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The G.F.W.C. Valrico Service League Will Hold “Puttin’ On The Ritz Bunco” 

A night of fun, food and prizes will be held at the G.F.W.C. Valrico Service League’s Putting on the Ritz Bunco, sponsored by USAmeriBank-Brandon Branch.  The event will  take place on Tuesday, March 7th, 6-7 p.m. Social Time/Dinner and Bunco starting at 7 p.m, to be held at Center Place Fine Arts Center, located at 619 Vonderburg Dr. in Brandon.  Tickets cost $20 which will include light dinner, drinks and prizes.

Tickets may be purchased at Center Place or contact Claudia Yake at 685-7998. Proceeds help support local school children and families in need in our community. In the past year, the group has supported A Kids Place, Brandon Outreach, Campo YMCA, Cards for the Troops, Center Place, Apostles Village, Family Promise and provided books, educational activities, food, clothing and shoes for Title I elementary school children.

Casino Night To Benefit Tampa Crossroads Athena House

Bets for Vets Casino Night will take place on Friday, March 10 from 6-9 p.m. at the Amvets Post 44, 5521 S.R. 60 E. in Plant City. Five thousand chips for $20 per person or $35 per couple. Enjoy food, fun and prizes. Play Black Jack, Roulette, Craps, Texas Hold-Em and more.

Casino Night benefits Tampa Crossroads Athena House.

Charity Golf Tournament For Foundation That Mentors Teens Aging From Foster System

Grow Into You Foundation Inc., a local non-profit, recently started by certified Life Coach, Erin NeSmith CPC, ELI-MP, will be hosting a golf tournament fundraiser on Saturday, March 18.  Grow Into You Foundation Inc. is a 501(c)(3) aimed at providing coaching and mentoring to teens currently in the foster care system about to age out, or have recently aged out of the system. Most of the teens aging out of the foster care system have little to no support, and at the age of 18 find themselves struggling to figure out their next steps.

     As a coach with Grow Into You Foundation Inc., Erin NeSmith works one on one or in small groups with these teens to help them develop the skills they need to be independent adults.  The foundation currently provides coaching to three foster care group homes in the Tampa Bay area, as well as working with several individual teens aged out or soon to age out. It is looking to expand so it can provide services to more teens. In order to expand, the foundation is looking to partner with local businesses, individuals and organizations to financially support these coaching services.

The golf tournament will be held at River Hills Country Club at 1 p.m. to raise funds to provide services to more teens. Local businesses are being sought to provide donation items or items to be used for a silent auction. To donate or to register for the event or for more information, visit, or contact Erin NeSmith at or 966-4582.

Tuesday Night Bingo Open To The Public

Tuesday night Bingo is open to both members and non-members of the Brandon Mosse Lodge #1880. Doors open at the Brandon Moose Lodge North Hall at 5:30 p.m. First number is called at 6:30 sharp. The cost is $10 and food is available for sale before the games start, coffee and popcorn all night. Every week there are over 20 games and depending on how many players there are, $700 to $1,000 is given out weekly. 

The Brandon Moose Lodge is located at 804 S Miller Rd. in Valrico.

BSAC’s Casino Night

Brandon Sports & Aquatic Center (BSAC) will hold its annual BSAC Casino Night on Friday, February 17 from 7-11 p.m. at The Regent, 6437 Watson Rd. in Riverview.

Whether you are a seasoned poker player or just want to have a fun night, this is the place to be. Enjoy games of roulette, craps, and black jack. There will be silent & vertical auctions. Admission is $50 a ticket with open bar. Visit Contact Curt Lorden at 394-1876 or

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Michelle Colesanti
Michelle has been with the Osprey Observer for almost nine years, and her current position is Assignment Editor. She resides in Bloomingdale with her husband Phil, two sons, Philip and Matthew, and Tigger the cat.