Friday, September 27, 2013

Help me help a friend fighting ovarian cancer

I have a favor. My friend Michele has been battling ovarian cancer for nearly 2 years. After a second round of chemotherapy, a CT scan today offered positive news and we hope that she continues to improve. The ordeal has taken a physical, emotional and financial toll which is why her friends have set up a fundraiser event this Saturday to help where the insurance companies could not.

Whether you know Michele or not, I'm asking for your help. Help me help Michele and her family. We have collected over 30 prizes which will be part of a Chinese raffle on Saturday. at Skip One Seafood at Fort Myers Beach. You don't have to be there win. We have set up a Paypal account specific for the event. You can buy tickets by transferring money to Michele's Fundraiser account ( and choosing which prize basket you would like your raffle tickets to be placed in. Or show up at Skip One Restaurant, Fort Myers Beach between 11-3 PM on 9/28 to buy them and place them yourself. We will also have a mini-golf event. 100% of raffle prize money raised goes to Michele's cause. Here is the link to the event -

The $2 raffle ticket or 3 for $5 prizes include:

Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre (Fort Myers) - Enjoy Dinner and a Show for 2 people.

Canoe Outpost (Arcadia) - Paddle Pass good for one 5,8 or 12 mile day paddle trip on the beautiful Peace River.

Edison & Ford Winter Estates (Fort Myers) - 4 Tickets and Guide Book.

Florida Repertory Theatre (Fort Myers) - (2) tickets to any 2013-2014 Season Show.

Fort Myers Miracle (Fort Myers) - Sky Suite for (10) guests to any 2014 regular season Fort Myers Miracle game

Good Will (Fort Myers) - $50 Gift Certificate

Gulf Coast Symphony (Fort Myers) - 2 tickets to any 2013/14 GCS concert at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall.

Hampton Inn (Estero) - Gift Certificate for a (1) night stay at the Hampton Inn and Suites Fort Myers/Estero

Holiday Inn (Fort Myers) - 2 nights stay at the Holiday Inn Downtown Fort Myers

Key West Express (Fort Myers Beach) - One Roundtrip Ticket aboard Jet powered vessel between Fort Myers Beach or Marco Island to Key West

Naples Zoo (Naples) - 2 adults 2 children tickets. Enjoy a wildly fun day featuring shows and cruises in a historic botanical garden.

Pure Naples (Naples) - $100 Gift Certificate

Pure Naples (Naples) - Gift Certificate for 2 on the Double Sunshine. Enjoy dolphin watching, sightseeing, sunset cruises and more!

Pure Naples (Naples) - Gift Certificate for 2 on the Jet Boat Odin. Explore Naples’ waterways with commentary explaining the sights and ecology.

Sun Splash! (Cape Coral) - Tickets for 4 day passes. Each ticket allows admission to Sun Splash for one person, valid through the end of their 2014 season.

Outback Grilling Basket - Grilling supplies and Outback Gift Card

Movie Basket - Movie supplies and Movie Gift Card

Wine & Cheese Basket - with Flip Flop Merlot includes two bottles of wine, two wine glasses, knife, cutting board, bottle stopper, two candles, cheese, salami, napkins, dip and assorted crackers

Camping Cooler Basket - includes cooler, lantern, 3 pack dry bags, utensils, relief, water proofing spray, tent repair kit, head bug net, waterproof matches, poncho, whistle, carabineers, bug spray, headlamp

The following are $5 per raffle ticket items

Everglades Day Safari - (Fort Myers or Fort Lauderdale) Gift Certificate for 2 on full day safari. Full day tour includes airboat ride, nature walk, boat cruise, wildlife drive. Lunch is included.

Scubavice (Fort Myers) - One beginner scuba class.

Robert Dellaert Air Expeditions (Fort Myers/Marco Island) - One half hour seaplane expedition

More prizes will be up for silent auction at the event!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Lost & Found at Wendy's

My good friend Rebecca recalled a story from her childhood of finding "monkey" in a bag at Wendy's. This story dovetailed well (or at least like a Peregrine Falcon soaring talons first into a dove) with a story from my childhood of my family walking out of a Wendy's and leaving an ape in a bag for a moment. Follow the link and enjoy.