By Kathy Collins

The Brandon Foundation will host A Night In Venice Masquerade Ball Community Gala Fundraiser on Saturday, November 7. The Gala will be held at T Pepin Hospitality Center, located at 4121 N. 50th St. in Tampa from 7-10 p.m. A VIP Reception will be held beforehand at 6 p.m.

According to Executive Director of the Brandon Foundation Liz Brewer, “In keeping with the tradition of our well attended event, ‘Tampa Bay Wine & Food Festival,’ an event that we held for the past four years, we wanted to put a new twist on it this year to make it more exclusive and provide an event the Brandon community does not have.”

Brewer added, “Guests will be greeted at the door with a red carpet welcome. Guests will be in full masquerade ball attire. It will be the go to event for years to come.”

Attendees will enjoy wine tastings courtesy of Southern Wine and Spirits of Florida. Specialty drinks will be provided by Beam Suntory. Food will be provided by Carrabba’s, Outback, Longhorn Steakhouse, YoYo Juice, Let Them Eat Cake, Private Chef Gaston, Olive Garden, Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze and Seasons 52 just to name a few.

There will be dancing in the ballroom with the high energy sounds of Alex LX Harris. Guests can enjoy cocktails with the jazz band, Standing 8 Count, or relax on the outside patio cigar lounge and listen to the relaxing sounds of Thancha Anderson.

In addition, guests will have the chance to bid on the opportunity to hang out with local celebrities. There will also be a silent auction featuring items from experiences to gift baskets from local businesses.

Brewer said, “This year’s event is our biggest fundraiser. All funds raised from this event will be distributed to local charities in the greater Brandon community at our annual dinner on December 4.”

Advance tickets to the event are $85 per person and $150 per couple. Tickets at the door are $100 per person and $165 per couple. VIP Tickets are $125 per person and $200 per couple.

The Brandon Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded in 2003. For over 10 years, the Brandon Foundation has supported numerous local non-profits.

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