Give Back Wednesday – the Community Housing & Resources ongoing fundraiser – will be a treat and no tricks at a Halloween party from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 hosted by Lily & Co. Jewelers, co-sponsored by Sanibel Catering Co. Guests can vote for the best-dressed “Drag Queen” contestant and enjoy tunes by the award-winning Marty Stokes Band.
“CHR is a valuable organization that provides affordable housing on the island, which gives its qualified tenants an opportunity to be a part of this special community,” said Dan Schuyler, co-owner of Lily & Co. with Realtor Karen Bell. “It was an easy decision to be a part of its “Give Back Wednesday” fundraiser.”
Lily & Co. dedicated its 12th anniversary in July to CHR, which was founded in 1979 to address the growing need for affordable housing on the island. With the average home price on Sanibel (in 2017) just less than $750,000, it’s one of the island’s biggest challenges. CHR’s portfolio consists of 74 rental properties and 14 limited equity ownership homes and provides affordable housing to 150 residents annually.
“Our community benefits from affordable housing in many ways, but social and economic diversity is a priority for Sanibel and part of the Sanibel Plan,” said CHR Board President Richard Johnson, owner of Sanibel Catering Co.
Eight local celebrities – Richard Johnson, Bailey’s General Store; Joey Almeida, Joey’s Custard; Jeramie Campana, Paper Fig Kitchen; Craig Albert, Sanibel Captiva Community Bank; Whitney Jones, Whitney’s Bait and Tackle; Doug Babcock, Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts; Eric Pfeifer, Pfeifer Realty Group; and Dan Schuyler, Lily & Co. – will transform into “Drag Queens” for the cause. Each to walk “The Red Carpet” and perform under a hand-picked stage name at 7 p.m.
“We are grateful to these generous members of our community for dressing in drag to help our island be a better place to live and work,” said CHR Executive Director Melissa Rice. “It will be a don’t-miss evening of music, food and laughter.”
Guests will vote for their favorite “Drag Queen” contestant with the winner raising the most money. There will be an abundance of various live and silent auctions. Sanibel Catering Co. will serve up a delicious buffet-style meal and refreshments, including a cash bar of wine or beer. The entrance fee of $35 includes food and two drink tickets.
Tickets to the Halloween party can be purchased in advance at Lily & Co. Jewelers, 520 Tarpon Bay Rd., or Bailey’s General Store, 2477 Periwinkle Way. All of the evening’s proceeds will benefit CHR, a 501(C)(3) non-profit.
“This Halloween party is our way of showing our gratitude to the community and giving back in a meaningful way – through CHR,” said Schuyler.