By Kathy L. Collins

Music Showcase in Brandon is now accepting nominations for its Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser. Nominees must be local breast cancer patients currently undergoing treatment. The winner will receive proceeds from monies raised during the month of October. The winner will be announced in November.

Nomination forms can be found at or in the store located at 402 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon.

According to Paula Gaskin, fundraiser coordinator for Music Showcase, “Everyone knows a friend, relative, co-worker or they themselves are dealing with breast cancer. We started by raising funds to give to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Since the monies and/or gift cards are donated through our students and their families; we thought it would be great to accept nominations for a local recipient currently undergoing treatment. This way we can help a local breast cancer patient.”

Music Showcase has been actively involved in raising funds for breast cancer for 10 years. The current fundraiser is in its fifth year.

During the month of October, Music Showcase will hold a number of events to raise funds. These include selling baked goods and popcorn as well as pink ribbons On Saturday, October 17, there will be a 50’s-60’s dance/social. The cost is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. This event includes food, drink and entertainment. In addition, Music Showcase is also taking pre-orders for Stomp Out Breast Cancer T-shirts. All orders must be done by Monday, September 14 and must be pre-paid in cash.

Local businesses who offer services such as house cleaning, painting, lawn care and auto care are encouraged to donate services to be given to the winner as well. Gaskin said, “In past years, Music Showcase has donated thousands of dollars and services to local women undergoing cancer treatment.”

Music Showcase has been serving the greater Brandon area since 1996.They carry a great line of instruments and offer 50 qualified teachers who give music instruction. Music Showcase is also home to the Florida Academy of Performing Arts.

For more information, visit or call 685-5998.

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