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New Tampa Charity Gala Saturday Night To Raise Funds For Fisher House

Posted Apr 18, 2012 by Howard Altman

Updated Apr 18, 2012 at 10:20 PM

For the loved ones of those horribly injured in war, taking care of the wounded is often a full-time job. There is lengthy hospitalization and intensive, often painful rehabilitation. Travel to a new city, like Tampa, which is fortunate to host a veterans hospital that offers some of the best treatment in the country, creates additional stress.

That’s why the Fisher House, on the grounds of the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, is such an extraordinary place.

One of several around the country, the Fisher House, built by the Fisher House Foundation is a “comfort home” featuring a common kitchen, laundry facilities, spacious dining room and an inviting living room with library, and toys for children.

These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful times - during the hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury.

No family pays to stay at the Fisher House – the houses rely on donations.

Enter the Night of 5,000, a charity gala Saturday night, 6 p.m., at the Hunters Green Country Club.

Sponsored by the New Tampa Junior Woman’s Club, the Night of 5000 is a black tie-optional evening of dinner and dancing and raising money through silent and live auctions.

Tickets are $160 per couple or $85 per individual. Fisher House will receive 35 percent of the donations, with the rest going to other local charities, according to event co-chair, Valerie Casey.

To purchase tickets online visit: www.gfwcnewtampajuniors.org.

For more information contact: Casey via email, valcasey3@aol.com or call her at (813) 317-8886.

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