Pineapple Jam Raises more than $60,000 for Historic Stranahan House Museum

Presented by Tripp Scott, Pineapple Jam was truly a party in paradise that raised more than $60,000 for Stranahan House, Broward County’s oldest home and the birthplace of Fort Lauderdale.

More than 300 guests were welcomed with special tropical pineapple cocktails, live musical entertainment and Floribbean cuisine served by Sidecar Kitchen at The Main Las Olas. Guests also had the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for a $2,500 gift certificate to J.R. Dunn Jewelers and for gift baskets filled with gift cards, weekend getaways and exclusive experiences.

“This was a special night for us,” said Stranahan House Board president Christine Yates of Tripp Scott. “We celebrated with our supporters and recognized the accomplishments of our community honorees all while raising funds for educational outreach and historic preservation programs. Since its inception, Pineapple Jam has raised more than one million dollars for Stranahan House programming and projects.”

Guests celebrated the Stranahan House Pineapple Jam Pioneer Honorees. Former Stranahan House executive director April Kirk was honored with the Pioneer Honoree and recognized for her decade-long leadership of Stranahan House, and the Corporate Pioneer Honoree distinction was bestowed upon leading Fort Lauderdale commercial real estate and hospitality company, the Las Olas Company, represented by President Michael Weymouth, who are stewards of the community and embody all that it means to be a good corporate citizen.

“Our honorees are pillars of the community and believe in the mission of Stranahan House,” said Maggie Gunther, director of communications & programs for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, who co-chaired Pineapple Jam with Whitney Dutton of the Dutton Group at RE/MAX First. “We are thankful for their commitment, and thankful for the support of our donors and guests who made Pineapple Jam so successful.”

Each year, more than 3,000 fourth-grade students and 30,000 tourists and locals visit, making Stranahan House one of the top cultural attractions in the area.

“Stranahan is the heart and soul of Fort Lauderdale,” said Dutton. “This historic landmark is at the center of our community and continues to have a significant role in the economic and social life here.”

Sponsors of Pineapple Jam included Presenting Sponsor Tripp Scott; Platinum Sponsors The Las Olas Company and Stiles; Gold Sponsors Andijar & Levine, Broward Health, Fertig & Gramling, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, the Hotte family, JPMorgan Private Bank, MSL CPAs & Advisors and Paul Pellizzari & Natasha Milijasevic; Silver Sponsors John Abel, Ashley Sawyer Smith, PA, Black Diamond Builders, The Boxer Strategy, Cushman & Wakefield, The Dutton Group, Glenewinkel Construction, LRM Leasing, Memorial Healthcare System, Pierson Grant Public Relations, Safco, Walter Duke + Partners, Truist, UBS and Debra Vogel. Raffle sponsor was J.R. Dunn Jewelers, and media sponsor was Fort Lauderdale Media Associates.

Historic Stranahan House Museum is the oldest house in Fort Lauderdale and the epicenter of Broward County’s long and fascinating history. Built in 1901, Stranahan House is recognized as the birthplace of Fort Lauderdale and was home to the area’s first businessman, Frank Stranahan, and the first schoolteacher, Ivy Cromartie Stranahan. The House opened as a museum in 1984.

Located in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale at 335 SE 6th Avenue, Stranahan House Museum is open for daily guided tours and offers virtual experiences and in-person events throughout the year. Become a member or join the 1901 Circle as a lifetime member. To stay updated with events, visit For any additional information, please call (954) 524-4736 or email


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