Vol 5 No. 51 - September 7, 2005
Local efforts aid Katrina victims
SUN PHOTO/MAGGIE FIELD
Island residents MacKenzie and Mallory Kosfeld and
Daniel Janisch had a bake sale over the weekend
to help raise money for people devastated by Hurricane
Katrina. A number of businesses and organizations
around the Island are holding fundraisers and seeking
contributions to help in the relief effort.
By Tom Vaught &
sun staff writers
The call to help victims of Hurricane Katrina along the
northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico has prompted local
responses in many ways.
Some have set up collection jars next to cash registers,
one flew medical supplies into the area, some have opened
their doors to refugees and one young Anna Maria Elementary
School student opened her piggybank to the relief efforts.
The fact that the storm caused only a little erosion along
our beaches as it gathered strength in the Gulf toward
its northern landfall in Louisiana and Alabama might be
one reason so many people here are responding. Many residents
are fully aware that the storm could have turned east
and hit this area.
Factor in last years parade of four hurricanes that
missed us but devastated our Florida neighbors to the
south and east and you have an Island full of people eager
Here are some examples of local hurricane relief efforts.
Pat Runo, owner of Tip of the Island, 204 Palmetto Ave.,
Anna Maria, said his business will match donations given
by patrons to the relief fund. There is a jar at the bar
for people to drop their money.
Fat Cat Carpet Cleaning, 5400 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach,
will donate 5 percent of their revenue between Sept. 14
and 30 to the relief fund.
Jessie's Island Store, 5424 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
has a large jar at the counter for people to drop their
Beach Bistro owner Sean Murphy is serving "N' Awlins
Nights" on Monday and Tuesday nights through the
fall season, featuring daily specials of New Orleans-inspired
dishes, with a portion of the proceeds going toward relief
efforts for hurricane victims.
"New Orleans is the heart and soul of American cookery,"
said Murphy. "It is my favorite city, my first home
in America and the city of my beginnings in the restaurant
Twenty percent of sales from the "N Awlins Nights"
specials will be set aside for the Red Cross initially
and then for more local community-based charities.
"Since transportation and communication are in too
desperate a situation to allow us to physically go and
help, we will send what assistance we can from here,"
The Bistro will also feature "N Awlins Nights"
in the Bistro's soon-to-be-created piano bar later this
The Beach Bistro is at 6600 Gulf Drive, in Holmes Beach.
For information or reservations, call 778-6444.
Most Island churches are adding special offerings for
storm relief as well, and they are sending funds off to
agencies that are in a position to help.
St. Bernard's Catholic Church is taking up a special collection
on Sept. 11, and anyone can send a check to the hurricane
relief fund of the Diocese of Venice. Gloria Dei is asking
parishioners to donate to the Lutheran World Relief fund.
Church of the Annunciation is asking that donations be
made to the Episcopal Relief and Development Fund. Island
Baptist Church is accepting monetary contributions and
anything else that might help for the Southern Baptist
Association. Longboat Island Chapel is asking its members
to donate directly to the Salvation Army.
Those who want to give money or supplies directly to a
charity for relief efforts are urged designate their checks
for "Hurricane Katrina" and send them to: The
American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C.,
20013; or The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 269, Alexandria,
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