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Rockin Robin - First of two big benefits for Robin Sunday at BackStreets, Cape Coral

August 27, 2014
Melissa Schneider - Editor ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

An integral part of the community all her life, Robin Curley is the girl known for always smiling always staying positive and lifting the spirits of others who may be down. Now as the local philanthropist has a one-on-one battle with colon cancer, her community is not letting her down, coming to her side to help however they possibly can: rides to and from the doctors, helping her at her self-owned business even bringing over prepared meals for dinner. Now the community has come together to not only host one benefit for Robin but two as well as additional events to help raise funds for her many rising hospital bills for testing, surgeries and treatments.

Even as she undergoes this very difficult time battling with the best of them having to undergo 30 treatments of chemotherapy (five a week for six weeks), Robin manages to keep that beautiful smile for which she's so well known.

"It's pretty overwhelming, how everyone is coming together to help me through this," Robin said. "I know that I know a lot of people because I grew up here, but I even have friends from my high school days at Cypress Lake High School donating things and being there for me. It's truly heart warming and made me cry in a good way."

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The first of two major benefits for local philanthropist Robin Curley is taking place at BackStreets, Cape Coral, Sunday, Aug. 31, from 1 to 7 p.m. Enjoy music, raffles, prizes and more!

Robin grew up in Southwest Florida, after moving down in 1971 from the suburbs of Philadelphia. She went to Cypress Middle, Cypress High, Edison College and then a brief stint at USF before moving to Los Angeles at 22. Ten years later she returned just before her 32nd birthday.

"This community really has my heart," she said.

Over the years, you've become accustomed to seeing Robin at most if not all of the local fund-raisers, whether it was for some type of awareness, a poker run for a cause or an individual person or family in need. If someone needed help, she was there lending her support. Over the last several years, she's done her part to take a stand for the local environment, and even became organizing coordinator of the local Hands Across the Sand events for the last three or four.

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Now, as the tables are turned and Robin is the one in need, two very large benefits will be held in her honor, raising funds to help with the many bills for her diagnosis, tests, surgeries and treatment. The first is the Rockin' Robin Curley benefit taking place at BackStreets, Cape Coral, Sunday, Aug. 31.

Rockin' Robin Curley in Cape Coral

The Rockin' for Robin benefit in Cape Coral is taking place Sunday, Aug. 31, from 1 to 7 p.m., at BackStreets Sports Bar, 915 SE 47th Terrace. Plans have fallen into place beautifully, and lead coordinator Dana Caldwell couldn't be happier.

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BINGO Night for Robin at Val's Lounge Thursday

Valerie's Lounge hosts regular BINGO nights for the Tabarrini Foundation, a local nonprofit that gives music education to children who otherwise couldn't afford it. Out of the kindness of their hearts, the folks with the Tabarrini Foundation have offered all proceeds raised from the Thursday, Aug. 28 BINGO?night to go to Robin's cause.

Enjoy $1 BINGO games, jackpots, lots of fun, cash prizes and much more that night, from 6 to 9 p.m., helping raise funds for Robin's fight.

"We want as many people as we can that night - we want to fill the place up," said Lena Neroni, marketing and benefit coordinator of the lounge. "If you can't make it to either of the benefits, come to BINGO. If you can't make it to anything, please consider still making a donation for her cause."

"It's been a pretty busy thing, but we've had lots of great help and Sunday should be lots of fun!" he said. "Robin's a huge supporter of our environment and a very loving and giving person. She's also a hard-working go-getter who has started her own cleaning business and already back at (with the help of her trusty assistants). She found out recently that her treatment will be more intensive than we previously thought. Although she is insured, this has been a financial nightmare for her with the co-pays, lack of ability to work herself, etc., etc. We really want her to solely focus on fighting her disease and hope to alleviate much of the financial stress with these benefits."

Look forward to a great selection of live music throughout the day from Renee Massie Hose, DVS, ReVamped Rock and Myth, as well as an enormous collection of raffle prizes to win.

"We have such great varied things as a hot air balloon ride for two, a signed Jason Taylor football, four fine seats for any Dunk City game of the purchaser's choice, a week's stay in Costa Rica, more Tony Stewart things than most can imagine and all sorts of other goods and services including jewelry, handmade soaps, photography sessions, massages, passes to all FGCU athletics events, nice dinners and stays and much more," Dana said, of the array of raffle prizes up for grabs. "And Shelly Paglia, the owner of BackStreets, is paying for the sound man ($500) and has purchased sponsorships and also has been a major factor in us getting the T-shirts done. We are so thankful for all she has done to help this cause."

While enjoying all of these great bands and great prizes, you'll feel great knowing you're helping such a wonderful member of the local community. Additionally, have fun with the 50/50 raffle, and be sure to order some of BackStreets' famous pizza.

"BackStreets has excellent food, and their pizza is especially awesome," Dana said. "The community support has been amazing. Southwest Florida always rocks when it comes to such things. This is my third event to be involved in and I have been blown away every single time. This one is no exception."

As the benefit is just before she is to start her radiation treatments, Robin definitely plans on making it to the event. "This is truly such a heart-warming experience," she said.

To volunteer or to donate to the Cape Coral benefit, contact Dana Caldwell,, or call 239-253-7401.

Rockin' for Robin on Fort Myers Beach

Be sure to come by the Lighthouse Tiki Bar Saturday, Sept. 13, from noon to 6 p.m., to lend your support to lovely local Robin Curley.

Enjoy plenty of fun for everyone, including music, food, raffles, silent auctions, and lots more. Anyone wishing to make any type of donation to the benefit are welcome to do so. To contribute a gift for the raffles or silent auctions, please call Fort Myers Beach coordinator Mike "Popeye" Dearden, 239-244-4437. For updates at either benefit for Miss Robin, check out the special event pages on Facebook, "Rockin' Robin Curley" and "Rockin' for Robin." Be sure to RSVP to show your support - and invite your friends to join!

Showing your blue

Those wishing to show their support before, during or after these special fund-raisers can purchase blue "Robin Strong" bracelets, signifying the fight for colon cancer, for $2 at local hot spots, stating "No One Fights Alone." Pick them up at the Lighthouse Tiki Bar, Surf Club, Beached Whale, Lani Kai, Val's Lounge or The Mermaid or BackStreets.

Contributing to the cause

Contributions to Rockin' for Robin can be made by making checks payable either directly to Robin Curley, or in the case of contributions desiring a tax exemption letter for their donation, make checks payable to the Florida Helps Foundation. EVERY dollar contributed in this fashion will be remitted to Robin, but in order to receive your tax credit, checks must be recorded in the non-profit's books. This validates your contribution with the IRS. In either case, mail your contribution to: Popeyepalooza, P.O. Box 6103, Fort Myers Beach, Fla. 33932. Contributions made out directly to Robin will be channeled to her immediately, while those going through the Florida Helps Foundation will experience a one week delay only.



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