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Center Place fundraiser takes participants to ‘Oz’

BRANDON — Center Place Fine Arts and Civic Association in Brandon is hosting a “Wizard of Oz” charity event for the arts at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 12, in the Center Place grand room, 619 Vonderburg Drive.

This is Center Place’s 30th annual patron party, which is the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year. The public (adults only) is invited to attend.

Spotlight Catering will provide food, and there will be free valet parking, a complimentary, full premium bar, silent auction and DJ services by Big Beats Entertainment.

Center Place Fine Arts and Civic Association is a nonprofit organization that opened in 1976 to promote the arts and civic involvement in the greater Brandon area. It receives no government subsidies and only sporadic assistance from local arts councils, so it must provide its own funding.

The center offers art classes for adults and children daily Monday through Friday. New offerings this year are a family pottery class and summer workshops for children.

The facility’s Mook Gallery showcases a different artist each month, with an art reception every first Thursday evening.

Center Place hosts, free of charge, in October, the Halloween Horribles Parade and in December, a Tree Lighting with concert and a Santa’s Workshop.

The nonprofit co-sponsors the yearly Gallery Hop, Cards for Troops, Chalk Walk and Art Festival with the Greater Brandon Arts Council, Brandon League of Fine Arts and Community Roundtable.

Civic organizations meet at Center Place Fine Arts and Civic Association, elected officials host town meetings and area students sing, play music, display art and perform plays there.

Individuals and organizations for events, worship services and parties may rent the facility’s grand room.

One way to support this community resource is to become a Center Place patron and attend the “Wizard of Oz” party. A $100 patron membership will provide a reservation for one; a $250 bronze membership gives a reservation for two; a $500 silver membership, a reservation for four; and a $1,000 friend of Center Place membership, a reservation for eight.

A special V.I.P. reception for silver and friend members will begin at 6 p.m.

“Dress is casual this year, even jeans and polos or ‘Wizard of Oz’ costumes,” said Sue McElligott, a part-time publicity, computer and software assistant for Center Place.

Reservations are required by Tuesday, April 8, by calling (813) 685-8888 or pay online.

Send news of community interest to Barbara Routen at [email protected]

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