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SanCap Cares announces annual event, presenting sponsor

By SANCAP CARES - | Feb 24, 2021

PHOTO PROVIDED SanCap Cares Committee Member Valerie Tutor joined by Al Hanser, Robin Cook and Jeff Muddell, members of The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company team.

SanCap Cares recently announced that The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company will again serve as the presenting sponsor of its Island Celebration — a live streamed virtual fundraiser set for March 28, with a theme of “Resilience” — that will benefit the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

“The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company has been a dedicated partner with us for many years,” SanCap Cares Committee Member Valerie Tutor said. “Their leadership in our community is a true model of engaged corporate stewardship. We are so appreciative of Al Hanser and the whole team at The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company for their loyal support of such an important cause.”

For two decades, the Sanibel and Captiva communities have rallied every spring to support the work at the children’s hospital. This year, SanCap Cares will do that again, though in a social distanced way.

The gala is being billed as a virtual happy hour/cocktail party/celebration, with entertainment by The Modern Gentlemen and a few surprises. MudBugs, Sweet Melissa’s, Blue Giraffe, 400 Rabbits, Paper Fig and the Sanctuary Golf Club are preparing items for a tapas style menu that participants will enjoy at home while watching the event online. Cocktails are included. On the program are: entertainment, special appearances by hospital staff, a “give-to-give” online auction, live auction anniversary piece by Congress Jewelers, and hospital tour by special hostess Heidi, 11.

This year’s funds will go toward purchasing a new pediatric and neonatal critical care ambulance. The specialized vehicle is used several times a day to bring young patients to the hospital to receive care. SanCap Cares supporters contributed to an ambulance eight years ago, and the unit is still in service. However, after almost 230,000 miles and well over 900 trips a year, the hospital needs a replacement.

“The legacy of giving that SanCap Cares has created and continues to foster is like nothing I’ve ever seen,” Armando Llechu, chief officer of hospital operations and women and children’s services at Lee Health, said. “The fact that so many on the islands are generous to fulfill our request is amazing. The new ambulance will continue to help save lives and bring hundreds of children to the care they most desperately need.”

For more information, visit sancapcares.org.