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Old 01-13-2007, 05:38 PM
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Default Ft Myers Offshore Fun Run to benefit sole survivor of Marco Island Boating Accident

Most of us on OSO are aware of the tragic offshore boating accident off Marco Island, FL on Sat. Jan. 6, 2007 that claimed the lives of Harper Simpson,31, his fiancee, Megan Molter,22, her mother, Linda Molter,42, and brother, James Molter,20. The loss suffered by the two families is unimaginable. We hope they can find some comfort in the huge outpouring of sympathy and condolences from our OSO family.

In speaking with friends of the Molter family in Naples, we find that not only are they suffering emotionally but financially as well - especially since Jennifer Molter, Megan's sister, the sole survivor of the accident is only 16 years old.

I am prepared to devote much of my time and energy over the next few weeks to help the family and with the help and support of several friends here at Ft Myers Offshore, we will host a fund-raising Fun Run to help provide for Jennifur Molter's future. Her goal is to attend college and we hope our assistance will be a great benefit in helping her achieve that goal.

The Fun Run will be from the Ft Myers/Cape Coral, FL area to Naples on Sat Feb 3, 2007. I have started another thread in the Ft Myers Offshore section under Boat Club Forums with detailed information on the fun run. While Ft Myers Offshore [ FMO ] does not charge an entry fee for it's fun runs, we are asking that the driver submit a check in the amount of $100.00 for each participating boat, made out to the "The Jennifur Molter Trust". We also ask that a contribution of $25-$50 [ at your discretion] for each additional passenger be made payable to the Fund, and we welcome your generosity beyond these suggested minimum amounts. The checks will be collected at our lunch stop in Naples. Anyone not able to attend the Fun Run wishing to make a donation can do so by making their check payable to: "The Jennifur Molter Trust" and send it,

c/o Bob Barnhart, 870 South Collier Blvd; Unit # 202; Marco Island, FL 34145. I will post the amount raised for Jennifur when totalled and will deposit all funds into the trust account.

If you are planning to attend our Fun Run, please post your RSVP here or let me know by phone or e mail so we can make proper preparations.

Thank you kindly,
Bob Barnhart Cell: 239-776-0481
e mail: [email protected]

Also in a fund raising effort I would like to offer for auction, 3 items for Jennifur's benefit.
If you wish to donate an item for auction please feel free to do so.
You may post your bid here on OSO and I will periodically post the high bidder. Bidding will close at 5 PM on Sunday Feb. 4/07 for all items except items # 3, 9 & 13 the Benefit Fun Run seats which are now closed to allow time to arrange travel etc.

Item 1 - A week at a 3 bed, 3 bath beachfront condominium on Marco Island, FL at a mutually agreeable time in the next year. See pics on page 4, post # 64.
Minimum bid: $1,000.00 suggested value - $3,000.00
Lead bid Thurs. Jan. 18 f311fr1 Joe Murray $ 1,500.00

Item 2 - Two seats on the 50' Nor Tech PREDATOR Vee at the Poker Runs America Sarasota Poker Run on March 30-31, 2007.
Note: in addition you will enjoy all the usual poker run benefits such as parties, T shirt etc. however you will be responsible for your travel, room and meal expenses.
Minimum bid: $500.00
Lead bid Jan 18th OSO Specialized, John $600.00

Item 3 - Two seats on PREDATOR on the Fun Run to Naples, Feb 3, 2007. See pics on post # 66.
Note: you will responsible for your travel, room and meal expenses.
[B]Winning bid OSO MegaByte*3 $ 675.00
Please note that bidding closed on this item on Thurs. Jan. 25th at 9 PM.EST


Item 4 - Donated by OSO CIG42X John Gregorio
New York Yankee Jersey, 1999 World Series signed by Mariano Rivera in glass case with Yankee emblem.
Addition info may be found on OSO CIG42X post # 43 of this thread.
Lead bid - Mon Jan. 29th John Morabito $800.00

Item 5 - Donated by OSO THE MENACE, Dennis Liebman
A weekend stay at his 2 bedroom / loft 2.5 bath condo on Catawba Island, Port Clinto, Ohio. Features boat dock with immediate access to Lake Erie, with Put-in-Bay being just minutes away !! Complex offers tennis courts, marina, indoor pool and workout facility.
Friday arrival, Sunday departure in season from May to October, 2007.
Opening bid from OSO bobthebuilder $ 300.00.

Item 5 a] - Donated by OSO THE MENACE, Dennis Liebman
A week at the Catawba Island condo as described above, in season, anytime from May to October.
For further information please PM " THE MENACE".
Lead bid Jan. 25th Blewbyyou $500.00

Item 6 - Donated by OSO Jayboat, Jay Nichols
Boat lettering job
Suggested value $ 500.00
Lead bid Tues. Jan 30th. OSO captnate, Nate Hunt $300.00

Item 7 - Donated by OSO Marc
A one hour sightseeing trip around Marco / Naples for 2 people in Marc's plane.
Lead bid Wed. Jan 24th. Larry Jones $250.00

Item 8 - Donated by Caloosa Isle Boat & Yacht Sales
Labor for a 100 hr service on a pair of outboards or sterndrives. OSO's Tom Cullen's service dept. is certified Mercury, Mercruiser & Yamaha engines.
Tom advises depending on the engine, the labor for a pair is about $ 1,200.00. Costomer will still have to pay for parts.
Looking for an opening bid

Item 9 - 2 pair of seats in Larry Jones' famous 50' Nor Tech Vee " Masquerade" on the Fun Run to Naples on Feb. 3/07. See picture on page 3 post # 58 of this thread.
Winnig bid for pair #1 Mike 35 Fountain $500.00
Winning bid for pair #2 Mike 35 Fountain $500.00
Please note that bidding closed on Jan. 25th at 9PM EST on this item.


Item 10 - New 44 pack Donzi soft sided cooler filled with 4 Donzi towels, 2 visors, 2 caps, 4 Octopus koozies, 2 stainless steel travel mugs, 4 Donzi T-shirts, floating key chains etc. with a retail value of close to $400.00. Some of the products are a new release to be unveild at the upcoming Miami Boat Show.
Lead bid - Sun. Feb. 4th OSO kenvik01 $425.00

Item 11 - Stainless steel licence plate with Donzi logo. Retail value $35.00.
Lead bid - Thurs. Jan. 18th bluellama, Steve Boxma $10.00

Item 12 - Also donated by Donzi Marine a limited edition Miami Vice poster [ 2 available for bidding on ] signed by the artist [ not framed ]. To help establish a value, I am told this item is on Ebay and sells for around $100.00.
Lead bid - Sun. Jan. 21st kenvil01 $ 50.00

Item 13 - Donated by Nor Tech and Terry Sobo, 2 seats on Terry's 36' cat on the Benefit Run on Feb 3rd. See pictures on page 5, post # 87 of this thread. Terry will be the paceboat in the " Big Dog" class. Be the first to arrive at Bayfront.
[B]Note that bidding on this item closed at 9 PM EST, Mon. Jan. 29th.
Winning bid Mr. Wayne Korn, Marco Island $600.00 Also Terry sold a third seat on his boat to raise another $300.00.


Item 14 - Donated by Poker Runs America. Entry fee for the Ft Myers Poker Run on May 4-5, 2007. Includes boat, driver & navigator, their lunch, dinner banquet, Friday night reception and breakfast at the drivers meeting. Note additional crew will be at extra cost at the time of registration.
Lead bid Friday Jan. 19th OSO The MENACE , Dennis L. $600.00

Item 15 - OSO cbeastwood, Craig Eastwood has approached Gulf Bay Group of Companies & Fiddlers Creek and they have graciously donated a round of golf for 4 people with carts. This gift is available year round at one of Naples most outstanding golf courses. The value is $ 900.00. Yes, you read that right. Their in-season rate is $225.00 per person if you can even get in !!
Opening bid Fri. Feb. 1st Dave & Lynn Smith, On Canada $300.00

Item 16 - Donated by the Florida Powerboat Club, a coupon with a value of $550.00 to be used towards the entry fee for any FPC Poker Run this year, with the exception of Key West in Nov. Also included is the annual membership fee if the successful bidder is not a member with a further value of $249.00 for a total of $ 799.00.
[B]Lead bid Sun. Feb. 4th OSO BLACKBUCA $625.00

Item 17 - Donated by OSO Loose Cannon, Joe Spina. A pair of new , still in the box, CP Performance oil coolers c/w thermostas and Hardin Marine hardware. For mor information please contact Joe at 941-650-7112.
Opening bid Mon. Jan. 29th OSO CIG42X, John Gregorio $100.00

Item 18 - Donated by Wayne Korn of Marco Island. A trip for 2 people on his 6 seat Beechcraft to the Bahamas. Wayne says his favorite destination is Marsh Harbor however that can be discussed. Departure is from the Marco Island airport and would be for 2/3 days. The time wound be mutually agreed upon and take place within the next year. The winning bidder will be responsible for their meals, lodging, Bahamian departure tax, etc.
Lead bid: Fri. Jan. 26th Larry Jones $700.00

Item 19 - Donated by the Rappahannock River Boaters Association [Virginia] - an entry fee in their Poker Run on Aug. 11, 2007. Includes lunch, dinner & poker hand with a $250.00 value. For more information please contact chairperson Roy Rogers at 804-263-4333.
Also included in the package is a gift certificate from " A Brighter Finish" from Manquin,VA. Total package is a $350.00 value.
May I suggest a starting bid of $200.00

Item 20 - donated by Page Motor Sports LLC: a high speed safe boating coarse. Get to drive the 2006 National Champion Hooters Hotel & Casino SCL boat with Joey Gratton on the throttles.
Lead bid Wed. Feb. 1st OSO THEJOKER, Brian Hollis $1,000.00

Item 21 - donated by Gratton Family: a weekend at their Condo on Longboat Key. Available from June to Sept. 2007
Lead bid Dan Manning from Allied Richard Bertram Marine Group $300.00

Item 22 - donated by Tammy Page Photography: a deluxe studio package with a value of $499.00.
May I suggest a starting bid of $250.00

Item 23 - donated by Page Racing, Ft Myers: Mercury / Mercruiser Premier Dealer twin annual service with a value of $1,400.00.
May I suggest a starting bid of $800.00.

I would like to acknowledge and thank the following corporate donors:
Double R Performance, Nor Tech High Performance Boats, Page Racing, Donzi Marine, Caloosa Isle Boat & Yacht Sales, Poker Runs America, Snook Inn, Bayfront,Naples; Gulf Bay Group of Companies, Fiddlers Creek; Florida Powerboat Club; William Morris, lawyer;A Brighter Finish; Rappahannock River Boaters Assoc;Cobra Power; Guy Harvey's [Marco];Art Sellers Signs;Page Motor Sports, Steve Page; Tammy Page Photography, Tammy Page; Page Racing;Mark McManus, Apache Powerboats; Sea Tow; Cedar Bay Yacht Club; Allied Richard Bertram Marine Group; Naples Boat Club; Stoney's Steakhouse;Tommy Bahamas;Sternlock;Naples Car Wash; Grandezza; Marine Industries Association of Collier County;[more to follow]

I would also like to acknowledge and thank the following OSO personal donors:
7Xchamp - Richie Powers; Cig42X - John Gregorio; cbeastwood - Craig; offthefront;The MENACE - Dennis L; Jayboat - Jay Nichols, rockstrmkr - Hans; cloke - Alec, captnate - Nate Hunt; chief fever, Ray; 1bagger; Megabyte*3 - Tom & Donna Cullen; pashn8boater, Terry; bowtye 8, Dennis; kenvik01, Ken & Claudia; Marilyn Dimartini; Marc Scola; Mike 35 Fountain;Loose Cannon, Joe Spina;stevteet, Steve Teeter;PatriYacht & Ms Patriyacht, Ian & Donna;Paul Sever;Joey Gratton & family;[more to follow]

And last but not least all of my unnamed fellow Ft Myers Offshore friends who are working with me behind the scenes to help put on a successful event.

If you or you corporation have been inadvertantly overlooked please bring it to my attention by way of PM. Please allow for some time lag. Thank you all, Bob

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Old 01-13-2007, 07:08 PM
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Bob,

Of course I am in, I am sure will will have a great turnout for a great cause. I mentioned in a previous post regarding a fund raiser.

I am glad you are taking the lead (AS USUALL) to make this happen.

Any help I can offer please do not hesitate to ask.

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Bob,

I'll be back up north on the 3rd but expect a check from me when I see you during my next trip down - 1/26 - 1/31. I will also mention it to a few colleagues of mine at Merrill Lynch who had seen the news story, asked me about it, and have ties to the Naples / Marco area.

As John said, thanks for taking the lead on this and if you need anything - give me a call - 814-571-0539 (cell).
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Bob, Your a good man with a big heart you can count me in and if there is anything I can do to help let me know
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Thank you John, Craig and Dan.
I am sure that before our Fun Run, there will be many heart warming stories. Let me tell you the first one. After dinner this evening I stopped by Guy Harvey's at the Esplanade for a drink before coming home. The gentleman next to me struck up a conversation and with us both being boaters, the accident came up. When I told him about our fund raiser he laid $50.00 on the bar and said " here, please put this in the fund". His name is Randy Owens , from Naples. Thank you Randy.
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Bob,

I think we should count on the auction, and of course the Donations.

I am SURE any person and company affiliated with the boating industry would be thrilled to DONATE to our auction.

We all can really help this family if we goto those who can help us.

Could you imagine all the part distributers and all the accessories companies that could give to our cause for the auction.

I would like to name all the things but I would be here till the run. And lets not forget a simple Gift certificate it could be endless.

I feel all the companies will be just as supportive towards our Fund Raiser, as we have always been supporitive to them for all these years, all we have to do is get the word to them and ask.

I myself am donating an NY Yankee official jersey in a wood and glass case singed by ?????????

John

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I will be there (of course), and will take care of my usual tasks. Please get with me on the route so I can make the proper notiications.......John
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What a great cause. Wish I could be down there for the run. Kudos to all involved
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I myself am donating an NY Yankee official jersey in a wood and glass case singed by ?????????

John

John, That is great and thank you. Please call me as I need a little more info and we will get it on the auction item list at the end of the opening post of this thread.
Again, thank you for all your support and ideas you have put forward.
Bob

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