Cottage Holds Benefit for Nightclub Victims



This Saturday, our little town will once again join together to help another community in need as The Cottage and the Gulfshore Grill hold a fundraiser that will benefit victims’ families from both the tragic shooting at The Pulse nightclub in Orlando and last weekend’s tragedy in downtown Fort Myers.

The event begins with live music, with Bobby Blakey, 1-2:30pm; The Side Project, 3-4:30pm; Cross Eyed Chicks, 5-6:30pm; The New Vinyls, 7:8:30pm and The Trio from 9pm-1am.

“We will begin raffle sales at 1pm, with the first drawings taking place at 3pm,” said Cottage General Manager Roxanne Jakaitis, who said she organized the event after feeling heartbroken over what happened in Orlando.

“The donations for prizes have been amazing,” she told us. “We have hotel stays, restaurant gift certificates, gift baskets, golf outings, wine dinners and much, much more.”

Since the memorial for beloved local Bruce Cermak will also be held on Saturday (Junkanoo’s 1-3pm), Roxanne said that ‘the real party’ will begin after his memorial ends at 3pm, saying she hopes everyone comes down afterwards to help with the fundraising efforts.

“The bands will start at 1pm, though,” said Manager Johnna Sohner. “We will be fundraising throughout the day, and we are also donating 20% of the money we raise Saturday to the ‘Together Fort Myers Fund’ to help victims and families of the Club Blu nightclub shooting last weekend.”

In addition to live music, raffles and drink specials, there will also be a face-painting table and peace sign arts and crafts for the kids from 1-4pm. For more information, call The Cottage at 239-765-5440.


Staff Report