Pirates have invaded Pine Island and will descend on the Waterfront Restaurant this weekend. During the annual Kiwanis Workforce Day, members of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Pine Island will be dressed in full pirate regalia to attend to guests of the restaurant for a fun-filled fund raising event.
The Kiwanis Day will take place Saturday, March 21, during the regular business hours of the Waterfront from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Waterfront is located at the end of Oleander in St. James City and is accessible by road or water.
Patrons of the restaurant will be treated like royalty as Kiwanians will be bussing tables, tying off boats and escorting diners to their seats in an effort to raise funds for its scholarship program.
Visitors to the event are also encouraged to don their own pirate gear and participate in a special treasure hunt that will take place during the one-day event. According to Kiwanian Pat Burman, dozens of prizes have been collected to use in the treasure hunt as well as for numerous door prizes. Among the items will be gift baskets, discount coupons and gift certificates to area businesses. In addition to the treasure hunt, many of the gifts will be awarded as door prizes as well.
"We would like to thank all of the businesses and residents who have donated prizes in order to make this a great day for everyone," said Waterfront Day Co-chair Pat Burman. "Businesses like the Waterfront and those who donated prizes for the treasure hunt have made the Kiwanis Club events exciting and a huge success."
The prizes include a surprise basket from Jay Johnson of Knolls Court, a wine basket from Bill and Jody Thacher, a surprise basket from Pine Island Real Estate, a Pine Island print from Andre's Photography, an oil filter and oil from St. James Auto, an office supplies basket from Belinda Marud of Edward Jones, Pine Island jams and mango hot sauce from Cynthia Welch of Paradise Gardens, a cruise for two and one kayak rental from Sally Tapager from Tropic Star, a coconut pirate man from Mike Shevlin and Carlyn Herring of Century 21, one kayak rental from John Paeno of Calusa Ghost Charters, tropical plants from Pine Island from Mango Tango, a basket of Pine Island note pads and tropical cookbook with postcards from Ad&Print Craft, a basket of Florida goodies from Charlene Russ of Florida in a Jar, a surprise basket from Buzzy Phillips of Raymond James, a surprise basket from Robin Parmeriee of TIB Bank, a surprise basket from Elsie Stearns of Southwest Capital Bank, two Johnny Depp prints from Leoma Lovegrove of Lovegrove Gallery and Garden, a bottle of wine from Dr. Watson's, a surprise basket from Mitch Carter from Greider Realty, a surprise basket from the Pine Island Chamber of Commerce, a Pine Island print from George and Dot Birmingham, a surprise basket from Edward Jones of St. James City, books on estate planning and inheritance hijackers from Robert C. Adamski, two two-week free trial passes from Anytime Fitness and 400 seven-day fitness passes to La Fitness, which will be given to the first 100 people to arrive per shift during four different shifts during the event.
Kiwanis Workforce Day
Saturday, March 21,
11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
St. James City
To benefit the Kiwanis
Dining at the Waterfront, attendees to the event will find a full range of entrees, appetizers, salads and deserts on the menu. Specialties include fresh, locally caught seafood; the island's biggest burger; and basket meals at competitive prices.
The Waterfront can be accessed by boat as well as by car. Boaters can access the restaruant just off the Intercostal Waterway at marker 13A, on the Henley Canal. Upon arrival, Kiwanians will be at the ready to tie-off boats at one of the 16 slips available at the rear of the facility.
The Kiwanis of Greater Pine Island will present numerous scholarships to deserving Pine Island students, and since its inception in 1979, the club has awarded more than $100,000 to graduates seeking a higher education. In addition to the scholarships, the Kiwanis also has contributed to Fire Academy scholarships, Pine Island Elementary School Jr. Olympics, student education trips, Pine Island Little League, Mariner High School Project Graduation, Fellow Islanders Sending Help, Mariner High School Band, Pine Island Elementary Outstanding Student Awards, Pine Island Bike Path Oasis Program, Beacon of HOPE and church youth groups.
For more information, call Pat Burman at 283-0777 or visit the Kiwanis Club of Greater Pine Island Web site at pineislandkiwanis.com