Everyone loves the excitement of a raffle drawing when there’s good stuff to be won, or a silent auction or live auction for unusual items where the bidding action is intense. No matter what type of item gets you going, you are likely to find it among the collection at the annual Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner Raffle/Auction.  
 
A wide range of unusual merchandise and gift items are coming together for this year’s annual event, to be held Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Sanibel Community House.  The lineup of items includes something for everyone:  beautiful jewelry items, artwork and crystal, bikes and sporting equipment, toys, tools, electronics, clothing items, and plenty of gift certificates for local resort and condo stays, restaurant and services.  Plus, some one-of-a-kind items you won’t find anywhere else!
 
Before the raffle and auction begin, attendees are treated to a friendly, all-you-can-eat Italian feast, with pasta, meatballs, salad, garlic bread, wine & sodas, serviced up by the members of the local Kiwanis Club. Dinner is served from 4pm to 8 pm.  Admission is $10.00 in advance or $11.00 at the door, and children under 10 eat free.  Advance tickets can be purchased from any Kiwanis member or at Bank of the Islands, Bailey’s Store, San-Cap Community Bank, Big Red Q Printers, Island Pharmacy or Periwinkle Park.  
 
Funds raised by the event are used by the Kiwanis Charitable Foundation to benefit community youth of the Islands, through scholarship and youth recreational programs. Over 26 different local groups and programs receive support from the Spaghetti Dinner proceeds.
 
Primary sponsors for this year’s event are: Lee Health Foundation, Il Cielo Restaurant, Bank of the Islands, Sanibel-Captiva Trust Company, Bailey’s General Store, Sanibel-Captiva Community Bank, Big Red Q Printing, and the Bubble Room Restaurant.  In addition to these primary sponsors, many other Island businesses show their support by contributing food items, plus prizes that are placed in the raffle and auction. 
 
Caption for Photo #2:  The original sign from the historic Jacaranda Restaurant will be available in the auction… the perfect decoration for creating a unique Sanibel poolscape!  Pictured on the left is Eve Alves, owner of the exciting new Jac Island Grille & Rum Bar who donated the sign to Kiwanis.  On the right is Kiwanian Eric Pfeifer, past President of the local Club.