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Jennie Pinto made her way around town thanking the friends and neighbors who participated in a nearly week-long fundraising effort in her honor. Escorted by Ann and Ken Young, Jennie was visibly touched by the outpouring of support she witnessed on her trip around town. As she rode or walked through town, she saw signs in the windows of many businesses announcing participation in JennieFest. She encountered Pirates having a rummage sale, ladies selling baked goods, kids hawking lemonade, and Greeks getting dunked. The Cedar Key Aquaculture Association plated over 1,300 clams on Jennie’s behalf. Jennie smiled broadly and spoke with well-wishers as she ate the tasty Cedar Key treats for the first time since returning home from a 31-day hospital stay.
The Cedar Key Pirates in Paradise thank everyone who participated to make this a worthwhile and meaningful event. The spirit of a generous community was showcased as residents and visitors came together to help ease Jennie’s financial woes from her illness. On Jennie’s behalf, we thank everyone who donated items to the silent auction and those who purchased them. To everyone who sold “Jennie Hearts”, Jennie Shots, Jennieritas, and Jennie meals you have our heartfelt thanks. To the hundreds of visitors who lucked into coming to Cedar Key on a special weekend and gave so generously we think you are the best and hope you return soon.
Cedar Key is truly a small town with a Big heart. Thanks to: The Market at Cedar Key, Low Key Hideaway, Blue Desert, Island Pizzeria, Two Buccaneers Tours, Annie’s Café, Kona Joe’s Coffee Shop, Curmudgeonalia Book Store, Pelican Real Estate, Déjà Vu consignment shop, Island Arts, Faraway Inn, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Island Hotel, Island Room at Cedar Cove, Marina Hardware, Kayak Cedar Keys, Ken’s Cedar Keyside Diner, Nature Coast Real Estate, Steamers Clam Bar & Grill, Island Gift Shop, Harbour Master Suites, Dilly Dally Gally, Pickled Pelican Eatery, Black Dog Bar & Tables, Big Deck Raw Bar, Gus and Deb Soldatos, Drummond Bank, Cedar Key Aquaculture , Cedar Key NAPA, Sally Fortner, Nettie Hodges, Jennifer Zeigler, Pat Bonish, Terri Dulong, Dan and Carmen Williams, Bill Roberts, Gina Montgomery, Bob Treat, Elsa Sibley, Anna Hodges, Tonya Spong, Sue Christman and Darrius Berger.