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ESPN to air documentary on Brandon wrestlers


Viewing celebrates Brandon's streak

Fans of Brandon High's storied wrestling team can celebrate "the streak" on Tuesday, when an ESPN documentary of the same name airs at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.

ESPN spent more than a year making The Streak, which chronicles Brandon's nearly 35-year unbeaten run. The Eagles notched 459 wins until a loss in January 2008.

Gym owner and assistant Brandon High wrestling coach Kevin Donofrio is inviting the public to a big-screen viewing at the Athletic Club Health and Wellness Center, 1903 W Lumsden Road.

"We're really trying to reach out to the Brandon alumni and previous wrestlers to enjoy this historical event," Donofrio said.

The event starts at 8 p.m., an hour before the documentary airs. For more information, call 654-6568.

Karen Thurman to take part in fundraiser

Florida Democratic Party chair Karen Thurman appears today at a $50-per-person fundraiser in Dover.

It takes place at the home of Don and Rosalind Moffett, 1714 Abbey Trace Drive, from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information and to RSVP, contact Kirk Sander at (813)735-9075 or

Women-only show aids YMCA's girls programs

Watch models strut their stuff at the 10th annual YMCA Fashion Show and luncheon from noon to 3 p.m. May 3.

The event is open only to women and features more than 30 leaders from the greater Brandon community modeling the latest fashions. Proceeds benefit the YMCA's Girls Initiative Programs, which provides gender-specific programming to help teen girls develop self-esteem. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased by calling the Brandon Family YMCA at 685-5402.

Local art on display at council's 'Arty Party'

The Greater Brandon Arts Council presents the second annual "Arty Party" and membership drive from 7 to 10 p.m. May 3 at the Winthrop Barn Theater, 11349 Bloomingdale Ave.

Area artists are invited to attend the evening of music, dance, theater, visual arts, food and drink. Council members can display their work for free. Nonmembers can do so for a $25 fee that can be applied toward membership in the arts council.

Donations of artwork, gift certificates and other items are also needed for a silent auction. The event is free for members, $10 for nonmembers. Call 655-2773 or go to for more information.

Old phones mean calls home for U.S. troops

Have some old cell phones lying around? Turn them into free phone time for U.S. troops deployed overseas.

The Pak Mail Center at 2420 W Brandon Blvd. is collecting used cell phones as part of a nationwide project called Cell Phones Soldiers. Other Pak Mail Centers around the region are also accepting phones.

The phones are donated to Cell Phones for Soldiers, which sells them to recycling companies and uses the money to buy prepaid calling cards for members of the military to call home.

Log on to www.cellphones for information.

American Sewing Guild to meet May 7

The Brandon/East Bay chapter of the American Sewing Guild meets at 10 a.m. May 7 at the Brandon Recreation Center, 502 E Sadie St. Call 500-3834 for more information.


Republican Club
to hear state attorney

The May meeting of the South Shore Republican Club will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at Beef O'Brady's, 13326 Lincoln Road.

Hillsborough County State Attorney Mark Ober will be the guest speaker. He will speak about the complexities of the justice system. For information, call John Evon at 333-3597 or BJ Wegman at 677-2286.

ESPN to air documentary on Brandon wrestlers 04/24/08 [Last modified: Sunday, April 27, 2008 6:35am]
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