More than $300,000 raised in 22 years of battles
Key West’s bars and restaurants raised $11,677 for the local charities of Key West Rotary Children’s Dental Fund and Florida Keys SPCA in the 22nd annual Schooner Wharf Battle of the Bars last Sunday. The overall total is now $301,587 raised by this “high-spirited” charity event.
After months of intensive training that included rowing, strength conditioning and light jazzercise — but mostly drinking — the 24 teams waged a fierce obstacle-filled competition. Salute’s “Beach Bunnies” took home the championship title and had the deepest pockets at the event.
“It’s such a fun get-together. Everyone was extremely generous, all in the spirit of giving,” said Evalena Worthington, Schooner Wharf proprietor and event organizer. “The energy level and excitement to win the bragging rights were outstanding. All the teams and spectators were extremely giving, and the creative costumes made it an even more fun and festive day.”
— Weekly Staff report
Bob Sanders from Joe’s Place does his part for team Funstaches. “So you’re saying I just sit here and chug a margarita?” he questioned while waiting for his teammate. “I can do that.”
Turtle Krawls chugs last leg of the first round of competition.
The Bare Assets crew pass the time waiting for their turn by playing drinking games.
Half Shell Raw Bar were the 2014 winners and are “planning on being the winners again this year,” said Shell ‘tender Joel. Alas, they took home second place.
Magic Frank, left, and Key West City Manager Jim Scholl are being interviewed for KeyTV by Bill Hobee while Chris Davis films.
Sebago Watersports brings their best Elvis’ for the event – earning the nod for most outrageous costumes.
The Southernmost Cafe Minions started the competition long before the other teams and scored second place in the outrageous costume division.
Mayor Craig Cates and wife Cheryl welcome to participants and spectators to the annual event.
Rotarians Marty Hirsh, left, Jessica Cranney, President Rachel Oropeza, Jill Cranney-Gage, Cathy Crane, and Sharon Hirsh help spread the word about their Smile Makers program. Rotary turns 100 this year.