Football for Florida Warriors & Marine Family in Need

Beef O'Brady's Bowl festivities included a "beach bash" scheduled on Sunday.

The Louisville Cardinals and Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles are competing for bragging rights in the football field Tuesday night, but the real winner will be the bay area’s wounded warriors.

Organizers of the Beef O’Brady’s Bowl are teaming up with Opertation Homefront-Florida for the game at St. Petersburg‘s Tropicana Field. At Gates 1 and 4, members of Operation Homefront will collect toys and money donations to support Florida military families and injured veterans in crisis.

Tailgating begins at 2 p.m. outside St. Petersburg's Tropicana Field.

“Operation Homefront-Florida truly appreciates the opportunity to be a part of this event.  The exposure and support it will bring to our military families comes at a crucial time.  The length and frequency of deployments continue to increase and our military families need our support now more than ever,” said Jeff Gareau, Director of Operations for Operation Homefront-Florida according to a news release.

The game starts at 8 p.m. but the tailgate party which is open to the public begins at 2 p.m.

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There are others in need as well. The following email message was sent by a member of  T.A.M.P.A., Tampa Area Marine Parents Association a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization. Cyd Deathe is President-Executive Director of Tampa Area Marine Parents Assoc., Inc.

It has been brought to my attention that one of our members’ family is having an extremely difficult time during this holiday season.  While I understand that many have felt the pressure of the economic crunch and individual personal struggles, this family could really use our help.

The family is full of Marine Corps service, past and present, and has just continued to face hardships both medical and financial throughout the past year.  The family would have never said a word to us or asked for help. But, it was brought to our attention by a very dear friend who knows the specifics, has heard all about our group, and has also been working to help out.

I am currently trying to get some financial assistance for the family through military organizations so the light bill can be paid and there will be electricity for the holidays.  We are currently in need of Christmas gifts for three children (Girls 5 & 8/Boy 8) or monetary donations to help purchase them.

If you are in a postion to help, you can contact Cyd Deathe online Tampa Area Marine Parents Association.

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