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Caring for the Parsons family

By Staff | Nov 23, 2011

Jim Frock was holding a barge party event to benefit From Our Hearts on the day little Trey Parsons was killed in an automobile accident.

“I heard about it when I got home and I knew I had to do something to help the family,” Frock said.

Frock, who operates Seven Seas Bait and Tackle in Matlacha, had known Trey’s father, David Parsons, for years. “David captained a shrimp boat and lots of folks on the island bought shrimp from him,” he said. “David is currently not working due to the injuries he sustained in the accident, so I decided to hold a fund-raiser in support of the family.”

Pine Island Cares will be held Saturday, Dec. 10, from 10:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., at 5149 Pine Island Road.

“John Scorupski has offered us the use of his boat lot for the event,” Frock said. “We might go on after 5 p.m. depending on the weather and if we can have a bonfire.”

Frock’s Sand Bar Productions has produced six fund-raising events locally, all on water.

“This will be my first land-based event but it will be similar to the barge parties,” he said. “We will have food, including 1,000 pounds of fresh seafood. We have eight bands providing entertainment including Gary & Karri, Still Kickin’, Ground Zero, Strange Arrangement, The Local Volunteers, 10,000 Views, Soap Box and Trailer Park Barbie with Vytas Vibe.”

Admission for the Pine Island Cares benefit is $10 for adults, $5 for children 11 to 16, and kids 10 and under are admitted free. The Pine Island Food Pantry is volunteering at the event. Bring one or more food items to receive $2 off the price of admission.