Category Archives: Donations

Shelter Box Donation

Sanibel-Captiva Rotary  presented a club check for $585 representing donations collected for Shelter Box made at this year’s Arts & Crafts Fair. to ShelterBox USA Representative, Rotarian Ross Spencer.Ross Spencer Shelter Box is currently engaged in relief efforts in Syria, Greece, and Figi.

Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum- Anniversary

At Friday’s meeting, Rotary Club President, Chris DeCosta, Rotary of Sanibel-Captiva Trust Fund Chair John Grey, and Trust Fund member, Lee Almas presented to the museum’s Executive Director, Dorrie Hipschman a $2,000 check for this very special event celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Bailey-Mathew’s Museum.

Shell Museum Donation

Sanibel-Captiva Rotary sponsors Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum Free Admission Day

Saturday, November 14th from 10am-5pm

The Anniversary day, (November 14t),  will be filled with family-friendly activities including scavenger hunts, hourly live-tank demonstrations, and arts and crafts projects.  Birthday cake by Bailey’s General Store will be served beginning at 11:30 until it runs out! And, each visiting family will receive a special birthday gift to take home (while supplies last).

For our birthday we’ve decided to give a gift back to our community – we’re grateful for the support of our many friends who make everything we do possible. Let’s take some time before “season” arrives to celebrate the past and envision the future” – Dorrie Hipschman, Executive Director.,,,Satellite parking and shuttle will be available at SCCF for this event.

Gift of Life

The Gift of Life program was designed to identify and qualify young children from impoverished areas of the world in need of heart surgery the chance to receive this surgery here in the U.S.

Each of these surgeries costs between $5,000 to $10,000, even with doctors and other medical professionals donating their time and talent. Although this program was highly successful, it was evident that the cost of these life-saving surgeries and money spent to bring these children and their families to the United States could be better used if facilities and medical training for doctors and other medical professionals were available closer to areas in need where more children could be helped through Gift of Life. Rotary District 6960 assisted 600 children in the last year and a half.

Sanibel-Captiva Rotary presented a $5,000 check to Steve Agius for Gift of Life at a recent meeting.

Steve Agius

This $5000 donation will now provide 11 children with medical care under the new Gift of Life program.

San Cap Rotary Donations

The Rotary Club of Sanibel-Captiva has partnered with their Rotary District 6960 and is proud to give a $5,000  Rotary District Designated Grant to the Children’s Education Center of the Island (CECI). Funds will be used to purchase outdoor play toys for the all the students at the center.

Why has The Rotary Club of Sanibel Captiva decided to support the CECI? First Education and Child Health are two of the pillars of focus for Rotary Grants. CECI is Sanibel Island’s nonprofit preschool for children ages 2-5, a target group for Rotary. Also, Rotary Club members will have the opportunity to contribute their time by helping with a playground cleanup and trimming the many trees on the school’s campus. Many Rotarians of the Sanibel Captiva Club have had family attend or currently attend the preschool.

This grant will be used for the purchase of versatile, sturdy, wooden block play equipment for their large playground. Some of the toys are pictured below. There are blocks which will help provide all the benefits of open-ended block play with a system of interlocking blocks and planks. In a world where outdoors play is becoming a thing of the past, the need for children to play in and on natural components in a place for structured and unstructured play will provide an important early connection for children with nature and create future environmental stewards. The equipment will provide an opportunity for both physical and creative play and support the children’s physical, intellectual, and emotional development. The benefits of natural play are lifelong.


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