Music fans raise money for charity

Oklahoma City-area fans of musician Jimmy Buffett are turning their partying ways into fundraisers for charity.
BY SANDI DAVIS, For The Oklahoman Modified: April 13, 2013 at 11:46 pm •  Published: April 15, 2013
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“Having wristbands for entry into the party lets us control the crowd,” Geer said. “This is a fun fundraiser for the club. We have food, games and a wonderful afternoon of Parrot Head madness before the concert.”

Geer said all you need to bring to the event is a lawn chair and a cooler of whatever you're drinking.

COPA donates money and volunteers to the Central Oklahoma Humane Society, the Work Activity Center in Moore and the Regional Food Bank of Central Oklahoma. The group holds events to benefit each group.

Throughout the year, COPA hosts events for other charities. Last year COPA sponsored its first cruise, raising $12,000 for Habitat for Humanity.

Whatever they do, they manage to include “fun” in their fundraising, always with a nautical or tropical twist.

Events include a Crackpot Christmas party, a “Fins and Pins” bowling tournament, the “marGEERitaville” house party at the Geer home and “Putts for Mutts,” along with their monthly “Watering Hole” meetings.

“We also have a few events every year when we bring non-perishable food to help out at other house parties such as the Dive-In Theater and the Buccaneer Ball,” Geer said.

COPA has members throughout the metro area and as far away as Ponca City, and their membership fees are some of the lowest in the nation. Membership is always open, and anyone can buy a ticket to the “Frisco Phiasco” until they sell out.

“We're really a big family,” Geer said. “Anything you do for your community is a blessing.”

For more information on COPA and the “Frisco Phiasco” visit www.copa-nut.com.



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