Marco Island residents are gearing up to give back to local DJ and YMCA Marketing Director, Steve Reynolds. A recent cancer diagnosis has shifted the spotlight to Reynolds, who is usually the one organizing local fundraisers.
CJ’s on the Bay will host the benefit for Reynolds on Saturday, July 28, from 7:00 to 11:00 PM. Tickets to the event, which features complimentary hors d’oeuvres and happy hour drink prices, are $20 per person. Smokin’ Joe and Konnie and J Robert and Martin Houghtaling will provide live entertainment and two 50/50 raffles will take place throughout the evening. A silent auction featuring artwork, golfing outings and hotel stays will also be on the agenda.
Angelica from Angelica’s Boutique of Marco Island will be contributing to the evening, offering shawls, purses and jewelry from the boutique to be available for purchase at CJ’s, with 50 percent of the proceeds going to Reynolds.
[/caption] title=”CBN_A5-8″ src=”http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/CBN_A5-8.jpg” alt=”” width=”144″ height=”178″ />Fellow local DJ and cancer survivor, “Disco” Dave Bierbrauer and Dick Shanahan, Board Member at the Y, came together to organize the fundraiser for Reynolds. “I’ve gotten to know Steve quite well since he’s been here,” explains Shanahan. “We hope this fundraiser will be big enough to cover his immediate needs; the out of pocket expenses not covered by insurance.”
“Dick and Dave approached us and we said we’d be happy to host the benefit,” explains Laura Owen, Chef and Restaurant Manager at CJ’s on the Bay. “We’ve worked with Steve many times in the past. He’s been here to emcee different events at The Esplanade.” Many of which have been for other local fundraisers. “He’s a great guy,” adds Owen.
Reynolds has been the Marketing Director at the Marco Island YMCA since 2007. He is facing stage II prostate cancer and is currently undergoing nine weeks of radiation. Althoughhis treatments are five days a week, Reynolds is still at the Y, overseeing a busy summer of kid’s camps, and also DJ’s at Nacho Mama’s on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.
“I want to say thanks to everyone and I appreciate all the support. It was completely unexpected but I’m really happy that they wanted to do this,” states Reynolds. With the odds in his favor, he anticipates a full recovery, but recommends that every man get a prostate screening every year. “There are no symptoms,” he adds, stressing the importance of early detection. “You can go to your local American Cancer Society or to cancer.org to find out where you can get a screening.”
Stop by CJ’s on Saturday, July 28, and help support Reynolds. Checks can also be sent to the Steve Reynolds Cancer Fund to Anthony DeLucia (aka Steve Reynolds) PO Box 671, Marco Island, Florida 34146.