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Prizes rolling in for Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner Raffle & Auction

By Staff | Feb 15, 2010

Admit it. Everyone loves the excitement of a raffle drawing and a live auction when there’s good stuff to be won. No matter what type of item gets you going, you are likely to find it at the annual Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner Raffle & Auction.

A wide range of merchandise and gift certificates are coming together from local merchants for this year’s annual event, to be held 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27 at the Sanibel Community House, located at 2173 Periwinkle Way.

Each year, the prizes include something for everyone: beautiful jewelry, artwork and crystal; bikes, motor scooters and sporting equipment; computers, electronics, furniture and home appliances; toys, tools and clothing items, and plenty of gift certificates for local resorts, condos, restaurants and services. Excitement builds through the evening as the raffle winners are announced, followed by a live auction for the bigger items.

Before the raffle and action begin, attendees are treated to a friendly, all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner, with pasta, meatballs, salad, garlic bread, wine and sodas, served up by the chefs and kitchen staff of the Kiwanis Club. Admission is $8 in advance or $9 at the door, and children under 10 eat free.

Advance tickets can be purchased from any Kiwanis member and also at Bank of the Islands, Big Red Q Printing and Periwinkle Park.

Funds raised by the event are used by the Kiwanis Charitable Foundation to benefit local community youth groups and other worthy non-profit enterprises in and around Sanibel. About 30 local groups receive support from the event.

Primary sponsors, whose generous support helps to underwrite the event, are Bailey’s General Store, Bank of the Islands and Sanibel Captiva Trust Company. “Tween Waters Inn also supports the event by supplying the meatballs.

In addition, many other island businesses show their support by contributing food and prizes that are placed in the raffle and auction.