The organizers of the fourth annual Pink-Out have more than $20,000 in hand and are still counting.
The event, benefits Franklin Needs, Inc. a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide education and support about breast cancer health for Franklin County, Florida women.
Dayle Flint, treasurer said the earnings are double what the 2015 Pink-Out produced. About 300 people gathered Friday night on the grounds of Paddy’s Raw Bar and Journey’s of St. George Island to enjoy music, food and fellowship.
Flint said nearly 200 dinners were served, featuring shrimp appetizers prepared by David Walker and fresh fish with the fixings served up by Pat Kelly and Richard Sowell.
Oyster City Brewing Company donated two kegs which were drained in 56 minutes. Cassie Gary, owner of OCBC sent for another keg and quipped, “That’s never happening again. Next time we’re going to bring more beer.”
Flint said Centennial Bank and Weems Memorial Hospital were the primary Pink-Out sponsors. “A big thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers we couldn’t have done without you.”
Four gentlemen were offered in the “handy man” auction that has become a Pink-Out institution. Flint said Willie Luberto commanded the highest price, $1,600, which Flint said was a record amount for the auction. Luberto will build a driveway for the purchaser.
The silent auction, featuring dozens of items donated by area businesses and individuals, raised more than $10,000.
Flint said, thanks to the generous donations, Franklin Needs may expand their mission to include educational outreach, and purchasing wigs and prosthetics for cancer victims.