All Contributions Benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children
TAMPA, FL (June 27, 2016) – Support a worthy cause while enjoying Fourth of July festivities at Gaspar’s Grotto when the popular Ybor City pirate-themed restaurant raises money with the help of what may be the “World’s Largest Tip Bell.”
Guests will be able to “let freedom ring” by making the bar’s new half-ton bell chime each time they make a contribution. All donations collected from noon until close on July 4 benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children®, a nonprofit 22-location health care system that relies on the generosity of donors to provide expert pediatric specialty care, regardless of the families’ ability to pay for services.
Shriners visiting Tampa for the July 3 – 7 142nd Imperial Session of Shriners International will be gathering in Ybor City on Monday, July 4, prior to the 6 p.m. Shriners International 2016 Imperial Session Parade along 7th Ave.
Gaspar’s Grotto will display Shriners flags, welcome banners and feature a selfie photo station for guests to take photos with a nine-foot stuffed bear named “Fezzy” that is the organization’s mascot.
To provide the bell a proper home, Gaspar’s Grotto will brand its main drink station as “The Bell Buoy Bar” at 5 p.m. July 4th.
Following the parade, Gaspar’s will keep the celebration going with live music, dancing and magic tricks throughout the evening.
The bell, which was cast in the late 1800s, was originally installed in a church located in central Indiana. For more than 40 years it remained buried under a barn in Spencer, Ind. until it was excavated, fully restored and relocated to Tampa.
Gaspar’s Grotto will also host special guests, face painting for children (from 5 p.m.), food and drink specials and games and giveaways throughout the day.
Gaspar’s Grotto (http://gasparsgrotto.com/) is a celebrated restaurant, popular bar and lively nightspot that has hosted patrons and parties for 14 years. It is located in Ybor City at 1805 E. 7th Ave. For more information, call 813-248-5900.
About Shriners Hospitals for Children
Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. Our 22 locations in the United States, Canada and Mexico, provide advanced care for children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate. Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity of donors. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.