Mardi Gras Swim Teams Are Robed and Ready

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Excitement for this year’s CHR Mardi Gras is building as the swim relay teams are preparing and conditioning for their “Swim for the Beads” competition, which will take place during the February 6 event at The Dunes Golf and Tennis Club.

Sporting their swim team robes are (L to R), Coach Craig Albert of the Sanibel Captiva Community Bank Gold Team, Coach Les Boyle of the Kiwanis Purple Team, and Coach Steve Greenstein of the Sanibel Captiva Trust Company Green Team.

Sporting their swim team robes are (L to R), Coach Craig Albert of the Sanibel Captiva Community Bank Gold Team, Coach Les Boyle of the Kiwanis Purple Team, and Coach Steve Greenstein of the Sanibel Captiva Trust Company Green Team.

The Gold Team is Sanibel Captiva Community Bank, the Green Team is the Sanibel Captiva Trust Company, and the Purple Team is the Sanibel-Captiva Kiwanis Club. The colors of the teams are important.

“Mardi Gras revelers can buy strings of beads that represent the color of their team—purple gold, or green,” explains Les Boyle, who is coaching the Sanibel Captiva Kiwanis Club’s Purple Team. “With every string of beads, you get to place a raffle ticket in that team’s bucket. All teams will pull raffle tickets from their team buckets, but the winning team gets the chance to draw for most of the prizes, including the grand prize, which is an all-inclusive trip to the real Bourbon Street in New Orleans!”

“The more beads you buy to support your team, the better your chances of winning that grand prize,” says Sanibel Captiva Trust Company team coach Steve Greenstein, “and since our Green Team is going to win this thing, I would suggest all partygoers buy a lot of green beads!”

Coach Craig Albert of the Sanibel Captiva Community Bank Gold Team disagrees. “Well, I know Greenstein thinks he’s got this in the bag, but come on. We know the Gold Team has this locked up! Buy gold beads and you will walk away with a lot of great prizes including that trip to New Orleans!”

Coach Boyle of the Sanibel Captiva Kiwanis Club Purple Team has his own prediction of the relay’s outcome. “After weeks of exhaustive training at the Lazy Flamingo, the Kiwanis super-fit athletes are in prime condition and we are going to blow away those other slacker teams!”

Swim teams will be selling beads throughout the event dressed in their hand tailored team robes. The Mardi Gras sewing workshop, hosted by Margarethe Miville, is in full swing as sewers Charlotte Schroder and Becky Kopp put the finishing touches on the flashy team robes.

Mardi Gras volunteers Charlotte Schroder and Becky Kopp work on swim team robes at the sewing workshop of volunteer Margarethe Miville.

Mardi Gras volunteers Charlotte Schroder and Becky Kopp work on swim team robes at the sewing workshop of volunteer Margarethe Miville.

All three teams are fully confident that they will be bringing home the relay trophy. One thing is for sure, though—you won’t want to miss the good old-fashioned Sanibel fun at a great event that raises funds for Sanibel families in CHR’s affordable housing program.

Tickets for the event can be purchased online at SanibelCHR.org/mardi-gras-2016 or by phone at 239-472-1189.

CHR’s Mardi Gras will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at The Dunes Golf and Tennis Club on Sanibel. Sponsors include: The Sanibel Catering Company by Bailey’s, Sanibel Captiva Community Bank, The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company, Doc Ford’s Rum Bar and Grille, Richard and Sally Ennis, Maughan Law Group, Zurbriggen Financial, Melissa Rice, CCIM, Realtor, Ed and Lynn Ridlehoover, Dorothy Donaldson and Aaron Cohen, Landmark Designs, Law Office of Janet Strickland, Island Insurance, Barrier Island Title, Bank of the Islands, Rich and Mary Eileen McDonnell, Jerry and Sharon Miller, Arlene and Dan Wexler, Sanibel Café, Jacaranda, Lighthouse Café, Tuscan & Company, PA, Sanibel-Captiva Lions Club, Sanibel-Captiva Kiwanis Club, Heidrick & Co. Insurance, the Island Sun, and Santiva Chronicle. For additional event information, call Arlene Dillon at 239.472.4932 or Melissa Rice at 239.398.0404 or visit our Mardi Gras page.