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      up trash, the paddlers and                                                                           supporters of Chasin A Dream for several years and to
      friends converged on Tiki                                                                            know we are making a direct difference in the lives of
      52 Bar and Grill for the after                                                                       these children is something that is so personal to all of
      party and exciting costume                                                                           us.” The night was filled with laughter, music, great food,
      contest judged by the Chasin                                                                         raffles, prizes and a silent auction.
      A  Dream  children.  “We                                                                               Laura Miles, owner of Mermaids and Mimosas has
      love what Chasin A Dream                                                                             been coming to Trashy Tutu for years, and stated, “This
      does for the children in                                                                             event is so important for the environment that we love as
      the community who are so                                                                             water people, but also for supporting such a great charity.
      brave and fighting horrible                                                                          Trashy Tutu was such a ‘mermazing’ time walking around
      illnesses. It is an honor to be                                                                      seeing so many new friends, old friends, and friends I
      a part of this incredible event                                                                      didn’t know until the event. We love paddling for a cause
      and to see the smiles on the                                                                         and supporting great causes.”
      kids’ faces,” said Anthony                                                                             “Chasin A  Dream  Foundation  is  built  on  the  tenet
      Mastrioanni, owner of Tiki                                                                           of ‘locals helping locals,’” said Board Member Alex
      52. “We have been strong                                                                             Cotleur.  “We  created  a  charity  based  on  transparency
                                                                                                           and in knowing the children that our donors are assisting.
                                                                                                           We believe in local businesses/people supporting local
                                                                                                           children in need and in turn we support those businesses.
                                                                                                           It all comes full circle and is a win/win for everyone.”
                                                                                                           A few of the children who are battling cancer and other
                                                                                                           illnesses were the costume contest judges and this event
                                                                                                           had such a great impact on them.
                                                                                                             “We had such a great time at the Trashy Tutu put on
                                                                                                           by  Chasin A  Dream  Foundation,”  said Toni  McKellip.
                                                                                                           “Our daughter Ava was recently diagnosed with leukemia
                                                                                                           and both she and her sister were costume contest judges.
                                                                                                           They haven’t stopped talking about it since. It was so nice
                                                                                                           to have a normal night out and forget about the cancer
                                                                                                           world for a moment. This night truly made our girls feel
                                                                                                           so special.”
                                                                                                             “The Trashy Tutu was such a blast for the entire family.
                                                                                                           It was so amazing to see so many wonderful people come
                                                                                                           together and be excited to support their local community
                                                                                                           in need. Our daughter, Grace, was diagnosed with stage
                                                                                                           4 neuroblastoma last year, so we had to sacrifice so much
                                                                                                           in order to get her treatment. Chasin A Dream stepped in
                                                                                                           and really took a large burden off of our shoulders. Lori
                                                                                                           and the locals who support the foundation genuinely
                                                                                                           changed our lives by showing us love and support when
                                                                                                           we needed it the most, and they will forever be a part of
                                                                                                           our family,” Ashley Renfrow, mother of 3-year-old Grace.

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