The east and west sides of Citrus County will go head-to-head next week to see which is home to the most generous tippers.
From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12, celebrity bartenders will sling drinks at both Lollygaggers locations, 744 SE U.S. 19 in Crystal River and 8370 S. Florida Ave. in Floral City. All tips will benefit Camp E-Nini-Hassee.
Camp E-Nini-Hassee is an outdoor therapeutic program based in Floral City for at-risk girls who struggle with school, family conflicts, drug experimentation, depression, low self-esteem and behavioral issues. The camp utilizes the outdoor therapeutic environment while staff provides group therapy and education.
Former camper Heather Cogar said due to COVID-19, camp funding has declined due to lack of fundraising events.
Citrus County Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Josh Wooten said every year, the girls at E-Nini-Hassee help out at the Floral City Strawberry Festival. In turn, they receive a donation.
“Last year, due to COVID, they weren’t able to do that,” Wooten said. “I wanted to do something for the camp.”
And so, the idea was born for a celebrity bartending event and Wooten and Cogar teamed up to make it happen.
Bartending at Floral City are Ruthie Schlabach, Citrus County commissioner; Leon McClellan, of M & B Dairy; and Rebecca Bays, past Citrus County commissioner. Bartending in Crystal River are Meredith Linley, executive director of Crystal River Main Street; Will Wilson, of Citrus Sports & Apparel; and Kevin Cunningham, of Re/MAX Realty One.
In addition to food, drinks and fun, the event includes raffles with auctioneer, Wooten, who may even pour a few drinks himself.
The event is a kick-off to E-Nini-Hassee’s Camp Spirit 5K on Nov. 13 in Black Diamond, which was spearheaded by Cogar with the assistance of Schlabach. All proceeds will go directly to the camp.