Fuzzy’s Taco Shop in Brandon this past Friday after 5pm was a somewhat familiar scene. Looking around the restaurant, there were families and local area workers looking to wind down after an especially long week. Just a few days prior, our area was hit by Hurricane Irma, which was at one point the strongest hurricane the National Hurricane Center had ever recorded in the Atlantic outside of the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. Although we didn’t bear the brunt of her wrath like the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean had, she brought plenty of misery to our area in the form of wind damage, flooded properties and lands, downed trees and continued lack of electricity for many. With schools in our area being closed for a week and several area businesses struggling to fully re-open, the apparent normalcy at Fuzzy’s was a welcome distraction; as was The Humane Society of Tampa Bay’s Yappy Hour event which was also taking place at Fuzzy’s.
Restaurant goers dined in the outdoor patio with their pets while Humane Society volunteers circulated with pets up for adoption. Inside the restaurant, over $5,000 in prizes were being raffled off with all ticket sales going towards the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Some of the prizes donated for the raffle were game tickets and sports memorabilia for The Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tampa Bay Rays, as well as admission tickets for Busch Gardens, The Florida Aquarium, Big City Events, Lowry Park Zoo and the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI). Southern Muscle, Camp Gladiator, Orange Theory Fitness Brandon and Crossfit BNI also donated products and services as raffle prizes. Restaurant gift cards for Brocato’s Sandwich Shop, Columbia Restaurant, World of Beer, and of course Fuzzy’s Taco Shop were also donated for the raffle. Fuzzy’s also sold brownie sundaes and dog treats with all proceeds benefitting the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, as well as $1 for every frozen drink sold.
Despite the lingering rain and hurricane fatigue, it was a successful and fun event with over $1,000 being raised! Here are some of my favorite pictures.