R.A. Driesbach, Sr. Lodge #77, Knights of Pythias, Port St. Joe will host a dinner fundraiser from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. ET on Friday, June 20 at Frank Pate Park located on U.S. Highway 98 East. The meal will consist of Mullet fish, baked beans, coleslaw, hush puppies and tea. The cost for the meal is $6. Anyone purchasing a pre-sale dinner ticket will be eligible for the drawing of one free night stay at the Holiday Inn Select in Panama City across from the Mall.
Proceeds from the dinner will be used to benefit the Knights of Pythias Bikes for Boys and Girls program. “We are expanding our bike program countywide,” said Chancellor Commander Clarence Monette. “Working with Jerry Stokoe and Billy Dixson in Port St. Joe and Bob Sutton in Wewahitchka, we plan to have 100 bicycles to give to boys and girls in Gulf County at Christmas.”
Members of the Knights of Pythias are collecting old, new and used bikes for restoration and distribution. The program will provide bikes for boys and girls who would not normally get a bike. Working in conjunction with the Port St. Joe and Wewahitchka Christmas initiative, Gulf County Sheriff;s Office, Gulf County Fire Departments, Salvage Santa in Panama City and the Gulf County School System, boys and girls in the area will be identified to receive bikes. The program alsohelps the environment by keeping the bikes out of landfills and putting them in the hands of boys and girls for their enjoyment.
Anyone wishing to donate a new or used bike may drop the bike off at any fire station in Gulf County or at the office of the Port St. Joe Police Department. For additional information about the Knights of Pythias; Bikes for Boys and Girls Program and/or dinner tickets contact: Clarence Monette at 899-1479; David Lewis at 899-2235; Jerry Stokoe at 348-9108 or Bob Sutton at 639-5721.