Islands Night Benefits CHR

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CHR was recently a recipient of a portion of donations collected at the last Sam Bailey’s Island Night event. Richard Johnson of Bailey’s General Store and Marty Harrity of Doc Ford’s Rum Bar and Grille handed a check for $1,000 to CHR executive director Kelly Collini while touring CHR’s Casa Mariposa property.

(L to R) Richard Johnson, Kelly Collini, Maria DeEspinosa, and Marty Harrity.

(L to R) Richard Johnson, Kelly Collini, Maria DeEspinosa, and Marty Harrity.

“Casa Mariposa has been in the news lately because of the volunteer spirit of its residents,” Collini said. “They’ve been working very hard on the gardens and landscaping improvements. Donations like this from Islands Night helps CHR to support the work of these residents.”

Among the residents who were at hand during the visit was 90-year-old Maria DeEspinosa, who said that she likes to spend her mornings tending to the gardens and enjoying the beauty and quiet of her neighborhood.

“When people give,” continued Collini, “they’re giving to the greater mission of CHR, which is to provide affordable housing on the island for people like Maria, who has been part of this community for over forty years. Thanks to our program, seniors like Maria, disabled island residents, and people who work full-time on Sanibel can take part in our unique community.”

The next Sam Bailey’s Islands Night will be held on Wednesday, June 17 from 5:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. at the CenturyLink Sports Complex in Fort Myers. For event details, call 239-472-1516.