It Takes a Village . . . To Save a Village

The Giving Coast

BY BRITTANY MATTIE SRQ DAILY WEDNESDAY PHILANTHROPY EDITION WEDNESDAY OCT 2, 2019

This past Sunday, four mainstay Siesta Key Village businesses banded together to benefit the Bahamas Red Cross Relief Program with the "It Takes a Village" fundraising event. Participating bars included Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar, Siesta Key Oyster Bar, 3.14 Pi Craft Beer & Spirits and Gilligan's Island Bar. Locals and visitors alike showed up for the cause—enjoying outdoor performances from seven live music acts located in the Pi parking lot and a complimentary drink at each location. All proceeds from the cover fee and custom tee sales will go to Bahamian Relief to combat the devastation from Hurricane Dorian. Nearly $10,000 was raised from "It Takes a Village" proceeds alone.

Beyond the donation from the weekend event, Siesta Key Oyster Bar (SKOB)'s surprised everyone with another historic donation on behalf of restaurant patrons who have adorned their walls with various paper currencies while visiting the restaurant over many years. 

It took the entire month of September to unfasten thousands of dollar bills stapled all over the walls and columns of the restaurant’s famed interior. From that effort, an additional $15,000 was collected and counted.  With even more bills still hanging from SKOB's ceiling, employees plan to continue pulling them down to add to the donation to the Bahamas Red Cross. Now anyone who had ever shared a George Washington or two on SKOB's walls has auspiciously helped to support the rebuilding of homes on an island neighbor.

SKOB employees working hard to take down all the dollar bills from its walls to donate to the Bahamas Hurricane Relief fund.

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