Operation Open Arms Benefit


Bluegrass, Brew and BBQ Returns

The fourth annual Bluegrass, Brew & BBQ event returns to Matanzas on the Bay on Saturday, May 27 from 11am-10pm to benefit Operation Open Arms, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the care and treatment of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in military personnel and veterans.

The event will feature live music from the Bugtussle Ramblers from 1 to 4 p.m. and the Cooter Creek Bluegrass Band from 5 to 8 p.m., craft beer from Fort Myers Brewing Company, a 50/50 raffle and a $15 barbecue plate featuring ribs, smoked pork shanks, potato salad and corn on the cob, offered from noon while supplies last. Free car parking and boat dockage will be available for guests traveling by land or sea.

Last year’s Bluegrass, Brew and BBQ event raised more than $7,000 for Operation Open Arms, attracting more than 800 guests to support the cause. This year, 50 percent of proceeds from the barbecue, 10 percent of all restaurant proceeds and 50 percent of the 50/50 raffle will benefit Operation Open Arms. The event will also feature a silent auction, with 100 percent of the auction proceeds supporting Operation Open Arms.

For the past 12 years, Operation Open arms has continued to make a difference in the lives of more than 3,400 military personnel and veterans, facilitating more than $13.6 million in direct tangible benefits for U.S. troops returning from combat or foreign duty stations. For more information about the organization and its cause, visit www.OperationOpenArms.org.

Matanzas on the Bay is located at 416 Crescent St. on Fort Myers Beach on Estero Bay. Free car parking and boat dockage is available. For more information, call 239-463-3838 or visit www.MatanzasontheBay.com.