TAMPA — Treating Tampa Bay area children to a day of fun-filled activities is a long tradition for the Bay Area Brotherhood and its Project 100.
The tradition was revived recently with 110 children from five different Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay for a July 22 field trip to The Florida Aquarium.
“These well-mannered kids were from centers in Dover, Plant City, Riverview, South Tampa and West Tampa,” said Leslie Hawkins, project officer.
The BAB is a nonprofit veteran’s organization of active duty and retired U.S. military personnel and federal employees from MacDill Air Force Base.
Founded in September 1973, the private club’s motto is “Helping Disadvantaged Children.” This has been on a voluntary basis and without regard to race, color, sex, religion or national origin. The mission of the organization is to promote harmony and brotherhood on MacDill AFB and in the Tampa Bay area. It renders assistance to children, adult civilians and active duty military personnel and veterans.
After the Florida Aquarium trip, the children were transported to the Gandy Civic Association’s Community Center in South Tampa for lunch consisting of hot pizza, potato chips, cookies and ice cream, part of the Project 100 program. Use of the building was a donation from the civic association.
“Here in Sun Bay South, we are always thinking of the children,” said Al Steenson, GCA president.