Wall of Money Goes to Troops

As told by Terri Finnerty


Wall of Money Goes to Troops

St. Pete Beach Support Our Troops President Mike Finnerty accepts the Swigwam’s donation of $223. The cash came from customers as well as dollar bills stapled to the back wall by those wishing the Swigwam well.

Have you ever stapled a dollar bill to a barroom wall or restaurant and wondered what happened when the walls ran out of space?
 

At the Swigwam, the money goes to support United States enlisted men.
 

Last week, Rob Williams, the owner of the Swigwam, donated over $200 to St. Pete Beach Support Our Troops. Mr. Williams combined 123 single dollar bills from his back wall with an additional $100 collected from customers and donated the total amount to former St. Pete Beach mayor, Vietnam veteran and president of St. Pete Beach Support Our Troops.
 

The 123 dollar bills came from the Swigwam’s back wall, where customers frequently tack up money inked with well wishes. When Mr. Williams removed the wall to make room for a pool table, he decided to donate the money to St. Pete Beach Support Our Troops.
 

St. Pete Beach Support Our Troops sends care packages to troops in Afghanistan. Care packages include snack items, toiletries, books, magazines, and other small niceties that troops cannot access overseas. Each package costs $13.45 to shop overseas, and since Mr. Finnerty started the program in 2007, St. Pete Beach Support Our Troops has shipped almost 2,700 boxes to the troops.
 

Mr. Williams says the Swigwam will now accept cash donations on behalf of St. Pete Beach Support Our Troops. He has a marked container set out for this purpose.