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Bar-hoppin' for a cause: MTV reality show stars make it to FMB

April 4, 2012
Melissa Schneider - Editor ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Reality TV stars Chris "CT" Tamburello and Johnny Bananas, most well-known for their spots on MTV's The Real World, made it down to Fort Myers Beach and the surrounding areas last week to help promote the fourth annual Surf and Song Festival, hosted by the Surf and Song Foundation, which featured more than 100 local musicians, along with Stroke 9, Cracker and Johnny Rzeznik, frontman for the Good Goo Dolls.

CT and Johnny Bananas hopped all over the island to promote the show, handing out fliers and taking pictures with numerous fans, stopping at Nervous Nellie's, Nemo's and The Mermaid, before heading off-island to hit other big hot spots, like City Tavern and Yabo.

"These guys are the nicest people I've ever met," said Danny Rubush, local bartender and one of the coordinators of the annual Surf and Song Festival. "They came down here and boosted the event for four days, and got more than 100 volunteers to donate their time during the event. They've just been amazing."

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The Real World’s CT and Johnny Bananas hopped along Fort Myers Beach last week, promoting the fourth annual Surf and Song Festival, to aid local children with autism. CT is pictured with Mermaid bartender Maria DeFazio. Photo courtesy MARIA DEFAZIO.

Val's Lounge owner and Mermaid representative Valerie Van Selow was happy to see the MTV duo, as well.

"They were really nice guys, handing out fliers promoting the show and hanging out with our customers. I was really impressed," she said.

Throughout the two-day music festival, held Friday and Saturday last week, the two MTV stars were seen throughout the six-block area, mixing and mingling with fans and continuing to lend their support during the event.

"They're my new heroes," Danny said.



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