CHR staff was on hand for the recent Sam Bailey’s Islands Night at Hammond Stadium, meeting baseball fans and giving away hand fans, or what some people call “hurricane air conditioning.”
“We’re giving fans to fans,” said Dan Whicker, CHR’s public relations and marketing manager. “They work great for fanning the air and shooing away bugs, and the CHR logo adds a nice, decorative touch, I think.”
Nonprofits like CHR receive donations through the Islands Night event and are invited to participate by setting up information tables and riding in a parade around the stadium. “It’s a great way for us get some exposure, but also to get out and meet people,” added Patti Bohm, CHR’s housing administrator.
Sanibel and Captiva residents are the focus of the event, which means participants get to see many familiar faces, but the baseball game is also open to the general public so people from off-island can learn more about island nonprofits and businesses.
CHR office manager Bonnie McCurry said that for her being at the event means expressing the idea of community that CHR and other island organizations work hard to promote. “You get to socialize and talk outside of the usual island environment, so it gives you a special feeling of camaraderie,” she said as she demonstrated a hand fan in the 93 degree afternoon heat.
Whicker’s teen son, Dax, was also on hand to help with the set up and tear down of CHR’s display, and was rewarded with fresh kettle corn and the experience of watching “America’s favorite pastime.” Even though it rained briefly—something of an Islands Night tradition—participants and attendees all enjoyed another successful event—a perfect evening for baseball “fans.”