Charitable Cinco de Mayo on Martha’s Vineyard raises $5,000

From left: Lisa Lawson, Rob Young, Kara Shemeth worked the raffle. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

At the last minute, Sharky’s Cantina in Edgartown turned its Cinco de Mayo party on Saturday, May 5, into a fundraiser and collected more than $5,000 to benefit Chris Hargy.

Mr. Hargy is an Edgartown firefighter and sheriff’s deputy battling cancer. The Edgartown Fireman’s Association (EFA), which includes the Edgartown Fire Department and EMTs, and the Dukes County sheriff’s deputies sponsored the event.

EFA president Jake Sylvia said that three days before the event, Sharky’s owner J.B. Blau asked what he could do to help. He had heard about Mr. Hargy.

“It is amazing,” Mr. Sylvia said, “how our community comes together for people in need. It is overwhelming. You can’t thank people enough.”

He added that Island businesses donated more than 20 raffle prizes, and there was a 50/50 raffle, in which the winner gave his winnings back.

In addition to launching, El Tiberon, its own brand of tequila, Sharky’s also hosted the annual taco eating contest. Defending champion Mingo Perez won, beating five other competitors. He was the first to eat 12 mini beef tacos in two minutes and 20 seconds.