(Fort Myers Beach, Fla. – November 11, 2009) –Snook Bight Yacht Club & Marina and Bayfront Bistro surpassed its fundraising goal by raising $70,000 for the Southwest Florida Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure at the inaugural “All Aboard Against Breast Cancer” event held last weekend.
The “All Aboard Against Breast Cancer” festivities kicked off in October with Bayfront Bistro’s signature “Cocktails for the Cure” offering. For each custom beverage concoction purchased by diners at the award-winning restaurant, four dollars was added to the Komen donation.
On Nov. 6, the “All Aboard Against Breast Cancer” weekend opened with a wine dinner and auction that offered attendees the opportunity to bid on exclusive items such as ACE Group Classic Pro-Am positions, cruises and in-home dinners prepared by Bayfront Bistro Executive Chef Marbin Guzman-Avilez Sr. or Angelina’s Chef Nick Costanzo. The big winner for the night was a dinner for 20 with Bayfront Bistro Chef Marbin in the winning bidder’s home. When this item went for $6000 Joe Yerkes placed a second one on the block which fetched $4500. The excitement grew as Yerkes added artwork off of the walls to the auction block bringing 3 new items and $11,500 to the Komen kitty. “I thought he was going to sell the bar stools out from under me” commented Mike Wilke, Bayfront’s General Manager.
The festivities continued the next day with a boat show held in partnership with Marine Max and waterside festival open to the public. The scores of area residents that came also enjoyed live music by The Eric Stone Band, “All Aboard Cocktail for the Cure,” BBQ Extravaganza, boat show and a silent auction and raffle.
“The best thing about these events was that it gave not only our team, but our partners and customers the opportunity to get involved in supporting this important cause,” says Joe Yerkes, President of Snook Bight Yacht Club & Marina and Bayfront Bistro. “The Komen affiliate board and I are already looking forward to the second annual event next year.”
Yerkes will present the Southwest Florida Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure board with its donation next month.
About Snook Bight Yacht Club & Marina
Snook Bight Yacht Club and Marina is located on the beautiful and pristine Estero Bay in Fort Myers Beach, Fla. Snook Bight offers a range of services to meet every boating need, including new boat sales, rentals, service and storage in state-of-the-art rackominiums and dockominiums. Club members also have access to amenities at the Yacht Club. Snook Bight is also home to the award-winning Bayfront Bistro, a multiple award winner in Fort Myers Beach’s “Taste of the Beach” event. For more information, call (239) 765- 4371 or visit www.snookbightmarina.com.
About Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and the Komen Southwest Florida Affiliate
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. The Southwest Florida Affiliate of Komen for the Cure is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in our local community. Established in 2002, the Southwest Florida Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is dedicated to furthering the Komen promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures. The Southwest Florida Affiliate of Komen for the Cure joins 100,000 breast cancer survivors and activists around the globe as part of the world’s largest and most progressive grassroots network fighting breast cancer. Through events like the Komen Southwest Florida Race for the Cure®, the Affiliate has invested over $4 million in the fight to end breast cancer. Up to 75 percent of net proceeds generated by the Affiliate stays in Southwest Florida. The remaining income goes to the national Susan G. Komen for the Cure Grants Program to fund research. For more information: http://www.komenswfl.org (239) 498-0016.