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Halloween party at Lily & Co. to benefit CHR

By Staff | Oct 10, 2018

Lily & Co. Jewelers, co-sponsored by Sanibel Catering Co., will host a Halloween party on Oct. 31 from 5 to 9 p.m. to benefit Community Housing and Resources on Sanibel.

Planned as part of CHR’s Give Back Wednesday campaign, event attendees will be able to vote for the best-dressed “Drag Queen” contestant and enjoy tunes by the award-winning Marty Stokes Band.

“CHR is a valuable organization that provides affordable housing on the island, which gives its qualified tenants an opportunity to be a part of this special community,” Dan Schuyler, co-owner of Lily & Co. with Karen Bell. “It was an easy decision to be a part of its Give Back Wednesday fundraiser.”

CHR was founded in 1979 to address the growing need for affordable housing on the island. With the average home price on Sanibel in 2017 just less than $750,000, it is one of the biggest challenges. CHR’s portfolio consists of 74 rental properties and 14 limited equity ownership homes and provides affordable housing to 150 residents annually.

“Our community benefits from affordable housing in many ways, but social and economic diversity is a priority for Sanibel and part of the Sanibel Plan,” CHR Board President Richard Johnson, owner of Sanibel Catering Co. and Bailey’s General Store, said.

Eight local celebrities – Johnson and Schuyler, along with Joey Almeida, of Joey’s Custard; Jeramie Campana, of Paper Fig Kitchen; Craig Albert, of Sanibel Captiva Community Bank; Whitney Jones, of Whitney’s Bait and Tackle; Doug Babcock, of Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts; and Eric Pfeifer, of Pfeifer Realty Group – will transform into drag queens and perform under a hand-picked stage name at 7 p.m.

“We are grateful to these generous members of our community for dressing in drag to help our island be a better place to live and work,” CHR Executive Director Melissa Rice said. “It will be a don’t-miss evening of music, food and laughter.”

Guests will vote for their favorite contestant, with the winner raising the most money.

In addition, there will be an abundance of various live and silent auctions. Sanibel Catering Co. will serve up a buffet-style meal and refreshments, including a cash bar of wine and beer.

“This Halloween party is our way of showing our gratitude to the community and giving back in a meaningful way – through CHR,” Schuyler said.

The entrance fee of $35 includes food and two drink tickets.

Advance tickets can be purchased at Lily & Co. Jewelers, at 520 Tarpon Bay Road, and Bailey’s General Store, at 2477 Periwinkle Way.