Father’s Day Block Party at UTC Mall in Sarasota Brings Father’s Day Gift to Families | Eastern County

Parrish’s Christian Cannatello and his family were strolling through the downtown college mall when they came across the Father’s Day block party on June 18.

He saw former Tampa Bay Lightning player Ruslan Fendotenko and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers player Alex Smith, were there to sign photos and take pictures with the families.

“It was a surprise,” Cannatello said. “We didn’t expect to see them. We’re big fans.”

Cannatello and his sons, Walter, 5, and Simon, 7, took photos with the players and received signed photographs.

Cannatello said meeting the players and getting autographs was extra fun for a Father’s Day weekend.

Jerry Hart of Lakewood Ranch said Father’s Day was a great way to spend the day with his wife, Tina Hart, and daughters, Paris Hart, who is 4 months old, and Florence, who is 3, for celebrate father’s day.

As season ticket holders for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jerry and Tina Hart said it was great to get free team flags as well as meet players.

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