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Sanctuary Golf Club Foundation gala exceeds expectations

By Staff | Apr 15, 2020

In spite of being forced to cancel its inaugural gala in March, The Sanctuary Golf Club Foundation exceeded its fundraising goals by raising $220,000. Four days before the event was to take place, organizers who were prepared to host almost 200 guests, realized continuing would pose a health risk due to the coronavirus, so they scrambled to repackage the event into a “Stay-at-Home Gala.”

As a result of its success, the foundation board was able to accelerate the timing and increase the amount of funding awarded to F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva and Community Housing and Resources to aid their ability to respond to the increase in human needs experienced as a result of COVID-19.

The gala was intended to support the foundation’s mission of helping nonprofits that positively impact the lives of those in need who live or work on the islands and providing educational grants to their employees. While disappointed to cancel the event, organizers were pleased to raise such a significant amount, the majority of which will benefit social service nonprofits on the islands.

The gala was chaired by Lisa Schmidlin. The committee members included Cindy Brown, Cassie Gaenger, Melissa Gauntlett, Debbie Klug, Linda Linsmayer, Ann Keches, Krys Stegmann and Kathy Wiesemann. Staff a The Sanctuary Golf Club were also critical to the event’s success.

For more information, call Executive Director Ken Kouril at 239-472-6445.