Posted by: leahbiery | February 26, 2010

Thanks for Making Sea Fandango Fabulous!

Thanks to support from our clients and the Sanibel community, Sanibel Sea School’s annual ocean celebration and fundraiser, Sea Fandango, was a huge success!

Guests enjoy the beachy atmosphere at Sea Fandango.

Guests arrived at the Sanibel Community House dressed in white and entered along a path lit with glowing luminaries. Once inside, everyone enjoyed cocktails and appetizers while they placed bids on silent auction items, which included original artwork by Patty Sprankle, a fishing trip with local author Charlie Sobczak,  a Yamaha scooter, and baseball tickets.  There was also a “Gifts to Give” table, where attendees could sign up to purchase items sorely needed for our programs,  things like surfboards, scientific equipment, and snorkel gear. Our supporters were remarkably generous, and thanks to their contributions we will be able to make many improvements to the school this year! We’ll be getting lots of equipment to enjoy with students and campers, and we will get to experience some new and exciting adventures, like an offshore snorkeling trip in the Keys during Coral Reef Week.

Patty Sprankle poses with the original artwork she created for the silent auction.

Jordan Webster Catering prepared dinner for the event, and the menu was centered on sustainable seafood and organically grown offerings. While dining on wild-caught Alaskan Salmon with risotto cakes, attendees took part in a spirited live auction, competing enthusiastically for highly coveted items like a trip to a NY Yankees game, a beautiful necklace from Lily & Co., a day of pressure washing service from the Sanibel Sea School pressure washing team, and a unique, beautiful quilt handmade by Captiva resident Susan Scott.

Dick Muench auctions off the SX3 staff's pressure washing services during the live auction.

The Sanibel Community House was pulsing to the sounds of a latin drumming trio from Miami.  The co-founders, Bruce and Evelyn Neill, made a small presentation about Sanibel Sea School and guests were treated to a short film about some of the things Sanibel Sea School does, which was kindly created by Sisbro Studios.  The major sponsor of Sea Fandango was Giggles- A Unique Kidz Boutique located on Captiva.  We owe a giant thank you to everyone who participated in the event, including the planning committee, sponsors, attendees, and donors. Your support is what allows Sanibel Sea School to thrive!

Marcia Kimball, owner of Giggles and the overall sponsor of the event, poses for a picture with friend Stephanie Powers.

Much of the money raised at Sea Fandango will support our scholarship programs to help more local kids enjoy our programs to learn about and love the ocean, but we want adults to benefit from our programs too! This Spring, we are offering weekly adult classes on Wednesday afternoons from 1-4. Come out and study some very interesting marine topics with your peers- it’s a great way for you to enjoy our island ecosystem and socialize with like-minded people. For more information about topics and registration, call 472-8585.

Sanibel Sea School is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to vibrantly teaching people about marine ecosystems. To learn more, visit us online at

Bruce and Evelyn Neill, founders of Sanibel Sea School.

To view Sea Fandango pictures, click here and here!

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