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Lions Club inaugural Fish Fry is a successful feeding frenzy

By Staff | Nov 15, 2010

Beverage hosts and hostess Barry Alan Roth, Judie Zimomra and Dale Gray.

The Sanibel-Captiva Lions Club definitely has something to roar about: their First Annual Fish Fry on Sanibel, held on Nov. 12, drew more than 300 guests.

Held at the Sanibel Community House, the event featured freshly caught local fish, cheese grits, baked beans, coleslaw, refreshing beverages and apple pie. Even carry-out was available. There was an $8 suggested donation for adults and children under five were admitted for free.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Southeastern Guide Dogs, an organization that provides skilled guide dogs to visually impaired individuals. For more than 26 years, the Southeastern Guide Dogs have provided independence and freedom to people with total blindness and all types of vision loss, including macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa.

Currently serving more than 800 active guide dog teams, they also provide additional training to both civilians and veterans.

“I’m so glad to report that this event was such a success. I heard nothing but compliments during the course of it,” said Tom Hoover, the Sanibel Captiva Lions Club’s president. “This is just another great way to show our continuing support and dedicated service to our community.”

Dane Johnson cooked all the fish.

Notable guests and servers were the honorary Lioness Judie Zimomra, Lion Mick Denham, honorary Lion Tommy Gray and his Lion guide dog, Jackson. The Southeastern Guide Dogs were represented by their local trainers from Fort Myers along with some puppies in training. Fresh local fish was provided by Lion fisherman Danny Duncan.

Bailey’s General Store was the event’s title sponsor. Additional sponsors included Island Graphics, Sanctuary Island Electric, Sanibel Air Conditioning, Island Pharmacy, Lily & Co. Jewelers, Nave Plumbing, Sanibel-Captiva Community Bank and Wayne Wiles Floor Coverings.

Since its inception on Dec. 26, 1967, the Sanibel Captiva Lions Club has been dedicated to helping the less fortunate. The proceeds from its various fundraising events help support a number of charities. Academic scholarships for handicapped students and programs for the visually impaired are just two of the causes that the Club supports.

To make a donation or see a full list of causes and organizations supported by the Sanibel-Captiva Lions Club, visit sanibelcaptivalions.org/fund_raising/contribute.html.

Dale and Tom Gray with seeing-eye dog, Jackson.

Billy and Salli Kirkland with retired guide dog, Harley.

Danny Duncan, Bruce Avery and Joe Smaha.