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Uncorking fun for a good cause

By Staff | Feb 24, 2016


There will be some “wining” being done by the Sanibel-Captiva Optimist Club, as they raise money for its scholarship program Sunday, March 6.

The Sanibel Uncorked Food and Wine Festival will be March 6, at the Lily’s Co. Jewelry Gallery (520 Tarpon Bay Road) from 1-5 p.m. as guests will be able to enjoy premium wines and delicious catered snacks provided by Bailey’s Catering.

Cost of the event is $30 per person and $25 for designated drivers. Tickets are being sold at Bailey’s, Lily’s, Sanibel Cafe, San Cap Community Bank and from Optimist members.

“This year we are also serving craft beer, which has been in demand in the past,” said Optimist event organizer John Jones. “We’ll have a big silent auction, which if you name it, we’ll have it.”

There will be a good variety of wines on hand, from the inexpensive bottles to the high-quality premium wines.

Members of the Sanibel-Captiva Optimist Club will be hosting its “Sanibel Uncorked” fundraiser Sunday, March 6, at Lily Co. Jewelry Gallery from 1-5 p.m. Organizers include (L to R) John Jones, Stan Howard, Dani Howard and Richard McCurry. PHOTO PROVIDED

Proceeds from the event will contribute to the six $2,000 scholarships (spread over four years of schooling).

The main draw, besides drink and food, will be the silent auction and the in-dining chefs on hand cooking their specialty food.

Chef Janis Wallace who will demonstrate her favorite method of preparing Maine Lobster Fettuccini Alfredo, while Chef Teh Peng will demonstrate his method of preparing Hong Kong Sliders.

“There will be a chance to bid for a viewing party for up to 30 people in the Island Cinema, for whatever is playing or if you want to bring your own home movies,” said Optimist member and event organizer Stan Howard. “We have a trip on a luxury yacht for up to eight people available and various romantic local getaways, as well as various golf and restaurant packages.”

There is a sneak peek of wines available at Bailey’s throughout the week of the event, as well. There also will be free valet parking the day of the event.

Each guest will also receive an etched wine glass.

“We usually average around 200 guests every year and this is one of our larger fundraisers of the year,” Howard said. “Last year we made $20,000 and every year, we always want to double it from the year before.”

To help sponsor the event, contact Howard at 472-0836.