Charity to host celebrity auction, casino event to help people with disabilities

— Make A Difference Fishing Tournament, Inc. will host a Celebrity Showcase Benefit Auction and Casino Night at 6 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Hilton Clearwater Beach, 400 Mandalay Ave.

Tickets are $25 each or five for $100 until Aug. 14. Visit to print out the order form. Tickets can be picked up at Will Call the night of the event.

Proceeds will be used to fund fishing tournaments for special needs children and their families. Proceeds also will go to the charity’s Grant Program, which since 2005 has offered more than $300,000 to provide children with needed equipment or supplies.

Those who come to the benefit dressed as their favorite celebrity will receive a ticket for free wine, beer or soda. Cash prizes will be given to first- through third-place finishers. Silent and live auction items include bicycles and artwork. Food will be donated by Baystar Restaurant Group, Clear Sky Cafe, Sea Sea Riders, Capogna’s Dugout and Hooters.

The nonprofit Make A Difference Fishing Tournament, Inc. helps children with disabilities through fishing tournaments and other programs that facilitate their involvement in marine education and recreation.

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