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Pineapple Willy's Hosts 5-Day Fundraiser

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A Panama City Beach restaurant is going above and beyond serving good food, it's doing it's part to give back to the community.

Pineapple Willy's is hosting a five-day event and will donate all its food profits to charity.

Six years ago, Pineapple Willy, aka owner Bill Buskell, was looking for a way to give back to his community.

"We have been successful here, all of our business has been from the community," said Bill Buskell, Owner of Pineapple Willy's. "So this is our way of giving back.."

He started a fundraiser, at the restaurant, that gives 100 percent of food profits to three local charities.

A majority of the money goes to Beach Care Services, a facility that helps beach residents make it through tough times.

"Say if your electric bill got up really high and you are working and have a budget you come to us and we'll help get you over the hump," said Buskell.

The fundraiser also benefits Paws and Claws, an animal shelter, and B.A.S.I.C., a facility that helps guard against HIV and aids.

"The three local charities.. It's our time to kind of give back to them because they do so much throughout the year," said Jeremy Evans, Manager at Pineapple Willy's.

In 2012, the event raised 60 thousand dollars. This year, Buskell wants to reach 80 thousand dollars.  Eating a meal is all it takes to help.

And why does Buskell do it?

"I've had my up's and down, I have had rocky roads and stuff where if I could have gotten 100 dollars it would have helped me get through my week. So, I understand the situations that employees can get themselves into," said Buskell.

The fundraiser continues through Thursday August, 29th.