On Sunday, November 13, a bunch of good folks came together for the Friends for Fritz fundraiser at Harry T’s in HarborWalk Village in support of Fritz Wayner, who is battling Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer. Fritz is perhaps best known to Beachcomber readers as the friendly fellow behind the bar at the Swizzle Stick Lounge on Okaloosa Island.


Event co-organizer Tim Morinelli tells us the evening raised over $14,000. “It made me tear up,” says Morinelli. “It just shows how genuinely helpful people in this town can be and how truly incredible Fritz is as a man.”


Morinelli’s band Flash Flood kicked off the event’s entertainment, followed by a Bo Adams-Brandon Day collaboration that Diki Ross dubbed “Bo-Day-Scious.” Beachcomber Music Award winner Hope Given also performed, along with RoshamBeatles, the Fab Four tribute band featuring members of Roshambo along with Ross and Chris Hayes. Flash Flood’s Rusty Morinelli kept things moving as MC.


“It was the people that put it together that were absolutely the grease that drove this cart,” says Tim. “Dan Empson, Paula Mitchell, Bonita Destin, Dawn Ledford and Russ Jackson, Michelle Fiona, Susan Chang, Matt Leon, and the whole Harry T’s crew. Way too many to list here.”


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