Modern Sixties Owners Continue Hurricane Relief Efforts for Puerto Rico

By Helen Penland

The endeavor carries on. Chad Thilborger and Frank Ruppen, owners of Modern Sixties Wine Lounge in Fort Lauderdale, are continuing to raise funds for hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico. They are partnering directly with their friend Ryan Fitzmorris in New Orleans, who is handling the logistics for the trip to Puerto Rico, which is still in dire need.

Modern Sixties held another fundraising event at the wine lounge on Friday, October 28th for the cause. They began selling tickets for a raffle to win a Nordic cruise in early October. Of the 400 tickets originally available, there are approximately 100 remaining. When all tickets are sold, they will hold the drawing for the one lucky winner.

The undertaking for relief effort has turned into a massive project. To date, they have collected over 55,000 pounds of donations, and received an additional 30,000 pounds of Coca Cola products November 3rd. Many more are pouring in. They received thousands of contributions including the standard life-saving and necessary items such as water, non-perishable food, and tools.
In addition to the donations, the group shipped their own transportation, portable housing, a portable kitchen, and fresh food to cook. They will be entirely self-sustaining and self-contained.

According to Mr. Fitzmorris, “Refrigerated truck were packed and headed for Jacksonville, then Puerto Rico. Two more containers remain to be filled.”
The team of 22 departs on November 10th, flying into San Juan. Chad said, “Because most of assistance is in San Juan, we’ll be based in City Square in Ponce, at the south-central coast of the island. Working with about a dozen volunteer locals on the ground in Puerto Rico, we will spend two days in the mountainous areas surrounding the town.”

More than 70% of the island still has no power. Therefore, it’s important for Chad, Frank, Ryan, and remaining volunteers to be there. The plan is to cook 7-8,000 meals per day. Chad, along with Johnny Steen (also a chef) will cook consistently. Because of the needs, other volunteers may cook as well.
Ryan sends a special thanks to AAA Cooper as one of their newest sponsors. Another large corporate sponsor includes Harley Davidson who provided supplies and large semis for transportation.

To find more information or buy tickets, call or visit: Modern Sixties Wine Lounge – Gateway Shopping Center, 1828 E Sunrise Blvd., (954) 616-5216,,,, Also check out the video at:,