Lying for a cause raises dollars for Easter Basket Drive, food bank



The liars came out last Friday night at the Haughty Heron and it wasn’t even a political event. The Fifth Annual Liar’s Challenge was held to benefit the Sheriff’s Easter Basket Drive and Gulf County Food Bank Drive.

Liars came from as far as Colorado, Michigan, New York and homegrown talent sprang up as well. Southern Storyteller Robyn A. Rennick emceed the event with “true” tales of critters in Gulf County. The venerable judges were Mike Davis, Pat Nease, and Kelli Godwin.

For the second year in a row, Ray Merrill from Michigan won First Place. His pet dolphins, Fluffy and Spot, were back with new adventures. Second Place went to Wanda Violet’s weeding robot story. Our special guest, Brent Heard of The Star’s Crank My Tractor, won Third Place. Listeners will never eat licorice after hearing his story.

The event was organized by the Dyslexia Research Institute which facilitates Florida High School/High Tech of Gulf County. The community sponsors were The Haughty Heron, the Gulf County Tourist Development Council, Coast 2 Coast Printing, Brendan and Cindy Murphy, and the Coastal Community Association.

We appreciate the support of our local businesses who donated door prizes. They were the Sunset Coastal Grill, The Shrimp Company, St. Joe Golf Club and the Sand Dollar Café.

Over $500 was raised for the two charities and food items and Easter Baskets were brought to the event.

If you would like to donate cash, Easter Baskets or Food items for the drive, you can drop them off at the Sheriff’s Office or at Gulf to Bay Construction which is across from The Grab N Go at Simmon’s Bayou. Other drop offs are at the St. Joseph Bay Golf Club and the South Gulf County Volunteer Fire Department on Cape San Blas. For more information call Dr. Pat at 229-7799.