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Local Participants Help Bring Team USA To Victory At Arnold Palmer Cup

Jimmy Stanger of Tampa, (University of Virginia), John Coultas of Valrico, (Florida Southern) and Team USA celebrate a 19.5-11.5 victory at the Arnold Palmer Cup over Team Europe at Atlanta Athletic Club. The annual tournament was founded by the late golfing legend Arnold Palmer and matches the top collegiate golfers from the United States and Europe against each other in a Ryder Cup style event. The Arnold Palmer Cup is a signature event of Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation – entrusted to carry on the legacy of Mr. Palmer’s lifetime commitment to philanthropy. The event provides a platform for perpetuating Arnold Palmer’s commitment to youth development and the growth of amateur/collegiate golf.

The Tampa Bay Young Marines Are Looking For A few Good Kids

The Tampa Bay Young Marines unit is part of a national non-profit 501c (3) youth education and service program for boys and girls, age eight through the completion of high school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral and physical development of its members. The program focuses on teaching the values of leadership, teamwork and self-discipline, so its members can live and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. The Tampa Bay Young Marines presently meet Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at the US Marine Reserves located at 5121 W. Gandy Blvd. in Tampa.  For more information please contact the Unit Commander at or visit 

YMCA Backpack Outreach Event To Help Deserving Families

Each summer, the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA teams up with the Emergency Care Help Organization (ECHO) to help pre-qualified Greater Brandon area students, in grades K-12, with backpacks stuffed with essential supplies for the school year. The YMCA Backpack Outreach Event is designed for pre-registered families facing financial hardship or recovering from job loss, fire or another qualifying emergency.

This year, the goal is collect 1,100 donated backpacks and fill them with age-appropriate school supplies for each pre-registered child. During the event, each family will also receive free healthy snacks, health screenings, insurance signups, crafts and fun activities.

 A $20 donation helps send one student back to school with a backpack full of school supplies. Community members can also donate backpacks, pocket folders, college-rule paper and wide-rule paper. Drop-off locations are YMCA Camp Cristina, Campo Family YMCA and North Brandon Family YMCA. Checks can be made out to Campo YMCA and should reference “backpack event.”

 On Saturday, July 29 from 9–11 a.m. an event open to pre-registered families only will be held at Camp Cristina in Riverview.

The Tampa YMCA is committed to giving students the supplies they need in order to succeed in school. Thanks to ECHO and other community partners, the Tampa Y is able to provide more children the opportunity to start school with the resources to be successful. It’s part of the Y’s efforts to close the academic achievement gap between children from lower-income households and their middle/upper-income peers.

Qualified families can register by contacting Kavita Marballi at or 684-1371 ext. 1606.

NASA Legend Nicole Stott Will Give “Women in Space” Presentation at MOSI

Clearwater native and NASA Legend Nicole Stott will share stories of her inspiring path to space, her life as an astronaut and artist, and the pioneering role of female explorers during Women in Space, a special appearance Saturday, July 22 from 2-4 p.m. at the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI). The award-winning IMAX® film A Beautiful Planet, which was filmed by Stott’s fellow astronauts on the International Space Station, is also part of the special event.

Guests with a ticket to the 2 p.m. Women in Space presentation can also add-on an optional meet-and-greet opportunity from 12-1:30 p.m. to get an autograph, take a photo, and spend time one-on-one with Stott, who earned the nickname “The Artistic Astronaut” after becoming the first person to paint a work of art in space.

The cost is $20 for nonmembers. Add on Tickets for Meet & Greet available.
Tickets are available at or by calling 987-6000.

7th Annual Christmas In July With A Taste Of Tequila

Come have fun, drink tequila and celebrate Christmas in July on Tuesday, July 25 from 6-9 p.m. at the Centre Club, 123 S. Westshore Blvd. in Tampa. Raffle tickets and silent auction will benefit Freedom to Walk Foundation. Cost is $29 and includes admission, a margarita and appetizers. Get tickets at

Seffner Chamber To Welcome New Teachers At Breakfast

Come out and show your support at the Seffner Area New Teacher’s Welcome Breakfast on Tuesday, August 8 at Armwood High school, 12000 E. US Hwy 92 in Seffner. The doors open at 8:30 a.m. with program starting at 9 a.m.
Sponsors are needed to provide donated items for goody bags and raffles. Email for more information.

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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.