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Pine Island Sounds series raises $20,000

By Staff | Mar 13, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation reported its Pine Island Sounds series was a success.

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation’s Pine Island Sounds concert series wrapped up an inaugural season with another sunset performance on the water last week, bringing in a seasonal total of more than $20,000 to support water quality efforts.

“Playing music while dolphins jump in the boat wake with the sun setting in the background was amazing. I really experienced what you all love and do so much to protect,” 2020 Grammy nominee Amythyst Khia, who performed on the March 1 cruise, said. “What a special opportunity to positively impact your organization with my music, I am humbled. I can’t wait to come back.”

The new Pine Island Sounds concert series was based on the idea of conservation through music and was made possible through partnerships with Leanne amd Todd Marcum and Captiva Cruises.

“Our goal was to get people out on the water where they could experience the awesome beauty of the resource we are restoring and protecting as they also enjoy live music,” SCCF Event and Facilities Manager Jeff Siwicke said. “We surpassed our fundraising goal and have now officially established an annual concert series.”

Next year’s series will feature national touring acts of varying genres in an intimate setting aboard the Lady Chadwick from November through February, for a total of four cruises. Ticket sales support SCCF’s water quality efforts, which provide solid data and encourage science-based water management practices at the federal, state, regional, and local levels for local waters.