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Alpha House hosts benefit gala

The Alpha House Fifth Annual Magic Butterfly Gala will be at 7 p.m. Friday at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, 4860 Kennedy Blvd. The gala will include a silent auction, dancing and prizes. Alpha House of Tampa Inc. is a licensed maternity residence in Hillsborough County and a safe haven for pregnant and parenting women in crisis. Clients receive counseling, educational opportunities and parenting, life and job skills assistance. Tickets start at $125 per person. For information, call 875-2024.

Good Bears benefit is Saturday

BearFest in Beradise, a teddy bear show, sale and auction, will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Best Western, 820 Busch Blvd. Both national and international artists will participate with seven artists selected to crate one of a kind or low numbered edition bear or bear scenes for this event. Proceeds benefit Good Bears of the World Central Florida Den. Good Bears gives teddy bears to hospital pediatric patients, abused and battered shelters, police and fire departments, highway patrol and other agencies that help children in distress. GBW also needs volunteers to participate in a sewing and stuffing workshop. For information about either event, call (941) 293-8529.

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