Matanzas on the Bay to host third annual Bluegrass, Brew and BBQ May 28

Check Presentation-Chef David Chetwin, Jennifer Shannahan, Captain John 'Giddyup' Bunch, founder of Operation Open Arms, and Glen PetrarcaMatanzas on the Bay on Fort Myers Beach will host its third annual Bluegrass, Brew and BBQ event on Saturday, May 28 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. to benefit Operation Open Arms, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the care and treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in military personnel and veterans.

The event will feature live music from the Bugtussle Ramblers from 1 to 4 p.m. and the Cooter Creek Bluegrass Band from 5 to 8 p.m., craft beer from Fort Myers Brewing Company, face painting for children, a 50/50 raffle and a $15 barbecue buffet featuring ribs, smoked pork shanks, potato salad and corn on the cob, offered from noon to 8 p.m. Free car parking and boat dockage will be available for guests traveling by land or sea.

Last year’s Bluegrass, Brew and BBQ event raised more than $7,500 for Operation Open Arms, more than dBluegrass, Brew and BBQ-2oubling the proceeds from its inaugural event in 2014. This year, 50 percent of proceeds from the barbecue buffet, 10 percent of all restaurant proceeds and 50 percent of the 50/50 raffle will benefit Operation Open Arms.

“More than 900 people joined us last year in supporting a great cause, and we l ook forward to another day of great food, phenomenal entertainment and spectacular waterfront views, all while honoring members of our military and supporting a great cause,”Bluegrass, Brew and BBQ-1 said Glen Petrarca, general manager of Matanzas on the Bay. “We invite the community to join us in supporting Operation Open Arms’ invaluable contribution to our U.S. military and veterans, and to learn more about what this organization has to offer the many men and women who have and continue to serve our country.”

For the past 11 years, Operation Open arms has continued to make a difference in the lives of military personnel and veterans, facilitating $12.2 million in direct tangible benefits for more than 3,000 U.S. troops. For more information about the organization and its cause, visit www.OperationOpenArms.org.

Matanzas on the Bay and Petey’s Upper Deck are best known for waterfront views, fresh seafood and old Florida ambience and is located at 416 Crescent St. on Fort Myers Beach on Estero Bay. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily, as well as caters to special occasions and private parties. As part of its commitment to use as Bluegrass, Brew and BBQ-5many locally sourced products as possible, Matanzas on the Bay offers fresh produce in partnership with Oakes Farm, rum from the Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery and draft beer from Fort Myers Brewery. Its upstairs sports bar, Petey’s Upper Deck, is popularly known for its Dave’s DocksiBluegrass, Brew and BBQ-4de Pizza, named the best pizza on Fort Myers Beach. The restaurant is located adjacent to the Matanzas Bayside Inn waterfront accommodations, just steps away from the Fort Myers Beach entertainment district. Free car parking and boat dockage is available. To book your party or for more information, call 239-463-3838 or visit www.MatanzasontheBay.com.

Matanzas on the Bay Second Annual Bluegrass, Brew and BBQ Fundraiser Surpasses Goal, Raises $7,500 to Benefit Operation Open Arms

Posted June 2nd, 2015 by Priority Marketing and filed in Events, Fundraising

Matanzas on the Bay on Fort Myers Beach raised $7,500 during its second annual Bluegrass, Brew and BBQ event to benefit Operation Open Arms, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing care and treatmCheck Presentationent to U.S. military personnel and veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The Memorial Day weekend’s event more than doubled last year’s proceeds for Operation Open Arms and surpassed Matanzas on the Bay’s goal of $5,000.

“We are very grateful to Matanzas and all the folks who came out to support us,” said Captain John ‘Giddyup’ Bunch, founder of Operation Open Arms. “These funds will keep our doors open at least through this time next year.”

More than 900 guests attended the event, which featured live music from the Cooter Creek Bluegrass Band and the Bugtussle Ramblers, alligator wrestling from “The Gator Crusader,” craft draft beer from Fort Myers Brewery and a $15 BBQ buffet featuring ribs, pork shanks, potato salad and corn on the cob.

“This year’s Bluegrass, Brew and BBQ event had an amazing turnout and we are ecstatic to present Operation Open Arms with $7,500 so that it will be able to continue caring for the members of our military,” said Glen Petrarca, general manager of Matanzas on the Bay. “We are in awe of the phenomenal support that we have received from our community and we cannot thank them enough for their commitment to our U.S. soldiers and veterans.”

Matanzas On The Bay to host Bluegrass, Brew & BBQ on May 24 to benefit Operation Open Arms

Posted April 1st, 2014 by Priority Marketing and filed in Events

Bluegrass Logo CMYKMatanzas On The Bay is hosting the first annual Bluegrass, Brew & BBQ to benefit Operation Open Arms, a non-profit dedicated to the care and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in military personnel and veterans, on Saturday, May 24 from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Located at 416 Crescent St. in Fort Myers Beach, Matanzas On The Bay invites the public to attend the fundraiser that will include live music by the Cooter Creek Bluegrass Band and the Bugtussle Ramblers; a variety of craft beers; and an appetizing BBQ buffet of smoked pork shanks, BBQ quartered chicken, Dave’s famous potato salad, baked beans, and a special featured mac n’ cheese.

Bluegrass, Brew & BBQ will also feature kid-friendly activities including a kids’ fishing tournament off the docks at Matanzas On The Bay overlooking the Estero Bay from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. While the event is free to the public, Matanzas on the Bay will be collecting donations in support of Operation Open Arms, as well as providing 5 percent of all guest bills towards the fundraising efforts.

Matanzas On The Bay offers waterfront dining in a tropical setting on Estero Bay on Fort Myers Beach. Serving fresh seafood, steak and spirits, the restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily, as well as caters to special occasions and private parties. The restaurant is located adjacent to the Matanzas Inn Resort waterfront lodge, just steps away from the Fort Myers Beach entertainment district. For more information, call 239-463-3838 or visit www.matanzas.com.