CHR Kicking Off 40th Anniversary with Exclusive Movie Night

provided to Santiva Chronicle

Community Housing and Resources, Sanibel’s affordable housing program, will kick off a year-long celebration of its 40th anniversary with An Evening at Island Cinema showing “The Art of Racing in the Rain” on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at the Island Cinema, 535 Tarpon Bay Rd., next to Bailey’s General Store, which is sponsoring the event.

Guests will enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cool refreshments, including wine and beer provided by Bailey’s, starting at 5 p.m. Bailey’s is also providing popcorn and soda for during the movie and they’re included in the ticket price. A short video presentation highlighting CHR’s history will be shown at 6 p.m., preceding the film.

The Art of Racing in the Rain, based on the New York Times Best Selling book of the same name, tells the story of an aspiring Formula One race car driver Danny Swift and his dog Enzo. Through his bond with Danny, Enzo discovers the techniques learned on the racetrack can also be used to successfully navigate the journey of life. The film stars Kevin Costner, Amanda Seyfried, Milo Ventimiglia and a lovable Golden Retriever as Enzo.

Calli and Bailie Johnson, longtime CHR supporters and owners of Bailey’s, along with CHR Board Member Lena Brown have been working closely with the organization’s team to coordinate festivities for a fun evening at the island’s only theater. “We thought this would be a great way to kick off the year-long celebration,” said Brown, who is also a member of the 40th Anniversary Committee. The 10-member volunteer committee and CHR Executive Director Melissa Rice have planned four events over the next six months, including an Eco Tour at Sanibel Island Golf Club on Nov. 30, a Captiva Crawl with three restaurants on Jan. 10 and a Rauschenberg Estate Tour in early April.

Tickets for An Evening at Island Cinema are $40 and on sale now at the CHR office, 2401 Library Way, or online at Tickets can also be reserved by calling CHR at 239-472-1189 or emailing

The City of Sanibel will read a special proclamation in honor of CHR’s 40th anniversary at the city council meeting with a congratulatory pastry and coffee reception at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, at City Hall, 800 Dunlop Rd. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend in support of CHR.

Established in 1979, CHR relies on the generosity of the community to provide affordable housing on Sanibel Island. Currently, the organization provides housing to an average of 150 people annually. They include full-time island workers, retired and disabled residents. Additional information about CHR or each of the four anniversary events can be obtained by calling 239-472-1189 or visiting


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