The quality of his work is amazing and the pieces are timeless. The people at Michael Aram are always great to work with and when I told them of the event, they offered to donate five pieces that could be raffled off with the proceeds of the raffle going to Family Promise of Greater Brandon.”

For information on the event, please call 681-8686 or visit


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