LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Many thanks for another great film festival

March 6, 2020
By Olivia Cameron

To the Editor:
Thank you to everyone that helped make the 2nd annual Boca Grande Film Festival a roaring success. The films in our second edition, encouraged everyone to embrace what is new; to view and engage with the films and fellow audience members with a sense of wonder and discovery in the journey. A special thank you to Liz Canning, “Motherload” filmmaker for joining us in the “Coffee & Conversation” component, along with Kim and Brit Hume’s commentary following “Mike Wallace is Here.” And to our sponsors – we couldn’t have done it without you! 
Thank you, sponsors!
Pat Agger, Ann Aikens, Linda & Barry Allen, Sally Allgyer, Marianne & William Arpe, Cathy & Gary Ballman, Simonetta Balzer, Ginny & Randy Bell, Trudy Bernsten, Betsy Blau, Karen French & Dan Bowen, Penn & Skip Branin, Patty & Steve Brink, Mary & Brian Campbell, Kate & Bruce Carbonari, Dan Carten, Carolyn & Ray Castelluccio, Sandra and Fred Caswell, Maria Church, Pattie & John Cleghorn, Diane & Jim Cook, Alice Court, Kathy & Tom Courtney, Barbara Fenton & Bruce Croaning, Patty & Arthur Curtes, Becky Deupree, Dennis Doan, Karen & Scott Feringa, Ann & Bob Fletcher.
Sue Fuller, Dori Fish & John Gravanda, Jennifer & Bud Gruenberg, Ann & Jon Hammes, Louise Head, Heidi Heisel, Joan & John Hillenbrand, Betsy & Eric Holch, Candice & Lindsay Hooper, Rebecca & Sam Howe, Chrys Hyde, Anne & Steven Ikenberry, Barbara & David Jenkins, Bryn & Joe Junkin, Mary & Ted Kellner, Julie Krieg, Nancy & Alan Kubicka, Joan & Miles Kulukundis, Alicia & Bob Kunisch, Nancy & Bill Lake, Marge & Steve Laughlin, Shelley & Roger Lewis, Sarah & John Lindahl, Suzie MacKeigan, LeeAnn & Dennis Maloomian, James Martin, Deb Martin, Linda May, Lynne McCombs, Gina McFadden, Gilda McGarry, Shelley McKinney, Pauline & John Mendez, Madonna & John Merritt, Carol & Louie Napoli, Bette Kim & Steve Niemczyk, JoAnn & Jim Nordlie, Kay Kemper & Danny Parker, Terry Pigott, Sandi Irvine-Pirtle & Raymond Pirtle, Ann & Ralph Poucher, Lynne & Mark Rickabaugh, Linda Rollyson, Mikell & Bill Schenck.
Betty & David Schneider, Terry Schnuck, Laura & John Shields, Elsa & Peter Soderberg, Sue & Bob Spence, Robbie Stanley, Jennifer Swindal, Jackie & John Thompson, Susan & Dennis Tinsley,
Diane & Brian Troutman, Mary & Drew Tucker, Almeda & James Wallbridge, Nancy White, Linda & Daniel Wiggin, Whitty Ransome & Tom Wilcox, Ingrid & Tim Yonker.
Thank you to corporate sponsors The Boca Beacon, Englewood Bank & Trust, Grande Aire, Scarpa’s Coastal and South Beach Bar & Grille.
Many thanks to volunteers Elizabeth Burr, Christine & Mike Casper, Cindi Christensen, Sackett Cook, Carol & Nathan Forrester, Karen French, Pat Hamilton, Heidi Heisel, Joe Junkin, Ann & Peter Laughlin, Marge & Steve Laughlin, Lynne McCombs, John Paul Turner, Nancy & Keith Pratt, Linda & Steve Ranney, Pat & John Rice and Shawna Wagar.
Thank you to our dining partners 3rd Street Bistro & Bar, Hudson’s Grocery, The Inn Bakery, Kappy’s Downtown, Miller’s Dockside, Newlin’s Mainely Gourmet, Nicole Coudal: My Delicious Blog, Scarpa’s Coastal, South Beach Bar & Grille and The Temptation Restaurant.
Thank you to Film Festival Print and T-Shirt Designers Brendan Coudal and Ballyhoo Designs, LLC.
Finally, thanks to Film Festival Committee Debbie Frank, Dusty Hopkins, Marta Howell, Jonathan Jackson, Barbara Jenkins, Nancy Lake, Marge & Steve Laughlin, Cheryl Schum, John Shields and Diane Troutman.
Debbie Frank
Program Director, Friends of Boca Grande Community Center