Fat Pelican Fundraiser Generates $13K Overnight

 Danny McLaughlin, owner of the Fat Pelican Bar in Carolina Beach posted a photo in recent days of his red BMW with a sign that read, "Help me save my bar, buy my car!". Danny said he's been struggling to pay the bills since bars were ordered to close during COVID-19. Recently  people helped by donating  $13,000 overnight online. Danny McLaughlin, owner of the Fat Pelican Bar in Carolina Beach posted a photo in recent days of his red BMW with a sign that read, "Help me save my bar, buy my car!". Danny said he's been struggling to pay the bills since bars were ordered to close during COVID-19. Recently people helped by donating $13,000 overnight online.

Fat Pelican Fundraiser Generates $13K Overnight Featured

By / Local News / Tuesday, 12 May 2020 01:23

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - The Fat Pelican: A long standing Carolina Beach Landmark known worldwide as one of the best Dive Bars on the planet, has suffered during the COVID-19 Pandemic and forced closure by local and state orders.

Last week owner Danny McLaughlin said since bars and restaurants were closed earlier this year his business has suffered major financial losses and he's been struggling to pay the bills and help his employees.

Speaking with Danny last week in a local grocery store, he said he's lost a lot of revenue since the pandemic began and he was willing to sell his favorite red BMW to raise money to save his business and help out his employees. He's also been working hard to build unique furniture in a workshop behind the Fat Pelican.

Danny said he's always been an innovative person and he's survived numerous hurricanes over the years and reopened for business, yet the current pandemic closures are taking a massive toll on his and his employees income.

After a Gofundme.com page was started, overnight, $13,000 was donated to the Fat Pelican.

Mike McLaughlin explained, "First off I want to thank everyone who donated to the go fund Me Page set up by my wife . The news article written gives me the credit this is not true this was created and driven by my wife she is a good sole and wanted to help and found away so when you guys are sitting there enjoying the first beer as the pelican reopens I want you to thank Tammy Renee and My Dad Danny for the drive to keep this place open."

Danny said last week he was also considering selling produce at the Fat Pelican.

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