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Ellington’s delivers jazzy gift for SCCF campaign

By Staff | Jan 4, 2011

Pictured from left, SCCF’s Cheryl Giattini accepts campaign gift from Ellington’s Sharon Wise and Island Jazz’ Tom and Barbara Cooley and Sally-Jane Heit.

Sharon Wise, owner of Ellington’s Jazz Club, gave the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) a musical boost to their campaign at year’s end.

In a promotion conceived with the Island Jazz Dixieland Band, Ellington’s made a $200 contribution to SCCF’s campaign to acquire the historic Bailey Family Homestead. In support of that gift, Island Jazz donated their services to play the night away on Ellington’s bandstand.

“The Bailey Homestead is our next door neighbor,” said Wise. “We see the wildlife using the property and feel very strongly the land should be saved for habitat conservation. Hopefully this promotion will encourage others to get involved before the purchase deadline expires in June.”

Ellington’s will be contributing weekly to other island non-profits in exchange for Island Jazz performing every Thursday night in January.

“We are delighted to be doing our part to support the good work being done on Sanibel,” said Island Jazz band leader Tom Cooley. “We’ll be offering up your favorite jazz and blues standards, with the inimitable vocal stylings of Sally-Jane Heit.”

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.

Tax-deductible contributions to the campaign can be made online at www.sccf.org or by calling Erick Lindblad at 427-2329 or Cheryl Giattini at 395-2768.