Sanibel Air & Electric, Inc. is proud to announce that it has chosen to become one of the top level sponsors in the fifth annual Cracker Fest scheduled to take place on Friday, Nov. 8. The donation includes a brand new air conditioning system, which includes installation, and is valued at over $6,000. This is the fourth year that the company has supported this cause. The event includes a dinner, live music and dancing, live auction and raffles.
The annual event benefits Sanibel-Captiva Chapter of Solutions to Avoid Red Tide (START). The organization is a state-wide non-profit foundation with a mission to improve the quality of our marine waters through research, public education and programs that restore marine habitat and preserve marine species.
"We are always grateful to have the ability to do what we can, and look forward to another great Cracker Fest. Not only does it help sponsor important initiatives that raise public awareness and benefit our local environment, it also brings together a great crowd," said Todd Hayes, co-owner of Sanibel Air & Electric, Inc. "It's a fun and laid-back event and we have fun attending it every year. For those of us who live and work on the islands, it's absolutely necessary that we continue to support those who raise awareness and funds that help causes that benefit all of us."
Todd and Bryan Hays, co-owners of Sanibel Air & Electric, Inc. PHOTO PROVIDED
Proceeds from the event will continue funding the Coastal Classroom program for Lee County schools, and the Sustainable Seafood Program "Seafood Savvy," and other programs that benefit the local marine environment. In addition to these programs, plans are in the works to create a beach monitoring network on Sanibel and Captiva that will provide knowledge of specific beach conditions during a red tide event, and the possibility of creating a marine studies scholarship with a portion of the 2012 proceeds.