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Annual Octifest to feature cork pull for first time

By Staff | Feb 19, 2020

Attendees to the Sanibel Sea School’s annual Octifest on the Beach on April 4 will have the option to participate in a wine cork pull during the bayside cocktail hour as part of the fund-raising efforts.

“We wanted to do something new this year in place of a silent auction,” founder Bruce Neill said. “And, to create more engaging activities during the cocktail hour that give guests an exciting way to support our programs.”

Attendees will be able to purchase a numbered wine cork for $50 when the event begins at 6:30 p.m. Each cork will correspond to a bottle of wine, which they can collect at the end of the evening. Bailey’s General Store has curated 50 unique bottles, ranging in quality from great to an exclusive vintage 2008 magnum bottle of Dom Perignon.

“It’s a vintage that was rated a 98 by James Suckling, a respected wine industry critic,” Calli Johnson who hand-selected it, said. “It will be great for aging in cellar or enjoying at the winner’s next celebratory event.”

The fundraising event supports the Sanibel Sea School’s scholarship program to provide ocean education for all, and helps the organization purchase much-needed equipment and supplies.

“Octifest provides the single largest influx of funds to support our mission and programs each year,” Neill said. “We are so grateful for our community, and we hope you will join us for this night out for a very good cause.”

Held under a big top tent on the Sanibel Causeway Island A, the evening will include drinks, dinner, sunset views, a live auction, stargazing, music and more. Tickets are $150 per person.

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

For sponsorship information, call or visit online. Part of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation family, the Sanibel Sea School’s mission is to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time.