In days of old, pirates like Gasparilla and others roamed the waters of Pine Island Sound in search of booty. This weekend, buccaneers and wenches will descend on St. James City in hopes of finding treasure at the Waterfront Restaurant and Marina as the Kiwanis Club of Greater Pine Island present Waterfront Workforce Day. This annual event is not only a day for Kiwanians to raise funds, but serves as a celebration for pirate wannabes. On Saturday, April 3, treasure seekers and diners are welcome to the Waterfront from 11 a.m. to closing.
“We had such a great response to the Pirates Invade the Waterfront last year that we are pleased to bring it back this year,” said Kiwanian Pat Burman. “The Kiwanis members working that day will all be decked out in their finest pirate gear and we invite diners to do the same.”
In addition to dressing up as pirates, Kiwanians will be busy all day earning their keep by tying off boats arriving at the Waterfront docks, greeting diners, busing tables, shucking oysters and peeling shrimp.
“JD Hollway (owner of the Waterfront) has opened his doors for many years to the Kiwanis and, in exchange for work, he and his wife, Gina, make a donation to the Kiwanis local scholarship fund,” Burman said. “It is through his generosity that we are able to provide several scholarships to college- bound island students each year.”
According to Burman, in addition to dozens of raffles, a special surprise gift will be awarded to the person sporting the best pirate getup. These surprise gifts will be awarded to one adult and one child.
Chairing the Waterfront Workforce Day this year is Brain Faulkner who anticipates another successful event.
“This is the perfect way for the community to have a great meal, a good time and help support the students on Pine Island,” said Faulkner. “We are looking forward to seeing a lot of familiar faces as well as new ones this year. By pairing up with a local business, this is just one more way for we Kiwanians to give something back to a community who have given so much to us.”
As for the opportunity to collect treasure this during Waterfront Workforce Day, several gift baskets have been assembled and each person entering the restaruant will receive a raffle ticket at no charge. Each hour a raffle ticket will be drawn and the lucky winner will claim the bounty. Participants however, must be present to claim their prize. Baskets of various themes will be up for grabs and include wine, office supplies, gift certificates to local businesses, coffee and mugs and many more.
The Kiwanis Club of Greater Pine Island is a non-profit community service organization of volunteers who meet every Friday morning at Bert’s Bar and Grill in Matlacha. Through fund raisers such as Waterfront Workforce Day, the Kiwanis have awarded numerous scholarships to college bound island students and, to date, these scholarships have amounted to more than $200,000. Last year, the Kiwanis awarded 15 scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each.
For more information about the Kiwanis Club of Greater Pine Island, visit their Web site pineislandkiwanis.com
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What: Waterfront Workforce Day
When: Saturday, April 3
Where: Waterfront Restaurant and Marina, St. James City
Who: Kiwanis of Greater Pine Island
Wh: Fund-raiser for scholarships