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Updated: 04/25/2014 10:38:34PM

‘Sew Much’ compassion

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Stephanie Whitmarsh, with her 3-year-old, Joey, in the arms of his grandmother Dawn Bertler, is ready for an afternoon of fun at the "Drop Your Drawers" benefit, held Saturday in the parking lot of Kelly's II Tavern on Dearborn Street in Englewood.

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"Drop Your Drawers" co-chairwoman Cher Macey, Florida regional director for Sew Much Comfort Bonnie Wine, president of the local Sew Much Comfort chapter Michele Cuppy, and co-chairwoman of the Saturday benefit Laura Wine were already having a good time an hour into the event.

SUN PHOTO BY BETSY WILLIAMS, photobw17@gmail.com
A group of community-minded volunteers that came out to help with the benefit.

SUN PHOTO BY BETSY WILLIAMS, photobw17@gmail.com
Jane Merritt, Barbara Kelley, Susie Faust and Posey Bauer are members of the Rotonda West Woman's Club, which co-sponsored the event Saturday.

SUN PHOTO BY BETSY WILLIAMS, photobw17@gmail.com
Lemon Bay Sunrise Rotary Club members Fred Beck, Dave Gutz and Kale Dailey handle the cooking for the "Drop Your Drawers" benefit, which aims to assist recovering veterans.

SUN PHOTO BY BETSY WILLIAMS, photobw17@gmail.com
Heading indoors to meet friends, Chelsea Downs, Millie Urie and Jay Linden were ready for a fun afternoon of music and food.

SUN PHOTO BY BETSY WILLIAMS, photobw17@gmail.com
Members of the K-9 Companions for Independence came out to show their support at the event: Lee Simmons with Cellie, Leigh Novak with Clancy, Heather Voege with Naylor, and Cheri Stratton with Kam.

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Members of the Combat Veterans Association, Pete Postal, Bob "Grumpy" Wood, L.T. McGovern and Kirk Wheeler, were among the first to arrive, finding seats in the shade to listen to the music and enjoy some refreshments.

SUN PHOTO BY BETSY WILLIAMS, photobw17@gmail.com
Bartenders, Stacey Cole and Aileen Kimball wearing one of the Drop Your Drawers shirts were ready for the crowd.

SUN PHOTO BY BETSY WILLIAMS, photobw17@gmail.com
Drop Your Drawers, a benefit for Sew Much Comfort, was held Saturday at Kelly's II Tavern on Dearborn Street in Englewood. Sew Much Comfort is a national network of volunteers that provides adaptive clothing for recovering veterans, making possible the appearance of normal clothing at the same time allowing for medical devices needed for recovery thus minimizing the visual impact of the vets injuries, all free of charge to the veterans. The Brown brothers, Sonny and Loyd, started the afternoon of entertainment.

SUN PHOTO BY BETSY WILLIAMS, photobw17@gmail.com
Heading indoors to meet friends, Chelsea Downs, Millie Urie and Jay Linden were ready for a fun afternoon of music and food.

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“Drop Your Drawers,” a benefit for Sew Much Comfort, was held Saturday at Kelly’s II Tavern on Dearborn Street in Englewood. Sew Much Comfort is a national network of volunteers that provides adaptive clothing for recovering veterans, making possible the appearance of normal clothing, at the same time allowing for medical devices needed for recovery, thus minimizing the visual impact of the veterans’ injuries — all free of charge to the veterans.

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