Even though life is moving on and the holiday season is in full swing, the victims of Hurricane Michael still weigh heavy on the hearts and minds of locals.
On Saturday afternoon, the Emerald Coast Parrot Head Club hosted a fundraiser for Hurricane Michael relief at Margaritaville in Destin.
Club members, or “parrot heads” as they call themselves, gathered with more than 100 friends, family members and patrons to hear local bands play and have a good time while supporting a good cause.
According to their website the Parrot Head Club was established to “promote social and civic activities for people with similar interests, centered around the tropical spirit of Jimmy Buffett’s music,”
Sporting a hat in the shape of a parrot, club President Mike Whitley hardly left the dance floor all day.
“We’re having a blast,” Whitley said. “We’re thrilled with the turnout.”
Tickets were $15 in advance and $20 at the door. The club was also selling raffle tickets for a variety of gift baskets and goodies, as well as hosting a silent auction.
“All proceeds go to Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida for Hurricane Michael relief in Panama city and all of Bay County,” Whitley said. “The raffle tickets, funds raised by the silent auction, everything. It will all go straight there.”
Eight local musicians and bands took turns entertaining the crowd.
Todd McCabe of Cadillac Attack, who is known for its Johnny Cash-esque sound, said they were happy to help the parrot heads out.
“We’ve been playing for the parrot heads for a while, and they’ve always been real good to us,” McCabe said. “They asked us to come out and we happened to have today off, and it’s for a good cause.”
For more information about the Parrot Head Club, visit the website at www.ecparrotheads.org