January 8, 2020 – The Sanibel Historical Museum & Village is planning its 2020 Gala, to take place February 18 at The Community House. The theme is “It Takes A Village.”

The event begins at 6:00 p.m. and ends at 10:00 p.m. There will be a buffet dinner, dancing, and a lot of reminiscing.

“This year’s gala will benefit the village as it works to enhance the visitor’s experience and increase its community impact,” said Sherry Halleran, co-chair of the event along with Mary Bondurant. “We hope people will join us to help support the preservation of this special part of Sanibel. And we’ll have fun while we’re doing it!”

The artwork accompanying the invitation is a rug depicting every building in the village, crafted by museum volunteer Barbara Broadhurst.

“In 1984, the Rutland House stood alone as Sanibel’s historical museum. Since then, eight additional Sanibel historical buildings have joined it to create a village,” said Emilie Alfino, executive director. “Our theme says it all: It Take A Village to make the Historical Village such a vital part of the community. From our board members to our volunteers and docents – and, importantly, to the community of Sanibel – everyone plays a big part to make the village what it is today and what it hopes to be in the future.”

Catering will be by Sanibel Catering by Bailey’s, with music by Kelly and Shelly. Tickets are $135 per person, with sponsorships available at several levels. To make a reservation or for more information, call Emilie Alfino at (239) 472-4648.

So far, this year’s business sponsors include: The Island Sun, Times of the Islands, Bank of the Islands, Breeze Newspapers (Islander, Island Reporter, Captiva Current), Island Yacht Sales, Congress Jewelers, The Grog Shop, Kingfisher Real Estate Inc., VIP Realty, and Captiva Cruises.

Individual sponsors include: Wayne & Linda Boyd, Bill & Gail Bachman, Roland & Gail Garlinghouse, Neal & Sherry Halleran, Ed & Annette Hendrick, Pete & Jan Halliday, and Alex Werner & Karen Storjohann. The LAT Foundation is also a sponsor of the event.

The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village is a nonprofit organization formed with the mission to preserve, share, and celebrate Sanibel’s history. The museum will remain open during the BIG ARTS construction project, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. The traditional entrance to the village is open, and there is adequate parking available. There is handicap access to the buildings. Admission is $10 for adults over 18. Members and children are free. For more information or to make a donation, visit www.sanibelmuseum.org or call (239) 472-4648 during business hours.