Event raises thousands for hurricane relief

Hundreds of local businesses came together in the last few weeks to raise funds for relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Coastal Point • DARIN J. MCCANN: Michelle Parrill, left, and Crystal Layton, right, present a check for $16,655 to Vanessa Megee of the American Red Cross.Coastal Point • DARIN J. MCCANN:
Michelle Parrill, left, and Crystal Layton, right, present a check for $16,655 to Vanessa Megee of the American Red Cross.

At the Sept. 17 benefit auction organized by Michelle Parrill of Fat Tuna Grill in Millville and Crystal Layton of radio station X-106.9, bidders put forward a grand total of $16,655 for a variety of auction items, ranging from gift certificates for meals and services to sports tickets, furniture and jewelry. There was even a week’s stay in Puerto Rico on the auction block.

Parrill and Layton had hastily put together the event, set at Fat Tuna, after the hurricane so devastated the Gulf Coast. After an initial flurry of generosity, they garnered additional donations of auction items in the week or so preceding the selected date.

In the end, the donors numbered in the hundreds, with the resulting funds for the Red Cross totaling well into the thousands. The donors were: Al Casapulla’s, Millville; Cottage Café, Bethany Beach; Fat Tuna Grill; Georgia House; Green Turtle, 116th Street, Ocean City; Hooters, Ocean City; Mango’s, Bethany Beach; Ocean View Deli; Parkway, Bethany Beach; Rusty Rudder, Dewey Beach; Seacrets, Ocean City; Steakhouse at Midway Slots, Harrington.

Ace Hardware, Selbyville; Animal Health Sales, Selbyville Pet & Garden Center; Beartrap, Ocean View; Beauty at the Beach, Bethany Beach; Bethany Bay Golf Club; Bethany Cycle & Fitness, Bethany Beach; Body Double Swimwear, Fenwick Island; Craig Bozzacco; Crystal Layton, X-106.9; Curves, Ocean View; DJ BK, Ocean City; Draperies to Sea, Millville; Fat Tuna Grill.

Hello Gorgeous, Ocean View; Lovin Life Limo, Selbyville; Mattress Unlimited, Ocean View; Mediacom, Dagsboro; Midway Movie Theatre; Millsboro Ford; Oceanova, Ocean View; Silver Lotus Yoga Center; South Moon Under, Ocean City; Law Office of D. Steven Parsons, P.A.; Law Office of Susan Pittard Weidman.

Visions Day Spa, Ocean City; Wilgus Cleaners; 1st State; Anderson Carpet 1 Floor Covering; Baltimore Ravens; Banks Wine & Spirits, Millville; Beach Cottage, Ocean View; Bethany Beachwares, Bethany Beach; Bethany Surf Shop; Clark & Sons Inc., Georgetown; Creative Concepts, Ocean View; Creative Impressions, Rehoboth Beach, Jeff Marvel.

Forget Me Not, Millville; Garden Art by Sandra Wood; Gifted Ladies; Hockers; Home Depot, Rehoboth; K-Coast Surf Shop, Ocean City; Lord’s Landscaping, Millville; Mearl Layton, Layton Associates Real Estate, Ocean View; Michael McCarthy Stones; Michael Miller; Mike’s Magic Hands; Millers Creek Furniture; NKS Distributors; Ocean City Florist, Ocean City; Parkplace Jewelers.

Paula’s Decorating Café, Ocean View; Payless Furniture, Millsboro and Dagsboro; Pepsi of Delmarva; Saxon & Wakefield Teakwood, Bethany Beach; Sea Crest, Bethany Beach; Shorebirds Baseball Team, Salisbury, Md.; Standard Distributing, Wilmington; Sunshine Wicker; TKO Alice Klein, Bethany Beach; Bob’s Marina, Millville; Glenn & Lisa Cave and Ken & Donna Hitch, Cave Construction.