Parrot Head Club hosts Special Olympics benefit

Northern Illinois Parrot Head Club invites you to warm your body and soul at their Island Beach Bash benefit for Special Olympics Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Tebala Shrine Temple in Rockford.

Bash begins at 7 p.m. with a silent auction. From 8 p.m. to midnight, Pirates Over 40 will take the lead in bringing Caribbean flavor to the evening. Inspired by the Jimmy Buffett song “A Pirate Looks at 40,” these veteran musicians shape Buffett’s repertoire of everything from “Margaritaville” to “Cheeseburger in Paradise.”

This sixth annual event also includes a limbo contest and other island-style games, and the opportunity to purchase tropical island wear and gear.

Advance tickets ($10) can be purchased at Diamond Dave’s at Colonial Village Mall in Rockford; Kobyco Windows & Doors, 4131 Perryville Rd.; or by calling 335-7552. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $12 the night of the event. Details:

Northern Illinois Parrot Head Club (also known as “Sharks on the Rock”) is a nonprofit group interested in Jimmy Buffett’s music, community service and environmental issues. In addition to Special Olympics, the club supports the Rockford Salvation Army Christmas Toy House, the Rock River Valley Food pantry and the charitable fund-raising efforts of other Parrot Head groups.

Northern Illinois Parrot Head Club also cleans an Adopt-a-Highway section of East State Street between Rockford and Belvidere. Learn more about the club at

Special Olympics is a program of sport training and competition for individuals with mental retardation. Special Olympics provides these people continuing opportunities to develop fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy as they participate with other athletes, their families and the community. There is no cost to participate in Special Olympics. For information, visit

Pirates Over 40 is a Jimmy Buffett tribute band. For information about Pirates Over 40, visit

From the Feb. 22-28, 2006, issue

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