Tampa Bay Storm, first responders face off in flag football fundraiser

Plant City

ARENA LEAGUE'S STORM WILL PLAY CHARITY GAME

Plant City's Otis M. Andrews Sport Complex is set to host this year's Public Safety Memorial Bowl featuring the Tampa Bay Storm arena football team and Tampa Bay Sentinels, composed of bay area first responders and military.

The annual flag football game has added significance for Plant City: The MacDonald Training Center, with locations in Plant City and Tampa, is this year's beneficiary. The center is at 2902 Cork Road.

Proceeds from last year's bowl game at Skyway Park in Tampa benefited the Fallen Firefighter Survivor Foundation, which helps families of firefighters injured or killed on the job. Two years ago, the teams raised money for the families of two police officers killed in the line of duty, Jeffrey Kocab and David Curtis.

"Whenever you have a chance to entertain and give back to the community, it's a great thing," Storm vice president of football operations Jeff Gooch said.

The MacDonald Training Center trains people with disabilities, then helps them find jobs.

The game is set for 1 p.m. Jan. 12. The complex is on E Cherry Street at the Mike E. Sansone Community Park. Tickets are $7 and will be available at the gate. Children under 5 and people with disabilities will be admitted free. An auction and a 50/50 raffle are planned as well.

A bag of books for a buck at Bruton

The Friends of the Bruton Memorial Library, 302 McLendon St., will hold its annual Clearance Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 18 and 19 at the library's Moody Community Room.

All categories of books and books on cassette will be on sale. During the final two hours, prices will be reduced to "a bag of books for a buck." Proceeds will go toward library improvements and special programs, including children's summer programs and a children's aquarium.

A preview for Friends members only is set for 9 to 10 a.m. Jan. 18.

Call Anne Haywood, (813) 757-9215, for information.

Rotary Club helps Boys and Girls Club

Kudos to the Plant City Noon Rotary Club, which last week donated shoes to the Boys and Girls Club of Plant City. The club made sure every child had a wrapped gift to open. Dec. 19 marked the fourth annual visit by the club, which helps with other Boys and Girls Club projects and donations as well.

Tampa Bay Storm, first responders face off in flag football fundraiser 12/27/12 [Last modified: Thursday, December 27, 2012 3:30am]

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