127K FUNDRAISER FOR CANCER PATIENT MALLORY MARTIN SHATTERS OVERSEAS’ RECORD

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With more than $127,000 raised, Overseas’ June 29 ‘Fight Like Mallory Day’ nearly doubled its previous record for a single fundraiser. From left: Brian ‘Cheddar’ Geitz, Mallory Martin, Peyton Sharf, Andy Sharf, Betsy Sharf.

When bar manager Andy Sharf announced that the next in Overseas Pub and Grill’s line of locally-famous charitable fundraisers would be their “biggest one ever,” he meant it.

On June 29, “Fight Like Mallory Day” delivered. And that’s putting it lightly.

From the moment the bar’s doors opened until the early hours of the morning, the team at Overseas put forth an all-hands-on-deck effort to rack up a serious chunk of change for local dolphin trainer Mallory Martin, diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer just weeks after her 30th birthday.

From big-ticket raffle items and coozie sales to a massive silent auction, donated pork dinners, and the now-customary donation of all bartender tips to the cause, proceeds at the end of the evening obliterated Sharf’s previous fundraiser record of $65,000, netting a massive $126,440 to go toward Martin’s ongoing treatment expenses. And in the time it took to print a “check” for this article’s photo op, that number had already ballooned to more than $127,000.

“A lot of times in my life when my friends have had bad things happen to them, I’ve always said ‘If you need anything, give me a call,’ but that’s been too easy. For this one, I realized I had to show up,” said Sharf. “And that’s what we did. I’m proud of what we did here, what the community did and what my family did.”

“The outpouring of love and support this community has shown has been nothing short of overwhelming,” Martin told the Weekly. “You all are truly incredible people and I cannot thank you all enough.”

Photos by Alex Rickert and Kristen Livengood.

Alex Rickert
Alex Rickert made the perfectly natural career progression from dolphin trainer to newspaper editor in 2021 after freelancing for Keys Weekly while working full time at Dolphin Research Center. A resident of Marathon since 2015, he fell in love with the Florida Keys community by helping multiple organizations and friends rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Irma. An avid runner, actor, and spearfisherman, he spends as much of his time outside of work on or under the sea having civil disagreements with sharks.