hanks to Key Rats
The gals and guys, young and old, stepped up to the plate to make the Key Rat Reunion more than a ton of fun. My cheek muscles are still sore from laughing so much. The select few of our friends and Key Biscayne organizations who went above and beyond to bring the reunion to fruition need to get credit.
Thanks go to:
The Key Biscayne Beach Club for allowing us to have the Key Rat Reunion there, since Mickey and the Board remember what happened at the last one.
Charles Duncan, whose spark ignited the Key Rat Reunion to reality.
Randy Lutheran, my new friend whom I met at the first organizational meeting in January. Randy, a trooper, swung a big hammer and swung it hard to push Rats out of their holes to buy a ticket.
Alberto Jauregui, one of my oldest friends, stepped in to lend his support during the two weeks prior to the party when I was starting to melt down.
Mike Donovan, a Rat younger than I, whom I met on the 4th of July. He donated delicious Pilar Rum and other spirits. More so, he brought his computer music mixing board to play DJ while Live Bait was on break bringing all to their dancing feet.
Bill Aubin, a/k/a Orbit, Flump, Root, offered to donate the money needed to enable the event to break even. Fortunately, an acceptance wasn’t necessary.
Gail Fried, the wonderful mother of our kids, who during the two weeks prior to the party worked and whittled down the menu with Parties by Pat to come within budget. Gail cut the leaves and flowers in our yard to make lovely centerpieces for the tables.
The Key Biscayne 4th of July Parade Committee and the Key Biscayne Community Foundation. They gave us Rats their organizational support to collect the admission fees, bank them and assure that each dollar collected was accounted for.
The Rat organizers pared the budget to ensure the event broke even. The Rats who paid at the door enabled us to clear about $2,800. A $500 donation will go to the Monica Burguera Foundation in the honor and memory of Kelsie Karpiak, Charles’ niece and Mary Duncan’s granddaughter. An $800 donation will be made to the Rotary Club of Key Biscayne for Rotary International’s Polio Plus campaign to eradicate polio on Earth. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, partnering with Rotary, will match $2 for each $1 we give to make the total contribution $2,400. It isn’t December, but we are giving $200 to the Christmas in July project of Village of Key Biscayne Police Chief Charles Press. The balance of the funds will stay in the Key Biscayne 4th of July Parade Committee’s account to give us another fantastic parade next year.
Thanks to all those who pitched in.
Mark E. Fried