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Octifest 2016


Sanibel Sea School's annual fundraiser,

Bringing the School's largest influx of funds each year. 

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Octifest 2016


Sanibel Sea School's annual fundraiser,

Bringing the School's largest influx of funds each year. 

from

generous sponsors lik

 

 

e you

Celebrating 10 years of life-changing ocean experiences. 

This year we're celebrating Sanibel Sea School's 10th birthday! Come enjoy a beautiful sunset, great music, good friends and a live auction in a tent on Sanibel Causeway Island A. Octifest 2016 is all about love for the ocean and ten years of good work by Sanibel Sea School.

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The Cause

Ocean love...

Those who know Sanibel Sea School know that we’re all about love for the ocean. Throughout the year, our students explore the beaches, shorelines, gulf waters and estuaries of Southwest Florida to learn how we’re all connected on our ocean planet. Whether they’re summer campers, day class students, home-schoolers or special groups that visit us regularly, these students have become a part of our Ocean Tribe, joining those of us who fervently value, understand and care for the ocean.

We will be holding our annual fundraiser, Octifest, on Saturday, March 19th, 2016, once again in a big-top tent on the Sanibel Causeway, always the perfect backdrop for our yearly ocean celebration. Octifest provides the single largest influx of funds each year to our little sandy bucket nonprofit.

Scholarships for kids in need...

The donations we receive at Octifest ensure that our many different scholarship programs endure. It is our goal to continue to host at-risk youth from the Pine Manor Improvement Association, Gladiolus Learning and Development Center, and Heights Foundation in Fort Myers, and to continue to host children with acute physical challenges and learning disabilities. Sanibel Sea School has never turned away a child due to financial constraints; scholarship funds also go toward supporting the many local families and members of our community who cannot afford to attend Sanibel Sea School otherwise.

New ocean experiences...

The funds raised through Octifest will also help us to expand and subsidize our educational offerings. Last summer we kicked off new leadership programs for teens, and developed a sand dollar research program to provide valuable scientific experience to our junior researchers. Both programs were a huge success, helping teens develop exciting new levels of waterman, research and learning skills. In addition, our remote campus locations at South Seas Island Resort and Sundial Resort and Spa have been very popular and we are continuously working to increase our presence.

...and plenty of nets and buckets!

Lastly, Octifest will help us to obtain the many buckets, nets, masks, snorkels and surfboards that define the Sanibel Sea School experience for so many of our kids. Our programs come to life through the kindhearted gifts of our supporters. Participants truly make a difference and touch the lives of hundreds of young ocean lovers.

On behalf of the Ocean Tribe, we look forward to seeing you at Octifest on Saturday, March 19th under the stars!


Date, Time, Location

Our event will be held on Saturday, March 19th, 2016 in a big-top tent under the stars on Causeway Island A.

 

Buy Tickets Online

Tickets to Octifest 2016 are $150 per person, which includes dinner and drinks. You can also call (239) 472-8585 to purchase tickets via phone.


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The Octifest Experience

Photos from past events

Click here to view photos from our 2015 event by the sea, or here to browse photos of some of our favorite ocean learning moments. 


A short film about ocean love

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Auction Items


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Auction Items


Prepare to bid on your favorite live and silent auction items! Exciting new items are being added daily, so we will continue to update this list until the day of the event. 

Live Auction Items

Coming soon!

Silent Auction Items

Coming soon!

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Sponsors


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Corporate Sponsors of Octifest 2016

Thank you to our Octifest 2016 corporate sponsors!

Zurbriggen Financial, Inc.

Anita DelBianco, M.D., Physician's Primary Care

Sanibel Island Fishing Club

Tim Smith Brick Pavers LLC    

The Sanctuary Golf Club

Doc Ford's Rum Bar and Grille  

Norman Love Confections

The Island Sun

The Dunes Golf and Tennis Club

The Bait Box

Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts, LLC

Sanibel-Captiva Kiwanis Foundation

Specialized Veterinary Services

Barrier Island Title

The Cedar Chest Fine Jewelry

Global Event Marketplace

Massie & Reilly, CPAs, PLLC

Fat Cork 

Traders Store and Cafe

Island Cow, Inc.

Sundial Beach Resort and Spa

Gulf Coast Palm and Tree Nursery

 

We would also like to thank the following businesses for their support: Sanibel Island Golf Club, Cast About Charters, Total Wine & More, Barnacle Phil's

Become a Sponsor

To learn more about becoming a corporate or individual sponsor, please contact us at 239-472-8585.

Click here to view 2016 sponsorship levels. 

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Donate


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Can't make it to the event? You can still support the cause, right from your computer!

Fund a "Give to Give" Item

Give to Give items are things Sanibel Sea School desperately needs the things our teachers would love to have if our little sandy-bucket non-profit could afford it! If you can't be at Octifest, consider making a tax-deductible donation to help us purchase equipment to facilitate many more years of ocean fun and learning. 

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Lifeguard Training and First Aid Gear. The equipment we need to keep kids safe.

Total Need: $1500

Each Portion: $75

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Binoculars for Kids. Because the ones we have are too big for tiny faces. 

Total Need: $500

Each Portion: $25

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Beach Exploration Tools. Shovels and shell scoops...ocean kid essentials. 

Total Need: $200

Each Portion: $10

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Life Jackets. For boat trips to the sandbar and those days with big waves.

Total Need: $750

Each Portion: $37.50

Art Supplies. Markers, crayons, paint, and glue. To make fabulous ocean crafts. 

Total Need: $1000

Each Portion: $50

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Surfboards. For countless hours of summer fun and learning in the Gulf.

Total Need: $1600

Each Portion: $80

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Research Items. Sieves, and a temperature data logger to study sand dollars.

Total Need: $750

Each Portion: $37.50

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Nature ID Books. So our students can look up their beach finds!

Total Need: $500

Each Portion: $25

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Aquarium Supplies. Tools to make our tank inhabitants feel right at home. 

Total Need: $1000

Each Portion: $50

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Utility Wagon. To transport supplies (and even campers) to the beach. 

Total Need: $300

Each Portion: $15

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Masks and Snorkels. No week at Sanibel Sea School is complete without these.

Total Need: $1000

Each Portion: $50

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Survival Camp Gear. Tents, compasses, and fire starters. For ocean expeditions.

Total Need: $1200

Each Portion: $60

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Point and Shoot Underwater Camera. So we can share our ocean adventures with you.

Total Need: $300

Each Portion: $15

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Nets. Seine, dip, cast. To gently scoop up tiny creatures for a closer look. 

Total Need: $500

Each Portion: $25

Dissection Microscope. Hooks up to the TV screen so the whole class can see!

Total Need: $5000

Each Portion: $250

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Scholarship Days for Landlocked Kids. Share the ocean's magic with others.

Total Need: $7500

Each Portion: $375


Or, Make a General Donation

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About Sanibel Sea School


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About Sanibel Sea School


Our mission is to improve the ocean's future, one person at a time. 

We look to a world where all people value, understand and care for the ocean.

Sanibel Sea School is dedicated to vibrantly teaching children and adults about marine ecosystems. We use the barrier island habitats of Sanibel and Captiva to give our students an opportunity to touch, feel, and understand their natural surroundings in a field setting.

Through their experiences, students develop an intimate bond with the ocean and its inhabitants, and gain an enhanced awareness of the tightly woven fabric of our global environment. Sanibel Sea School’s programs foster a sense of wonder in regards to the marine world, leaving participants eager to learn more and enthusiastic about practicing good ocean stewardship.

Our programs cover all that encompasses marine ecosystems – animals, people, plants, land, ocean and weather.

Thanks to the nature of field education, Sanibel Sea School provides a rich ocean experience that will invigorate students for a lifetime of appreciation and responsibility.

We offer transformative education – it’s more than an experience – It changes the way we live.

We invite you to learn more at www.sanibelseaschool.org.