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Published on Aug 7, 2012
Annual FANG Back To School Festival Moves Inside At Campo Y By Marie Gilmore
This year's 10th Annual FishHawk Area Networking Group (FANG) Back to School Festival continued to benefit local needy children with back to school supplies. The event moved indoors this year to the Campo Y gymnasium on Sunday, August 5, 1-4 p.m. "We know that each year, the heat becomes a factor for our vendors and attendees," said FANG coordinator Nan Hager. "Moving into the air conditioning at the Y, where the school supplies needed to go for the school supply backpack program anyway, was a win-win for us." With more than 75 local business booths, samples from 10 restaurants, music, extracurricular demonstrations, free giveaways and door prizes, there was a lot to do. Admission is free but $10 worth of new school supplies or a $10 cash donation was requested. The supplies will benefit the Y's migrant children effort. Last year, more than 1,200 students received supplies as the result of the event. In addition to food and business booths, Pure Power Productions emceed the event with performances by JuleStarz, Music Showcase and Sidekicks Martial Arts. Chick-fil-A Lake Brandon Village, Jaymer-Que BBQ & Ms. Cyndi's Catering, Menchie's, TNT Smoothies, Sweet Tomatoes and Publix offered samples. "This is one annual event that highlights the summer," described Chick-fil-A Lake Brandon Village owner Paul Holmberg. "We have been participants every year and each year, it continues to grow and expand." Representatives from FishHawk Sports Complex and area teams will be represented to talk about fall registration requirements. The event is sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times/Brandon Times, Kids 'R' Kids Valrico and Circa FishHawk, CruisePlanners-Sherry Leybovich, Tutoring Club of Valrico and Osprey Observer. FANG is an organization of more than 100 local business owners who meet on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Palmetto Club in FishHawk. The Campo Y is located at 3414 Culbreath Rd. Valrico. For more information, visit www.fangconnect.com, call Nan Hager at 657-2418 or e-mail email@example.com.