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Ecology Discussion, Nature Tour to raise funds for CHR

By Staff | Nov 15, 2019

To help Community Housing and Resources celebrate its 40th anniversary, the Sanibel Island Golf Club and Malia Island Fusion Cuisine will host Ecology Discussions and Nature Tours on Nov. 30 from 1 to 5 p.m. The event is one of four scheduled this season as part of CHR’s anniversary celebration.

In partnership with the Sanibel Sea School, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation and Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, it will be led by environmental experts Dr. Bruce Neill, Mark Thompson and Rachel Rainbolt. The programs will offer a look at the wildlife inhabitants, native landscape, and the island’s water and eco system.

“We feel so fortunate to have CHR providing the island with affordable housing,” Sanibel Island Golf Club owner Drew Donnelly said. “When we learned CHR was celebrating 40 tremendous years on Sanibel, we were enthusiastic to help and felt hosting this fundraiser was a perfect way to show our support.”

Tour times will begin at 2 p.m. and run every 20 minutes. Participants will take a guided tour of the golf course on carts, covering nine of the 18 holes. A lunch buffet will be available at Malia before and after the tours. In addition, there will be a chance to play putt-putt golf, as well as corn hole and other family-oriented games.

“We share our golf course with an amazing array of creatures, including wood storks, bobcats, iguanas, alligators and even the occasional crocodile,” Gene Taylor, the club’s golf professional, said.

Tickets are $40, with all of the proceeds benefiting CHR.

Neill is the co-founder and executive director of Sanibel Sea School, while Mark Thompson is a research assistant at SCCF. Rainbolt is the development and education manager for CROW, as well as a certified interpretive guide through the National Association for Interpretation.

“We are so grateful to Sanibel Island Golf Club and Malia restaurant for their support and generosity. And we are especially excited to have Doc Bruce, Mark and Rachel leading the tour and discussion,” CHR Executive Director Melissa Rice said. “This is going to be such a fun day of activities and a great way for adults and kids alike to learn about the ecosystem here on Sanibel. For those who are unable to join us for the tour, we hope you will show your support by dining at Malia or golfing at the club on Nov. 30 or by planning to attend one of our other anniversary events planned for later in the season.”

In addition to the program, the Sanibel Island Golf Club and Malia Island Fusion Cuisine plan to donate a portion of the day’s golf club and dinner sales on Nov. 30 to CHR. Golf tee times can be made by calling Gene Taylor at 239-472-2626. To make a reservation at Malia, contact 239-472-9222.

For more information or to buy tickets, call 239-472-1189 or visit sanibelchr.org/events.