82nd Sanibel Shell Festival Was a Great Success Thanks to Supporters and Attendees

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To The Editor,

The 82nd Annual Sanibel Shell Festival co-hosted by the Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club and the Sanibel Community Association was a great success, and the two organizations wish to express their appreciation to everyone who supported and attended the event.

The following generously provided donations to the Sanibel Community Association raffle: Sanibel Beach Resorts – one week vacation; Congress Jewelers – Sanibel seashell jewelry; Tarpon Bay Explorers – guided kayak tour and lunch provided by Doc Ford’s; Captiva Cruises – shelling cruise and lunch provided by the Bubble Room; Shell wreath created by the Shell Crafters; and a specimen shell donated by Larry Strange of Sanibel Seashell Industries in a case donated by Ann Arnoff, Charles Lister, and Bill Schecker.

The Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club would like to extend a special thank-you to our scientific judges, Dave Green and Duane Kauffmann, and to our artistic judges, Linda Green and Marci Chamberlain; and to the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum for giving free admission to everyone who gave the $5 donation to enter the Shell Show.

The Club would like to thank the following businesses for making major financial contributions to the Sanibel Shell Show. There are two “Angel Wing” sponsors, the Island Inn and The Fields Family; the “Heart Cockle” level sponsors include : Karl Kotasek, Three Crafty Ladies, Susan Spohr, Baileys, the Island Sun, She Sells Sea Shells, and Bank of the Islands.

Besides these major sponsors, the following businesses and individuals sponsored the trophies and awards that were given to the winners of the competitions of the Shell Show. These include the Delaware Museum of Natural History, Conchologists of America, Sanibel Community Association, Joyce Matthys, Norm Ziegler’s Fly Shop, Gene Everson, Eugene Spencer, the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, Phyllis Sharp, the Clifford Family, Bailey’s, the Island Sun, Mary Burton, Matzaluna and the Timbers Restaurant and Fish Market, Doug and Kathy Kapp, Susan Spohr, the Edinburg Family, She Sells Sea Shells, Shalimar Cottages and Motel, the Island Inn, the McGowan Family, the Lesinski Family, Goz Gosselin, Sanibel Seashell Industries, Bank of the Islands, the Fields Family, the West Wind Inn, Sanibel-Captiva Community Bank, Congress Jewelers, Jerry’s Foods, Three Crafty Ladies, and Karl Kotasek.

In addition to the many items provided by our members, The Shell Club thanks Jerry’s Foods, Publix, Sanibel Deli and Coffee Factory, and the Great White Grill for helping to offset the cost of providing lunch for our many exhibitors, judges, and all-day volunteers.

The Shell Club thanks its members and those who prepare the “thank-you bags” given at the Shell Show Entrance. We thank the authors who participated in book signings at the Author’s Table. And a big thank-you to all the volunteers who gave so tirelessly or their time and efforts, and the exhibitors whose incredible scientific or artistic exhibits continue to make the Sanibel Shell Show the largest and most prestigious show in the country.

Thank-you to the Island Sun, The Islander/Island Reporter, the Sanitva Chronicle, and Florida Weekly newspapers for providing great coverage with stories and photos before and during the Festival. The Island Sun’s show booklet was beautifully done and mailed to all households on the island. A special thank-you to the following local television stations that provided live coverage of our event: WINK TV, Fox4, and NBC2.

A special thank-you goes to the Sanibel Community Association Executive Director Teresa Riska-Hall and her staff for the many tasks they performed for the Shell Club and Shell Crafters throughout the Festival.

A huge thank-you to the hundreds of volunteers who tirelessly worked to make the Festival such a great success: the Sanibel Community Association Shell Crafters who create the lovely artistic and whimsical items with shells throughout the year; the “Shelling Bees” who sort and prepare the shells to sell at the Shell Tent; and the Kiwanis, Lions, and Rotary members who daily help with parking.

Thank-you to the City of Sanibel and the Sanibel-Captiva Chamber of Commerce for their assistance and support. Appreciation is directed to the island businesses that promoted the Festival. And most importantly, a huge thank-you is extended to the community of Sanibel-Captiva for helping to make the 82nd Annual Shell Festival a success, and to you, the attendees for your interest and patronage.

Planning is already underway for next year’s Festival. The dates are March 5,6, and 7, 2020 at the Community House. Plan to come and again be amazed!

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