“Blues by the Bay” to Support the Children of Our Community

Tim Youngquist, Sandy Stilwell, Boots Tolles, Harvey Youngquist Jr. (2000x1333)“Blues by the Bay”, an evening of live music, excellent food and drinks, will be held Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at a casual, beachfront home at 1253 Anhinga Lane on Sanibel. Guests will enjoy samplings from Sanibel and Captiva’s finest restaurants, fine wines, a signature Blue Bay Martini, champagne and live music.

Participating restaurants include Blue Coyote Supper Club, Cantina Captiva, Key Lime Bistro, Sanibel Catering Company by Bailey’s, Starfish Grill and The Timbers. The beverage sponsor is The Lighthouse Resort & Tiki Bar.

Dan Schuyler and Karen Bell (2000x1333)Live auction items will be offered and all proceeds will benefit the School Success programs for at-risk children in the Harlem Heights neighborhood in Fort Myers. Chico’s is the presenting sponsor. Additional sponsors include Edison National Bank & Bank of the Islands, Gretchen and Mark Banks and the Sanibel-Captiva Islander/Island Reporter. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Dress is resort casual.

“Our School Success program includes academic tutoring, after school and summer camp programs, scholarship and college access assistance, school supplies, and tuition support”, said Kathryn Kelly, President and CEO of The Heights Foundation. “Each program is geared to meet the specific needs of children and young adults who seek to further their education.”

Ron Fitzgerald, Debbie Ringdahl, Wayne Wiles, Randy MercerTickets are now on sale for $125 each and space is limited. VIP opportunities and sponsorships that include an exclusive pre party at the Sanibel Sea School are also available.

Purchase tickets by clicking here or call Karen Lesza at (239) 482-7706.

About the Heights Foundation and the Heights Center
The Heights Foundation works to build self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood. The mission is to support education and wellness, promote family and community development, and provide the benefits of enrichment and the arts. The Heights Center, supported by The Heights Foundation, is a place for Education, Opportunity, and Enrichment.

Harlem Heights was originally settled as a rural agricultural community. Approximately 780 children live in a mixture of single-family homes and multi-family apartments. Demographically, the population is approximately 70% Hispanic, 20% African-American, and 8% Caucasian. The poverty rate for children in Harlem Heights is more than twice the county average, with family income 40% below the county average. Families are not able to easily access family support services located in downtown Fort Myers, and benefit greatly from programs located within the neighborhood.