Eye on the Y: Fundraising is a laughing matter

My sides still hurt, my jaw muscles ache, my knees are weak and my feet hurt. These are all symptoms of uproarious laughter and running around greeting folks.

All of us who attended Stan’s Roast last Thursday night at the Marriott Resort and Spa are suffering from this malady.

A capacity crowd enjoyed great southern home-style cooking and good natured ribbing of area restaurateur, singer extraordinaire and philanthropist Stan Gober.

It was great to see all the people honoring such a fine fellow. The roast master was Bill Morris and Johnny Angel was hilarious as the emcee for the event.

The roasters included area radio and TV personality Joe Klimas; book author and publisher Wade Keller; from the Country Music Foundation, Mr. Jeff Walker; Marco Island Police Foundation President Jack Patterson and the event co-sponsor and owner of the Marco Rose River Marina Mr. Bill Rose.

Although the roasters comedic talents were at their peak, Stan took the prize as his rebuttals were superb.

Thanks to all who attended and a special thanks to Stan and his family for being so good natured and also assisting the YMCA in our Capital Campaign fundraiser.

Tuesday night I attended the next Healthy Life Lecture series held at Mackle Park. A capacity crowd listened to a doctor discuss Attention Deficit Disorder.

Last night I went to the Marco Marriott Resort & Spa set up and manned the YMCA booth at the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce Business Expo. A lot of folks stopped by to say hello and in doing so got a free guest pass for their interest.

Tonight is the 6, 7 and 8 grade social with a half way to Halloween party scheduled for 7 p.m. in the gym. Attendees are encouraged to come in costume and the best will win iPods from Radio Shack and courtesy of Jukebox Productions DJ Service, a “Friend of the Y” Sponsor for 2008.

Saturday at 11 a.m. is the start of the 13th Annual Dottie’s Duck Derby, an Aquatics program fundraising event. May the best duck win!

Monday, March 31 through April 4 is the week of Spring/Adventure Camp at the “Y”. I have seen the daily schedule of events and it is jammed packed with activities. Attendees will take part in various fun games, arts and crafts, field trips and many various contests. You still have time to register your child this weekend. Camp is open to all students K-6 grades.

Registration continues for Summer Camp 2008 that starts June 2 through August 15.

Coming soon is the YMCA “Taste of Marco” fundraiser to be held at the Esplanade on April 27. Scheduled entertainment includes DJ Steve Reynolds and Myles Loud at the main stage and DJ Tony D of Jukebox Productions at the entrance area. The time is 11 to 5 p.m. Cost is $5, children under 12 free and food and drink tickets will be sold in $1 increments. There also will be a special children’s area with a Bounce House, Giant Slide and other activities.

If you a not a member of the Marco Island YMCA, stop by for a free tour. The Marco Island YMCA is located on 101 Sandhill Street off San Marco road. The phone number is 394-3144 and visit our website at www.marcoislandymca.org. Have a great week!

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