To the Editor,
Sanibel Uncorked! The Food and Wine Festival was an outstanding success held by the Sanibel-Captiva Optimist Club at Lily & Co. Jewelers. Lily & Co (co-host) and Bailey's General Store and Catering are student enrichment supporters.
Safety officer and vintage supporters are Barrier Island Title Services, Inc., Tammie's Total Care LLC,
Sanctuary Golf Club, and NU WAY Concrete Forms, Inc.
Cooking demonstrations were performed by Island Celebrities: Chef Melissa from Sweet Melissa's Restaurant; Chef Matt Asen From Timbers/the Grill, Matzaluna's restaurants; Chef J.T. and Chef Karl Hamme from Bailey's Catering.
Table Sponsors and long time supporters include: Edward P. LaMotta, M.D.; Island Management; George & Wendy's Sanibel Seafood Grille; T-Shirt Hut; John F. Jones; Monreve Lawn Care, Inc.; Sanibel Captiva Community Bank; Gerald & Rosemary Rhomberg; Sanibel-Captiva Trust Company; The Island Sun Newspaper; Big Red Q Quick Print Center; SignsFortMyers.com; Island Graphics, Hillgate Communications; Quebbie Music System & Frans Kox; and The Breeze Newspapers.
The following provided generous donations and/or items for the silent auction: Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre; Florida Repertory Theatre; SW Florida Symphony; Sanibel Island Cinema; Kelly Greens Golf Club; Edison & Ford Winter Estates; Dunes Golf & Tennis Club; Sanctuary Golf Club; Jungle Golf-Pirates Cove & Pirates Island Mini Golf; Shell Point Golf Club; Timber's Chef Teh; Luc Century; Over Easy Caf; The Jacaranda Restaurant; Sun Harvest Citrus; The Bubble Room; The Sandbar Restaurant; Thistle Lodge Water Front Restaurant; Zebra Frozen Yogurt; Island Pizza; 'Tween Waters Inn; Sanibel Inn; West Wind Inn; Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina; South Seas Island Resort; Island Inn; The Colony Resort; Sanibel Harbour Princess Yacht; Captiva Cruises; Pieces of Eight Pirate Cruise; Luxury Boat Adventure with Captain Steve Kreter; Sight Seeing Plane Adventure with Pilot Mike Macray; Friday's; The Sanibel Diamond Store; The Cedar Chest Fine Jewelry, Spa-tini Teabar; Marit Hansen Mouchou -Therapeutic Massage; Amy Cason Photography; Bobby Dune Original Paintings; John Grey Painting; SunTrust on Sanibel; Jb designs; She Sells Sea Shells; Ace Performer; Double D. Taxi; Island Books; Charles Sobczak author; Southern Wines; Premier Wines; Trans Atlantic Wines; Gallo Wines; and Blueash Media.
A number of wine distributers brought a variety of wines to try. Canaps were prepared and served by Bailey's Catering services. Incidental music was provided by Frans Kox with Quebbie.
Many thanks to all the generous folks who bought entry donation tickets. Thanks go out to all the hard working volunteers, too, from Lily & Co, from Bailey's, the valet parking staff, and the Optimist Club members. Anyone we missed, thank you!
Donated funds from all sources make it possible for the Optimists to continue to sponsor its current four-year college scholarship program, to continue the Optimist's junior anglers summer fishing adventures (through the Recreation Center), to sponsor a new kids' summer basketball league (also through the Rec. Center), and to continue a number of other charitable endeavors for kids.
Plan on coming next year and joining the fun. The date and time will be announced later in the year.
John F. Jones
SanCap Optimist Club