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Any excuse to party! Multiple fund-raisers on the beach this weekend

May 21, 2010

It may almost be summertime, but you'd never know it with the wealth of excitement and entertainment taking place along Fort Myers Beach!

This weekend, we have two count them TWO?special fund-raisers for local causes on the island one for each day of the weekend the Surf Club Fireworks Cook-Out Saturday and the Beach Pub Mullet Toss Sunday so you should be able to make it to both!

Surf Club Fireworks Cook-Out

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Two big fund-raisers are taking place this weekend on Fort Myers Beach. The Surf Club’s annual Cook-Out for the fireworks will be Saturday, May 22, from 1 to 6 p.m., and the Beach Pub’s annual Mullet Toss for Rev. Nadine’s after-school program will be Sunday, May 23, beginning at noon. Above, Beach Pub owners Lou Caleca and Tim Miller, along with Rev. Nadine and Lou’s wife, Dina.

The Surf Club, 1167 Estero Blvd., is back in action, holding its 13th annual cook-out benefit for the "Light Up the Sky" Fourth of July Fireworks Fund, this Saturday, May 22, from 1 to 6 p.m.

Prepare yourselves for plenty of fun while Surf Club staff hosts raffles, prizes, giveaways and more.

Donations are still needed and happily accepted for raffle prizes during the benefit. Aside from raffles, there will also be live entertainment and other activities for the long-standing event.

Beach Pub Mullet Toss

Hopefully you've been practicing that fish-tossing, since the official Beach Pub Mullet Toss fund-raiser is this Sunday, May 23, beginning at noon at the pub, 1668 I St. Mullet will begin flying at 2 p.m.

During the all-day benefit, there will be plenty of live music from local rockers, including Steve "the Lucky Dog"?Lutke (starting at noon), Elijah (around 2 p.m.) and Joel (around 3 p.m.), as well as raffles, prizes, food, giveaways, and of course, mullet-tossing, which will be divided into three categories: man, woman and child.

Beach Pub co-owner Lou Caleca (along with Tim Miller) said this benefit is specifically for Reverend Nadine's after-school program for the "VIP Kids" at Beach Elementary.

"Rev. Nadine takes care of kids after school to keep them out of the streets. They do crafts and all types of stuff like that," Lou said. "In the summer, she takes a handful up to Michigan for a week-long retreat. That's what this money helps go for the after-school program and for the trip."

Lou said, "If we could get everyone that lives on this island to donate $1, I'm sure that we can take care of Rev. Nadine for the whole year. It's one buck. I'll pick it up even."

Every year, the mullet is donated by Jeff from Island Seafood.

"Jeff donates them every year," Lou said. "He says he'll donate them as long as he's around and as long as we're doing this benefit."

If you'd to donate to the cause before the event, feel free to drop it off to the Beach Pub bartender. For more info on the Beach Pub's upcoming mullet toss fund-raiser, call the pub at 765-6102.

Also, the Beach Pub is coming up on its second anniversary. In celebration, an anniversary party will be held all day Sunday, June 6, with drink specials, giveaways, food, live music, drink specials and more. Stay tuned for more details.



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