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Sanibel Sea School reveals live auction items for Octifest

By Staff | Feb 25, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Astronomer Robert Hunt and a guest observe the evening skies.

The Sanibel Sea School’s annual fundraiser, Octifest on the Beach, is set for April 4 at 6:30 p.m.

The bayside event will be held under a big top tent on the Sanibel Causeway Island A and will feature sunset views, a cocktail hour, live auction, dinner and variety of fun surprises. All proceeds support the organization’s scholarship fund to provide meaningful ocean experiences for all, and to help purchase much needed program equipment.

This year’s live auction will include a variety of unique experiences.

“We know that experiences can be more memorable that items, so this year, we wanted to create a unique lineup of live auction experiences that will create memories to last a lifetime,” co-founder Dr. Bruce Neill said.

A boat trip to North Captiva with Neill and Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Wildlife and Habitat Management Director Chris Lechowicz will be auctioned off as a conservation expedition. It will focus on the endangered eastern indigo snake, the longest snake native to North America, whose scientific name translates to the Lord of the Forest. They will share their expert knowledge on habitat and wildlife conservation and winners will be able to see the indigo snake’s habitat, and maybe even catch a glimpse of the rare reptile.

Octifest attendees will also have a chance to bid on an evening under the stars. Astronomer Robert Hunt will bring his telescope to the winner’s location of choice to have an “out of this world” evening. The Sanibel Sea School will provide heavy hors d’oeuvres and wine pairings for the outdoor evening. Using Hunt’s expertise, he will help select a date that is perfect for stargazing.

Another unique item is “A Final Farewell – A Sunset Cruise” with Neill. It will be a final opportunity to take an entertaining and educational cruise aboard the Ripple Effect with him before Neill’s retirement in the fall. The Sanibel Sea School will provide light snacks and beverages good for sipping on the water, while Neill will share Sanibel Sea School stories from over the years.

Part of the SCCF family, the Sanibel Sea School’s mission is to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time. For more information, tickets or to be a sponsor, visit octifest.org or call 239-472-8585.