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Tickets for New Year’s Eve party, bingo and 50/50 raffle available

By Staff | Oct 20, 2010

It may only be the middle of October, but islander Barry Alan Roth is already dreaming about New Year’s Eve.

For the second year in a row, Roth is the driving force behind the City of Sanibel’s official New Year’s Eve Party, returning to the Sanibel Recreation Center on Friday, Dec. 31.

“It’s never too early to start making your New Year’s Eve plans,” said Roth. “And this year’s celebration is going to be even bigger and better than last year!”

The family-friendly, alcohol-free event, sponsored by the City of Sanibel, Sanibel-Captiva Kiwanis Foundation, local businesses, families and individuals is an all-inclusive gathering where — according to this year’s theme, “Come Together” — islanders can enjoy refreshments, live entertainment, dancing, games and prizes… as well as the traditional midnight countdown to the new year.

Beginning at 8 p.m., partygoers can dine on a wide variety of foods, including chicken fingers, cake, deli, fruit and vegetable platters (provided by Bailey’s General Store), pizza (provided by Island Pizza), hot dogs (provided by Lazy Flamingo II), mini donuts (provided by Sanibel Deli & Coffee Factory), soda and root beer floats (provided by Jerry’s Foods), gourmet coffee and hot tea (provided by Coffee Bar @ Baileys), fresh squeezed juices (provided by Sun Harvest Citrus), water (provided by Costco) and more.

Entertainment will include live music and dancing with Gene Federico, strolling magicians Professor Patches and Robbie The Ringmaster, a Rock Band and Guitar Hero tournament, youth games and activities as well as bingo and a 50/50 raffle.

The raffle winner will receive 50 percent of all raffle proceeds and the other 50 percent of raffle proceeds will be used to provide financial assistance to children attending City of Sanibel’s Recreation Center programs.

“At last year’s raffle, one island resident won $1,037.50 and the Rec Center received $1,037.50,” said Roth.

Tickets are sold in packets of six chances for $5. The drawing will be held on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, 2010 at approximately 11:45 p.m. You don’t need to be present to win. Raffle tickets can be purchased during normal business hours at Bank of The Islands, at 1699 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Captiva Community Bank, located at 2475 Library Way, and at the Sanibel Recreation Center, at 3880 Sanibel-Captiva Road.

Raffle tickets will also be sold during Baileyfest this Sunday, Oct. 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Bailey Center (corner of Periwinkle Way and Tarpon Bay Road) as well as at the Sanibel Island Farmers Market, which begins on Sunday, Nov. 7 at the City Hall parking lot. Hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Sanibel Recreation Center Financial program provides financial assistance for island workers to enroll their children in the After School Program, Fun Days Program and Summer Camp. Monies raised from the New Year’s Eve event and from the New Year’s Eve Sponsorship Program will enable the Rec Center to provide financial assistance to qualifying parents so their children will have a safe and happy place to participate in fun and healthy activities while their parents are working.

Bingo, available to players age 18 and older, begins at 8:15 p.m., with 23 games and more than $7,500 in prizes available. Winners may walk away with 3-day, 2-night resort stays, golf outings, jewelry, boat rides, guided tours or gift certificates. The minimum prize value is $100, with most valued at more than $300.

Tickets to participate in bingo are $85 per person, which includes admission to the party, refreshments, entertainment and more. Only 50 bingo tickets will be sold.

Advance tickets to attend the city’s New Year’s Eve party, available only at the Rec Center, are $15 for adults (18 and older) and $12 for children. Kids 6 and under are free. At the door, the cost is $20 for adults and $15 for children.

For further information, contact Event Chairperson Barry Alan Roth, a San-Cap Kiwanian and Lifetime Rec Center member, at 239-313-9591 or the Sanibel Recreation Center at 472-0345.