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Buffet fans to 'Party with a Purpose' Saturday

Fundraiser to have live music and children's activities


© St. Petersburg Times, published May 18, 2001

HOMOSASSA -- The local Jimmy Buffett fan club, The Parrot Heads, will "Party With a Purpose" at the fourth annual fund-raiser Saturday at Homosassa Riverside Resort, 5297 S Cherokee Way.

The event begins at 10 a.m. and includes arts and crafts, along with food and live music. It will also have two auctions, a bake sale and children's activites.

The featured musical performer is Caribbean musician Sunny Jim White. He sings, plays guitar and steel drums, and his original songs tell of life in the Caribbean islands. His song Blame It On The Rum was part of the soundtrack of the Tom Cruise thriller The Firm. White was the featured performer at last year's Parrot Heads national convention.

Dave Fogler, who recently won the "Sounds Like Buffett To Me" contest at the Florida Manatee Festival, is among the local musical performers. Fogler will perform and emcee the music.

Live music starts at the outdoors stage at noon and continues late. Other entertainers include Bobby Bosanko, Gary Pane and Jeff Cokeroft.

Palnez Preschool and Day Care of Ozello will provide many children's activites. These include making paper windmills, marble art, making silly putty for crafts projects and painting. The children's activities will be held beneath a large white tent on the grounds.

Events are scheduled for the activity field near the entrance of the Homosassa Riverside Resort. Resort chef Charlie Brown will have a food booth that includes "Cheeseburgers in Paradise," along with mahi-mahi or jerked chicken with black beans and rice and hot dogs.

Last year's event raised about $2,800, which was evenly divided between the Salvation Army and United Methodist Church of Crystal River. Admission to the party is free. Parking is free at the resort, but overflow parking at locations such as Homosassa Elementary will cost up to $2.

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