To the Editor:
The Island School PTO, students, teachers and staff would like to thank everyone who helped with our 5th annual Chowder Fundraiser. The event was a huge success! It really does take an island to raise a child, and we couldn’t do this without your support. Special thanks to the following individuals and businesses for their outstanding contributions:
For their amazing chowder:
3rd Street Café and Chef Don Kirkley;
The Boca Grande Club, Chef Greg Foos and Chef Jon Pope; Chef Bill Barger from The Boca Bay Pass Club; Eagle Grille, Chef Antonio; Chef Burak and Ephesus at the Mediterranean Grill; Fusion Restaurant, Chef Alex King; Hudson’s Grocery and Chef Jim and Chef J.T.;
The Innlet and Chef Mark Caron;
The Loose Caboose and Chef Jacques Boudreau; Newlin’s and Kim Newlin;
Noy’s Bistro and Lounge and Chef Jason Vollmer; The Pink Elephant and Chef Rob Plesh; South Beach Bar & Grille and Chef Osmar Orozimbo; The Temptation Restaurant and Chef Kevin Stockdale.
For salad, rolls, and to-go containers: Bill Barger, Chaney Brothers, Sun Fresh and Stan’s Coffee.
For the chafing dishes and to-go containers: Greg Foos and Jon Pope.
For serving up chowder with a smile: TIS teachers, staff, friends and families.
For helping things run smoothly: TIS’s many alumni.
For terrific decorations: Susan Bowers.
For keeping things going in the kitchen: Patty Kitchen, Effie Joiner, Dan Nuzzi, and John Main.
For our promotional guru: Marcy Shortuse.
For building the auction bid sheets: Stephanie Benton.
For our Chowder Dinner banner and dining entertainment: Jim Benson & Paradise Exclusive Real Estate.
For event organization: Karen Kelley, Kate Prendergast, Nicole Coleman, Daniyelle Duke, Christie Stevenson, Angela Colosimo, and Niki Main.
For silent auction setup: Cindy Crespo.
For running the silent auction and 50/50 raffle: Melissa Steyer and Annabelle Coleman.
For underwriting the insurance: Nat Italiano & Italiano Insurance.
For tireless hours of sign making and design: Wyatt Locke and The Barnichol Hardware.
For the use of the space and behind-the-scenes necessities: Melissa Joiner Steyer and Whidden’s Marina Joe. Weir and David Bartels of Parks and Recreation.
For the donation of items for the silent auction:
Barbara Anne’s Jewelry & Boutique
Jane Bengtson & Korey Provencher
Jim Benson & Paradise Exclusive Real Estate
Captain Campbell Burton’s Boca Grande Honey Company
Capt. Waylon Mills
Sierra Cooper & Sierra’s Integrative Body Worx
Christina Dickerson & Massage by Christina
Robert Duke of the Gasparilla Inn & Club
The Gasparilla Inn & Club
George Hammond & Boca Grande Limousine
James Griffith Salon
Kappy’s North End
Photographic Images by Heidimarie
Chris Reecher & The Boca Grande Woman’s Club
Rachael Rhines & Parsley Baldwin Realty
Pamela Rhines & Sunshine Cleaning Services
Mark & Ruthann Spurgeon
Kay “Nana” Steyer & Ricaltini’s Bar and Grille
Tony & Katrina Towns & Abe’s Boat Rentals
Charlie True & True Hair Studio
Barbara & Ed Wilson
Extra thanks to Camille Williams, Margo Freeman and the “Chandelier Club.”