First Coast Surfrider held their 3rd Annual Black Tie & Baggies fundraiser on April 12th at The Atlantic Bar & Club in Jacksonville Beach, FL. Sponsored by Paco's Mexican Grill, the night featured a silent auction, raffle, book signing, live music from Sky Pilot and a fashion show with women's clothing from local boutiques, Rosie True and Jaffi's. Additional event sponsors included The Surf Sanctuary in Nicaragua, Sunrise Surf Shop, Damon Williams, MySurfari.com
, SYK Surf Shop, World Gym, Lee's Ice Cream, Ragtime, Gene's Seafood, Arbonne, Bully's, Bali Cargo Co., Half Moon Bay Trading Co., Where Ya Bean and Fig Tree Clothing.
The event raised more than $5,000 for the chapter and had approximately 200 attendees, figures that more than tripled the previous year's results! Funds raised will close the outstanding legal bill from First Coast Surfrider's groundbreaking win over St Johns County for beach access. There will also be money left over to support chapter campaigns including: a storm water outfall water testing program, sand dune ordinance, beach erosion in St Johns County and educational outreach opportunities.