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Coming to the Rescue: Nervous Nellie’s hosts Red Cross relief benefit Saturday

June 3, 2011
Hitting close to home with family living in the Midwest, the staff of Nervous Nellie’s (1131 1st St.) is eager to dive in and help those affected by the recent and deadly Midwest storms and tornadoes by hosting a very spe­­­cial benefit titled “Help Us Help Them,” held in conjunction with the American Red Cross, all day Saturday, June 4.

“One of our bartender’s family was affected by the tornadoes that blew through Joplin, Mo., and we’re hosting this American Red Cross benefit to help all we can,” said Rob DeGennaro, owner of Nervous Nellie’s Crazy Waterfront Eatery.

During the all day fund-raiser, you’ll be able to catch live music from such great local bands as Stinkeye, Vytas Vibe, No Way Jose, the Drunk Monkeys and more.

“We’ll be introducing a new signature drink for this fund-raiser called the ‘Neurotic Nellie,’ made up of seven different rums, as well as natural juices,” Rob said. “Proceeds of this drink will go to the benefit.”

Also during the fund-raiser, look forward to bidding on multiple items in the silent auction, featuring original works of Sanibel/Captiva Artist Darryl Pottorf (worth at least $5,000), tickets aboard the Fort Myers Beach Princess and Key West Express, gift certificates to great local restaurants and hot spots, tennis lessons, multiple hotel and resort getaways and much more.

Early and late raffles will be held between 5 and 8 p.m. and 8 to 11 p.m., featuring even more great prizes, along with fun specials, prizes and giveaways.

“We want to invite everyone to come out to a great cause,” Rob said.

Plenty of lunch and dinner specials will be offered, as well as happy hour all day long, featuring $2 16-ounce drafts, $2 domestic bottles, $3.95 wells, $3.95 house wines and the release of Sam Adams’ new summer series, including its commemorative 22-ounce glasses.

For more information on this upcoming benefit, or to donate an item for the silent auction or raffle, call Nervous Nellie’s at 463-8077.

Nellie’s has gone Bohemian!

You may have noticed Nervous Nellie’s has recently undergone a little facelift: a new, younger, more vibrant look about her … a real style of the tropics!

“We’ve given Nervous Nellie’s a great Bohemian look with a fresh paint job that really brings out the energy of the place,” Rob said. “Stop by and check it out.”

The tropical work was done by Hank Shaldys and his Liberty Coast Construction crew.

Be sure to stick around for other off-season improvements Rob and his crew are planning to make to the establishment.

Article Photos

Nervous Nellies’ Rob DeGennaro, his daughter, Carly (center), and Hali McLaughlin, with Paul Grinold and Hank Shaldys. Photo by MELISSA SCHNEIDER.



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