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18th ARC Starlight Auction tickets on sale

By Staff | Nov 9, 2012


From exquisite high-end jewelry to

sought-after golf clubs, top resort stays to a

weekend rental of a Jaguar, auction items

donated for the 18th annual ARC Starlight

Auction have surpassed last year’s in glitz

and glamour.

“Many local businesses continue to support

our efforts year after year, and items

that we have this year that are exquisite,”

said Animal Refuge Center treasurer and

event organizer Betty Hughes. “This year

we have a Pave Diamond – a particular

style of diamond necklace from Lily & Co.

Sanibel and Sanibel’s Cedar Chest Fine

Jewelry donated a necklace of interlocking

circle of multi-colored sapphires and diamonds.

“We also have a 2-night stay at Gaylord

Palms in Orlando with tickets to Disney

World and, of course, an African Safari,”

she said.

The safari has been a mainstay auction

item at the event.

“There are people that come to our auction

specifically to bid on the African trip,”

she said. “It is a 6-night photo safari trip

from Zula Nyala.”

There are about 200 donated items this

year, she reported.

“Another neat thing we have this year is

a full-set of irons and woods – Callway

Golf RAZR,” she said.

A unique item is a hand-made 3-foot

tall rocking horse made of solid maple,

complete with leather saddle and bridle.

“It’s gorgeous,” said Hughes.

There are also stays at resorts like

GullWing Beach Resort, ‘Tween Waters

Inn Resort and the Bellasera Hotel in

Naples and more.

There will be both a silent and live auction.

“Highlighting the live auction will be

an original painting from Darryl Pottorf,

two South African photographic safari trips

via Zulu Nyala and a stunning bronze statue

by Laran Ghiglieri,” Hughes said.

But the big draw of the evening is in

supporting ARC, the area’s largest no-kill

animal shelter.

“The big highlight this year is that

Phoenix will be the guest of honor.”

Phoenix was found earlier this year in a

sugarcane field literally starving to death,

and has recuperated for the last six months.

“Health-wise he is 100 percent now,

and we will probably unveil the fact that he

is ready for adoption,” she said.

His Facebook fans may want to meet

him that night, she added. “He has over

1,100 Facebook fans now.” You can visit

him at facebook.com/phoenixandarc.

ARC currently houses about 480 animals

right now. “The challenge we are facing

right now is the continual need in the

community to offer shelter to these many

pets surrendered by people facing economic

challenges,” she said. “In order to better

accommodate the need in our community,

our goal is to raise $259,000 by year end.”

NBC-2’s Krista Fogelsong will be the

emcee this year and The Sanibel Harbour

Marriott Resort and Spa puts on a fabulous


“They’ve been our host for about 15

years; the food is exceptional,” Hughes

said. “We’ll be offering a Steamboat Beef

and Virginia Ham carving stations, and an

arrangement of pastas, Waldorf salads,

shrimp and incredible deserts.”

The event is over Thanksgiving weekend,

and supported by many who like to

take friends and out-of-town guests to

break up the weekend – after two days of

staying home and leftover turkey.

“There are still tickets available and we

promise, no turkey,” Hughes said.

She particular invites Cape Coral residents

to attend. “Cape Coral is one of our

biggest supporters and the highest percentage

of our adopters come from Cape


The cost is $75 per ticket, which

includes admission, dinner, dessert and

cocktail. For information, go to

AnimalRefugeCenter.com or call Hughes

at 841-0810 or email BettyHughes@comcast.


Call 418-2826 for special room rates

auction night

Incorporated in 1988, ARC is a not-forprofit

animal welfare society dedicated to

caring for all homeless animals brought to

its sanctuary. The sanctuary houses 36

canine lodges, a Canine Training Center, a

Cat Adoption Center and 16 feline facilities.

It is home to more than 340 cats and

60 dogs.