Manatee Derby

Manatee Derby


Tuesday, June 8, 2021    
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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There’s no smooth way to ease you into this idea, so I’m just going to go for it—on Tuesday, June 8, which happens to be World Oceans Day, Funky Buddha Premium Hard Seltzer (based in Florida) is hosting their first annual Manatee Derby benefit at 6 p.m. Yes, a Manatee Derby! One that helps to raise donations and awareness for our manatee friends. It will be a YouTube Premier event hosted on with everything you’d expect from a Manatee Derby, like an announcer, jockeys (not real ones—never ever ride or touch manatees, ever!) and a half time show—featuring Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick, nearly 50% of one of the best bands ever, in a Cameo video.

The event also celebrates Funky Buddha Premium Hard Seltzer’s recent expansion into 8 new markets outside of Florida, including Alabama, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

Details to DONATE: Funky Buddha will donate $30,000 to support research and rescue efforts. From June 4 through June 30, they’ll also be matching donations up to $20,000*. Fans of the Manatee Derby can donate by going to