From left to right is Barbara Brooks, a board member, Elena LaRussa, the recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award, and Guy Futral, the President of the Greater Brandon Meals on Wheels.

Enjoy Fashion Show And Luncheon With Brandon Christian Women’s Connection

The Brandon Christian Women’s Connection luncheon for May is its annual Fashion Show presented by The Dress Barn. It will take place Monday, May 14 from 11 a.m.-1.p.m. at the Special Event Center at Bell Shoals Baptist Church, 2102 Bell Shoals Rd. in Brandon. 

This is a nondenominational luncheon and all ladies are invited. The cost is $15. First time guests pay $10.  Please make a reservation before Monday, May 7 with Lillie at 740-0098.

Get Your Mother’s Day Gifts At Congregation Beth Shalom Crafts Fair

All are welcome to a Crafts Fair featuring many vendors selling goods that may be especially wonderful for your wives, daughters, and mothers celebrating Mother’s Day. It will take place on Sunday, May 6 from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Welcome the Sabbath on Friday evenings at 7:45 p.m. Oneg, nosh and mingle follows.
Congregation Beth Shalom is located at 706 Bryan Rd. in Brandon. Call 681-6547 for more information.

The LifeCare Network’s Annual Golf Tournament With Helicopter Drop

LifeCare’s annual golf tournament will be held on Friday, April 13 at the River Hills Country Club in Valrico. Check-in begins at 11 a.m. and is followed by lunch and a helicopter golf ball drop. The shotgun start is at 12:45 p.m.

The registration fee is $150 per person and includes golfing, lunch, dinner, a Dri-Fit polo shirt, a goodie bag and contests along the golf course.

The LifeCare Network exists to lead those they serve to know Christ, protect the sanctity of human life and promote biblically based sexuality according to God’s plan for marriage. For more information, visit

To register or become a sponsor for the golf fundraiser, please contact Jessica Rickenbach at or 654-0491. The River Hills Country Club is located at 3943 New River Hills Pkwy. in Valrico.

The Greater Brandon Meals On Wheels Program Honors Its Volunteers

The 2018 Greater Brandon Meals on Wheels (MOW) Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Elena LaRussa from First Presbyterian Church of Brandon.

Guy Futral, the President of Greater Brandon MOW presented the award to LaRussa at the 42nd Annual Luncheon held on Thursday, April 5 at the First Baptist Church of Dover. More than two hundred MOW volunteers attended the luncheon and were also recognized for their service to the community. 

The Brandon Area MOW program started 42 years ago through a cooperative effort of Limona Village Chapel and St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church. The program has grown to include 19 area churches and currently prepares, serves and delivers approximately 250 hot meals per day from Monday through Friday in the Brandon community.

For more information on MOW, please visit To find out how you can volunteer, call Guy Futral at 502-432-7477.

Exalted Word Ministries Presents First Seffner Community Health Fair

A Community Health Fair will be sponsored by Exalted Word Ministries on Saturday, May 5 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. This is a family event so bring your children.

Free services will be available: Healthy Food Pre/Taste Seminar, Mini Olympics for Kids, Pre Diabetic Screening as well as music entertainment. Vendors will be present too.
The Health Fair takes place at 2808 S. Kingsway Rd. in Seffner.

For more information, contact Yolanda Mitchum, RN, BSN at 352-615-4552 or

Become An Organ Donor

Would you spare three minutes of your time to save lives? That’s all it takes – and more than 115,000 people in the United States, including approximately 5,800 Floridians, are counting on you to do just that. How? Register your decision to become an organ and tissue donor.

April is Donate Life Month, and I encourage those who have not yet done so to visit Florida’s organ, eye and tissue donor registry at, where you can find factual information about donation, and designate your donation wishes.  You can also register when getting or renewing a driver license or ID card. 

One organ donor can save the lives of eight people, and improve as many as 70 through tissue donation. All major religions support donation and there are no costs to the donor’s family. To save lives as an organ and tissue donor, register today at, or say ‘yes’ to donation when getting or renewing your driver license or state ID.

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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.