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Rotary Happenings: Fundraisers make club projects possible

By Staff | Feb 18, 2015

Well, can you feel the energy on the Island now that we are in high-season?

Everything and everybody is in full swing and along with enjoying the beaches, all the outdoor activities, shopping opportunities, and enjoying Island restaurants; our Island clubs and organizations have full calendars of fundraising events planned for the season.

As you well know, as least I hope you do, the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club presented their 32nd Arts and Craft Fair on Saturday, Feb. 14-15, at the Sanibel Community House on Periwinkle Way.

This is Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club’s major fundraiser of the year; all proceeds of this event are used to support a plethora of community/local, and global organizations by providing financial funding for worthy programs and activities that reflex our Rotary International mission.

Sanibel-Captiva Rotary is also planning another small fundraising on April 9, not as far away as you might think, an amazing live-stage presentation of Unsinkable Women on stage at BIG ARTS Schein Hall, Sanibel. Unsinkable Women was written and performed by New York actress Deborah Jean Templin Ms. Templin takes us back in time to the aftermath following the tragic sinking of the Titanic.

Women and children were sent to the lifeboats first, while their loved oneshusbands, fathers, friends, and crew went down with the ship. What happened to these women?

This fundraiser will benefit three local organizations, The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village, Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships Inc., and BIG ARTS Sanibel.

Tickets for this event will be sold at the Rotary’s Arts and Crafts Fair or may be purchased at BIG ARTS on Dunlop Road – box office 395-0900 and the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village on Dunlop Road.

Tickets for UNSINKABLE WOMEN are $55 and include a post-performance wine & dessert buffet.

Following closely on the heels of the one night only production of UNSINKABLE WOMEN on April 9, will be the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Sanibel and Captiva, Friday April 10, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Dunes Golf & Tennis Club, Sanibel.

Relay For Life events are held throughout the country and focus on all the lives that have been touched by cancer and the battle that still must be fought against this dreaded disease.

Recently the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary welcomed Mary Bondurant, local real estate professional, community activist, 2014-2015 President of the ABWA Sanibel and Captiva and recognized Chapter and Southwest FL Council Women of the Year, founder of the October- Pink Out Sanibel and Captiva Islands, breast cancer survivor and event lead for Relay For Life of Sanibel and Captiva, to speak to us along with Vila Schwarz the Community Manager for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life specialist about this event.

They want to get everyone on the Islands involved, after all almost everyone knows someone whose life has been touched by cancer.

What is a Relay For Life event?

It is an organized community fundraising walk, where individuals or organized teams representing families, groups of friends, clubs/organizations, and businesses try to raise money by soliciting monetary pledges of support for team members walking laps on the Relay For Life track.

The event always begins with the opening survivors’ and care-givers’ opening lap 4 p.m. at Sanibel event at the Dunes. The track is open for individuals and groups to take to the track and try to raise money with their pledged lap totals achieved.

Teams and event sponsors are encouraged to set-up tables or booths around the perimeter of the tracks with information about their groups or businesses. During the entire evening event there is food, games, and entertainment.

Relay For Life celebrates survivors and their caregivers, remembers those lost, and fights backs against this disease by bringing awareness and financial support for the American Cancer Society.

If you are interested in organizing a team for this event contact:

Vilma @Vilma.Schwarz@cancer .org. and their caregivers.