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CCA readies for annual ABC Sale on March 6

By Staff | Feb 4, 2010

Sharon Brace, seated, and ABC Sale chairman Sue Sherlock pause for a photograph in front of the CCA with an as yet undecorated version of this year’s special art object that will be up for auction.

Members of the Captiva Civic Association are preparing for their annual evening of dinner, dancing, fun and fundraising – also known as the 44th annual ABC Sale – to be held on Saturday, March 6.

But this year’s event will be a bit different.

“Because we’re so limited in the seating here at the CCA, this year, the ABC Sale will be held at an exciting new venue, the Sanctuary Golf Club on Sanibel,” said Sharon Brace of the CCA.

“I think it will be very exciting. We had to turn people away last year because we didn’t have the room. The Sanctuary is such a lovely venue and it will be much more comfortable for everyone,” added ABC chairman Sue Sherlock.

Typically held at the Captiva Civic Center, the change of location will afford members like Brace and Sherlock a chance to relax instead of worrying about any unforeseen shifts in weather during cocktail hour or breaching capacity and having to turn disappointed guests away.

Louise Tuttle with the dollhouse she's donated to the ABC Sale Auction.

This year’s auction will be hosted by “auctioneer extraordinaire” Warren Schwab.

“The art object this year will be called ‘Sitting Pretty,'” said Sherlock, noting that four artists will each be decorating a chair for the auction.

The artists this year are Kym Nadar, Jan Markle, Nanelle Wehmann and the C.R.A.F.T.Y. Ladies of Sunset Captiva.

A very special item up for auction this year is a fully furnished, hand-crafted dollhouse made by island resident Louise Tuttle.

“Louise Tuttle is a longtime member of the CCA. In fact, she is an honorary member, a title bestowed for exemplary service for the Association and the community upon Louise around 1995,” said CCA executive director Paul Garvey, noting that Tuttle and her husband George moved to the islands in the 1970s and were the owners of the Island Store for many years.

“Louise continues to volunteer at the Captiva Memorial Library and she’s up here several days a week helping out,” Garvey said.

Recently, Tuttle moved to a smaller home on Sanibel and, realizing that she didn’t have quite enough space for her magnificent dollhouse, she decided to offer it up to the community organization she loves as part of this year’s ABC auction.

Also up for auction will be the framed original artwork by Lauri Kaihlanen that is featured on the 2010 commemorative ABC Sale t-shirts and hats.

Other auction items will include a bamboo windsock pole and the traditional ride on a firetruck, courtesy of the Captiva Island Fire Control District.

This year, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation will be the recipient of a portion of the funds raised by the event.

Another change this year will concern the dinner served at the event – instead of a buffet line, there will be table service at The Sanctuary.

“There will be two entree choices that people will select when they make their reservation,” Brace said.

“And, since we will have more space this year and can accommodate more people, we encourage people to let us know if they have a friend or a neighbor that they would like to be added to the invitation list,” Brace said.

Sherlock also mentioned the option of table hosting.

“After dinner there will be dancing,” Sherlock said, noting that music will be provided by island performer Woody Brubaker.

Commemorative 2010 ABC Sale t-shirts are still for sale on select days at the Captiva Post Office and the CCA, located at 11550 Chapin Lane, for $20.

Tickets for the event are $85.

If you have questions about the ABC Sale, donating items, volunteering service or requesting invitations call the CCA at 472-2111.