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Zonta announces dates for ‘Peek Repurposed’

By ZONTA CLUB - | Feb 10, 2021

PHOTO PROVIDED Original art by Sanibel resident Robin Cook, created from reclaimed costume jewelry.

An islands favorite since 2002, the Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva’s annual “Peek at the Unique” home tour has brought in more money every year, allowing the club to distribute — through its foundation — over $1 million in grants to local organizations whose work seeks to empower women and girls.

With CDC recommendations still sidelining the traditional guided tour, Zonta’s creativity has been at work for several months on for planning this year’s event, titled “Peek at the Unique Repurposed.”

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

On Feb. 15, appointments will open online for its first-ever Jewelry and Antiques Appraisals, which is set for March 13 at the Blue Giraffe at Beachview Estates on Sanibel. For a $100 donation, participants will receive an in-person 15-minute session for up to three items with Carlos Fernandez, gem/jewelry expert from Congress Jewelers, or H. Peter Curran, a professional antiques appraiser who appeared on the “Antiques Roadshow” for five years. The appraisals will be informal — not certified — but both experts will offer a special “Peek” rate to participants seeking a formal appraisal later. CDC guidelines will be observed. To register for an appraisal session between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., visit Eventbrite.com or http://bit.ly/ZontaPeek.

On March 1, its “Peek at Unique Repurposed Items” auction will launch online and run through March 10. It will feature over 30 re-imagined furniture items and new art works donated by local artists. The complete catalog will be available online prior to March 1. Participants can pay for purchases securely online and pick up their items on March 13 at The Community House on Sanibel.

PHOTO PROVIDED Hand-painted table by Zontian Barbara Beran, repurposed from a Robb & Stucky purchase.

As always, all proceeds will be distributed in grants to organizations whose mission of empowerment mirrors Zonta’s own. This year, the club awarded grants totaling $82,500 to 15 local non-profits.

For information on Zonta’s projects or to donate, visit “http://www.ZontaSanCap.com”>www.ZontaSanCap.com. Also follow Zonta Sanibel-Captiva on Facebook and “like” Zonta Sanibel-Captiva on Instagram (@zontasancap).