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Annual Blue Ribbon Classic to aid school

By Staff | Apr 30, 2019

MARK MARTENS The Sanibel School Fund will host the 11th Annual Blue Ribbon Classic on May 11 at The Sanctuary Golf Club. From left, Ken Kouril, Melissa Congress, Art Cassell, Christian Fautz, Chuck Vilardi, Jason Maughan, Babs Maughan, Rob Lisenbee, Veronica Powers, Dana Foster and Bret Borshell.

Registration is open for an annual golf tournament to benefit programs at The Sanibel School.

The Sanibel School Fund will host the 11th Annual Blue Ribbon Classic on May 11 at The Sanctuary Golf Club on Sanibel. Player check-in will begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at noon.

The event will also feature dinner, music and dancing, along with live and silent auctions.

“The Sanibel School Fund raises money for educational enhancements for The Sanibel School that aren’t funded by the school district,” President Babs Maughan said. “Things that aren’t mainstream and most Lee County schools don’t have, which is a nice thing.”

Originally founded to cover the salary of a Spanish teacher for the students, the not-for-profit organization has evolved in recent years and provides supplemental funding to support the school’s STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – and Business Leadership programs.

“To make that available to all of the students at the school,” she said.

A Blue Ribbon School, it is ranked as one of the top schools in the state, Maughan noted.

For the tourney, players will compete in an 18-hole scramble.

There will be opportunities to win hole prizes and hole-in-one prizes, including a leased Acura or Lexus from Scanlon Lexus of Fort Myers, seven-day Caribbean cruise for two, two roundtrip American Airlines tickets for the continental United States and Club Glove golf travel bag and rolling duffle.

Following the tournament, a helicopter golf ball drop will take place.

“Participants will have the option to buy golf balls,” she said.

Available for $25 each or $100 for five, the balls will be dropped and the one that lands in a hole or comes closest to the pin wins. In a 50-50 raffle style, the winner gets to claim half of the monies.

There will be a cocktail hour prior to dinner starting at 5 p.m., plus an open bar.

Non-players can enjoy the food, drinks and evening’s entertainment for $75 per ticket.

To help raise additional funds, there will be a silent auction and live auction.

“We usually have about seven live auction items,” Maughan said, explaining that they are typically packaged experiences and adventures. “We have a sharking fishing experience with Elliot Sudal. We have a boating experience that the Jensen’s donated – we have a painting from Leoma Lovegrove.”

“We’re going to have a stand up paddle board package from Body Glove,” she added, noting that On Island is donating a cooler and such to go with it.

As for the silent auction, there are typically about four to five items to bid on.

“They’re usually themed baskets,” Maughan said. “We try to do Mother’s Day themes.”

Bidding in the silent auction will close at 8 p.m., the same time the winner is drawn for the golf cart raffle – another mini-fundraiser to help raise funds. For a suggested donation of $25 per ticket or $100 for five, ticket-holders will have the opportunity to take home the four-seater Club Car Villager Cart.

She noted that the cart is street-legal ready.

“There is a limited number of tickets,” Maughan said. “There’s only 1,000.”

The golf cart tickets must be purchased in advance of the tournament. They are available through the Bank of the Islands, MacIntosh Books and Paper, Maughan Law Group and Congress Jewelers.

The entry fee is $1,200 for a foursome or $300 for individuals.

“They will be paired with a team if individual golfers want to come out,” she said.

The public is encouraged to sign up or come out for the dinner.

Sponsorships are also still available.

“The Sanibel School is really an anchor in our community. Being that it is a Blue Ribbon School and top in the state, it’s a draw for the families and new people moving to the island,” Maughan said, adding that the tourney gets bigger and better every year. “It’s a great community night out supporting a great cause.”

For more information about the event or sponsorship opportunities, or to register to play or purchase tickets to the dinner, contact Babs Maughan at 239-314-4800 or Sanibelbabs@gmail.com.

The Sanibel School Fund’s board is made up of Maughan, Co-Vice Presidents Veronica Powers and Dana Foster, Secretary Carolyn Tongyai, Treasurer Rob Lisenbee, and Board Members Michael Murray and Amy Costello.

The Sanctuary Golf Club is at 2801 Wulfert Road.