BRANDON – Every year the Community Roundtable sponsors a Community Affairs Dinner to draw the area together to look at its beginnings and imagine its future. This year, the event will start with a social networking hour from 6 to 7 p.m. followed by dinner Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Center Place Fine Arts and Civic Association, 619 Vonderburg Drive.
Keynote speaker Sheriff David Gee, a Brandon High School graduate, is expected to talk about the history of Brandon High School, since the institution celebrates its 100th birthday this year. He also will discuss “the variety of services and programs our charities offer and how it sustains our community and allows us to take care of our own,” said Liz Brewer, event chairwoman.
The emcee will be Cyndi Edwards from WFLA Channel 8’s show “Daytime.” She will announce the winners of the Maureen Krzanowski Scholarship, the Non-Profit of the Year Award and the Alice B. Tompkins Community Service Award, recognizing recipients for their contributions to the community.
“This dinner is targeted to our community leaders, volunteers and charities who support the Community Roundtable,” said Brewer.
The cost, which includes free valet parking, is $40 per person; $375 per table of eight. Dinner will be catered by 3 C’s Catering and will include bourbon-glazed chicken over seasoned rice, seasoned vegetables, mashed potatoes, salad, croissants and cake.
Reservations must be made by 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13. Call (813) 661-4350 or email Roundtable2008@aol.com.
The mission of the Community Roundtable, as stated on its website, is “to instill a sense of community and pride for the Greater Brandon area through participation via membership and volunteerism.” Members do so by helping local charities advertise events on the Roundtable’s online community calendar, member’s directory and at monthly meetings, helping avoid scheduling multiple events on the same day.
The Community Roundtable also sponsors several yearly events, including the honorary mayor’s race, father of the year contest and community service forum. The Brandon Fourth of July parade, one of the largest in the state, has been the Roundtable’s signature event for more than 50 years.
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