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Sanibel Sea School to host annual Octifest in April

By Staff | Feb 10, 2020

Sanibel Sea School’s annual fundraiser, Octifest on the Beach, will be held on April 4 at 6:30 p.m. under a big top tent on Sanibel Causeway Island A, which is the one closest to the toll booth.

Part of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, the Sanibel Sea School invites community members to attend the bayside celebration of ocean love – and of the organization’s efforts to provide meaningful ocean experiences to thousands of children in the region each year.

This year’s event will be themed “Nod to the Past, Gaze to the Future.”

Dr. Bruce Neill, co-founder of the Sanibel Sea School, recently announced his retirement and will transition out of the organization in the fall; Octifest will be the final event under his leadership. It will be a celebration of accomplishments but also a look toward the Sanibel Sea School’s future. The event will honor Neill and wife Evelyn, also a founder, as well as those who helped build the institution.

“Let’s not forget that amidst our great celebrations, our goal is to raise money for scholarships, so that we can continue to share rich ocean experiences with children,” Neill said. “We are so grateful for our community members and supporters over the years who have made our dream a reality – to build an institution to share love of the ocean.”

For more information or tickets, visit octifest.org or call 239-472-8585.

The Sanibel Sea School’s mission is to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time. In January, it officially combined with the SCCF, greatly expanding the SCCF’s educational reach to children.