3rd Annual “Blues by the Bay” Raises $100,000 for Area Children

The Heights Foundation’s 3rd Annual “Blues By the Bay” event raised $100,000 for School Success programs for at-risk children in the Harlem Heights neighborhood in Fort Myers. Bank of the Islands was the Presenting Sponsor. Additional sponsors include Chico’s FAS, Entech, Jaguar of Fort Myers, the Sanibel-Captiva Islander/Island Reporter, Timi Coleman/Right Choice Realty, Vicki and Richard Pitbladdo, Lynne Bode and Susan Smith, Maria and Wayne Wiles and Sandy and Richard Heinrich. The evening of live music, excellent food and drinks was held at the Blue Coyote Supper Club. Entertaining the audience with their own brand of blues and soul was the original Juice band. Cindie Barker and Teri Palmer chaired the event.

Guests enjoyed samplings from Sanibel and Captiva’s finest restaurants including Blue Coyote Supper Club, Sweet Melissa’s Cafe, Bleu Rendezvous French Bistro, Summerlin Jake’s Seafood and Steaks, Pinocchio’s Original Italian Ice Cream, George & Wendy’s, The Culinary Education Center of Sanibel, Il Cielo, Il Tesoro and The Timbers Restaurant and Seafood Market. VIP guests enjoyed a pre event reception at the home of Lisa Franks with a raw bar by The Timbers. The Lighthouse Resort & Tiki Bar was the champagne sponsor.

Guests had the opportunity to bid on fabulous auction lots including a private 1/2 day boat tour for 10 with Bruce Neill (Doc Bruce), co-founder and executive director of The Sanibel Sea School followed by a pasta party at Matzaluna, a trip for eight to Cuba with guide Gloria Jordan and tickets to Bruno Mars in Miami with accommodations and a three day use of a Jaguar of choice.

“We are appreciative that the residents and businesses of Sanibel and Captiva opened their hearts and made this event a success,” said Kathryn Kelly, president & CEO of The Heights Foundation. “Our School Success programs include academic tutoring, after school and summer camp programs, scholarship and college access assistance, school supplies, and tuition support. Each program is geared to meet the specific needs of children and young adults who seek to further their education.”

Photos by Vandy Major