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Big thank you to everyone

By Staff | Mar 28, 2018

To the editor:

Sanibel Uncorked, the 2018 Food and Wine Festival, was an outstanding success held by the Sanibel-Captiva Optimist Club at Lily & Co. Jewelers. Co-hosts Bailey’s General Store and Sanibel Catering, and Lily & Co together with the Sanibel-Captiva Trust Company were the event supporters. Many thanks are due to Richard Johnson of Bailey’s General Store and their staff of chefs and servers, and to Dan Schuyler, Karen Bell and all the wonderful people at Lily’s for sharing the day.

Student enrichment sponsors were John and Martha Wolf.

Catering sponsors were The Cedar Chest Fine Jewelry and John and Beth Newland.

Safety officer sponsors were Sanibel-Captiva American Legion Post 123, John Grey Painting, Ltd. Co., Doug and Sherry Gentry, Nu Way Concrete Forms, YOLO Watersports, Doc Ford’s Sanibel and The Pakat Group (Island Insurance).

Table sponsors were Island Management, Tarpon Bay Explorers, John F Jones and Florida Keys Keepsake.

Thanks are also due to the following who provided support in many ways: Quebbie Music System, Island Sun Newspaper, Island Graphics, Southern Wine & Spirits of South Florida, Johnson Brothers Liquor Co. of Florida, Bailey’s Liquor Department, Breeze Newspapers, New Belgium Brewing Co., and all the Optimist Club volunteers and all our guests.

Cooking demonstrations were performed by island celebrity Chef Karl Hamme of Bailey’s Sanibel Catering.

The following provided generous donations and/or items for the silent auction: Lily & Company with a dozen beautiful items, Timbers’ Chef Teh Peng, Sanibel Catering Chef Karl Hamme, George and Wendy’s Seafood Grille, Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, Florida Repertory Theatre, Island Cinema Extravaganza, Sanibel Blues and Jazz Festival, Sanctuary Golf Club, Dunes Golf & Tennis Club, Jungle Golf, South Seas Island Resort, West Wind Inn, She Sells Sea Shells, Marit Hansen Mouchou & OYA, Jensen’s Cottages & Marina, Key West Express, Zoomers Amusement Park, John Grey Painting, Sanibel Double D Taxi, Joey’s Frozen Yogurt, Floral Artistry, Jerry Edelman Ceramic, CC Caldwell Original Paintings, Versace/Rosenthal Medusa Lumiere, Royal Copenhagen Denmark, and Wines from: Johnson Brothers Liquor Co., Southern Glazers Wine and Spirits of Florida, and Bailey’s General Store.

A number of wine distributers brought a variety of wines to try. Canaps were prepared and served by Bailey’s Sanibel Catering Services. Incidental music was provided by Frans Kox with Quebbie.

Many thanks to all the generous folks who bought entry donation tickets. Additional thanks go out to anyone we missed, thank you!

Donated funds made it possible for the Optimists to maintain six four-year college scholarships including replacement of two vacated by graduating recipients. Funds also continue the Optimist’s Junior Anglers summer fishing adventures, an archery group (through the Recreation Center), to sponsor a kids’ summer basketball league (also through the Recreation Center) and to continue a number of other charitable endeavors for kids.

Plan on coming next year and joining the fun. The date and time will be announced later in the year.

John F. Jones

Sanibel-Captiva Optimist Club