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Stars shine at Celebrity Island Dinner

October 12, 2012
By SHANNEN HAYES ( , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The stars were out at Traders Cafe & Store last Wednesday night to help raise money for the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum.

A group of prominent island celebrities came dressed in a variety of entertaining costumes ranging from Ginger of Gilligan's Island to a fashionable jellyfish and carnival worker.

Local businesses donated gift baskets for a silent auction and higher-priced items including a sterling-silver necklace from Lily & Co. Jewelry Gallery were auctioned off by auctioneer Jon Finstrom. A total of $5,800 was raised for the shell museum.

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The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum hosted its Celebrity Island Dinner at Traders restaurant.

"It was again a very successful event, thanks to the great support from the dedicated celebrity waiters and waitresses, Joe Archambault and the staff at Traders, our sponsors, and auctioneer, among others," said Bailey-Matthews Director Dr. Jose Leal.

Attendees were greeted by the Traders and Shell Museum staff. After cocktail hour, guests were seated for a unique dining experience. As the celebrity waiters worked with Traders' professional staff, some of them carried baskets seeking tips for service provided during the evening. While other celebrities solicited donations through carnival games and grinding pepper for guests.

Chris Workman, a local island favorite, provided the evening's entertainment.

"The museum's Celebrity Island Dinner, more than a fundraiser, is a special event designed to bring together members of our community and raise awareness of the museum," said Leal. "I am elated and very pleased with the results."



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