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Little Black Dress fundraiser is March 26 at Sundial

By Staff | Mar 25, 2015

Little Black Dress organizers include (from left) Marletta Short, Izabella Spero, Mary Bondurant, Bonnie Bondurant, Darlene Bezanson and Katherine Cutler. The March 26 event is at Sundial. CRAIG GARRETT



The American Business Women’s Association Sanibel-Captiva Charter Chapter will host its second annual “Little Black Dress for Education” fundraising dinner at the Sundial Resort on March 26. The event kicks off at 6 p.m.

The event is the prime funding tool for the islands’ networking organization. Organizers started the event last year as a luncheon and black dress fashion show, this year moved it to the evening at Sundial, publicity chair Valerie Tutor said. The group hopes to raise up to $20,000 with raffles and auctions and tickets, Tutor said. The Sanibel-Captiva chapter has some 80 members, admitting a few men to the group in the last year, she said.

“We are really looking forward to the event,” said Tutor, who is an island realtor and will speak at an April 14 Association meeting.

The Little Black Dress supports education through fundraising for scholarships, annual grants, and professional development. The success of this event depends on the generosity of businesses and community members. The support allows the organization to continue to touch the lives of many women in the community.

Event organizers wanted to thank Premier Live Auction Sponsors, Debonair Concierge Travel Services and Congress Jewelers and Molloy and Dehaan-Garland, Ameriprise Financial Advisors, Bronze Sponsors. Profiles Hair & Nail Salon on San Carlos Boulevard in South Fort Myers and Congress Jewelers were also gracious enough to host our pre-event parties both off-island and on island at their businesses.

Taurus Pugh of UASTAR Photo Booths will sponsor the event’s photo booth, of course and Isabella’s Island Style Wedding & Events has agreed to sponsor our table decor. The main feature of this event is our Special Live Auction and an additional Silent Auction.

The Live Auction includes two incredible jewelry packages valued at $2,500 each, courtesy of Congress Jewelers. The highest bidder will also be treated to a luxury limo ride to the Congress Jewelers store on Sanibel, provided by Majestic Transportation Services.

In addition, there are now three fabulous trips donated by Debonair Concierge Travel Services for this worthy cause. The first trip is an “Executive Retreat package” at beautiful Schroon Lake Resort in New York near the Adirondack High Peaks and Gore Mountain Ski Resort. The winning bidder will receive a seven-night stay in a four-bedroom vacation home in the Fall of 2015 (spectacular Fall Foliage colors) or spring 2016. Bidding will start at $1,750.00. Check out www.SchroonLakeRetreat.com.

The Deluxe Auction item is a three-night stay at the Casale Sodini Villa, in Lucca, Italy. This beautiful five-bedroom, five-bathroom Villa with swimming pool, sleeps 10 and is in the heart of Tuscany. The winning bidder can stay between October 15, 2015, and April 30, 2016, excluding Christmas week. Bidding will start at $1,750 www.casalesodini.com.

The Premier Auction item is a SeaDream Yacht Club seven-night Caribbean Cruise for two valued at $11,800. Yachting on SEADREAM is different than big ship cruising. Only 112 guests are pampered by 95 crew members with award-winning service and cuisine. The all ocean view, elegantly appointed staterooms feature the finest Belgian linens, a marble lined bathroom with a multi-jet shower massage, SEADREAM terry robe, slippers, Bvlgari toiletries, a state-of-the-art entertainment center, flat screen TV, DVD, CD player and internet-access. SEADREAM fares are all-inclusive and includes ocean view staterooms, gourmet meals, wine with lunch and dinner, open bar with selected premium brands, use of water toys from the yachts’ marina, mountain bikes, gratuities, iPods, CDs, DVDs and more. Bidding will start at $6,200. Advance bids in writing will be accepted/www.SeaDream.com.

Tickets for the 2nd annual “Little Black Dress for Education” fundraising dinner at the Sundial are $75 each. Sponsorships and additional auction donations are needed and we would love to hear from the community. For further information: please email ABWASanibelCaptiva@gmail.com or call Myriam Torres, fundraising chair (239) 699-3072.