Coastal Keepers will hold a second rendition of its annual fundraiser, The Launch, Nov. 17 at the Sanibel Community House. This very enjoyable evening will include cocktails, a sustainable and delicious dinner, live and silent auctions, a 50/50 raffle, and a few very special surprises – all in support of local conservation initiatives.

Coastal Keepers is a group of Sanibel and Captiva community members who cherish the ocean, appreciate the rich history of our region, and are determined to conserve our oceans and estuaries for future generations.

Guests will have a chance to own a piece of the island’s history at The Launch’s live auction. Throughout the evening, artwork will be on display featuring photographer Charlie McCullough. McCullough beautifully captured historic images of Sanibel and Captiva through his lens. His black and white photography transports viewers back in time and into the lives of those who resided here.

An exciting addition to the photographs will be Ralph Woodring’s recounts. Ralph and his mother, Esperanza Woodring, were popular subjects of McCullough’s work. Ralph, grandson of Sanibel pioneers and commercial fishermen, still resides on the Woodring Homestead on Woodring Point. He is wealth of knowledge when it comes to our islands’ history.

Tickets to The Launch are $100 per person, including dinner and drinks. To learn more and reserve your spot, contact Coastal Keepers at (239) 472-8585 or visit

Coastal Keepers operates as a branch of Sanibel Sea School to create and implement conservation initiatives that promote and improve the future of marine resources, and our coastal heritage. To learn more, visit