For the sixth time, the Overseas Pub and Grill staff are gearing up to help “part of the family” here in Marathon.

The beneficiary of their next fundraiser on Saturday, March 5 from 11 a.m. until closing time is the family of John Kissick. Kissick has been a 16-year Marathon resident, owner of Fazoli Brothers Inc., a swimming pool construction company, and a five-year lunch regular at Overseas.

Kissick has been undergoing treatment for throat cancer for the past two months. With no local options for the radiation and chemotherapy he needs, he and his wife Angelika traveled to and from Miami five days a week to receive the appropriate therapies. John’s illness, combined with his wife’s leave of absence to care for her husband, had obvious personal and financial consequences.

“He’s part of our family here in Overseas,” said bartender and event planner Andy Sharf. “John has become a good friend to all who know him, and you will never meet a more humble and gracious soul,” he wrote in a Facebook post announcing the event.

According to Sharf, the entire Overseas crew was immediately on board after learning of the Kissicks’ challenges. “I always ask, ‘Who’s in it?’ and each of the bar staff come forward,” he said. “They always enthusiastically volunteer their time and money for the benefit of those in need. They spend countless hours getting donations and getting settled.

The soon-to-be-christened John Kissick Day will see all tips from bartenders donated to the Kissick family, along with proceeds from a 50-50 raffle, coozie sales and a silent auction with donations of over 30 local providers ranging from hotel stays and fishing charters to taxi services and restaurant gift cards. Grill lovers can also enter a raffle for an extra large $2,200 Big Green Egg with accessories.

Rounding out the day’s events will be live music from Tony Manfredi from 3-7pm, the 79th Street Band from 7-11pm and DJ FIJI from 10pm until closing, with musicians also donating their regular payment to the cause.

Sharf’s initial efforts to promote the event on social media are already bearing fruit. “Twice in the last week two people came in that we had never seen before with huge checks,” he said. “They didn’t know me, and they didn’t know John. It was just neighbors helping their neighbors. … The great thing about this community is that whenever something bad happens, we all come together.

A brief call with John Kissick told a story of gratitude for the generosity of overseas staff. “It was a little shocking,” he said. “It’s pretty overwhelming that they put all that effort into it, and I can’t thank them enough. It shows that Marathon is a great place to live.


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