Conch Republic Royal Family

The 2018 Conch Republic Royal Family Court
to support and raise money for the Conch Republic Foster Children’s Fund.

The Conch Republic Royal Family

Nicholas Ratcliffe

Nicholas Ratcliffe

Lord of Technology

BIO: Nicholas Ratcliffe is the IT Systems Engineer at Wesley House Family Services he has lived in Key West for the past 3 ½ years. He is originally from Western North Carolina and now enjoys living in the laid back tropical climate of Key West. “I am running for the Conch Republic Royal Family to help raise money to better the lives of children in need in Monroe County. Working for Wesley House and raising money for children is a way I can give back to the community I have come to call home.”

Terri Hill

Terri Hill

Royal Chaplain

The children need our love and support.

BIO: Terri Hill is the Pastor at Key West United Methodist Church and is on the Board of Wesley House Family Services. She was ordained in 1980 and has served several churches, coming to “Old Stone” in 2015. She is imminently qualified to be the Royal Chaplain since she knows how to pray and is happy to share spiritual assistance to anyone in the Conch Republic!

Kristen Livengood

Kristen Livengood

Queen of the Conch Republic

The reason I am running for this position to support the Conch Republic Foster Children’s Fund is: to help local children in need of services in our community. Wesley House is a very important nonprofit in our community, providing much needed services to our community members, and I am happy to help raise money for the Foster Children’s Fund and Wesley House. I also am happy to follow in the steps of past queens Leigha Fox, Julie Waters, and Edith Amsterdam.

Matthew Sexton

Matthew Sexton

The swamp baron of Grassy Key

All children deserve a chance to do and be whatever they can dream of. Adoption and family services make opportunities for kids that would otherwise never have the chance to achieve their dreams. I owe my life to the generosity of others and those willing to bring children in need into a good home. I would do anything to afford the same opportunities to the next generations in need.

Jeanine Christiansen

Jeanine Christiansen

Mermaid of Marathon

The reason I am running for this position to support the Conch Republic Foster Children’s Fund is:To raise money and awareness for the children of our community. Wesley House is an amazing organization that is dedicated to the well-being and future of children in need. Last year I was crowned Duchess of Marathon. This year, I am running for Mermaid of Marathon! I have lived in the keys for almost 8 years and I love to call this place home. The best part of the keys is the people and how everyone comes together for such great causes. I am proud to be a part of this event again this year.
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Charles and Susan Phillips

Charles and Susan Phillips

Marquis y Marquess de Cayo Hueso

Having owned a working ranch for troubled kids in Nashville; the issue of foster kids and at risk families is important to us.

BIO:

Charles and Susan Phillips recently moved to Key West to hide from their kids. They told them they were going on a vacation and have yet to tell them they have purchased a house and moved. After many years owning their own real estate and residential construction company, they figured it was a time for a change. Charles lived in Key West in the early 80’s and he and Susan have been frequent visitors in recent years. We look forward to becoming involved in the community and supporting Wesley House. As previous owner of a horse ranch, the ranch was also used to work with troubled youth and at risk families. We believe all children deserve the chance to be loved and to grow in healthy and supportive environment.

Brian Scarborough

Brian Scarborough

Baron Virgin

Brian heard about the Royal Family at a Business Guild luncheon, and decided, "This is great" To provide the "extras", we take for granted, for our Foster Children, what better way to feed the community spirit.

I chose this title for one reason, it’s fun! Thank you for your support and for supporting Key West Kids!

BIO:

Brian moved to Key West last year.  After growing up in Bradenton, Fl he moved all over the US.  Spent 14 years in California and 14 years in Texas.  After making a trip to Key West last June, Brian decided to move back home to Florida and chose Key West.

He purchased a 40′ Silverton to live aboard on Stock Island, and he opened a Bookkeeping Service to serve local business.  After being introduced to the “One Human Family” way of life, he decided to set out to help raise money for the local charities that support our local community

Kimball Ingram

Kimball Ingram

Keeper of the Queens

Someone has to keep the Queens in order!

BIO:

Kimball Ingram is originally from New Hampshire via the University of Tennessee and came to Key West in the mid 90’s. He worked in a variety of Management Roles at the Hilton, Sunset Key and the Pier House before moving to England where he was General Manager of both hotels and Care Facilities. He earned his MBA from Henley Business College while working in the UK. After being Director of an Assisted Living and Care company developing properties on the South Coast of England he returned to Key West where he now owns and operates Aqua Bar and Nightclub and Sidebar on Angela St.

As part of his role at Aqua, Kimball is in responsible for ‘Reality is a Drag’ continuing it’s role of the largest of the drag shows in Key West. He is married to Melissa Ingram and has a new daughter Izabella.

Shawn Montgomery

Shawn Montgomery

Lord of Light

Any cause for children is dear to my heart.

BIO:

I moved to Key West in 1996 and opened a lighting showroom at Truman and White. From the onset I realized how giving this town was to all causes and gave all I could to as many as possible. I have since closed my store and work from home with, my husband, as TLC The Lighting –Landscape Company.

I have many friends that work at Wesley House, a very important nonprofit in our community, providing much needed services to our community members, and I am happy to help raise money for the Foster Children’s Fund and Wesley House.

Raising money for any charity in any way is how I can give back to the community I call home.

Justin Hare

Justin Hare

Jester of the conchs

As a proud teacher here in the Keys, I get to see firsthand the immediate and tremendous impact this organization has on our community, and most importantly our youth.

BIO: Teacher and coach at Marathon High School. Lived in the Keys going on four years.

Walt Drabinski

Walt Drabinski

Prince of Power

As an electrical engineer, I am a Power-ful candidate for the 2018 Conch Republic Royal Family Court to electrify the Conch Republic Foster Children’s Fund. As Prince of Power I will energize this noble cause and put a charge into the fund raising using my electric personality. We need to give the children the charge they need to be amped up and power packed to move forward in life. I want to help spark the energy of the Keys towards the dynamos The Conch Republic and Wesley House have generated.

Any donation will be matched by Walt.

BIO:

Walt is a Keys resident with a history of over 20 years of contributing to our community. As a electrical engineer and Wharton grad, he seeks the Regal Title of Prince of Power to benefit the Conch Republic Foster Children fund.

Jimmy and Nancy Murry

Jimmy and Nancy Murry

Royal Painter and Royal Administrator for the Royal Painter

Lew Ann their friend and supporter of the Conch Republic Royal Family and the Conch Republic Foster Children’s Fund has provided a Royal Title to her friends Jimmy and Nancy.

BIO:

Jimmy and Nancy live in North Carolina Morrisville near Lake Norman.  Jimmy is a painter and owners of Color My World Painting.

Al and Julie Waters

Al and Julie Waters

Royal First Couple

My husband, Al, and I are running as the Royal First Couple to support the Wesley House Foster Children‘s Fund. We have always been strong advocates for promoting the safety and well being of children. Therefore, anything we can do to aid in helping foster families succeed in this endeavor will be a significant accomplishment. We are asking for your support in this worthwhile cause. Your donation in any amount will help the foster children in our community. All funds must be received by April 21. Thanking you in advance for your contribution. Please come to the Royal Family Election and Investiture on April 22, at Rick’s/ Durty Harry’s and celebrate with us.

Stan Kuzmech and Lew Ann Cahill

Stan Kuzmech and Lew Ann Cahill

Royal Fire Chief and Lew Ann Cahill for Royal Fire Chief’s Better Half

I want to help support the foster children and it is the right thing to do.

Stan Kuzmech and Lew Ann Cahill feel blessed to be living here in Key West and love to give back by volunteering to raise money for the charities that help so many less fortunate.

Vinnie Marturano

Vinnie Marturano

Ye Royal Conch Trumpeteer

I am Vinnie Marturano, AKA Cuzzin Vinnie. My wife and I have been back in the Keys for seven years now. We have lived in the Keys a total of 16 years and even thou we reside in BPK, we love and spend a lot of time in Key West. I have a leather and wood restoration business and I am your local “Leather Medic”. I am also lead singer and trumpet player in a band, and have a hobby of wood crafting; our cd’s and some of my crafts are in 6 or 7 shops and galleries from BPK to Key West. I volunteer, support and donate as much as possible for local events and charities. I am running for Ye Royal Conch Trumpeteer and also asking you to support the Wesley House Foster Children’s Fund.

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Candidates will raise money in the weeks leading up to Investiture on April 22nd.

Anyone raising $100 or more will earn their royal title and a Royal Sash.

All imaginable ranks and positions are allowed (except King- Mel Fisher is always the KING).

There are several events you will be invited to participate as a member of the Royal Family
during the Conch Republic celebration (one is the parade on April 26th).

History of the Conch Republic Foster Children’s Fund

The Conch Republic Foster Children’s Fund was founded over 20 years ago when Mel Fisher walked up to Peter Anderson at the Schooner Wharf Bar,
with Morgan and Coke in hand, and said,

“Mr. Secretary, we should have elections in the Conch Republic. . .”

“Over my dead body, Mel,” Peter replied, “We are not about to trade the ‘world’s first functioning meritocracy’ for the corruptions of Democracy!!!”

But, knowing Mel, Peter asked him what was on his mind.  “I want to be King!” says Mel.

“Let me work on that” said Peter.

Timing being everything, and as luck would have it, Peter’s next door neighbor had just gone to work for the old state of Florida Health and Human Services (HRS) in the Foster Care Program.

Roxanne Kunkel knew that Peter had been searching for a number of years for a charitable need that the Conch Republic could focus on as its own.  Over a brew or two, she informed Peter that there was no support for the special needs of children in foster care in Monroe County.  She explained that the late Gus Boulis threw a Christmas Party in Key Largo every year, but there was no year-round effort to take care of needs like prom dresses, football uniforms, band trips and other things that most children take for granted.

So…. Peter put two and two together and came up with the “world’s most honest election . . . The Conch Republic royal Family Election.”  In this election, every vote would cost a dollar . . . Motto, “Vote Early, Vote Often.”

Every Vote (every dollar) would be given to HRS to use to “reach out and touch a child’s life at the exact moment it would mean the most to that child.”  They knew that sometimes it would be a little thing, and sometimes it would be a big thing, but at that moment it would mean all the world to that child.  Everyone remembers what that was like when we were kids, right? Right!

So, Peter called Mel and told him he had figured out how he could be King.  After all, since he had all the gold, he could be King!  Mel loved the idea, especially the idea that he could raise money for kids in foster care.  That made being King really special to Mel.  In fact, Mel Fisher is re-elected King every year.  Every year his cardboard cutout is on stage at the Green Parrot, with a Morgan and Coke taped in his hand, wearing his crown.  The Motto is, “The King is dead, long live the King!”

Ironically, when thousands of dollars were raised for the foster kids, HRS did not know how to take the money.  No one had ever formed a private enterprise to give money to a state agency before!   The enterprise was called the Conch Republic’s First Foreign Aid Program.  It took them about six months, but HRS headquarters in Tallahassee figured out that they could open a special account and distribute the money to the kids and their foster families.

The Conch Republic Children’s Fund Today

 The most wonderful thing about the fund, as it has evolved over the years, is that it has remained true to its original purpose . . . reaching out and touching a child’s life at the moment it means the most.  Over the years, the fund has bought football and baseball uniforms, paid for class trips, bought prom and Quinces dresses, paid for trips to the hairdresser, eye glasses, class rings, birthday presents, clothes and countless other things, big and little, that meant all the world in that moment.

One year, five siblings came into foster care; normally these children would be split up among two or three foster families.  Luckily, one foster family was willing to take all five of the children, but they did not have enough beds.  The Conch Republic Foster Children’s Fund purchased the extra beds so those five brothers and sisters were able to sleep under the same roof.

Another year, a twelve year old girl went to camp using the fund to pay her airfare.  She met a new best friend and was adopted by the friend’s parents.  She went home from camp with her new sister and new parents.

Today, the fund is administered by Wesley House Family Services, which contracts with the State of Florida to operate the Foster Care Program in Monroe County.  If a case worker communicates a child’s need in the morning, a check is cut by noon. . . still as true to the original purpose, today, as it has been for fifteen years.

We invite you to join the Conch Republic Royal Family in any capacity you wish.  You may run for Royal Office for the season, or support someone who is running.

Remember, each vote costs one dollar, and every vote goes, intact, to a child in foster care.  Not one penny is taken out for expenses or administration or anything else.  Every penny of every dollar goes where it belongs.

Remember, vote early, and vote often in the “world’s most honest election!”
Support the Conch Republic Royal Family and help change a child’s life.

All Donations are Tax Deductible.
Checks can be made out to Wesley House Family Services Inc.;
specify for Conch Republic Foster Children’s Fund.

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