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Zonta launches ‘Peek’ season with redesigned web site

By Staff | Jan 14, 2015

Peek co-chairs Jan Alden (L) and Helen Ramsey (R) with ticket chair Barbara Beran (center). PHOTO PROVIDED

The Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva is already setting its sights on the 14th annual A Peek at the Unique, the popular fundraiser that has broken records every year since its inception and is set for Saturday, March 14.

Planning for the next “Peek” is in the capable hands of Zontians Jan Alden and Helen Ramsey, repeating their 2014 service as event co-chairs.

“We expect every club member to participate in the planning efforts, and definitely to have a presence on Peek day itself,” commented Jan Alden. “This year we are focusing on bringing newer members on board, having them shadow more seasoned members in aspects of planning-building a larger group of experienced volunteers from which to draw in the future.”

The 2015 event, she added, is expected to mirror recent history, selling out by mid-January.

Zonta went live recently with a redesigned web site. A small team of club members, led by Zontian Ava Hinojosa as primary liaison, worked with Effective Marketing & Creative Concepts (emc2), a Sanibel-based company that builds custom websites and provides other marketing tools such as print collateral, social media and general consulting.

The goal: create a site with a fresh new look, ease of navigation, lots of photographs, and opportunities for the public to learn more about the club, its Foundation, and its services to women in need.

Funds for the redesign were provided by club members through annual dues and other internal fund raising activities.

This is completely separate from funds raised by the Peek, an annual event held specifically for the benefit of the Zonta Foundation of Southwest Florida, our non-profit entity, and designated for grants to other non-profits working to improve the status of women.

Grants made to local organizations in January 2014 totaled $64,750 with an additional $21,250 pledged to Zonta International in support of its global initiatives.

The new site has links to each of the non-profit partners which benefit from the club’s service hours and grant dollars, and information about the Foundation, including a record of recent grants.

There is also a link to Facebook. It will allow posting of Peek information in a timelier manner and the ability to make donations on line; it will not, however, facilitate the purchase of tour tickets.

Watch for more information as plans are finalized. Visit www.zontasancap.com.

Peek planning activities range from taking tour reservations to decorating the staging area (the Sanibel Community Church) to writing bus scripts to acquiring and serving the refreshments that Peek guests enjoy before the tour.

Every aspect of the tour is subjected to painstaking detail, to provide the best possible experience.

The most important tasks, of course, center on fund raising in the run-up to the event, through soliciting sponsors, advertisers and benefactor donations, and selling raffle tickets.

“As the planning committee goes through the process of choosing and securing tour homes, finalizing raffle items, and making decisions on ticket prices and times, we will make this information available to an eager public,” commented co-chair Helen Ramsey. “Meanwhile, we encourage those interested to check out our new web site.”

The Zonta Club of Sanibel/Captiva is a service organization of professional women working together to provide hands-on assistance, advocacy and funds to strengthen women’s lives on the islands, in Lee County and around the world through Zonta International.