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Sanibel Sea School unveils Octifest live auction items

By Staff | Mar 20, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED The Octifest 2019 live auction items will feature an evening of guided stargazing with astronomy enthusiast Robert Hunt.

The Sanibel Sea School’s annual fundraiser, Octifest on the Beach, is set for April 13 at 6:30 p.m.

The bayside event is held under a big top tent on Sanibel Causeway Island A and features sunset views, a cocktail hour, live and silent auctions, a delicious dinner, and a variety of fun surprises.

All proceeds support the organization’s scholarship fund to provide meaningful ocean experiences for all, and help purchase much needed program equipment.

This year’s live auction will include a variety of exciting items, from experiences to artwork.

Four tickets to the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation’s Beer in the Bushes will be paired with round-trip transportation, provided by a Sanibel Sea School staff member. The SCCF event features live music, craft beers from local breweries, wine, food trucks, and more.

“We know that parking and driving can present a challenge during this very popular event, so this package seemed like a nice solution to offer to bidders,” Chrissy Basturk said, event coordinator for Octifest, said.

Octifest guests will also have a chance to bid on a ros tasting and gourmet dinner for 10 at the new dining destination The Hampton Social, located in the Mercato Shopping Center in North Naples. The three-course menu with wine pairings will feature fresh seafood and local ingredients, all enjoyed in a beautifully designed setting. Round-trip transportation will be provided by the Sanibel Sea School.

Additional items include cast aluminum artwork by renowned metal artist Don Drumm, who spends much of his time on Sanibel, and an evening of stargazing led by astronomy enthusiast Robert Hunt. The stargazing will be enjoyed through a high-powered telescope, and will be paired with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

New live auction items are being added to the list each day.

“We are still finalizing some of the details, but we can promise there will be plenty of items worth bidding on,” Basturk said.

Event tickets are $150 per person.

For more information and to reserve a seat, visit octifest.org.