I’ve been to fun, elegant and even black tie fund raisers but I’ve never been to one like The Seventh Annual Barstool Open held in Punta Gorda, FL yesterday to benefit “Dollars for Mammograms“. I believe I heard every imaginable name for breasts: hooters, ta tas, boobs, girlies, tits … and the names of the teams were hysterical. There were the “Hello Titties”, the “Doobies for Boobies”, the “Breast Friends”, and my team the “Ha Ha’s for Ta Ta’s”.
No, we did not take my grand-daughter to any of the nine bars that sponsored the event. Teams contributed $100 for each foursome and went to every bar for a drink and a turn on their putting green. All the money raised goes to provide mammograms and follow-up care for women who are uninsured or under-insured in Charlotte County, FL.
The bars were all within walking/staggering distance of each other but there was a trolley for those who chose not to or couldn’t walk. Each bar designed their own putting green & the hilarity increased from bar to bar and from drink to drink. The team costumes were as outrageous as their names and the camaraderie grew as teams kept running into each other and vied for better (or worse) scores … there were prizes for both. The bars had signature drinks for the event as well as special appetizers and meals.
The last event was hosted by Hurricane Charley’s on the Peace River to announce the winners of the various prizes. We were lucky enough to get a table on the tiki deck overlooking the water just as the breeze picked up and the live music began. More than 500 people participated in the event and raised over $25,000. What a fun way for a community to raise money for a worthy cause … the early detection or prevention of breast cancer.