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Pine Island Cares benefit set

Oct. 14 event to raise funds, collect supplies to help Everglades City, Chocoloskee recover from Hurricane Irma

October 4, 2017
By ED FRANKS (efranks@breezenewspapers.com) , Pine Island Eagle

Pine Island Community Church, Seven Seas Bait and Tackle and Ragged Ass Saloon have joined forces to hold a benefit for the recovery of Everglades City and Chocoloskee following Hurricane Irma. The benefit will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 14, at Ragged Ass Saloon.

"Everyone hears about Marco Island and Naples but the news overlooks the two small towns of Everglades City and Chocoloskee," Seven Seas owner Jim Frock said. "Small islands have a difficult time recovering because of their isolation. Everglades City and Chokoloskee are two barrier island communities that need our help."

Matlacha and Pine Island residents know all too well the needs that follow when a major hurricane affects their community. "After Charley hit, and then after Irma hit Pine island, everyone was looking for the basics of food and water," Frock said.

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The poster for the upcoming benefit to help the victims of Hurricane Irma in Everglades City and Chokoloskee. The special event will be held at
the Ragged Ass Saloon
on Stringfellow Road in St. James City.

Graphic provided

"We are calling on area residents and businesses to help support the 'Pine Island Cares' benefit at Ragged Ass Saloon," Frock said. "If you can think of it, they probably need it. We all have the potential to help our sister barrier island communities of Everglades City and Chokoloskee. So please help!"

Many things will be needed, nonperishable food items and other products like clothing, bedding, towels, toiletry items (various), water, cleaning supplies, bug spray, sunscreen, buckets and more.

Frock suggests that people don't wait until the event date. Items can be dropped off at the Pine Island Community Church, 5320 Doug Taylor Circle, St. James City, FL 33956, anytime between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

"Everglades City has a population of about 400 and Chokoloskee Island slightly less," Frock said. "Both were hit very hard by Hurricane Irma a few weeks ago and need our help."

If people have any questions about drop-off's please call the church at 239-283-9922 or 239-283-9944. Checks should be made out to, "Pine Island Community Church" memo: "Irma Relief Benefit."

The "Pine Island Cares" hurricane benefit will feature live music all day, 50/50 drawings, good food and more.

 
 

 

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