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'80s-themed prom fundraiser to help feed students

VALRICO — Marty McFly, Lionel Ritchie and Madonna may make an appearance at the River Hills Country Club this weekend. No time machine required.

Aiming to stage its biggest fundraiser to date, the GFWC Brandon Junior Women's Club hosts its "Back to the '80s Prom" in a partnership with Feeding Tampa Bay.

The fundraiser will assist Feeding Tampa Bay, a division of Feeding America, with its Backpack Program, which provides weekend meals to local families.

"I've always loved what they do," said Kim Lasorsa, Brandon Junior Women's Club publicity chair. "We have a really big focus on their Backpack Program, as well, so that's what we're donating funds from the event to go to."

The program helps students return to school ready to learn.

"Students were going into school on Monday unable to focus, really hungry and unable to sit down and listen to the teachers, and then the teachers were pulling money out of their own pockets because they found that the child is unable to focus because they are hungry," said Joyce Endaya, Feeding Tampa Bay's special event and corporate partnerships coordinator.

Feeding Tampa Bay connects with 15 schools and Boys & Girls Clubs programs in its 10-county area that have 90 percent or more students receiving free or reduced lunches. It distributes five to six nutritious and shelf-stable meals to help the children and their families.

"Every bag is about $5 and all that money goes to food, packing, distribution and transportation costs," Endaya said. "Students take them home and are able to have these meals over the weekend. They come back on Monday with a fresh mind and a full stomach."

Tickets range from $30 to $140 and include dinner and dessert to accompany the cash bar, crowning of the prom king and queen and prize for best outfit.

"We're excited to help out a great organization and have some '80s fun," Lasorsa said.

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