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Rec Center New Year’s Eve Party offers fun and games for all ages

By Staff | Dec 23, 2009

Details are still being finalized for a grand New Year’s Eve party at the Sanibel Recreation Center that combines elegant poolside candelit dining with a menu including sushi, fruit and veggie trays, and Dietz & Watson delicatessen fare.

But one thing is for sure: There will be something for everyone to enjoy!

Beginning at 8 p.m. next Thursday night, there will be dancing and games for children and teens plus a separate venue for adults who choose to play Bingo. Among the 23 Bingo prizes – valued in excess of $4,800 – are hotel stays, golf outings, restaurant gift certificates, glassware created by Luc Century, private guided tours, a Fuji bicycle and a diamond pendant necklace. Bingo begins at 8:30 p.m. and will conclude by 10:15 p.m.

Party-goers will find the Rec Center transformed with round tables draped in black and white, decorated with greenery and candles on the pool deck. Varieties of large trees decorated with twinkling lights will appear throughout the building. The kiddie pool will be covered with a custom-made dance floor.

Games and music for both kids and adults who wish to play with them will continue throughout the night in the gymnasium, followed by a performance by a professional magician. A children-friendly menu includes chicken fingers, pizza, hot dogs, root beer floats, sodas, dilly bars and more.

The night concludes at midnight with a welcoming in of the new decade with many other surprises.

Each admission has a chance to win one of thirty door prizes valued in excess of $1,800. These prizes include a bike, basket of goodies, gift certificates and more.

Tickets for the event cost $10 for admission. For Bingo participants, it costs $50 to play. There is no charge for children age 4 and under.

The New Year’s Eve party is chaired by Parks & Recreation Committee member Barry Alan Roth, a Kiwanian and lifetime member of the Rec Center. Roth is joined by his captains of food, Richard Johnson, Dick Muench, Raffle captain Lisa Cochrane, Beverage and Dessert captain Annie Natscheim, Parking captain Don Van Alystyne and Bingo captain Mike Miller.

“This is a great holiday gift for yourself and to give to others,” said Roth. “All are welcome and the theme is “SOMETHING 4 EVERYONE” and we encourage everyone – young and old, with family or alone – to participate in a memorable evening.”

Tickets can be purchased at the Sanibel Recreation Center, located at 3880 Sanibel-Captiva Road, or by calling 472-0345. The Sanibel Recreation Center is a tobacco- and alcohol-free environment.