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A grass skirt and cow bells at bartender bash

One bartender wore a grass skirt to help bump up tips for a Boca Raton charity.

Others blew whistles or clanged cow bells. Anything goes to raise money for Best Foot Forward Foundation that helps former foster kids get a higher education.

A dozen supporters stepped behind the bars in the busy Marriott ballroom with high-tops and a deejay.

John Mulholland and Habitat for Humanity exec Randy Nobles donned Hawaiian garb to get the attention of big tippers like Chuck and Alyssa Stout. The couple wore Big Tipper badges to drive the message home.

Best Foot co-founders Donna Biase and Debbie Ellman expected a record crowd of 300 and tips to top last year’s $12,000. “Each year our bartenders set the bar higher,” Biase said.

The annual fundraiser was part of Boca Chamber Festival Days. And Chamber president/CEO Troy McLellan wore a barbecue-style apron to serve drinks. Backing him up was Chamber chair Susan Saturday. Her husband Jim staffed a big table with candy, including Hoffman’s Chocolates’ covered pretzels and ice cream vouchers.

Waiting literally in the wings [bartenders had a room to check in and change into costume] was Dan Davidowitz. He and Tyler Ross planned “Wayne’s World” disguises for their shifts.

The other volunteer bartenders were Michelle Adams, Amanda Ellis, Margi Cross, Traci Wilson, Lily Jaffy and Wade Waddick.

“I love what they do and it’s under the Spirit umbrella,” Spirit of Giving board president David Dunston said as one of the loyal patrons.

Among the pols there were Mayor Scott Singer, Deputy Mayor Jeremy Rodgers and county Commissioner Bob Weinroth and Pam Weinroth.

Coming down the home stretch on Boca Chamber Festival Days, the annual Lip Sync Battle for Nat King Cole Generation Hope is Tuesday evening at Crazy Uncle Mike’s. Taste of the City for FAU’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities Wednesday at CenterStage Bank is wrap for 2019.

See the times and ticket prices on Boca Calendar.

By Marci Shatzman

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