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Nearly 30 years after introducing Islands Night, Bailey’s General Store has turned over management and promotion of the annual event at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers to the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce. This year’s event is scheduled for Wednesday, June 1, when the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels meet the Tampa Tarpons for an evening of baseball, a pre-game parade featuring businesses and organizations from Sanibel and Captiva islands, and islander camaraderie.
“We are super honored to make the Sam Bailey’s Islands Night a chamber event, especially since it’s the first of the full islands’ tradition – parade and all – to be held in three years,” said John Lai, chamber president and chief executive officer. “It should be an exciting game against the Tarpons, a baseball club that has the distinction of being managed by Rachel Balkovec, the first full-time female manager in the history of affiliated baseball at the major or minor league levels.”
The chamber is seeking sponsors for the 2022 Islands Night on four levels: Homerun ($500), Triple ($300), Double ($200), and Single ($100). Sponsorship benefits include unlimited game tickets, a spot in the parade, and various degrees of publicity, depending on level of sponsorship. Sponsorship donations will benefit island charities. Find more details at the sanibel-captiva.org Calendar of Events or contact Landen Collins at 239-472-8255 or Landen@sanibel-captiva.org for information about sponsorship or participating in the pre-game parade.
Game time on June 1 is 7 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the parade takes place starting at 6:15. Free tickets to the game are available from the chamber visitor center, Huxters Market & Deli, or any of the retailers at Bailey’s Shopping Center.
Sponsors for the 2022 Islands Night include: Homerun Sponsors: Alliantgroup LP, Bailey’s General Store, The Grog Shop, Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts, Sanibel Carts, Sanibel Moorings Resort, Toys Ahoy; Triple Sponsors: Captiva Spirits, Island Inn, Santiva Chronicle, SCCF, Valerie Tutor with Kingfisher Real Estate Inc.; Double Sponsors: Ashton Kirchner Group, Heidrick & Company, Island Taxi; Single Sponsors: Carefree Birding, CROW, “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society, FISH of SanCap, NOISE Inc., Saint Michael & All Angels Church.