Hyannis Restaurants Plan Hurricane Irma Relief Fundraiser

A group of area restaurants have banded together to raise funds for the disaster stricken St. John’s Island.

Stephanie Swanson of The Naked Oyster lived on St John Virgin Island for almost a year and still maintains several connections there. When Hurricane Irma hit, she began posting status updates and showing the damage that area had sustained. “I go back twice a year. I still have so many friends there. And now they’re homeless,” said Swanson, “With the damage sustained in Texas and Florida, I felt like these people were being overlooked.”

St John is the smallest and most remote of the US Virgin Islands. About half of the island’s 4500 residents have fled the island, but the other half remain. “They are saying there won’t be power for 6 months,” said Swanson, “And it means they’ll be missing out on their tourists season. They need help rebuilding.”

Stephanie met up with friends and after talking about her desire to help the situation the idea for a fundraiser was born. “We’re just four local ladies looking to help out,” said Stephanie. The four local ladies of Fiddlesticks, The Pickle Jar, Misaki, and the Naked Oyster created “Cape Love for Love City.”

“Everyone involved has a connection to the island. They’ve been there. They love it. They really want to help people rebuild. We think this will be great a night and we hope everyone comes out and joins us,” said Swanson.

The event will be held at The Naked Oyster on Sunday October 15th from 3-7pm. With the business donating all of their time and food, 100% of the ticket sales will be donated to St John Rescue Inc. There will be a raw bar and sushi along with live music from Mentos and The New Horizon Band. Don’t worry the Patriots game will be on the TV. Casual Island Attire is encouraged.

Tickets are available through Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cape-love-for-love-city-tickets-38124511440

By Rebecca Romo, Lifestyle Reporter CapeCod.com

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