Staff Report

The ladies of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (G.F.W.C.) Valrico Service League, Inc. are hosting its Harvest Auction and Dinner on Sunday, November 2 at Center Place, located at 650 Vonderburg Dr. in Brandon. Tickets cost $25 and may be purchased from Center Place. The event includes dinner, drinks, and a live and silent auction. The Platinum Bank sponsored event starts at 5:30 p.m., with a catered dinner at 6 p.m. and the live auction beginning at 6:45 p.m.

“We truly appreciate all our business donors and sponsors who help make our community efforts a reality,” said Sue Haddon, one of the coordinators of the event.

Auction items include Disney and Busch Garden’s tickets, golf, restaurant and store gift certificates, hotel stays, jewelry and a hand painted rain barrel by local artist and instructor Greg Manley.

Member and Co-Chair of the event, Claudia Yake said, “We are so excited for this year’s Harvest Auction and Dinner. The members have just outdone themselves getting items together for our auctions. It’s such a great opportunity for us to raise monies to be able to give back to the community. It helps us to help others.”

The G.F.W.C. Valrico Service League is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, and is committed to helping children by organizing art, speech and educational activities at a Title I elementary school and buying needy children toys, shoes and clothing at Christmas. It also took part in sponsoring A Kid’s Place summer activities and providing Campo YMCA swimming lessons.

Many of the activities also revolve around veterans and the whole family.

Last year, members sewed pillows for the Honor Flight WWII veterans for their trips to Washington D.C., helped with the administration duties and welcomed the veterans home at the airport.

The Valrico Service League sponsored and participated in Cards for the Troops. The group also hosted bingo and bunco parties at area nursing and retirement homes, donated pajamas to children and mothers at The Spring, and supported ECHO’s Holiday of Hope.

For more information, call Yake at 685-7998 or Hadden at 685-6160.

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