By Kathy L. Collins

Center Place will hold a fundraiser, Bet A Buck Charity Auction For The Arts, on Friday, June 3 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Center Place located at 619 Vonderburg Dr. in Brandon. This is a fun and inexpensive way to support the arts and win prizes at the same time. Auction items have been donated by local businesses.

Lisa Rodriguez, director of marketing for Center Place, explained, “For a donation of $20, you get an auction paddle, finger foods and complimentary wine and beer. Where else can you go on a Friday night and get all of this and the chance to win items like Busch Gardens passes, tickets to The Improv and Side Splitters, signed Tampa Bay Bucs football, golf foursomes, Sea World passes, salon and restaurant gift cards and more?” Additional paddles can be rented for $5 each.

When you arrive at the event, you “rent” your paddle. The paddle gives you the right to bid on items. When an item comes up, you put $1, $2 or $3 in the bucket. The amount you put in depends on the value of the auctioned item.

Rodriguez said of the new event, “At Center Place, we are always trying to think outside the box and have something different for our community to participate, have fun and raise money for the arts.”

So gather up a group of your friends and get a table and join Center Place for a great night of fun. This is an event that is perfect for both women and men. There is limited seating, so pick up your tickets or make a reservation today.

Funds raised at the event will help provide art programs, classes and special activities for both children and adults.

Rodriguez said, “This is our 40th year of providing easy access to the arts in our community. Supporting Center Place, which is a non-profit art center, helps us to keep the cost of our programs and classes at a price that is affordable for everyone.”

For more information, visit or call 685-8888.

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