April 10, 2019

CREATIVE SERVICES OF THE FLORIDA KEYS/Contributed
The 'Spring Art Fair and Antique Car Show,' a major fundraising event for the Monroe Association of ReMARCable Citizens, goes to the beach at Coconut Cove Resort in Islamorada from 5-8 p.m. April 11.

CREATIVE SERVICES OF THE FLORIDA KEYS/Contributed The 'Spring Art Fair and Antique Car Show,' a major fundraising event for the Monroe Association of ReMARCable Citizens, goes to the beach at Coconut Cove Resort in Islamorada from 5-8 p.m. April 11.

ISLAMORADA — A bash on the beach returns to Windley Key on Thursday, April 11, to help support some of the Upper Keys’ most “ReMARCable” residents.

The Spring Into Art and Antique Car Show runs from 5 to 8 p.m. as a major fundraiser for the Monroe Association of ReMARCable Citizens, hosted by the Coconut Cove Resort at mile marker 84.8, oceanside.

“We’re expecting a really big night,” said Tina Porter, co-coordinator with Francine Lemay. “We’re overwhelmed by the support we’ve received from our local businesses.”

The Spring Into Art show features work by a number of MARC’s developmentally challenged adults who have blossomed into creative talents.

A fleet of about 15 antique vehicles, recruited by local collector Wayne Weatherford, will be showcased on the resort beach.

“This is just an amazing opportunity to support our clients and help make sure the Upper Keys program stays vital and active,” Porter said. “lt’s also a lot of fun spending a beautiful night out on the beach.”

A suggested donation of $15 per person at the door includes a light meal of ziti, with Centennial Bank staff cooking hamburgers and hot dogs. Desserts from Winn-Dixie cap the dining experience.

DJ Dave cues up the music for dancing. MARC clients, family members and others will take part in the “Looking Good Fashion Show,” showing quality clothes from the racks at the MARC Thrift Store on Plantation Key. Christina Steele of Island Dreams provides accessories.

A silent auction features a selection of items and resort stays, including packages from Cheeca Lodge & Spa, The Islander, Ocean Reef Club and others.

“Our volunteers have been out collecting so many wonderful things,” Porter said.

The Spring Into Art show, expected to draw more than 200 people for its third year, grew out of the MARC’s Spring Fling Dance.

As part of the activities, clients and guests will take a moment to launch flowers on the water to honor the life of Eric Vihlen, a longtime MARC member who died this year at age 51. The event is also pays tribute to the memory of the late Michelle Snyder, a MARC program coordinator.

For more information, call 305-852-3282.

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