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‘Pine Island Superstar’ competition returns in January

December 24, 2011
By MEGHAN McCOY - , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

A Greater Pine Island Lions Club's unique singing contest, which is free for the public to participate in, will hit the island next month for an 11-show "Pine Island Superstar" event that will benefit local charities.

The audience will vote for their favorite individual by placing quarters in a bucket. The person with the most quarters will advance to the semifinal show.

"It's about good singers and about your fan club," Donna Gauthier said about how many quarters an individual can collect.

She said they will have cheerleaders walking around after a performance with cans to collect quarters from the patrons during each show. The cans, which will bear the contestant's name, will then be placed in a spot to provide individuals with another chance to throw more quarters in the can.

The winners, which will be announced every night, will solely depend on how many quarters are in their bucket.

Donna said they will have quarters for sale during the contest for those who need them.

Fact Box

Pine Island Superstar Show Schedule

Jan. 5: Ragged Ass Saloon, 3421 Stringfellow

Road, St. James City, at 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 9: Miceli's Restaurant, 3930 Pine Island

Road, N.W., Matlacha, at 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 10: Woody's Waterside, 3051 Stringfellow

Road., St. James City, at 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 13: Pine Island Elk's Lodge, 5630 Pine

Island Road. N.W., Bokeelia, at 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 14: Pine Island VFW, 8150 Stringfellow

Road, St. James City, at 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 16: Sandy Hook Restaurant, 4875 Pine

Island Road, N.W., Matlacha, at 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 18: Bert's Bar and Grill, 4271 Pine Island

Road, N.W., Matlacha, at 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 19: Froggy's Bar and Grill, 3620 Stringfel-

low Road, St. James City, at 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 21: Pine Island American Legion, 4106

Stringfellow Road, St. James City, at 6:30 p.m.

Semifinal Show

Jan. 23: Pine Island Moose Lodge, 8903

Stringfellow Road, St. James City, at 6:30 p.m.

Final Show

Jan. 29: Pine Island Moose Lodge, 8903

Stringfellow Road, St. James City, at 6:30 p.m.

Those who wish to sing karaoke-style can go to any of the 11 locations and sign up for the event this week. Those locations include Ragged Ass Saloon, Miceli's Restaurant, Woody's Waterside, Pine Island Elk's Lodge, Pine Island VFW, Sandy Hook Restaurant, Bert's Bar and Grill, Froggy's Bar and Grill and the Pine Island American Legion.

"We are hoping to get ten in each place," Donna said.

Individuals are allowed to sign up for as many nights as they wish within the preliminary show schedule. All of the shows will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The contest will kick off on Jan. 5 at Ragged Ass Saloon and then head to Miceli's Restaurant on Jan. 9; Woody's Waterside on Jan. 10; Pine Island Elk's Lodge on Jan. 13; Pine Island VFW on Jan. 14; Sandy Hook Restaurant on Jan. 16; Bert's Bar and Grill on Jan. 18; Froggy's Bar and Grill on Jan. 19 and Pine Island American Legion on Jan. 21.

The number of songs an individual will sing depends on the amount of people that sign up that night.

The semifinal show will be held Jan. 23 and the final show will be held on Jan. 29 at the Pine Island Moose Lodge.

Greater Pine Island Lions Club President Mary Von Burg said they have collected prizes for the top three people from businesses.

Last year the Pine Island Superstar event was introduced to the residents for the first time at one location - the Pine Island Elk's Lodge.

Donna said this year her husband, Tom, wanted to hold the contest at different places because of the many needs that the island has. She said there are so many people on the island that are all about helping people.

"The response has been tremendous," she said about the businesses and organizations that are participating.

Due to the size of the event this year, they decided to form a committee to ensure that the 11 nights will run smoothly for the contestants. Donna said the harder they work on getting the event together the harder the push for making money for the island becomes.

This year Donna's goal is to raise at least $5,000 to give to the various charities.

The quarters donated will benefit the Pine Island Food Pantry, Friendly Islanders Sending Help, the Community Church Feed the Families Program, the Pine Island Lions Club Eyecare Program and scholarship fund.

"I would like to see it become an annual event," Donna said.

For information, contact Tom at 239-282-4334 or 507-254-2427 or visit



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