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CHR to hold series of events to mark 40th anniversary

By Staff | Oct 2, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED On Jan. 10, CHR will host the third event celebrating its anniversary, the Captiva Crawl. Adventures in Paradise owner Evelyn Stewart donated the trolleys for the event.

This month, Sanibel’s Community Housing and Resources is kicking off a year-long celebration of the organization’s 40th anniversary, with the Sanibel City Council holding a special proclamation today.

Executive Director Melissa Rice and a 10-member volunteer committee have been hard at work planning four festivities to celebrate CHR’s ruby anniversary throughout the coming months.

“We are fortunate to have such a strong support system in the community and are very grateful to everyone who has helped us put together these four great events,” she said.

The committee was also instrumental in redesigning the organization’s logo for its anniversary.

Sponsored by Bailey’s General Store, the first event – an “Evening at Island Cinema” – is set for today, Oct. 2, beginning at 5 p.m. The cinema will open exclusively for CHR, with a cocktail reception followed by a private movie screening. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 239-472-1189.

The second anniversary event will take place on Nov. 30, when Sanibel Island Golf Club will host an afternoon of festivities, including an Eco Tour and lunch at Malia Island Fusion Cuisine. Throughout the day, a portion of all golf club and Malia dinner sales will also benefit CHR.

On Jan. 10, CHR will host the third event celebrating its anniversary, the Captiva Crawl. The event will kick off at the Lazy Flamingo near Blind Pass, where guests will enjoy complimentary appetizers. Trolleys will then transport attendees to the Mucky Duck and ‘Tween Waters Island Resort, where they will enjoy hosted receptions and a cash bar at each venue. The trolleys have been donated by Evelyn Stewart, owner of Adventures in Paradise.

The fourth anniversary event is an exclusive Rauschenberg Estate Tour, which will take place the first week of April. The Rauschenberg Residency is a creative center that welcomes artists of all disciplines from around the world to live, work and create. The residency is located on Robert Rauschenberg’s former property on Captiva, where he lived and worked for nearly four decades. The facility, which includes the 8,000-square-foot studio Rauschenberg built in 1992 and a collection of historic homes and studio spaces, is infused with beauty and tranquility and marked by its unique history.

“Be sure to mark your calendars to join us at each of our celebratory events throughout the next seven months,” Rice said.

For more information on the events, call 239-472-1189 or visit SanibelCHR.org.