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Zonta looks back on ‘Peek Repurposed’

By ZONTA CLUB - | Apr 7, 2021

PHOTO PROVIDED Zontians Luanne Fortune, Marianne Ravenna, Nancy Dreher, Pam Eccles and Joanne Marriott at The Community House on Sanibel, where auction winners were able to pick up their items.

The Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva has received positive comments like “It was way more fun than I expected” and “Island artists really stepped up for Zonta” about its recent fundraiser.

The club reported that it is looking back at the “Peek at the Unique 2021 Repurposed” with satisfaction and gratitude. It created a more virtual format for the event that still offered unique elements, but was far from the traditional guided tour of island homes that has been the club’s signature March contribution for nearly 20 years. Instead of loading “Peekers” on to buses, it set up an online auction and invited local artists to donate works. Over 30 artists and two galleries, the Tower Gallery on Sanibel and the Bokeelia Art Gallery on Pine Island, were featured.

“The members were so pleased to be invited to help Zonta’s cause,” Tower Gallery member and Zontian Marianne Ravenna said.

Among the top money raisers were a limited-edition giclee by Darryl Pottorf, titled “Times of the Islands,” and a donated “Dark Sacred Night” acrylic on canvas piece by the late Jean Dean.

In addition, the club hosted a day of appraisals at the Blue Giraffe at the Beachview Estates on Sanibel. With professional appraisers providing 15-minute informal sessions on either jewelry or small antiques, it was a unique approach to valuing family treasures and possessions.

PHOTO PROVIDED Zontian and event chair Judy Langley was among those who contributed items.

“We are so very grateful to our experts, Scot Congress and Carlos Fernandez of Congress Jewelers, and antiques appraiser H. Peter Curran and his wife, Nancy Vorel,” organizers Halle Smith and Barbara Beran said. “Several people were surprised and pleased to learn the approximate value of certain items they owned far exceeded their expectations.”

Zonta also thanked J. McLaughlin for hosting a “Sip & Shop” at its two island locations and donating part of the day’s income to the event. Zontians were on hand to assist shoppers.

Proceeds for this year’s fundraiser will again be awarded in grants to area non-profits whose work helps empower women and girls.

“We would also like to thank our sponsors and benefactors, who generously augmented the funds raised by the auction and the appraisals,” Co-President Susan Tucker said. “We hope to return to the traditional home tour for 2022. Meanwhile, donations are always gratefully accepted at our Website.”

For more information or to donate, visit ZontaSanCap.org.