The Community Foundation is providing the first grants from the Florida Keys Emergency Relief Fund for immediate relief to individuals throughout the Keys with urgent needs in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Read more here.
CFFK has received $250,000 from the Florida Panthers for the Florida Keys Emergency Relief Fund to aid with Hurricane Irma efforts. Read more here.
Catch Me in the Keys! What’s another way to help the Keys recovery efforts? Bluefin USA is selling a limited edition solar t-shirt with 100% of the net proceeds benefiting the Florida Keys Emergency Relief Fund at CFFK. The shirts are for sale here.
Riley Hotel Group, owner of five Key West properties, is donating $10 from every new guest reservation to benefit the FKERF. The five properties include The Mermaid & The Alligator, Westwinds Inn, Island City House, Azul Keywest, and Travelers Palm Inn and Guesthouses.
Lower Keys Medical Center has generously donated $50,000 to the Florida Keys Emergency Relief Fund to assist with relief and recovery efforts in the Lower Keys. Read more here.
Events and Activities
This list of events is continually updated. Check out our Facebook page for the latest activities. Please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have an event to be listed here.
October 19th — Mangia Mangia Charity Night
FIRM (Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe) and Mangia Mangia are co-hosting a fundraising evening on October 19th from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Mangia Mangia restaurant in Key West. FIRM is directing the 25% of proceeds from dinner sales to benefit the Florida Keys Emergency Relief Fund at CFFK. For reservations and information call 305-294-2469.
November 1st — CARE for the KEYS
The Conch Republic Band, Banner’s Bar & Grill in Lexington, KY, and Lexington’s Lions Club are hosting an event to benefit the Florida Keys Emergency Relief Fund at CFFK. Features food, drink specials and the music of Conch Republic Band at Banner’s in Lexington, KY. More info here.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT
#Flocking4fla! Former Floridian April Tellam Timmerman raised more than $10,000 from her home in Devon, Pennsylvania for the Florida Keys Emergency Relief Fund at CFFK. April launched a gofundme campaign and with members of her family delivered a plastic pink lawn flamingo to anyone donating $25 or more to the Relief Fund. They encouraged people to post pictures on social media with #flocking4fla. The response went viral, the neighborhood went pink, and the campaign received a ton of media attention. A big thank you to April, her husband William, their three children Chase, Henry and Harper, and April’s mom for this amazing effort. Check out this incredible, inspiring video April made: https://vimeo.com/234340955
Bousa Brewing Company, a new local independent brewery in Miami, held a fundraiser to benefit the FKERF. Says Brianna Bermudez, “We believe everyone should pitch in and help our neighbors in need. This was the first way we thought we could help! We are excited to come to the Keys soon and support our neighbors as they recover and rebuild.” Thank you to Bousa Brewing Company!
Pioneer Linens in West Palm Beach, hosted a “Trivia Night” fundraiser to benefit the Florida Keys Emergency Relief Fund at CFFK on Sept. 27th. 100% of all proceeds went to the Relief Fund. Says Pioneer Linens’ Alec Bell, “As a community and a business in Palm Beach, we could not ignore that our neighbors in the FL Keys were struggling and needed help and hope in a time like this.” Pioneer Linens is at 210 Clematis Street in West Palm Beach.
Tampa Bay Brewing Company, in collaboration with KW’s Hog’s Breath Saloon, hosted a special concert and event to benefit the Florida Keys Emergency Relief Fund at CFFK on Oct 7th. The event featured a silent auction, on-site sales of specially-crafted beers, and a 3-hour ticketed concert featuring a Jimmy Buffet tribute band. Tampa Bay Brewing Company is at 13937 Monroe’s Business Park in Tampa.