SCCF’s ‘The Watch Party’ Tickets On Sale Aug. 24

provided to The Santiva Chronicle

The Watch Party for Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation’s Coastal Watch will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 at The Sanibel Sea School, 455 Periwinkle Way. The indoor-outdoor fundraising event will feature live music from Uproot Hootenanny, a shrimp boil and other good eats, craft beer, a casting competition, 50/50 raffle and other fun ways to give. Tickets go sale Aug. 24 at Eventbrite.

Coastal Watch volunteer Bob Brooks helps hang vertical oyster gardens, which are being measured for growth and productivity, and will eventually be transported to an SCCF restoration site.

Over the past year, more than 1,000 Coastal Watch volunteer hours have contributed to nearly 1,300 mangrove seedlings being planted and 3,191 buckets of fossils and oyster shell transported to Hemp Key and Benedict Key. Coastal Watch also helped install Beach Bucket Stations on Sanibel beaches for beachgoers to collect debris, and its Adopt-A-Mangrove program has led to more than 500 red mangroves being taken by “foster” parents to be cared for until they are returned and planted at a shoreline restoration site.

The Watch Party tickets are $100 per adult, $25 for those 13 to 20 years old and free for children 12 years and younger. Sponsorships of all levels are available and include multiple recognition benefits, plus tickets. Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor can contact SCCF Development Director Cheryl Giattini at 239-822-6121 or

• Presenting Sponsor: $5,000 and 8 tickets
• Watch Sponsor: $2,500 and 6 tickets
• Mangrove Sponsor: $1,000 and 4 tickets
• Oyster Sponsor: $500 and 2 tickets

Founded in 1967, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation’s mission is to protect and care for Southwest Florida’s coastal ecosystems through its focus on Water Quality Research, Policy and Advocacy, Sea Turtles and Shorebirds, Native Landscaping, Habitat and Wildlife Management, and Environmental Education. SCCF’s Coastal Watch is dedicated to preserving Southwest Florida’s estuaries and oceans for future generations — a mission it carries out with the help of committed volunteers who execute projects such as mangrove planting, oyster gardening, and beach litter cleanup.

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