Santa Claus is coming early this year for an organization dedicated to improving the lives of children in Hillsborough County.
Champions for Children, a local charity that works to prevent child abuse and neglect, is hosting its annual "Christmas in July" silent auction July 19.
The event will be held at the Champions for Children office and nearby Baby Bungalow at 3108 W. Azeele St.
Amusement park tickets, jewelry, golf outings and hotel stays are just some of the prizes up for auction. Several local restaurants will provide refreshments during the event.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. All proceeds will go to the charity.
Champions for Children was founded in 1977 as the Child Abuse Council. The group provides child abuse prevention and family education programs to thousands in Hillsborough County in an effort to stop child abuse.
To purchase tickets or donate an auction item, call (813) 673-4646 or go to www.championsforchildrentampabay.org
- Elizabeth Behrman