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Fat Tuesday! The Cottage hosts Mardi Gras benefit all day Feb. 9

February 12, 2013
Melissa Schneider - Editor ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

The Cottage's upcoming, sixth annual, all-out Fat Tuesday celebration is taking place in a matter of days, benefitting a great local cause, as always. Don't forget to sport your best purple, green and gold gear Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m., as the gulf-front hot spot (1250 Estero Blvd.) hosts its annual Mardi Gras fund-raiser to benefit the American Cancer Society.

During the all-day festival-style benefit, expect some of the best live music around, along with great raffles, 50/50s, games, prizes, Cajun food and drink specials.

"So many of us have been affected by cancer in one way or another if you have ever gone through it or watched a loved one go through it, then you know it is one of the toughest battles for a person to face," said Roxanne Jakaitis, bar manager of The Cottage Bar and Grill. "The American Cancer Society is the largest source of private, non-for-profit cancer research funds in the U.S. The fight against cancer isn't just a health issue it's a public issue as well."

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Swing by The Cottage anytime Feb. 12, from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. to celebrate its annual Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras benefit for the American Cancer Society. Enjoy plenty of live music, raffle prizes, 50/50s, tasty Cajun food and so much more!?Above, Pat Tardiff, Marie Smith, Andrea Michielini and Warren Leeds sell raffle tickets to the benefit-goers.

Live music will kick off at the award-winning, gulf-front beach bar right around 2 p.m., offering amazing sounds from such great local musicians as Steve Farst, Soapbox, The Drunk Monkeys, The New Vinyls, The Bad Banditos and more rocking late into the evening hours.

"Your American Cancer Society is committed to providing support programs and services in our community facing cancer. We realize the importance of these programs, and want to show them our support in a big way!" Roxanne said. "We hope this is the most successful benefit yet it's sure to be a party that you won't want to miss!"

Folks at The Cottage and Gulfshore Grill are asking for local support to help make this one of the greatest fund-raisers ever held.

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"Please help us spread the word and join us for the party. We would greatly appreciate any raffle prizes/donations that you could give," Roxanne said. "Please feel free to give your donations to our employees who are out and about working tirelessly to make this the best benefit ever."

You can also drop donations and prizes off at the 1250 Estero Blvd. location. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to call the establishment at 765-5440 and ask for Ray, Chic, Leslie, Roxanne or Johnna.

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The Cottage's Fat Tuesday benefit

When: Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Where: The Cottage, 1250 Estero Blvd.

What: All-day benefit raising funds for the local chapter of the American Cancer Society, with raffles, prizes, 50/50s, Cajun food and drink specials, along with live music

Live music: Steve Farst, Soapbox, The Drunk Monkeys, The New Vinyls, The Bad Banditos and more!



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