Guests of the Holly Ball, which raised significant funds for the patients of the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, proved to be a festive evening at the Sanctuary Golf Club. The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company was the master sponsor of the evening.
"This event planned by the Holly Belles signifies the beginning of the Holiday season and we are delighted that it returned," said Al Hanser, Founder, CEO and Co-Chairman of the Sanibel Captiva Trust Company.
More than 130 guests filled the Sanctuary Golf Club's main dining room, which was beautiful decorated by the Holly Belles, led by Merrill Taylor and her "Belles" -- Melinda Graham, Sally Hanser, Cindy Crocker, Vonnie Dressel, Nicole McHale and Harriet Pattison. The evening included a raffle basket, live auction and a "give to live" moment that benefits the Sea Turtle programming at CROW.
From left, Nicole McHale, Vonnie Dressel, seated is master sponsor of the Holly Ball Al Hanser with wife Sally Hanser on his lap, chairperson Merrill Taylor, Cindy Crocker, Harriet Pattison and Melinda Graham.
Hospital director Dr. Heather Barron, DVM, spoke about the importance of our ecosystem and how fortunate we are to live on an island where we value our natural habitat and provide excellent veterinary medicine to native and migratory wildlife.
"Each life is important to me, whether it is a baby bunny or an endangered Kemp's Ridley, my goal is for it to be released, said Dr. Barron.
"Proceeds from the event are still being tallied but we expect to have raised over $40,000.00," said CROW President John Schubert. "We want to thank everyone who helped make this such a special evening."
Golden Table Sponsors included the Burns Family Team, Donna and John Schubert, Helene Farrell and Michael Hall, and Libby and Dale Hanson. Live auctions items were generously donated by The Burns Family Team, Traders, Congress Jewelers, Cindy and Doug Crocker and Krys and Dan Stegmann. Raffle donors included, Surroundings by Melinda Graham, 'Tween Waters Spa, JB Designs, J. Mclaughlin, Myra Roberts, Merrill Taylor, Sanibel Olive Oil, Sanibel Day Spa, Floral Artistry, Aqua Beachwear, Sanibel Home Furnishings, Forever Green Ace Hardware, Amy's Something Special, CJ's Island Boutique, Nanny's, Island Pursuit, Peach Republic, Her Sports Closet, Toys Ahoy, Island Style, Shiny Objects, Island Paws, Sanibel Art & Frame, Suncatcher's Dream, Blue Coyote, and RS Walsh Landscaping. The winner of this incredible raffle basket was Donnasue Andozola.
Executive Director Steve Greenstein added, "On behalf of everyone at CROW, we would like to thank everyone for giving our patients a voice in the world and giving us hope for their future. All the money raised will be used to save lives through compassion, care and education."