The Green Parrot hosts benefit for beaten bouncers

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Tim “Wookie” Grandy

The Green Parrot will host an entertainment-packed benefit for injured security staffers Tim “Wookie” Grandy and Adam “Dude” Daytz on Saturday, August 18, from 1 p.m. through 5 p.m.

“We’re just thrilled to be able to provide the stage for such an outpouring of support for our guys,” said Green Parrot general manager John Vagnoni.

The two longtime employees of the famed bar were badly injured last month after attempting to thwart the theft of items from the baskets of bicycles and scooters parked and locked outside the bar. Grandy, the more severely injured of the two, suffered a shattered ankle and spent several days in Intensive Care. Two local men have been charged with felony assault in the case.

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Madcap actor/comedian Tom Luna will serve as emcee of the fundraiser–where Grandy and Daytz could make an appearance. Fritz Sigler and Robert Albury will open the live musical entertainment, followed by popular local musicians, including Larry Baeder and Dora, Caffeine Carl and more Key West favorites.

Luna will also serve as auctioneer of a live auction featuring hourly drawings for raffle prizes, including two Atocha coins. The large silent auction will include art, jewelry and gift certificates from local bars, restaurants, and the lodging industry. Limited edition “I Heart The Wookie” and “I Heart The Dude” T-shirts and bumper stickers will also be on sale.

Adam ” Dude” Daytz

Anyone wishing to donate items can drop them off at the Green Parrot at 601 Whitehead Street at any time through Thursday, August 16.  Anyone wishing to donate money can drop off a check, payable to benefit co-coordinator Edwy Lovett to the Green Parrot or mail it care of the Green Parrot at the address above.

Two weeks of Monday Monkey Bingo from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Parrot will benefit Grandy and Daytz, said fundraiser co-coordinator, Ginger King, president emeritus of the Sister Season Fund, which helps locals in the hospitality and entertainment industries.

The two Bingo nights include Bingo on Monday, August 20, normally a benefit for MARC House with singer/song writer Alfonse doing the calling and Dixie Henkel from MARC House handling the cards. Bingo on Monday, August 27, which would be SSF’s night, will feature Green Parrot regular and their good friend Will Thompson calling and SSF board member Danny Zamora selling the cards. Ginger King’s famous Jell-o shots will be on hand. 

“All proceeds from the sale of cards will go to the Tim and Dude Fund. A donation jar will also be available,” King said.