Local rockers Abstract Radio set the musical backdrop for an evening of fun and dancing under the stars.

Twenty-five Middle Keys youngsters will have a memorable summer at Pigeon Key, thanks to the efforts of the Duck Key Fishing Club.

On Jan. 27, the club hosted its second annual Mahi Mingle, an annual fundraising social and dance under the stars aimed at sending underprivileged local children to the Pigeon Key marine science summer camp in the summer of 2024.

“Our goal was to send 10 children, but we raised enough from our members and their guests to send 25 kids at $500 apiece,” said club vice president Margie Casey. “Our commitment was to Pigeon Key. … We wanted to pick something related to fishing, and this camp is perfect. We’re going to be giving the kids fishing rods, bringing them lunch and engaging with them out there.”

More information about the club’s mission and upcoming events is at

Photos by Nora Tornia, Margie Casey and Debbie Glaza.

Attendees at the Mahi Mingle raised enough to send 25 children to the Pigeon Key marine science summer camp in the summer of 2024.
An auction for ‘Reefer’ the lionfish, painted by Duck Key artist Stormy Hayes, raised $1,100 for the evening’s cause.
Duck Key Fishing Club vice president Margie Casey thanks attendees at the Mahi Mingle.
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.