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Hillsborough County school notes

Casino night fundraiser: The Apollo Beach Elementary PTA will hold its annual Silent Auction & Casino Night on Nov. 30 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Del Webb's SouthShore Falls. Tickets are $25 and include a buffet dinner, coffee, tea and water during dinner, casino games, dancing, raffles, live and silent auctions, and a cash bar. Sponsorship opportunities are available that include free advertising in the event program and free tickets. Proceeds benefit Apollo Beach Elementary. For information on sponsorships, to make a donation or to purchase tickets, email

Game night fundraiser: The community service organization 100 Black Men of Tampa Bay will hold a fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 1 at Game Time, 1600 E 8th Ave. The event benefits the scholarship fund for Collegiate 100 students at Hillsborough Community College and the University of South Florida. Tickets are $30 per person and include food, drink and a 2-hour game card. Tickets for $35 also include entry for a flat-screen TV raffle. For information, call toll-free 1-877-636-6687.

Recipe challenge: Hillsborough County students in grades 3 through 8 can participate in the Cook It Up! Student Recipe Challenge through Dec. 12. To enter, students must submit a healthy and creative entree recipe, and a short essay explaining what makes their recipe nutritious and why healthy eating habits are important.

Five finalists will be announced on Dec. 19. The finalists will be invited to participate in a School Lunch Cook-Off where they will assist in preparing their dish for a panel of local judges. One participant will be named Cook It Up's Ultimate School Lunch Chef. The winner will receive two tickets to Justin Bieber's "Believe" Tour at the Amway Center in Orlando on Jan. 25 with one night hotel accommodations, the recipe featured on the districtwide school lunch menu, a school lunch party hosted by Radio Disney, and an invitation to Radio Disney's studio to appear on "Kid's Concern Show."

To submit an entry, visit

School donation: St. John's Episcopal Parish Day School donated more than 1,300 pounds of food to Metropolitan Ministries. The Dad's Club of St. John's School delivered the last of three loads of food, benefitting the homeless children and families at Metropolitan Ministries.

Hillsborough County school notes 11/24/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 5:00pm]
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