SCCF Announces Premier Sponsor of Wines in the Wild

provided to Santiva Chronicle

Tom and Linda Uhler, left, with Bank of the Islands’ Robbie and Geoff Roepstorff

The Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation announces Bank of the Islands as the Presenting Sponsor for Wines in the Wild on Friday, Nov. 15.

“We truly appreciate Bank of the Islands’ support of this event for more than a decade,” said founders Tom and Linda Uhler. “This very special evening would not be nearly as lovely without their support.”

Guests in “Island Festive” attire will gather on Friday, November 15 from 6-9 at the Bailey Homestead Preserve. It will be a great opportunity to see friends and explore the grounds and unique features of the Homestead while sampling fine wines and food from Sanibel’s premier purveyors.

“We’ll have five stations set up on the Homestead grounds. Each will feature a savory dish from one of Sanibel’s finest kitchens – Catering by Leslie Adams, Cielo, Malia, Sanibel Catering Company, and Sweet Melissa’s Café,” said Linda Uhler. “The dishes will be paired at each station with specially selected complementary wines from our Wine Sponsor, Bailey’s General Store. We’ll end the evening with a sumptuous dessert buffet from Norman Love Confections in the Homestead Pavilion, and a live auction of very special experiences. There will also be valet parking sponsored by Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille.”

The event’s founders are quick to point out this fundraiser would not be successful without the Presenting Sponsor and the other very generous sponsors joining Bank of the Islands. Diamond Sponsors include Lucy and Paul Roth and Linda and Wayne Boyd. They are joined by Platinum Sponsors Kay and John Morse.

Thanks are also extended to Gold Sponsors Brenda and David Bass, Susan and Cliff Beittel, Tory and Bill Burch, Billye and Ralph Curtis, Barb and Tom Dunham, Sherry and Doug Gentry,
Anne Haslem and Ed Wheeler, Gwenda Hiett-Clements, Janie Howland and Jack Thomas, Deborah La Gorce, McCallion & McCallion, Roberta and Philip Puschel, Joyce and Don Rice, Nancy and Chip Roach, Kris and Doug Ryckman, Donna and John Schubert, Laura and Shawn Shaffer, Nanelle Wehmann, and Penny Wilkinson and Dick Boehning.

The much appreciated Silver Sponsors for the event include Nancy Dehmlow, Allison and Chauncey Goss, Shelley and Bill Greggs, Joan Kearney and Pete Bender, Brenda and Marty Harrity, Mike Kelly, Diane and Leroy Neitzel, Jennifer and Dave Nichols, Melinda Roy and Chris Gourley, and Betty and Bob Van Tassel.

Reservations for Wines in the Wild can be made by calling Linda Uhler at 472-3817. Tickets are priced at $125 per person. Because this event is likely to sell out in advance, tickets will not be available at the door. The event address is 1300 Periwinkle Way on Sanibel.

SCCF is dedicated to the conservation of coastal habitats and aquatic resources on Sanibel and Captiva and in the surrounding watershed through environmental education, land acquisition, landscaping for wildlife, marine research, natural resource policy, sea turtle conservation and wildlife habitat management. Community support through membership dues and tax-deductible contributions, in addition to grants and staff-generated revenue, makes this work possible. To learn more visit

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