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First Tabarrini Foundation Bachelor Auction Monday

Local musicians, athletes and firefighters up for grabs

December 1, 2011
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

The Lewis P. Tabarrini Children's Music Outreach Foundation will be holding its first annual Bachelor Auction Monday, Dec. 5, with doors opening at 7 p.m., the auction starting at 8 p.m., at Ballyorney's Irish Pub, 13851 South Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers.

Fifteen of Southwest Florida's most eligible bachelors will come together in the name of charity for what is sure to be a night to remember. Up for auction will be gentlemen from all walks of life including local musicians, athletes and firefighters.

All ladies 21 and up are welcome to attend this event. With every entry, a glass of red or white wine is on the house. Ladies will pay $5 at the door to enter. There will be food and drink specials provided by Ballyorney's and music by DJ Griff Gotti.

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The Lewis P. Tabarrini Children's Music Foundation is a new local non-profit organization whose mission is to provide instruments and lessons to those children who can't afford it. Lewis believed that a boy or girl with a musical instrument in their hands is less likely to be getting into trouble, and he personally provided more than one child with their very first musical instrument. The organization was founded by Lew's children, including Bob Tabarrini of local band A200 and one of the events featured bachelors.

"When my father, Lew, passed away in July, my heart broke and my world felt so empty," said Tabarrini. "As I sat and reflected upon my Dad, I realized that even though he was not a musician, he truly did love music. As a tribute to him, we have established this foundation to continue the heart and spirit of a wonderful father who simply loved kids and loved music."

And the community has shown love for the foundation in return. At their very first fundraising event, Sandblast 2010, approximately 3,000 people came out to support their efforts, which is to provide free guitar lessons to children who may not have the means to do so on their own. The Tabarrini Foundation currently holds classes at the Fort Myers Music Academy with two age groups 8-12 and 13-18.

Treber Privatera, one of the event organizers, hopes the auction will help to spread the word about the foundation in a unique and playful way.

"The guys are really excited. We have also gotten a lot of support from other local businesses wanting to be a part of the event," states Privatera. "The auction really offers something for everyone, the guys are very diverse and not only have great looks, they also come from very different backgrounds."

All of the money raised will be used to provide foundation graduates with their own guitars at the upcoming December Graduation Ceremony.



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