“Hurricane Irma cannot not stop us… the event must go on”. These are the words of Bob Slicker, General Manager of the Swordfish Grill and Tiki regarding the “Giving Back” event that had to be postponed a month because of the storm. Bob’s team worked diligently to make sure the fundraiser was a go, rescheduling musicians, staff, volunteers and more. The charity event was for the “Blessing Bags Project” lead by Betsy Plante.
Oh, what a party it was! Music by TC and Randy, Doug Deming and the Jewel Tones and Ted Stevens and the Doo Shots had the crowd dancing the entire evening. Appetizers and a drink were provided by the Swordfish Grill during the cocktail hour along with free beer for the entire evening by Darwin Brewery. The music was sponsored by Visit A Paradise Realty!
There were great raffle items and auctioneer Bob Slicker really got the crowd into it! Over $20,000. was raised through ticket sales, live auction, raffle and other donations.
The highlight of the evening took place when Doug Deming took the stage with the Doo Shots and then they were joined by stand-up bass player Andrew Gohman. The crowd went wild as the stage was rocking! It was the greatest jam that I ever heard. They closed the evening with “Johnny B. Goode” by Chuck Berry.
The event was sponsored by the Swordfish Grill and Tiki, The Sarasota Post and Sande Caplin and Associates, who have all agreed to be “on board” to sponsor next year’s event in September, the date to be announced.
If you are 501-3C Sarasota/Bradenton based charity and interested in being the recipient for the next event please send your proposal in PDF form to email@example.com. A response is required by 12/1/2017.
Top photo- Sarasota Post / Bottom Photo- Joe Hendricks