Sanibel Captiva Trust Company defends their Mardi Gras swim relay trophy

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The Sanibel-Captiva Trust Company’s swim team poses proudly with the 2016 trophy, channeling their inner Michael Phelps-like intensity and focus. L to R: Joel Johnson, Craig Holston, Coach Steve Greenstein, Lori Mobley, and Dan Wexler.

Sanibel Captiva Trust Company has generously signed on as a returning sponsor of Community Housing and Resources’ 2017 Mardi Gras event. “The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company is proud to support CHR and their efforts to make a difference in the community,” said Al Hanser, Trust Company Founder and Chairman. “The affordable housing program for seniors, families and those who work on the island is an important part of what makes this such a special place.” San-Cap Trust is a long-time supporter of CHR, but this year something much bigger is at stake – a gleaming silver trophy. During CHR’s Mardi Gras on February 11th at The Dunes, three teams from local island businesses and organizations will battle it out in a relay-style race across the pool. One of these teams will be San-Cap Trust’s Green Team, the reigning champs.

“The swim relay is an important and fun part of the Mardi Gras tradition,” shared Melissa Rice, CHR Mardi Gras Co-Chair. “It started two years ago with an impromptu bidding war to dunk a few of our island icons and it has morphed into a team relay event that has taken on a crazy, fun Mardi Gras spirit all its own.” The friendly rivalry between San-Cap Trust’s Green Team and the soon-to-be-announced Gold and Purple teams is not only fun, it is vital to the success of Mardi Gras. Event guests can buy colored beads supporting the team of their choice as a way to enter the raffle drawing and give an additional donation to CHR.

Last year, San-Cap Trust’s swim team, led by Coach Steve Greenstein, took home the first place title and some major bragging rights. They plan to show no mercy in defending the trophy that sits proudly in the San-Cap Trust’s office. Coach Greenstein feels confident that his coaching will lead his team of Michael Phelps-esque swimmers to another victory. Greenstein commented, “The swim teams are so evenly matched that it always comes down to who has the best coach. My role is to set an example for the team of healthy eating, intense workouts, yoga and meditation, no alcohol or drugs, and swimming 100 laps a day to stay prepared for the event. If everyone stays focused and follows my lead, our team should easily retain the trophy.”

As festive party-goers line the parade route at Mardi Gras, cheering and dancing along with the marching band’s tunes, the defending champs will once again don their green silk emblazoned robes and ride in their decorated golf cart to the pool to hopefully triumph once again.