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Posted: Friday, September 29, 2017 12:15 am | Updated: 9:30 am, Fri Sep 29, 2017.

Rotary of Homestead sponsors John Popper of Blues Traveler in a concert benefitting South Dade and Keys Recovery.

Many heart-warming stories and accounts of the kindness and generosity of others in the wake of Hurricane Irma are being heard.  The Keys have received so much support they are telling all to send no more water and food. They have enough and donors are being told to re-direct to others. South Dade is almost 100% back in power and we are getting back to normal. Schools are open and businesses are continuing with repairs and cleanup here.

The agencies that are responsible for helping distribute the supplies are all low on their own inventories. Much help is needed to restock the shelves and supply inventories of those that take charge when natural disaster strikes. Local families still need help.

   Enter the Rotary Club of Homestead, Lorenzo Ford and the City of Homestead’s Seminole Theatre. On Sunday Oct. 8th there will be a very special fund raising event where we can call help.

Legendary Bluesman John Popper

That night Grammy winning multi-million album selling musical virtuoso John Popper, of Blues Traveler, will be performing at a benefit put together to help all concerned. Rotary met with Mickey McGuire, Theatre Director, and came up with the idea. Lorenzo Llerena and his Lorenzo Ford Dealership financially backed the start-up. The Seminole Theatre is donating all profits from ticket sales, the Rotary is planning an auction to be held that night in the lobby and all that is needed now is a few hundred folks to log onto the theatre’s website and buy some tickets.  What started out as a simple idea has mushroomed into a major fundraiser for the benefit of residents in the Keys and South Dade. 

  Among the items donated so far to be auctioned at the theatre the evening of the concert are: a private airplane tour for four over Everglades National Park with a touch-down lunch in Everglades City, a house generator…just in case, a guided off shore full day fishing trip on a 46-foot Bertram, a case of champagne and wines from an exclusive private collection in Miami, the Ultimate NASCAR Package which includes, for two, a 3-day pass to all races, reserved seats, laps around the track with a pro-driver, VIP access to the pits and driver area, entry into the winner’s circle area after each race (champagne hat not included!), and much more. More items will be added for the auction, so bring your checkbook!

  It is amazing how much can be done when concerned people come together for a common goal.  You can do your part while enjoying a wonderful evening of entertainment by purchasing a ticket. Simply contact the Seminole Theatre Box Office at (786)650-2073 or visit: www.seminoletheatre.org  The theatre is located at 18 N. Krome Avenue in Homestead, Florida.

Can’t make the concert but want to help? Send a check to the Rotary Club of Homestead Charitable Foundation at PO Box 901215, Homestead FL 33090. Rotary will distribute funds to the United Way of the Florida Keys, two Rotary clubs in the Keys and various South Dade

charities, with no

administrative fees.                                             

  On another local note of helping…when Rotarian Steve Losner learned that an ambassador’s plane was leaving Ft. Lauderdale this week for the Isle of Dominica and had room for needed supplies for the tiny island nation devastated by Irma, he brought it to the attention of his fellow Rotarians. Within minutes, several calls were made and a plan of attack was hatched.  The following day a truck was donated by Rotarian Chris Doherty at Truckmax of Homestead and several groups of “Rotarian Shoppers” hit a very generous Lowe’s then on to Harbor Freight and Walmart.  With purchased items that included tarps, tools, batteries plus flash and solar lights and baby supplies, including diapers and formula the truck was loaded

  The following day several members headed north to meet the plane.  When asked for names of those who donated their time to make this a reality I was told “the works of Rotary is a group effort.  We do what we can because it is the right thing to do.”

Rotary International’s slogan is, Service Above Self.

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