By LINDA CHION KENNEY
The race is on for honorary mayor of Riverview, featuring three candidates, 13 events and four nonprofits set to share in the proceeds.
Formally announcing their candidacies at the Oct. 17 kick-off party at The Forge Irish Pub were Daniel Cyral, owner of Hypnotic Engagements, and Bryan and Marijean Reith, also known as “Team Reith” with Re/Max Realty Unlimited.
Cyral is raising funds for the South County Spartans Athletic Program, featuring youth wrestling, golf, cheerleading and flag and tackle football programs. Also, for My Warrior’s Place, a retreat and resource in Ruskin for veterans, service members first-responders and military family members.
The Reiths are raising money for the Impact Program, founded “to educate, equip, empower and support students, parents and teachers in the area of sexual risk avoidance and healthy relationships.” Also, for the Emergency Care Help Organization (ECHO) in Riverview, which assists Hillsborough County residents in crisis, with food, clothing and access to life-stabilizing programs and resources.
Ten percent of race proceeds are reserved for the chamber.
Cyral said he is excited to get the race rolling and to possibly succeed Bill Andrew, 2019 Honorary Mayor of Riverview. His campaign manager is Jill Andrew, director of community relations for Tessera Brandon.
“On a personal level it’s exposure for my business, but it’s all about the charities,” added Cyral, who on his 18th birthday received from his father a book on the subconscious mind, which led to his career path. Hypnotic Engagements focuses on clinical work and entertainment fundraisers.
This the second race for the Reiths, who ran for honorary mayor in 2017. Their campaign manager is Craig Beckinger, owner of ABC Event Planning.
“The Riverview chamber has had incredible growth,” Marijean Reith said. “We just wanted to give back and to give everybody a good time.”
Toward that aim, it’s time to save the dates for the following events, listed in chronological order:
Thursday, Oct. 24, 4:30 to 7 p.m.
“Get in the Game With Team Reith Campaign Kick-Off Party,” at Four Stacks Brewery, 10656 East Bay Road, Gibsonton. The cost is $10 per person and includes dinner and all-you-can drink craft beer or wine. This will be the last chance to purchase a board spot on the 2020 edition of “Riverview-opoly.” Unclaimed spots will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Game pre-orders will be taken.
Friday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m.
“Dinner, Drinks & Daniel,” at Tessera Brandon, 1320 Oakfield Drive, featuring “hypnotic hilarity at its best.” The cost is $40 per person ($75 per couple) and includes an Italian buffet. Black-and-white attire is requested.
Thursday, Nov. 7, 6 to 9 p.m.
“Coach Bag Bingo,” at The Regent, 6437 Watson Road, Riverview, benefiting the Reith race. The cost is $40 per person.
Saturday, Nov. 9, 1 to 4 p.m.
“Scavenger Hunt,” benefiting Cyral’s race, with start and finish locations to be determined. Entry fee is $20 per person.
Monday, Nov. 11, 6:30 p.m.
“Movie Night” at AMC The Regency 20 in Brandon, 2496 West Brandon Blvd., benefiting Cyral’s race. The featured movie is “Midway,” an American epic war film directed by Roland Emmerich. The cost is $25 per person and includes light dinner, wine, popcorn, drink and dessert.
Friday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m.
“A Murder Mystery Masquerade Ball of Menagerie,” at Southshore Falls, 5831 Cascade Falls Drive, Apollo Beach, benefiting Cyral’s race. The cost is $45 per person ($80 per couple) and includes dinner and drinks.
Saturday, Nov. 16, 8 a.m. to Noon
“Clay Shoot,” at FishHawk Sporting Clays, 13505 Hobson Simmons Road, Lithia, benefiting the Reith race. Cost is $100 per person ($300 per foursome) and includes clays, shells, breakfast and lunch. Skilled shooting is not required.
Sunday, Nov. 17, Noon to 5 p.m.
“Old-Fashioned BBQ With a Twist” and backyard games, at My Warrior’s Place, 101 22nd St. N.W., Ruskin, benefiting Cyral’s race. Cost is $10 per person; $5, ages 4 to 12; free, kids under age 4. Family discounts available; an additional charge for water sports.
Saturday, Nov. 23, 6 to 10 p.m.
“Casino Night,” at BSAC, 405 Beverly Blvd., Brandon, benefiting the Reith race. The cost is $75 per person and includes food, drinks and casino money.
Sunday, Nov. 24, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
“Guest Bartender Day,” at The Forge Irish Pub, 109 West Bloomingdale Ave., Brandon, featuring draft beer, cocktail and wine specials. All tips will be donated to Cyral’s race.
Saturday, Nov. 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“Holiday Extravaganza,” at Hilton Garden Inn Tampa East/Brandon, 10309 Highland Manor Drive, Tampa, benefiting the Reith race. Cost is $5 per person. Features breakfast, photo with Santa, local vendors, decorated tree and wreath auction, live entertainment by local youth programs, and more.
Sunday, Dec. 8, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“Bridal Show,” at The Westin Tampa Waterside, 725 South Harbour Island, Blvd., benefiting the Reith race. Admission is free.
Sunday, Dec. 8, 1 to 5 p.m.
“The Amazing Golf Cart Race,” beginning at Inspired Living, 1320 33rd St. S.E., Sun City Center, benefiting Cyral’s race. Cost is $15 per team ($20 for two).
Dates, times and locations subject to change. Inquire about all-event admission tickets. Call Hypnotic Engagements at 248-941-4246; Team Reith, at 813-426-2757; the Riverview chamber, at 813-234-5944. Visit: riverviewchamber.com.