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Elks’ annual fundraiser is most successful yet

February 6, 2019
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

Under sunny skies and warm winter breezes, the Pine Island Elks held its 4th annual Snowbird Marathon fundraiser last week. The event began at Low Key Tiki and ended at Woody's Waterside.

The event drew more than 500 participants - some of them dressed in some of the craziest costumes. The event began at Low Key Tiki with goody bag pick-up at 1 p.m. The bags included a marathon T-shirt along with a genuine race bib and various items donated by local merchants.

Immediately after the National Anthem, the boat horn sounded the start and participants maneuvered through obstacles which included a flat-on-the-ground balance "beam," a 7-foot-high limbo pole and a zip line which featured actual zip ties.

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The band Last Resort performed at Low Key Tiki throughout the afternoon while Yard Dog Charlie played at Woody's Waterside.

Along the way there was a day of laughter and fun as well as music, food and drink specials, free give-aways and lots of vendors. A number of valuable door prizes were given away at both establishments and there was a costume contest with awards as well.

Proceeds from the event go to the Greater Pine Island Elks Club to help fund its benevolent charities including scholarships, summer camp, children's therapy and other activities supported by the Elks. Organizers wish to thank all sponsors, volunteers and participants for their enthusiastic support and hope to see everyone back again next year.



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