FORE CEO Derek Pupello and Dekoda Watson

Shoulder and elbow surgeons from 12 countries and throughout the United States came to Tampa to lecture, learn and celebrate at Orthopalooza.

Doctors Mark Frankle and Mark Mighell welcomed 100 guests Saturday at the Hilton Tampa Downtown, including 10 past presidents of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgical association.

As “sawbones” who understand limited mobility, organizers offered to raise $30,000 to build a handicapped-accessible entrance to Metropolitan Ministries’ outreach center that serves hundreds of visitors in wheelchairs.

“Not to mention all the moms with strollers,” said Metropolitan Ministries CEO Tim Marks.

Ten bucks bought a caricature, photo booth strip or photo taken with Tampa Bay Buc cheerleaders. One donor’s pledge got Frankle and Mighell on stage for a duet, singing Jackson Browne’s appropriate hit, Doctor My Eyes. A $1,000 donation compelled Tampa Bay Buc linebacker Dekoda Watson to sing Outkast’s Hey Ya! and the Temptations’ My Girl. That sure got the crowd on the dance floor.

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