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Thanks for supporting ‘Ding” Days

By Staff | Nov 4, 2009

To the editor,

On behalf of the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge, the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, and the “Ding” Darling Days committee, I would like to thank the island community for its unwavering support of our most successful 20th Annual “Ding” Darling Days.

“Ding” Days is an important environmental education tool and with more than 2,500 participants on Sunday Family Fun Day alone, this was our biggest event ever.

Special thanks go, first of all, to Tarpon Bay Explorers for its contributions of transportation and manpower, to the many volunteers who donated their time, and to the island newspapers for their valuable help in promoting the events locally.

And a warm and heartfelt thanks to our sponsors:

$5,000 Roseate Spoonbill Sponsors – Doc Ford’s Sanibel Rum Bar & Grille

$2,500 Great Egret Sponsors – Times of the Islands and ‘Tween Waters Inn

$1,000 Great Blue Heron Sponsors – Bailey’s General Store, Calusa Tent & Rental, Edison National Bank, Jerry’s Foods, John Grey Painting, Ocean’s Reach, Royal Shell Vacations, Sanibel Captiva Community Bank, Sanibel Captiva Trust Co., Shop On Sanibel, a division of R.L.R. Investments L.L.C., Jim and Patty Sprankle, The Timbers Restaurant & Fish Market and West Wind Inn

$500 Reddish Egret Sponsors – Billy’s Rentals and Billy’s Bikes, Blind Pass Condominium Vacation Rentals, Cedar Chest Fine Jewelry, In-Home Therapy of Sanibel/Island Therapy Center, Lily & Co., Rotary Club of Sanibel-Captiva, Sanibel-Captiva Kiwanis Club, Suncatcher’s Dream and The Clem Werner Family

$200 Snowy Egret Sponsors – Amy’s Over Easy, Barefoot Charley’s Painting, Beachview Golf Club, Beachview Restaurant, Casa Ybel Resort, Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHNEP), Dan Hahn Custom Builders, Chip and Sheryl Lesch, Lighthouse Caf, Sanibel Arms West, Wendy and George Schnapp, Sotheby’s International Realty, Winston and Barbara Spurgeon, She Sells Sea Shells, Traders Store & Caf and Twilight Caf

Toni Westland and Wendy Schnapp

“Ding” Darling Days Committee Co-Chairs