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CHR announces top sponsors for annual Mardi Gras event

January 11, 2019
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Three Sanibel businesses have stepped up as top tier "Cajun King" sponsors for the Community Housing and Resources seventh annual Mardi Gras fund-raiser taking place on Feb. 9.

Sanibel Captiva Community Bank has been a long-time supporter of CHR, and is returning as a top tier sponsor for the fifth year in a row. It is the only bank chartered on Sanibel and takes great pride in being a community bank focused on personal service. Founded in 2003, the bank has seven locations in Lee County.

"Affordable housing is a necessity for our island workforce," President Craig Albert said. "SanCap Bank is a proud supporter of CHR and has been for many years."

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CHR Executive Director Melissa Rice, second from left, with David Wright, Rice, Lynn Hoops, Sheri Prange, Colleen Seeger, Gabriela Bell, Mona Strasser and Kirk Williams from Sanibel Captiva Community Bank.

Lily & Company Jewelers has been providing a unique shopping experience since 2006 and is known for its support of community organizations. It was voted "Coolest Jewelry Store" in the nation by INSTORE Magazine and has garnered additional national recognition as a "5 Designer Retailer" and "5 Star Store." The store was also voted "Best of the Islands" 12 consecutive years in a row.

"We know how important CHR is for many of our island workers, so it is truly our pleasure to support this important organization," Karen Bell, co-owner with Dan Schuyler, said.

Sanibel Catering Company by Bailey's is a key sponsor again this year. Bailey's and store owners Richard, Mead, Callie, Bailie and Dane Johnson have been longtime CHR supporters. Richard Johnson has worked with CHR since he moved to Sanibel and has served as the board president since 2010.

"We love CHR because our community benefits from having more working professionals and their families alongside others islanders," Johnson said.

Mardi Gras serves as CHR's primary fundraiser. Event proceeds support CHR's mission of providing affordable housing to families and individuals who work on and/or serve the community of Sanibel.

For more information on sponsorships or tickets, visit

Tickets can also be purchased at Bailey's General Store, at 2477 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, or by contacting CHR's office at 239-472-1189 or via e-mail at



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