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Sail or Drive to Party with a Purpose

Set sail or take your car on Saturday to the 17th almost-annual Guy Benjamin School Benefit Flotilla Party with a Purpose. It will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at Vie’s Campground on St. John’s East End.

If you want to sail, boats leave Coral Bay at 9:30 a.m. Tickets run $40 and include entrance to the party. Event spokeswoman Mary Burks said anyone interested in sailing should just show up at the dinghy dock for a committee member to find them a spot on a boat.

Those arriving by car should follow the East End Road from Coral Bay to Hansen Bay. Tickets for those arriving by car are $20 for adults and $10 for children. All Guy Benjamin School students are admitted free.

Admission includes food, and Burks said hamburgers and hotdogs are on the menu. Guy Benjamin School parents will provide local West Indian food. A cash bar will be open.

Music is by Caribbean Groove Band featuring Eric Provost, formerly of Paradise People, and Lybia Callwood.

Raffle tickets for $500 in cash will be sold.

The event is sponsored by the Coral Bay Yacht Club, who Burks said is “very community minded and took the school under their wing.”

Last year’s event raised $30,000, Burks said, admitting that admission costs netted $12,000, but that three $1,000 donations and one for $15,000 significantly raised the total.

“We’d love to have those $1,000 donations,” Burks said.

The money helps to fund operations at Guy Benjamin School.

The “almost-annual” designation comes because the organizers missed a year.

For more information, call Burks at 513-8141.

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