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Thanks to New Year’s Eve Party supporters

By Staff | Jan 12, 2011

To the editor,

Co-lead sponsors, The City of Sanibel and the Sanibel-Captiva Kiwanis Foundation, gratefully acknowledge the success of our second annual New Year’s Eve Party at the City of Sanibel Recreation Center, with 400 people in attendance concluded successfully by 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2011. While this is a fun party with something for everyone and for all to come together, we would like the readers to know about our fundraising efforts and the use of moneys raised.

Our fundraising effort begins in March with the sale and renewal of signs that hang on the Recreation Center Walls. Throughout the year contact is made with various organizations, families and individuals to contribute as well. The objective is to raise sufficient moneys to assist applicants who complete a detailed application for financial help. Assistance is awarded based on income tax returns and other financial information, the number of people in the household, and without identity of the applicant. Amounts awarded range from 10 to 80 percent. All awards are made using a sliding fee scale. The applicant must contribute. Eligible parents, grandparents and legal guardians who are island residents or island workers are eligible to apply.

Financial assistance assists their children who can attend the after school, fun days, holiday and summer camp programs at the City of Sanibel Recreation Center in a supervised, safe, recreational and educational environment.

All applicants last year received assistance. Approximately 30 percent of all the children enrolled in the Recreation Center programs receive financial assistance.

Our goal last year was $40, 000 and we raised a net of $43,000. Our goal this year was to surpass last year’s net of $43,000 and we did. Final numbers will be forthcoming.

Our ability to financially assist this program and engage in a New year’s Eve event for families is a result of the contribution by donors, sponsors, volunteers, community organizations, city staff, moneys from event admission, sale of 50/50 raffle tickets and bingo.

To say a loud and clear thank you seems insufficient, so we attempt to name all who have participated. We regret and apologize for any omissions:

Sanibel Shell Automotive; Val Ward Cadillac; Bank of the Islands; Sanibel Captiva Community Bank; Ireland Yacht Sales; MacIntosh Books & Paper; ShopOnSanibel.com; Suncatcher’s Dream; Giggles; Island Cinema; Sanibel Community Church Mission’s Team; Hillgate Communications; Carpet Concept Flooring Design Center; Island Styles Remodeling; Kennedy Construction; Kirchner Contracting; Sandcastle Construction Company; West Coast Cabinets, Closets and Flooring; Henshaw and Associates; Conte Dental Associates; Children’s Education Center of the Islands; Alliance Financial Group; The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company; Zurbriggen Financial; City of Sanibel Recreation Staff; Sanibel Home Furnishings; Art in the Tree Tops Gallery; The Sanctuary Golf Club; Bailey’s General Store; Huxter’s Market, Deli & Liquors; Jerry’s Foods of Sanibel; Sanibel Packing Company; The Grog Shop; Bailey’s True Value Hardware Store; Island Pharmacy; Sanibel Captiva Care and Companion Services; Dairy Queen Sanibel; Pinocchio’s; Heidrick & Company Insurance and Risk Management; Island Vacations of Sanibel & Captiva; Sanibel Holiday; Select Vacation Properties; Lily & Company; Vides Lawn Service; Soon Come; EnviroMow Lawn & Landscape Service; Aaron J. Pruss & Becker & Poliakoff; Murty & Monk; Barry Alan Roth; Sanibel-Captiva Kiwanis Foundation; Sanibel-Captiva Lions Club; Rotary Club of Sanibel-Captiva; Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva; Committee of the Islands; Sanibel-Captiva Optimist Club; Pak ‘N’ Ship; Barefoot Charley’s Painting; Ron’s Painting; John Grey Painting; Island Paws; Physical Therapy of Sanibel; Edward M. LaMotta M.D.; John Fifer M.D.; Sweetwater Plumbing; Banner Pool Service; Island Graphics Printing & Design; Dorado Property Management; Mike Badenoch; Burns Family Team; Glenn Carretta; Lighthouse Realty; Phaidra McDermott; Pfeifer Realty Group; Billy’s Bike Shop & Segway of Sanibel; Finnimore’s Bike and Beach Rental; Veolia Environmental Services; WastePro; Gulf Breeze Cottages; Periwinkle Park and Campground; ‘Tween Waters Inn; Cheeburger Cheeburger; Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille; Hungry Heron Eatery; Keylime Bistro & RC Otter’s; Lazy Flamingo I & II; Lighthouse Café; Sanibel Bean; Over Easy Café; Sanibel Deli & Coffee Factory; The Sanibel Café; Trader’s Store & Café; Twilight Café; Sanibel Beauty Salon; Sanibel Day Spa; Sanibel Seashell Industries; She Sells Sea Shells; West Gulf Co.; CenturyLink; Bat Yam Temple of the Islands; Zebis Computer & Technology Source; The Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater; LCEC; The Roepstorff Family; Sam and Cookie Bailey; Sarah Ashton and Jim Metzler; Paul and Lucy Roth; Ginny Fleming; Lynn and Ed Ridlehoover; Lily Brown; Glen and Phyllis Gresham; Sandy Bordiuk; Mick and Sue Denham; Nancy and Pete Bender; Ed Wheeler and Anne Haslem; Barbara and Denny Jones; Sally and Al Hanser; Pat and Earl Sawin & Suki; Jim and Patty Sprankel; George and Lynne Campean; Susan and Craig Scott; Ann Moran and Bob Wigley; Carmine and Ellie Rende; Sanibel Recreation Staff; Alex Werner and Karen Storjohann; Judie Zimomra; Marcia & Jack Cohen; Lee Tauck; Willem-Jan Temper; Richard Powers; Michael & Rosemarie Houk; Joyce & Chuck Krivenko; Liddy Johnson; Patsy & Hubie Whitaker; Gail & Steve Burke; Robert & Darlene Duvin; and anonymous donors.

As for me, it is a privilege to lead this endeavor, a pleasure to live on Sanibel, and most of all an enriching experience to interact with so many people who care and share.

Barry Alan Roth

Volunteer Event Chairperson