Annual holiday celebration will be fun, festive

.Belleair Women’s Republican Club members and their guests will celebrate the holidays at the club’s December 4 luncheon when BWRC’s chief merriment maker Carol Bumiller will once again present a program filled with fun, music, games, prizes and surprises. The social hour begins at 11:30 am with lunch served at noon,

In addition to fun and games, however, the club will continue its holiday tradition of giving back to the community by accepting voluntary donations for worthy causes, the first of which is support of “late shelter” foster children. With the stress of the holidays and ensuing increase of substance abuse, many children are removed from their homes in December and placed in foster homes too late for foster parents to plan for and purchase Christmas gifts. BWRC Director Norma Stalions, who is on the board of Guardian ad Litem Foundation, will be collecting gift cards and checks made out to the foundation that will allow foster parents to make sure there are presents under the tree for these children. (Those not attending the luncheon may send their gift cards and checks to Norma via USPS.)

Another giving opportunity at the December luncheon will be the donation of canned goods, boxed food items and other non perishables. Local food pantries and the Salvation Army will be the recipients of the food items collected. Anyone who has a particular area food pantry she or he wishes to see supported through this effort is asked to contact BWRC President Nina Pilon (726-8782, n.wingard@verizon.net) prior to the luncheon.

Start the holidays right by having fun at BWRC’s holiday party and also by practicing the true holiday spirit of giving to others. 

Reservations are required by Tuesday, December 1. To make a reservation, contact Sue Salmieri, 400-6006, susieque8@tampabay.rr.com; or Debby Whisenand, 596-3342, debbyfl3@verizon.net. The cost to attend is $22, and checks should be made payable to BWRC.