PORT RICHEY – When a group of Tarpon Springs High School alumni got together last year, they had so much fun they wanted to do it again.
But, they wanted to use this next get together to help those in need.
“Gimme Shelter Pasco – An Epic Event” is the end result of that desire.
The eight-hour festival will benefit the Coalition for the Homeless of Pasco County. It will be held at the Gill Dawg Wayne’s World Outdoor Event Center, 5419 Treadway Drive, from noon until 8 p.m. on Nov. 9.
There will be no admission to the day filled with bands, games, food and prizes, but there are special V.I.P. passes available for those who wish to be catered to with drinks, food, and preferred seating.
Donations, however, will be accepted and part of the proceeds from the food and drink have been pledged by the host site.
The Tarpon High alumni group, the Court of Monkeys, have secured an anonymous donor who will match all donations up to $50,000.
Court of Monkeys members Dane Ayers and Sandy Krause with the group said the enthusiasm of all the participants add up to an exciting and successful event.
“We had 400 show up for our first get together, then all of a sudden it was the next day,” Ayers said. “We had spent so much time messaging, talking and planning for that night which raised funds for the high school. At one of our member’s birthday party, Sandy suggested we do a fundraiser for the homeless coalition.”
“I just had a conviction to help the homeless,” Krause explained. “I said we’d find a little venue and I would pull my camper in the parking lot and create this outdoor party environment. They could go in and get food and hear music, then come out and the coalition would be there to educate people about homelessness. It has now turned into this 33,000 square foot venue with three bands and everything.”
Groups the Bearded Brothers Band, Monkey Bone and Barefoot Bob and the Hope will perform. “The World’s Largest Midget,” Dan Richardson, will provide the comic relief.
Adding to that entertainment, Florida Full Throttle’s 10-Class Bike Show will be on the boardwalk.
“This event basically found us as it all just came together,” Krause said. “It’s just been amazing.”
That coming together has actually been a 10-month process.
“I can’t even begin to tell you the countless hours these guys have put into this,” said Coalition CEO Don Anderson. “It’s just absolutely extraordinary.
Along with the financial contributions that will be accepted, festival goers are also asked to bring: men’s short and long pants in sizes 28-34; men’s sneakers; baseball caps; sunglasses; women’s small size shorts; women’s sneakers; travel-size toiletry items; winter clothes and blankets; suntan lotion; and individually wrapped snack foods.
The title sponsor for the event is The Fran Haasch Law Group, in Palm Harbor, along with additional sponsors: Florida Full Throttle motorcycle expo; Friendly Kia, New Port Richey; Kokolakis Contracting, Tarpon Springs; Brown Water Airboats, Floral City; and Enstar.
V.I.P. tickets are also available through Eventbrite.com.