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Celebrating ‘Venetian Masquerade’ at F.I.S.H. fundraiser

By Staff | Mar 11, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED The Go F.I.S.H.! committee.

On March 1, F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva held its 7th Annual Go F.I.S.H.! fundraising event at The Sanctuary Golf Club on Sanibel, featuring a “Venetian Masquerade” theme.

“This is our most important fundraiser of the year, as every dollar raised goes directly back to this community,” F.I.S.H. President Maggi Feiner said. “We are thrilled at the success of the evening, and humbled by the generosity of our community.”

With a continual increase in demand for services, F.I.S.H. showcased Island Giving opportunities to bring increased awareness to its programming and to give guests the opportunity to donate toward one or more of the critical programs.

Auctioneer Tommy Williams led the live auction, while attendees bid on spectacular items to support the organization’s mission. Local talent Amy Sbarra, with accompanying pianist Stu Shelton, entertained with jazz, swing and standard favorite performances.

“This fun-filled evening helped to raise funds and awareness for F.I.S.H., an organization that is near and dear to our hearts,” Honorary Event Chairs Pat and Mike Boris said. “We always look forward to and enjoy this magnificent evening with those that support F.I.S.H. and our community.”

Attendees learned about F.I.S.H.’s clients through testimonials from those served and read by Food Programs Director Maria Espinoza and Program Director and Kathy Y. Monroe. A video and speeches by Feiner and Executive Director Alicia Tighe provided insight into its 2019 accomplishments and future plans for programming and growth.

Last year, F.I.S.H. answered 20,885 service requests for 5,544 individuals. Its food pantry distributed almost 250,000 pounds of food, and nearly 200 volunteers provided 7,455 hours of service to the Sanibel and Captiva community.

For more information about F.I.S.H., contact Tighe at 239-472-4775.