Party With a Purpose Raises $20,000

Congratulations to the organizers of the day-long Cheeseburger in Paradise beach party held on Fiddle Cay on Friday, July 1. Not only was it a terrific party, but it raised $20,000 to be divided between the Amy Roberts Primary School and the Green Turtle Volunteer Fire Department.

Cheeseburger in Paradise Party at Fiddle Cay, Bahamas - July 1, 2016

Photo by Mandy Bennett Roberts

The Cheeseburger in Paradise event was inspired by the Stranded Naked Beach Party, started two decades ago by Bobb and Patricia Henderson as a get-together of Jimmy Buffet fans, and has grown into an annual tradition.

This year, with urgent family matters to which to attend, the Hendersons decided to take a well-earned break from party organizing. Disappointed to miss the Fiddle Cay party, which normally kicks off Abaco Regatta week, the Green Turtle Cay community came together to organize an event of their own.

The organizing committee included Sarah Ann Showell from the Green Turtle Club, Molly McIntosh from the Bluff House Beach Resort, Giselle McIntosh, Jude Hart, Wade Cash from Sunset Marine, Mary Stevens from Brendal’s Dive Center, Sarah Sams from Pineapples Bar & Grill and the Other Shore Club, Julie Farrington and Leslie Sawyer from Island Property Management, Angel Gardiner from As You Wish Bahamas, Tyler Survance and Carol Jean Lowe from Kool Karts.

From the beginning, they agreed it would be a party with a purpose, with all proceeds from merchandise sales being donated to the school and the local volunteer firefighters.

The Green Turtle community and visitors came out in force, and even a healthy shower of rain couldn’t stop the fun.

Cheeseburger in Paradise Party 2016 - Green Turtle Cay, Bahamas

Cheeseburger in Paradise organizing committee members present a $10,000 cheque to members of the Green Turtle Cay Volunteer Fire Department.

The funds were presented to representatives of both organizations at a ceremony on Thursday evening, July 21.

Cheeseburger in Paradise Party, Green Turtle Cay, Bahamas

Cheeseburger in Paradise organizing committee members present a $10,000 cheque to representatives of the Amy Roberts Primary School.

The event went so well that next year’s Cheeseburger in Paradise party has already been scheduled. Mark your calendars!

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