Trust Company Welcomes Pearl The Manatee

Sanibel Captiva Trust Company Founder and Chairman, Al Hanser poses with Pearl the manatee outside the Trust Company. Photo provided

The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company is proud to once again sponsor Manatee Madness to raise funds for Community Housing & Resources (CHR), which secures affordable housing for individuals and families working and living on Sanibel and Captiva.

This season’s exhibit entitled, “Manatee Madness 2.0” features both large and many smaller manatees with original themes by local artists. The Trust Company’s manatee is “PEARL” by artist Laura Conway. This is how Laura explained her inspiration for Pearl, “I was inspired to paint my manatee to look like mother of pearl inlay, because it reminded me of the pattern of water drops shimmering on the manatee’s skin as it surfaces for air. I named her Pearl because she is a jewel of the sea.”

Al Hanser, Founder and Chairman of The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company said, “When we heard that Pearl was commissioned by our dear friend, Lena Brown, whose husband Dr. Steve Brown serves as an advisor to our company, we knew she was the perfect manatee for The Trust Company.”

“The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company has always been so supportive of CHR and our affordable housing program on Sanibel,” said CHR Executive Director Melissa Rice. “We are grateful that once again they are sponsoring our manatees for a cause!” Pearl will be on display at The Trust Company from January 1st until April 1st, when she will be auctioned off at the “Manatee Madness 2.0” fundraiser at MudBugs restaurant. Watch for details at

The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company is an independent trust company with more than $3.5 billion in assets under management that provides family office and wealth management services, including investment management, trust administration and financial counsel to high-net-worth individuals, families, businesses, foundations and endowments. Founded in 2001 as a state-chartered independent trust company, the firm is focused on wealth management services that are absolute-return oriented and performance driven. Each portfolio is separately managed and customized specifically to the client’s yield and cash-flow requirements. The Naples Trust Company and The Tampa Bay Trust Company are divisions of The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company. Offices in Sanibel-Captiva, Naples, Marco Island, Tampa, Belleair Bluffs-Clearwater and Tarpon Springs.

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