THONOTOSASSA — Come hell or high water, Antioch Feed Supply general manager Danny Perkins has his heart set on supporting an event and a cause he considers second to none.
It's the fifth annual fish fry from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Everyday Blessings, 13219 St. Francis Lane. It's an interim home for abandoned, neglected or abused youngsters with an emphasis on keeping siblings together.
The very thought of dining on fried fish, hotdogs, grits, hushpuppies, cole slaw, potato salad, iced tea and dessert appeals to him; as does the cost: $12 for adults and $10 for children ages 6-17. Children 5 and younger are free.
Best of all, according to Perkins, is knowing the money raised will help fund summer camp for the youngsters living at the 73-acre complex.
"Every year they serve up good food and good fun . . . and why would you not want to donate to Everyday Blessings," said Perkins, who similar to past years, will provide some chicks, ducks, rabbits and perhaps a couple of baby goats for the event's petting zoo.
Buddy Bass, founder of the Dover-based ministry Manna Meals, will donate and serve most of the items for the meals.
Bass also delivers fresh food items weekly to Everyday Blessings.
Other activities include comical drawings from artist Justin Dick of Sketch Monkey Caricatures, the annual Freshwater Youth Fishing Tournament, hosted by Bill's Bait & Tackle, and swamp buggy rides from Ralph Boyce and Neil Poe.
"Me and my wife love to help kids and the satisfaction of seeing these kids have a good time will be a blessing to us," he said.
Everyday Blessings development director Pamela Bell is grateful to all the donors and volunteers.
"They well represent our agency's mission of treating the children in our care with the love, dignity and respect they deserve," she said.
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