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The entryway of Gill Dawg Tiki Bar & Grill, on the waterfront in Port Richey, was filled by everyday items being collected for the Coalition for the Homeless of Pasco County on Nov. 9.

PORT RICHEY – The spring-like weather on Nov. 9 was just one reason hundreds showed up at Gill Dawg Tiki Bar & Grill.

The other was to help those without a home and common life essentials to have some hope of a better life.

“Gimme Shelter Pasco – An Epic Event” was the brainchild of a group of Tarpon Springs High School alumni who had so much fun getting together, they decided to up the ante by having their fun benefit others.

The “others” in this case were those served by the Coalition for the Homeless of Pasco County, which provides food, clothing, showers and counseling to those who do not have a permanent place to live.

The eight-hour festival drew hundreds to the site, giving those who attended an ideal afternoon of weather, food, music and fun.

It also gave them the chance to donate life items such as soaps and clothing which will be distributed to those searching for help at the Coalition.

Gill Dawg’s owner pledged to give part of the concession proceeds to the cause and the Court of Monkeys, as the alumni group members calls themselves, were able to get the promise of $50,000 from an anonymous donor.

All of the tallies are not in, but those who are passionate about helping the homeless in Pasco County said both the effort and the outcome were well worth it all.

“Those of us who have accepted this mission are in awe of the work this group put into helping our cause,” said Coalition for the Homeless of Pasco CEO Don Anderson. “They took an event that could have just been a day of fun and nostalgia with friends and decided to invite the entire community to join them and help those for who a day of no-stress fun is either a dream or a goal. We were blessed with perfect weather as well as blessed with a spectacular group of people to whom we can never fully express our appreciation.”