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SCA to take island back to 1927

By Staff | Jan 9, 2019

Tickets are going fast for the Sanibel Community Association’s first-ever red carpet event.

Its main fundraiser for the year, the inaugural “1927 Gala Imagine: A Night To Remember” will take place on Jan. 25 starting at 6 p.m. at The Community House. The evening will feature dinner and drinks, a live auction, musical acts and surprise visits from historical characters from the island’s past.

The exclusive signature event aims to celebrate 90-plus years of the venue’s presence.

“We were created in 1927,” Executive Director Teresa Riska-Hall said, explaining that the building existed before the city’s incorporation in 1974 and it served as a gathering place for islanders.

She added that it has continued to serve as one for citizens, organizations and visitors.

“So we consider ourselves the heartbeat of the city,” Riska-Hall said.

The program will center on strengthening the heartbeat of Sanibel and continuing the legacy.

“Imagine an evening of fine dining, rich with history and unique island flavor. Imagine the camaraderie, pride and nostalgia of gathering in the very place that family, friends and neighbors built together nearly a century ago,” she said.

“It will focus on the sense of community, the importance of the community getting together and helping,” Riska-Hall added. “It takes us all to create the fabric that is the basis of this small town.”

Porter and Mariel Goss will serve as the honorary chairs for the evening.

Upon arrival, attendees will have an opportunity to take photos with an old-timely car.

Attire can range from red carpet to island casual.

“They’re welcome to come dressed in the era of 1927,” she added.

The sit-down dinner will be prepared by Resident Chef Jarred Harris, in partnership with Sanibel Catering Company by Bailey’s. Riska-Hall described it as a fancier menu with wine pairings.

“There is going to be a cash bar available,” she added.

Local pianist Erik Entwistl will perform, along with the Golden Gate High School Titan Band.

“It’s going to be their jazz band,” Riska-Hall said.

During the evening, historical figures will make an appearance and interact with the attendees.

“We do have some character programming going on,” she said.

For the live auction, the following items have been donated by the community:

– Dinner party for 10 with The Community House Resident Chef Jarred Harris

– Dinner party for eight with Timbers Restaurant & Fish Market’s chef

– Dinner for eight at Malia

– Rauschenberg tour with wine

– The Fisherman’s Dream for six with Billy Kirkland, plus a picnic by the Sanibel Deli

– “Ding” Darling boating adventure for six with Tarpon Bay Explorers, plus lunch by the Sanibel Deli

– $2,000 gift certificate to Congress Jewelers

– Specially-crafted one-of-a-kind shell art from the Sanibel Community Association’s Shell Crafters

– 12 piano lessons with Erik Entwistle

– South Seas/Key West luxurious getaways with limo service

– Season tickets to the Florida Everblades, plus a $250 cash card to Rodizio Grill

– 14-karat white gold necklace with diamond pendant from Cedar Chest Fine Jewelry, valued at $1,300

The auction proceeds will go toward paying off the balance of the venue’s recent renovations.

“So the more we can raise, the better,” Riska-Hall said.

Individual tickets are $150, with table reservations also available.

She noted that tickets are being scooped up.

“Don’t be the person that misses the chance to get one because you waited,” Riska-Hall said.

Event sponsorships are still available starting at $1,000.

“Our sponsors are our angels,” she said.

Current sponsors include: Sanibel Captiva Trust Company, Sanibel Catering Company by Bailey’s, Bank of The Islands, Heidrick & Co. Insurance, Bailey’s, Rosier Insurance, Sherry and Doug Gentry, Sandy and Roger Grogman, Michael Kelly, Judie and Tom Sharbaugh, Shirley and Dan Valentine, Watermans, and Trudy and Tommy Williams.

Riska-Hall encouraged the community to get their tickets and enjoy a great evening.

“The history is important, and from 1927 until today there has always been The Community House,” she said. “Plus, we do want to celebrate the fact that we have this new beautiful house now.”

To purchase tickets, visit www.sanibelcommunityhouse.net or call 239-472-2155.

For more information about sponsorships, contact Teresa Riska-Hall at 239-472-2155.

The Community House is at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.