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New Tampa Junior Woman’s Club sets Topgolf charity event

Avid golfers, occasional golfers and non-golfers alike are promised a night of pure fun with family, friends and acquaintances if they take part in the New Tampa Junior Woman’s Club annual charity fundraiser.

So says Jennifer Lee, club president and co-chair of the group’s 19th annual Charity Auction & Fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. April 10 at Topgolf Tampa, 10619 Palm River Road.

The venue is made up of both indoor and outdoor hitting bays and a 240-yard outfield with in-ground, dartboard-like targets in which players take aim to score points. The closer to the center of the “bull’s eye” your microchipped balls reach and the farther out you hit it, the more points you score.

Scoring is computerized, so there’s no need to carry a pencil and paper, plus clubs of all sizes, including for lefties, are provided, although players may bring their own.

Tickets are $85 per person or $75 each if purchased by Friday for three hours of play as well as a buffet filled with fajita fixings. There also is a full-service bar.

What’s more, club members have amassed almost 80 silent auction items that will be up for grabs to the evening’s highest bidders. Four one-day Disney World park-hopper passes, and a St. Augustine get-away package that includes a hotel stay at the Doubletree by Hilton, and passes to the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum, Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum and the St. Augustine Alligator Farm are among them.

And sure to catch many an eye and lead some folks to bid on is a four-night stay, including breakfast and dinner daily, at the White Hart Coaching Hotel in Wiltshire, England, valued at $900.

In addition, a host of gift certificates to area restaurants such as Dempsey’s Steak House at Saddlebrook, Ulele, Capital Grill and the Columbia are included among the many auction items, as are tickets to Busch Gardens and the Museum of Science & Industry.

Lee said unlike most of the club’s previous so-called “Night of 5000” events, this one promises to be a casual affair.

“You don’t have to get dressed up and we like the idea that it appeals to husbands and kids,” she said.

Best of all, according to event co-chair Jenny Rubin, is that proceeds from the event will benefit the multitude of organizations and causes the New Tampa women’s group supports.

The R.I.C.H. (Resources in Community Hope) House, Military Family Support Trust, Hillsborough Education Foundation, Canines for Companions, Honor Flight, Children’s Cancer Center, MOSI Partnership School, Sunrise Domestic Violence Center, Trinity Cafe, Oasis Pregnancy Care Center and Project Have Hope are among them.

“Events like this allow us to do what we do for charities in the area throughout the year,” Rubin said.

Visit gfwcnewtampaju niors.org/no5000/ to purchase tickets and email Lee at president@gfwc newtampajuniors.org for more information.

Joyce McKenzie can be reached at joycecmckenzie@gmail.com.

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