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‘Save Our Someday’ concert held to benefit the Calusa Nature Center

By Staff | Jul 20, 2010

It all started when two women were moved to action by the devastation unleashed in the Gulf and the inspiration they found in the Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium (CNCP).

Angel Sanchez, and her mother, Jaimee Arend, saw CNCP on the news and were thrilled to hear that a local organization is being proactive. By bringing some rehabbed animals to Fort Myers, CNCP was able to free up space in a Tallahassee rehab to accept oiled animals, should that time come. CNCP was also soliciting donations to build new enclosures in the case that oiled animals needed to be housed long-term.

That was the beginning of the "Save Our Someday" concert, being held from 1 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 1 at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs to benefit the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium.

The enthusiasm that Sanchez and her mother have for the CNCP’s project to expand their animal enclosures and build an aquaculture system to sustain current and future wildlife residents has propelled this fundraising idea into a community event.

The City of Bonita Springs is co-sponsoring the benefit concert that is sure to bring the families of Lee County out for a day of fun, music and education. Community supporters include TIB Bank. The bank has offered financial services for the concert and volunteers to staff the ticket area.

Hodge’s University students and Brown & Brown employees will be kicking off a month long fundraiser the day of the concert. They will collect donations at retail outlets in the area to help the Center’s efforts to preserve our native wildlife.

Various artists are donating art focused on Wild Florida for the silent auction.

"We took immediate action and now we are preparing for whatever this disaster hands our community. Everyone says the oil won’t reach our shores, but what they don’t understand is that it will still affect our area."  Jennifer Cleary, Executive Director of the Center said, "The community support we are receiving speaks volumes about Lee county residents’ concerns."

The 5 band line-up will be announced next week.

Visit www.saveoursomeday.com or calusanature.org for more information.