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Community Housing and Resources, Sanibel’s affordable housing program, will kick off a year-long celebration of the organization’s 40th anniversary in October. To celebrate the momentous occasion, the City of Sanibel will host a public reception at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2 at City Hall, 800 Dunlop Rd., with a special proclamation in honor of the important island organization being read at 9 a.m. during the council meeting.
CHR Executive Director Melissa Rice and a 10-member volunteer committee have been hard at work planning four fun festivities to celebrate the organization’s Ruby anniversary throughout the coming months. “We are fortunate to have such a strong support system in the community, and are very grateful to everyone who has helped us put together these four great events,” said Rice. The committee was also instrumental in redesigning the organization’s logo marking the important anniversary.
The first event, “Evening at Island Cinema,” sponsored by Bailey’s General Store, will take place beginning at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2. The cinema will open exclusively for CHR, with a guest cocktail reception followed by a private movie screening. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling (239) 472-1189.
The second anniversary event will take place Saturday, Nov. 30, when Sanibel Island Golf Club hosts a fun afternoon of festivities, featuring an Eco Tour, which includes lunch at their award-wining Malia Island Fusion Cuisine Restaurant. Throughout the day, a portion of all golf club and Malia dinner sales will also benefit CHR.
On Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, CHR will host the third event celebrating their fortieth anniversary, Captiva Crawl. The event kicks off at Lazy Flamingo near Blind Pass, where guests will enjoy complimentary appetizers. Trolleys will then transport attendees to the Mucky Duck and ‘Tween Waters Island Resort, where they will enjoy hosted receptions and a cash bar at each venue. The trolleys have been generously donated by Adventures in Paradise owner, Evelyn Stewart.
The fourth anniversary event is an exclusive Rauschenberg Estate Tour, which will take place the first week of April 2020. The Rauschenberg Residency is a creative center that welcomes artists of all disciplines from around the world to live, work, and create. The residency is located on Robert Rauschenberg’s former property on Captiva Island, Florida, where he lived and worked for nearly four decades. The facility, which includes the 8,000-square-foot studio Rauschenberg built in 1992 and a collection of historic homes and studio spaces, is infused with beauty and tranquility and marked by its unique history.
“We invite the community to join us on October 2 for the City Hall reception as we kick off our fortieth anniversary, said Melissa Rice. “And be sure to mark your calendars to join us at each of our celebratory events throughout the next seven months.”
Established in 1979, CHR relies on the generosity of the community to fund the non-profit organization. Currently, CHR provides housing to an average of 150 people per year, including island full time workers, as well as retired and disabled residents. Additional information on CHR and each of the four anniversary events are available by calling (239) 472-1189 or visiting https://SanibelCHR.org