Doc Ford’s Joins CHR Mardi Gras as Big Easy Sponsor

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Doc Ford’s Rum Bar and Grille has joined the growing list of sponsors for Community Housing and Resources’ 5th Annual Mardi Gras coming up on Feb. 11 at The Dunes Golf and Tennis Club. The restaurant is a long-time supporter of CHR and has been a Mardi Gras sponsor every year since the event’s inception, this year signing on as a “Big Easy” $2,500 sponsor.

“We are excited to celebrate Mardi Gras and support CHR’s important mission again this year,” said Doc Ford’s co-owner Marty Harrity. “The event is a great opportunity for the residents of Sanibel to band together and help one another.”

CHR is proud to have provided homes for several of Doc Ford’s staff members over the years, and CHR executive director Kelly Collini is grateful that the Harritys recognize how important affordable island housing can be for local employees.

“The owners and managers of island establishments like Doc Ford’s are able to see first-hand how CHR housing is essential to attracting and retaining great employees by providing them with an affordable way to live near work,” says Collini. “It is invaluable to CHR when these island businesses give back so that we can keep the affordable housing program on Sanibel strong for many years to come. It’s truly a win-win.”

This year’s much anticipated Mardi Gras event will feature great food and drinks, music and dancing, the much-anticipated island celebrity swim relay, bourbon tasting lounge and much more. Sponsorship and ticket information can be found at