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Vacation packages, jewelry to be auctioned off at benefit concert

May 10, 2011
Special To The Citizen
Fans of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band will be able to bid on tropical vacation packages while enjoying the music of Buffett band members backed by The Danny Morgan Band at “Rockin In the Tropics” Saturday, May 14, at South Seas Island Resort on Captiva.

Veteran Buffett band members Michael Utley and Robert Greenidge of Club Trini will be playing their signature Caribbean-rock music that has made Jimmy Buffett a household name among his fans, who are affectionately called “Parrotheads.”

Rockin’ In the Tropics is planned from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. Tickets are $50 per person and include one margarita. No coolers or outside beverages will be allowed. Food and beverages will be available for sale at the concert. Parking is $10 per vehicle.

Rockin’ In the Tropics will benefit Hope Clubhouse of Southwest Florida, a new non-profit organization that helps people living with mental illness. Tickets may be purchased at Hope Clubhouse of Southwest Florida, 3602 Broadway in Fort Myers (239-267-1777) or at the Bank of the Islands, 1699 Periwinkle Way on Sanibel (239-472-7211).

“We have seven wonderful vacation getaway packages so far plus a $1,000 gift certificate for jewelry from Congress Jewelers,” said event Chairs Andrea Prather of the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre and Joyce Miller of Punta Gorda, both of whom sit on the Hope Clubhouse Board of Directors.

“Guests can sip margaritas while listening to the Trop Rock sounds of the original ‘Margaritaville’ and peruse some great auction finds. What better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than right here on the tip of Captiva Island amid the palm trees of South Seas Island Resort?” Miller asked.

Among the items to be auctioned are:

? Four-night, five-day getaway in a hotel room or one-bedroom condo at South Seas Island Resort, including golf, golf cart and a cabana (valued at $2,400)

? One week getaway in a fully furnished five-bedroom home in Blue Ridge, Ga., (valued at $1,400)

? One-week getaway in a three-bedroom log home on the New River in Todd, N.C.

? One week vacation in a two bedroom, two bath ocean view condo at the Ocean Club on Vero Beach

? One week stay on Loggerhead Cay, Sanibel Island

? Two nights and three days at the Captiva Inn with a $100 dinner gift certificate

? Weekend stay (two nights and three days) at the Pink Shell Beach Resort & Spa on Fort Myers Beach

? $1,000 gift certificate at Congress Jewelers

“More auction items are being contributed every day, so we’re expecting to have something that will appeal to everyone,” Prather and Miller said.

Sanibel residents Harry Silverglide, John and Mary Jo Boler and South Seas Island Resort are the major sponsors of Rockin’ In the Tropics.

In addition to Club Trini, the afternoon will include performances by The Danny Morgan Band, the Derek Trenholm & Darrell Nutt Duo, and J. Robert from Marco Island.

Both Utley and Greenidge have been long-time musicians with Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band, which is known for such hits as “Margaritaville” and “Come Monday,” among many others.

Greenidge has been called one of the most successful steel drum players in the world. He grew up in the heart of the Caribbean on the island of Trinidad. In addition to providing steel drum for Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band, Greenidge is a longtime musical director of the legendary steel band, “The Desperadoes.”

Utley grew up in Arkansas and was heavily influenced musically by the sounds of Memphis soul and New Orleans rhythm and blues. Utley honed his craft in Miami with the famed Criteria Studio. As an accomplished keyboardist, producer and composer, Utley has produced multiple albums for Buffett.

About Hope Clubhouse of Southwest Florida

Hope Clubhouse of Southwest Florida is a model of rehabilitation for people living with severe mental illness such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and clinical depression. Hope Clubhouse opened its doors in March, 2010 and has 41 members. Hope Clubhouse, the only one of its kind in Southwest Florida, fills a significant gap in the mental health system by offering opportunities for meaningful work, education, friendships and access to housing in a supportive, caring and dignified community setting.

Hope Clubhouse is one of more than 350 clubhouse programs worldwide, based on the principle that meaningful work is critical in bringing positive change to the lives of those living with mental illness. Clubhouse staff help “members,” as they are called, develop work skills to enable them to obtain employment in the community.

For more information about Rockin’ In the Tropics or Hope Clubhouse of Southwest Florida, call 239-267-1777, or visit

Article Photos

Michael Utley and Robert Greenidge



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