"We are very pleased to have reached this important milestone," said Erick Lindblad, SCCF executive director. "It indicates that there is a growing groundswell of interest."/>


"We are very pleased to have reached this important milestone," said Erick Lindblad, SCCF executive director. "It indicates that there is a growing groundswell of interest."/> SCCF’s Bailey Homestead Campaign reaches $1 million mark | News, Sports, Jobs - SANIBEL-CAPTIVA - Island Reporter, Islander and Current
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SCCF’s Bailey Homestead Campaign reaches $1 million mark

By Staff | Dec 7, 2010

The "Honoring the Past - Protecting the Future" Campaign Committee celebrates reaching the $1 million mark. Standing from left is Philip Puschel, Robbie Roepstorff, Paul Roth, Bill Fenniman, Mary Lou Bailey, Martha Siders, Rick Siders, Richard Shipley and Erick Lindblad. Kneeling from left is John La Gorce, Patti Sousa, Kristie Anders and Cheryl Giattini.

SCCF (the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation) is pleased to announce that the $1 million mark has been reached in the $5.3 million “Honoring the Past – Protecting the Future” campaign, which was launched on Oct. 28 and has a June 24, 2011 deadline.

“We are very pleased to have reached this important milestone,” said Erick Lindblad, SCCF executive director. “It indicates that there is a growing groundswell of interest.”

Campaign Committee Co-chair Chip Lesch, Co-Chairman of the Sanibel Captiva Trust Company added, “There is a sense that the campaign is being talked about by islanders, some of whom are coming forward with gifts of all sizes to help us succeed in saving this important piece of wildlife habitat and island conservation history.”

The $5.3 million fundraising campaign has four main components:

• Acquisition of the 28.3-acre Bailey Homestead for $4 million.

• Restoration of the Bailey Family Home as a place to tell the Bailey family history and as a Center for Conservation History. The initial restoration costs, included in this campaign, total $225,000, not including the “sweat equity” of SCCF’s volunteer carpenters, The Hammerheads.

• Wildlife Habitat Restoration. Consistent with earlier land acquisitions, SCCF needs to raise an additional 10 percent, or $400,000, to support the initial restoration and ongoing management of the land in perpetuity.

• SCCF’s conservation work for the islands. The last component supports the quality work being done in all program areas and addresses SCCF’s operating expenses, specifically those not covered by grant monies and other income generated by SCCF staff. To balance the annual operating budget, $675,000 must be raised as part of this campaign.

If you would like to support the campaign in your holiday gift giving by making a donation in someone else’s name, SCCF has holiday gift cards available. Please stop by the Nature Center, located at 3333 Sanibel-Captiva Road on Sanibel.

To learn more about the campaign, please feel free to contact SCCF Executive Director Erick Lindblad at 472-2329, e-mail elindblad@sccf.org; or Campaign Coordinator Cheryl Giattini at 395-2768, e-mail cgiattini@attglobal.net; or visit our website at www.sccf.org, where online donations can be made.

SCCF (the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation) is dedicated to the conservation of coastal habitats and aquatic resources on Sanibel and Captiva and in the surrounding watershed through environmental education, land acquisition, landscaping for wildlife, marine research, natural resource policy, sea turtle conservation and wildlife habitat management. Community support through membership dues and tax-deductible contributions, in addition to grants and other staff-generated revenues, makes this work possible.