Clarification : Marco Polo Restaurant, 30 Marco Lake Drive, Marco Island, is one of the sponsors for Friday, Oct. 26’s, Upon A Star Foundation Inc.’s benefit.
Upon a Star’s first Halloween bash and fundraiser begins at 6 p.m., Oct. 26, at Nacho Mama’s. It winds up with a wicked-awesome bash and whimsical spirits to be served at 9 p.m. at Guy Harvey’s Island Grill.
The 40 witches and warlocks will be celebrating the holiday and the spirit of Upon a Star Foundation Inc., which supports the Island’s youth. (Visit uponastarfoundation.org to read about the charity’s accomplishments since its inception at the first annual Talk Derby to Me party, which is celebrated annually during the Kentucky Derby.)
Upon a Star’s Halloween festivities will begin with trick-or-treating for support at Nacho Mama’s. The witches will be asking for donations for witch T-shirts ($20), witch coolie cups ($10), Polaroid pictures with the some sexy witches ($5) and a big Barrel O’ Booze raffle tickets (one for $10 or three for $20).
They will then take flight around 8 p.m. for a stop at Arturo’s Italian Restaurant, where all the servers will be in costume, and the witches will continue their journey for Upon a Star’s support.
The witches will land at 9 p.m. at Cocomo’s for another round of trick-or-treating and continue on their quest with stops at the Bombay Club, Captain Brien’s Seafood & Raw Bar, Da Vinci’s Ristorante Italiano, Porky’s Last Stand, Rookies and the Snook Inn.
- AUDIO SLIDESHOW: Witches whirlwind tour landing on Marco
Admission is free to the after-party at Guy Harvey’s. But wait for the witches to land at the grill at about 10:30 p.m. when the festivities will be in full swing.
The after party includes a prized costume contest, dancing and live entertainment. The Barrel O’ Booze raffle winner will be announced and other festivities will be in full swing.
The witches, who each donated $50 to take part in the flight, will be advertising many businesses on their broom sticks, including Two By Faux Finishes, Kinetico Water, Squares Landscaping, Mitchell Pressure Cleaning, Ehlen Floor Covering, Wall Street Wrap Up, BoatWatch, Connie’s Art Workshop & Gallery, Jim & Nikki Prange, Marco Community Bank, Koszo Productions, Pampered Paws and many more.
A “silent warlock” was so ghostly generous the Jordans wished to give him a special thanks.
“Howard and I would like to send a special thanks to Charlie Assortato for once again supporting Upon A Star,” Michelle Jordan said.
Another popular supporter of the foundation, the warlock Bob Stoico, donated $1,000 for his whirlwind trick-or-treat tour of the town.
The participating restaurants will not only allow the witches to trick-or-treat for donations, but each have also donated $200 to Upon A Star.
The witches’ crash landing cost $1,000, donated by Guy Harvey’s. And the costume-contest judges, Bernie of Shell Lighting, Larry Sheetz of Accu Care Nursing and (one judges’ position has yet to be filled) each donated $100 to Upon a Star.
“This event will have the whole Island talking,” Michelle Jordan says of the first annual fundraiser. “I believe that every year when Halloween comes around, Islanders’ first thoughts will be, ‘When are the Witches coming, and where will they land?’ “