By Kathy L. Collins

The GFWC Brandon Service League, a service organization that has been serving the greater Brandon area for over 50 years, is hosting its Third Annual Spring Fashion Fling on Saturday, April 1 at 11:30 a.m. The event will take place at the Embassy Suites located at 10220 Palm River Rd. in Tampa. The cost to attend is $35.

The afternoon festivities include a fashion show with fashions provided by TMarie’s Fashion & Gift Boutique, a delicious lunch, a 50/50 drawing and opportunity baskets. Bradlee Swanson, president of the GFWC Brandon Service League said, “We are thrilled to be working with TMarie’s Fashion & Gift Boutique for the fashion show. We love the idea of partnering with a local company.”

This is also an opportunity for the club to honor their 2016 Holiday Home Tour Charities and present checks to the local non-profits. In addition, the club presents three scholarships to deserving women. The scholarships include The Claire and Reynolds Bryan Scholarship for the Arts, The Pat and Lee Elam Scholarship for the Renaissance Woman and the Brandon Service League Women in Education Scholarship.

The money that the non-profits receive is funded by the Annual Holiday Home Tour which takes place in December. The 2017 Holiday Home Tour will be held on Saturday, December 9. The local non-profits who will receive checks this year include the Boys & Girls Club of Brandon, The Outreach Clinic, ECHO, LifeCare of Brandon, New Horizon’s Group Home and Brandon Women’s Resource Center.

Swanson said, “We choose to support these organizations because they support the community. Each of these organizations offer a vital service, and we want to help them help as many people in the greater Brandon area as possible.”

Swanson added, “The importance of service organizations giving back to the local community cannot be overstated. The help that we offer could be the difference between whether someone eats that day or gets medical attention or clothing or shelter.”

You can get tickets to the Annual Spring Fashion Fling at TMarie’s Fashion & Gift Boutique, located at 3407 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico or from any member of the League. Visit

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