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Zonta’s plans taking shape for repurposed ‘Peek’ in March

By ZONTA CLUB - | Dec 18, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva Co-President Joyce Ross, who served as a bus guide during the 2019 “Peek at the Unique” home tour, looks forward to the return of the traditional tour in the future.

As hundreds of prior “Peekers” know, the Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva is renowned for its annual “Peek at the Unique” home tour. A celebrated day out in March, it raises funds to support area non-profits whose work seeks to empower women and girls. Since 2002, the event has raised more money every year — culminating in proceeds of over $140,000 in 2019 — with grants awarded in January.

This year, due to challenges and uncertainty about the coronavirus — which quickly grew into a pandemic — Zonta decided to cancel its 19th annual “Peek” just days before it took place in March. Though disappointed, generous sponsors and ticket-buyers allowed the club to keep the donations, ensuring that there would be funds for grant awards this coming January.

Zonta is now deciding how to adjust its plans for the 2021 “Peek.” With CDC recommendations doing away with the previous traditional guided tour, a creative team is working on a “Peek Repurposed.”

“We remain hopeful that Zonta will return to the traditional guided tour for 2022,” fundraising co-chair Judy Langley said. “Until then, we want to ensure that we keep ‘Peek’ interest alive and provide a unique experience that will offer islanders and visitors the opportunity to support Zonta’s work.”

Based at the Sanibel Community Church and set for March 13, the event will take place largely online. It will feature a virtual auction of an array of re-imagined and traditional furniture and artworks from local artists; socially-distanced in-person appointments with local experts for informal appraisals on antiques, jewelry, collectibles and more, similar to “Antiques Roadshow”; and the chance to win prizes.

As always, all proceeds will be awarded in grants to organizations whose mission of empowerment mirrors Zonta’s own. For the upcoming grants, 17 organizations have submitted applications and the process of evaluating them and making recommendations now rests with a hard-working committee.

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