Chowder dinner a great success, thanks to the community

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

Donna Lutton

Jennifer McLaughlin

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.”