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Doc Ford’s named gold sponsor for Community Housing benefit

By Staff | Jan 14, 2015

Marty Harrity of Doc Ford’s (right) and CHR executive director Kelly Collini (center) with the Doc Ford’s Sanibel staff. PHOTO PROVIDED

Community Housing and Resources, Inc. (CHR) is pleased to announce that Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille will be a Gold Sponsor of CHR’s Mardi Gras.

The annual fundraising event is planned for Feb. 7 from 5-9 p.m. at The Dunes Golf and Tennis Club.

Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille, with two locations on the islands and two on Fort Myers Beach, joins Bailey’s General Store and Sanibel Catering Co. at the event’s Gold Sponsor level.

Doc Ford’s co-owner and partner Marty Harrity said: “As a local restaurateur, I understand how it helps our local economy and all businesses if we are able to provide affordable housing for island workers. Doc Ford’s is pleased to offer this support for the event.”

Since 1983, in partnership with the city of Sanibel, CHR has provided affordable housing for individuals and families who live and work on the island, plus senior citizens and the disabled. Residing in 88 homes, located in 11 complexes throughout the island, are the teachers, law enforcement officials, food servers, bank tellers, artists, technicians, and office workers who enrich the community and provide an available work force and essential services for island businesses and residents.

With live music from the Blue Dirt Dixieland Jazz Band, games and contests with prizes, and delicious Cajun-style food, CHR’s Mardi Gras, presented by Sanibel Captiva Community Bank, is an affordable and festive community event.

“Our goal is to make the annual Mardi Gras not just a fun event but also the premier fundraising event focused on an island-based charity,” CHR board member Tim Garmager said.

“CHR needs the help of all of us who believe in maintaining diversity in our island community,” said Melissa Rice, 2014 event chair and CHR board member and treasurer. “We are grateful to Doc Ford’s for their generous support.”

CHR has provided a variety of opportunities to support its mission through this event. For information on becoming a sponsor, contact CHR executive director Kelly Collini at (239) 472-1189. For more event and ticket information, visit SanibelCHR.org. Tickets are just $55 each and are available through CHR’s website, at the CHR office (2401 Library Way, Sanibel), Bailey’s General Store, The Sanibel Caf, and Sanibel-Captiva Community Bank. Come join the party while supporting the mission of CHR.