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Florida bar pulls nearly $14,000 off its walls to aid Hurricane Dorian victims

Siesta Key Oyster Bar also joined three other Siesta Key Village businesses in raising another $10,000 during a separate fundraiser.
Siesta Key Oyster Bar pulled $15,000 off its walls to help aid victims of Hurricane Dorian. [Facebook]
Published Oct. 2

Ever wonder how many dollar bills are tacked up to the walls or ceilings of some Florida bars?

Or if the money could be put to better use?

More than you might think, it turns out.

And, absolutely.

Siesta Key Oyster Bar over the past month has pulled nearly $14,000 off its walls and will donate it to Hurricane Dorian relief efforts in the Bahamas, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

We work hard for the money! #SKOBlove #ItTakesaVillage #BahamianRelief

Posted by Siesta Key Oyster Bar on Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The bar’s owners, Jill Pedigo and Beth Owen-Cipielewski, made the decision to donate the money to the Red Cross for Hurricane Dorian relief, according to the Washington Post.

“The owners are huge into giving back,” general manager Kristin Hale told the Post. “They donate to charities every couple years. This year there was this buzz like we should donate to the Bahamas. We were all on the same page.”

The bar has donated $7,000 or $8,000 to different causes in recent years, according to the Post.

But that still didn’t prepare employees for the amount of money they discovered on its walls.

“We never thought it would be that much,” Hale told the Post. “We were shocked.”

Everyone’s working hard taking down the dollars for our donations to the Bahamas! #skoblove #dollarsforacause

Posted by Siesta Key Oyster Bar on Monday, September 16, 2019

In addition, Siesta Key Oyster Bar joined three other Siesta Key Village businesses — Daiquiri Deck, 3.14 Pi Craft Beer & Spirits and Gilligan’s Island Bar — in raising another $10,000 to help the Bahamas during a fundraiser on Sunday, the Herald-Tribune reported.

For a $20 fee, attendees got to listen to local musicians and savor a free drink at each establishment. Proceeds from the sales of $20 T-shirts also benefitted Bahamas Red Cross.

“To know that we are really going to be helping is super-overwhelming,” Hale told the Herald-Tribune.

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