SUN CITY CENTER – Samaritan Services is throwing a party and going all out to get folks to turn out. Its top raffle prize is $1,000 cash, and that’s just the beginning of what folks can win.
Strumming for Samaritans will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. on April 10 at Community Hall, 1910 Pebble Beach Blvd. S. It’s going to be a rocking celebration of food, live music and great prizes, said Dosi Loverro, event organizer and Samaritan Services volunteer. In years past, the annual affair was black tie formal, but this year the nonprofit hopes to attract a larger crowd by making it more fun and casual in nature.
“We want this to be the party of the season,” Loverro said. “Everything we’re doing crosses all age barriers. It’s open to anyone, anywhere.”
South Shore’s own Charlie Zipperer will open the party with several renditions of popular country tunes, and then Kelly Emerson and Gary Garbelman of KEGG will get things hopping as folks dance to the bluegrass, rock and country music they’re known for.
In the past, tickets were $125 per person but now they’re only $50, said Loverro. That includes a buffet dinner, entertainment, one master raffle ticket and a table raffle. Each table will have an individual raffle prize valued at $25 to $40, and there will be eight major raffle prizes valued at $300 to $1,000. The buffet will include roast beef with horseradish sauce, salmon with dill sauce, chicken francaise, sides, salad bar and dessert bar. The event is BYOB.
Tickets will be sold from 10 a.m. to noon at the Sun City Center Atrium, 945 N. Course Lane, and the Kings Point North Clubhouse, 1900 Clubhouse Drive, on Wednesday and Friday. They’re also available through Monday at the Samaritan Services office, 916 Pebble Beach Blvd. N.
Strumming for Samaritans is Samaritan Services’ major annual fundraiser. All proceeds will benefit the organization and specifically help defer some of the expenses Samaritan Services is incurring with the construction of a new building on the Community Association’s Central Campus.
Last year, with the efforts of more 250 volunteers, Samaritan Services transported almost 8,000 Sun City Center residents locally and out of town, driving more than 97,000 miles in its fleet of eight cars; provided over 5,300 meals to Meals on Wheels recipients in partnership with South Bay Hospital and the SCC Woman’s Club; and spent $14,000 providing respite care for caregivers of folks with Alzheimer’s.
Attending the party is an investment in the community, said Samaritan Services President Doris Ragland.
“We need a larger building with more space to take care of more people, and to have the ability to add more services as they are needed,” she said. “We rely totally on our volunteers and donations from the community.”
“We believe in paying it forward,” Loverro added. “Our goal is to make life easier for Sun City Center retirees who have earned the right to enjoy their golden years.”
For more information, call (813) 634-9283.