February 21, 2019 – The Sanibel Historical Village held its gala fundraiser this week was attended by about 200 people and raised almost $120,000 to help sustain and improve the village.
“We exceeded our fundraising goal thanks to our many sponsors and guests, while at the same time everyone enjoyed a really lovely evening,” said Event Co-chair Sherry Halleran. “This was a great way for everyone to support the Historical Village.”
The evening was highlighted by a representation of the Algiers up on the stage, with a curtained entrance out front. Purple and gold were the theme throughout. Many village volunteers wore signs, “Ask Me About the Algiers” as a way to share facts, unknown by most attendees, about the iconic boat.
“I think everyone had a great time. There was a lot of talk about the Algiers thanks to the sandwich-board signs worn by our volunteers,” said Executive Director Emilie Alfino. “The meal was wonderful thanks to Sanibel Catering by Bailey’s, and Kelly and Shelly did their usual great job providing music for dancing. As they say, ‘A good time was had by all.’ We thank everyone who attended and especially all our sponsors for making it possible.”
Business sponsors included: Allegra Printing, Sanibel Catering by Bailey’s, Bank of the Islands, Congress Jewelers, Doc Ford’s Sanibel, The Grog Shop, Times of the Islands, John Grey Painting, Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts, Sanibel Captiva Trust Company, and VIP Realty.
Individual sponsors included: Edward and Catherine Anderson, Bill and Gail Bachman, Dennis and Blair Wyatt Berry, Wayne and Linda Boyd, Liz Clark, Ralph and Billye Curtis, Dorothy Donaldson and Aaron Cohen, Garlinghouse Foundation, Doug and Sherry Gentry, Roger and Sandra Grogman, Neal and Sherry Halleran, Pete and Jan Halliday, Bob and Jane Holder, Friedrich and Daniela Jaeger, Scotty Kelly, Karl and Jeri Magg, Edward and Dorothy Miller, Kevin and Deirdre O’Donnell, Bill and Stephanie Rahe, Todd and Karen Roberts, Ron and Faith Souders, Davis and Patricia Thurber, Rod and Gerry Verblaauw, Alex Werner and Karen Storjohann, and Larry and Judy Yenkole. More are coming in every day.
The Sanibel Historical Village is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Full guided tours take place at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at no additional charge, depending on docent availability. The village is located at 950 Dunlop Road (next to BIG ARTS) and 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.