5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, October 25

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, October 25.

(1) President Obama in Tampa

President Obama is bringing his two-day "America Forward!" tour to Tampa on Thursday.

Mr. Obama will attend a campaign rally in Ybor City today.

The grassroots event will take place at Ybor Centennial Park at 1800 East 8th Avenue.

On Wednesday, the President attended rallies in Denver and Las Vegas. Following today's event in Tampa, Mr. Obama will travel to Richmond, Virginia, before heading to Chicago to cast his ballot. The President will conclude his tour with an event in Cleveland, Ohio.

During the "America Forward!" tour, the Mr. Obama will explain the differences between his and Republican president candidate Mitt Romney's economic plans.

Doors to the Ybor City rally open at 7:00 a.m. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 9:00 a.m.

(2) Brittany Gordon memorial service

A public memorial service for Army Specialist Brittany Gordon will take place in St. Petersburg on Thursday.

Gordon was the daughter of St. Petersburg Assistant Police Chief Cedric Gordon. She died on October 13 from wounds suffered while serving in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

The U.S. military says enemy forces attacked Gordon's unit with an improvised explosive device.

Brittany graduated from St. Petersburg High School in 2006 and attended the University of Florida and St. Petersburg College before joining the Army in 2010.

The memorial service will take place at 6:00 p.m. in the Wireman Chapel at Eckerd College at 4200 54th Avenue South in St. Petersburg.

(3) Faces of Domestic Violence Luncheon

ABC Action News Director of Community Affairs Lissette Campos will emcee the 11th annual Faces of Domestic Violence Luncheon on Thursday.

The luncheon is fundraising benefit for The Haven of RCS, a domestic violence shelter in Pinellas County.

The event is free but donations are strongly encouraged as they will provide safety for those fleeing domestic violence.

The luncheon begins at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church Greek Orthodox at 409 S. Old Coachman Road in Clearwater. Lunch will be served at noon.

(4) Buccaneers vs. Vikings

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going prime time on Thursday night.

The Bucs are in Minneapolis to take on the Minnesota Vikings. While the Vikings lead the all-time series between the teams 31-21, Tampa Bay has won their last five games against Minnesota, including a 24-20 victory in 2011.

The Pewter Pirates have a 2-4 record in 2012, compared to a 5-2 record for the team once known as the Purple People Eaters.

In night games, the Buccaneers record is 17-22, including 3-13 on road. Meanwhile, the Vikings have struggled recently at night, going 1-10 in last 11 prime-time games.

Kickoff is scheduled for 8:20 p.m. The game is being televised on the NFL Network.

(5) Veronica Alfaro on Let's Ask America

WQYK's Veronica Alfaro is one of four DJ's competing to win money for local charities on the new TV game show Let's Ask America.

Veronica is competing against Snake Weaver from Phoenix, Katherine Boyd from Cleveland and Jason Statt from Cincinnati.

On this special "Battle of the DJ's" episode of Let's Ask America, Alfaro is playing for Tampa Bay Meals on Wheels.

Let's Ask America allows regular people to try and win up to $50,000 cash via Skype from their home. The game show polls Americans about fun and irreverent topics to find out what people are thinking. Four contestants bank money if they correctly determine the correct answers.

After three contestants are eliminated, the remaining can choose to wager all of their money can win up to five times the amount of his or her earnings, for a possible $50,000. To be a contestant all you have to do is go to www.letsaskamerica.tv and sign up.

A special watch party for tonight's episode will be held from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Hooter's restaurant at 4215 West Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa.

Let's Ask America airs at 7:30pm on your ABC Action News station.

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