Staff Report

New Horizons Group Homes will hold its annual barbeque and silent auction on Saturday, September 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This is the major fundraiser for New Horizons, a non-profit organization that operates two homes for developmentally challenged adults, most of whom work in the community or in programs. The faith-based organization was started in 1992, with the first home opening in 1999.

It currently has the Alice Storms Home filled with eight men, five ladies in the Mary Lou Creamer Home, and six men eagerly awaiting a move-in date for the Peter and Brenda Watkins Home, which is ready and waiting for a new license from AHCA. The hope is that the men will be in the home by the BBQ.

The barbeque will take place at the Central Baptist Christian School gymnasium, 402 E. Windhorst Rd., Brandon.

The meal includes a pulled pork barbecue sandwich with mac and cheese, baked beans, beverage and dessert, and will be catered by BubbaQue’s. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For information on purchasing tickets in advance, call the New Horizons office at 571-2690 or Brenda Watkins at 653-2466.

The silent auction will include a wide variety of items, with something to please every taste and pocketbook. All proceeds from the auction will go to New Horizons Group Homes.

According to Brenda Watkins, “We are fortunate to have the Dennis Lee Band performing again this year. Dennis has been a great supporter of the special needs community for many years. Violinist Stephanie Simon will also be performing. The entertainment will be something you will not want to miss.”

The keepsake ornaments that New Horizons still has will be available at the BBQ/Silent Auction and are also available at McAuley Fine Jewelry on Oakfield Drive, previously Martin’s Jewelers and at New Horizons, or you may call Brenda Watkins at 653-2466. All ornaments are $10.

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