Members of the Route 66 Parrot Head Club, Sullivan, presented a check in the amount of $2,736 to Randi Turntine, development and volunteer coordinator for Russell House, Thursday, Aug. 9.
The club held a Cajun shrimp boil to raise the monies for this donation Saturday, July 28. In addition, $1,915 in goods were also donated. The items included various household and personal care items, flip flops, books, etc.
Brad Rohrer donated the use of Rohrer Park for the shrimp boil and concert.
“It was the perfect setting for the event,” said Pam Ray, with the Route 66 Parrot Head Club.
Kenny Thomeczek of EZ Stage supplied the stage. On the day before the event, several Route 66 Parrot Head Club members worked at setting up the large tent donated by Bank of Sullivan.
“The weather forecast had been a little sketchy for the event. However, when all was said and done, the weather gods smiled upon the day and provided perfect weather,” Ray said.
“The temperatures were ideal with a low of 59 degrees and a high of 81.”
The gates opened at noon and at 1 p.m., the Dirt Floor Ramblers took the stage.
“They are a hometown favorite comprised of Travis Fadler and Ty Griffith. They entertained the crowd with outlaw country, blues, rock and original songs,” she added.
Everyone was treated to a Cajun shrimp boil at 3 p.m. It was prepared by Terry Kellett, Mitch Jackson and Steve Carey. The feast included fresh Gulf shrimp, Andouille sausage (donated by Johnsonville), corn (donated by Fricks), potatoes, mushrooms and various vegetables.
At 5 p.m., Eric Stone took the stage. He is a singer-songwriter originally from Texas and currently living in Florida.
His music is a mix of rock, pop and country, but he likes to describe his art as Nautical Americana.
“Everything I do,” Stone explained, “revolves around sailing.”
The event concluded at 9 p.m. Ray said that “It was a great day, raising money for a great cause.
“As is the case with Parrot Head Clubs across the country, these sanctioned chapters (are) always a ‘Party with a purpose.’ ”
The Russell House is a nonprofit organization that provides services to victims of family violence and their children. They support the principle that all individuals have a right to a life free of abuse and sexual assault.
They seek to break the cycle of violence through increasing public awareness of the problem of domestic violence and sexual assault, acting as advocates for victims, coordinating existing resources for the benefit of survivors and providing a safe environment for survivors.
Phelps County Family Crisis Services, Inc. is the umbrella organization for Russell House. The board of directors coordinated fundraising events, procured a house and land, and secured enough funding and private donations to operate the shelter known as Russell House since Jan. 24, 1994.
Phelps County Family Crisis Services, Inc. strives to develop and maintain a confidential and supportive network that provides shelter, counseling and care for victims of domestic and sexual violence while educating the communities about prevention and the needs of victims and their families.
Route 66 Parrot Head
The Route 66 Parrot Head Club is sanctioned by the Parrot Heads in Paradise international organization.
It is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization and its purposes are to provide a variety of social activities while volunteering and giving back to its surrounding communities.
From 2012-2017, the organization has raised more than $92,000 in monies and goods for local charities.
To learn more about this organization, visit route66parrotheads.com.