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Annual golf outing, auction raises funds and awareness for water quality

May 22, 2018
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

On May 9, the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors held its annual "End of Season" Party and Water Quality Auction to support the water quality improvement and awareness efforts of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation.

Each year, the association and its members and affiliates, raise money for a worthy cause. The money raised this year was donated to the SCCF to support two of its water quality programs: the Marine Lab's RECON Water quality monitoring sensor network and policy advocacy work on water quality and restoration.

Special guest Rae Ann Wessel, SSCF's natural resource policy director, spoke to the attendees about how important water quality is to the beaches and waterways. Wessel is a limnologist and marine scientist with over 30 years of experience working in the environmental field in South Florida.

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The event began with a nine-hole round of golf at The Sanctuary Golf Club and finished up with silent and live auctions, with the items donated by the islands' local businesses, non-profit organizations and association members. Everything from gift baskets and yearly memberships for activities around Sanibel, to vacation packages were bid on by attendees.

"Our End of Season Golf Outing and Auction was another success this year. Traditionally, the proceeds of the auction go towards RPAC, the Realtor Political Action Committee, to help protect private property rights, but this year the event was dedicated to water quality, with proceeds going to SCCF," President Dustyn Corace said. "Water quality is something that affects the ecology of the islands, our community, and ultimately our local economy, and it is very important to the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors. We raised a lot of money for a good cause and everyone had a great time. In addition to supporting SCCF and water quality, we also surpassed this year's RPAC goals, so it was a success for both causes."

The association thanked the following businesses and individuals for their support this year:

- Platinum sponsors: Re/Max of the Islands and Superior Title Services of Sanibel

- Gold Sponsors: Decorating Den Interiors, Heidrick & Co. Insurance, Naumann Law, Private Client Insurance Services, Rosier Insurance and Simmons Law Firm

- Silver sponsors: American Momentum Bank, Cathie Lewis, Coastal Title Services of SWFL, Dorado Property Management, Kingfisher Real Estate, Monteagle Insurance and Pfeifer Realty Group

- Bronze sponsors: Constance Davidson Interior Design, Maughan Law Group, Sanibel Taxi and VIP Realty

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