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Octifest


Sanibel Sea School's annual fundraiser,

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

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Octifest


Sanibel Sea School's annual fundraiser,

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

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generous sponsors lik

 

 

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Join us as we celebrate the wonders of the ocean and support Sanibel Sea School's mission to improve the ocean's future, one person at a time!

Please mark your calendars for Octifest 2017, which will be held on Saturday, April 8th, 2017 at 6:30 PM!

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Event Info


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Event Info


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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, April 8th, 2017 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. We recently partnered with Hendry County Public Schools to bring even more landlocked kids to experience the ocean, and we will add new canoeing and science fair camps this summer to help teens develop exciting new levels of waterman, research and learning skills. In addition, we are launching a new Resort Partnership Program to provide meaningful, field-based experiences to people visiting our islands each year. 

...and plenty of nets and buckets!

Lastly, Octifest will help us to purchase 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, April 8th under the stars!

A few of my students had been on the water before we visited Sanibel Sea School, but what this organization has provided for myself and my students is a way to really see the sea. I feel like before our trips, our vision was blurry, but now we all see more clearly and we are focused on just how amazing our coastal communities are. My students notice more, experience more, and feel more. The impact of Sanibel Sea School gives our lessons depth. This is learning with purpose that my students can see, touch, smell, and feel.
— Nanlyn Akin, Teacher, Hendry County Schools

Date, Time, Location

Our event will be held on Saturday, April 8th, 2017 in a big-top tent under the stars on Causeway Island A.

 

This year, Octifest attendees will be treated to some very special stargazing, with help from a high power telescope!


Buy Tickets Online

Tickets to Octifest 2017 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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Photos


Photos


The Octifest Experience

Photos from past events

Click here to view photos from our 2016 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


Auction Items


2017 Live Auction Items

By Land or By Sea Team Scavenger Hunt
Back by popular demand, Sanibel Sea School will design and help your party execute the best bonding event ever. We will plan an island wide, full-day scavenger hunt replete with goofy photo ops and embarrassing moments, all the while challenging your group's social and critical thinking skills. By car or by boat, it’s up to you – you might just have to talk your way into a hotel room, borrow a fireman’s hat, or get an autograph from an island celebrity. Whether this is for a corporate retreat, or just about the best family gathering ever, you will be amazed at the fun to be had in the challenges ahead! This event can be arranged for up to 15 participants, and we request that you provide at least 60 days advance notice when scheduling the best day on the island.

Drink and Dine
A Sanibel Style Group Pub Crawl. Our custom open-air tiki trailer is sure to put you in the island spirit. With festive décor, comfy bench seating for 12, and Doc Bruce as your guide, our tiki tacky trolley is the portable place to see and be seen on Sanibel! We will stop at Matzaluna and Traders, where bartenders will serve up hors d’oeuvres and libations, and we’ll end the night with a celebratory dinner for 10 at the brand new Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille. Would anyone like a side of Yucatan Shrimp with that rum?!

Out of This World Planet Gazing and Al Fresco Dinner Party
Gather your friends for a dinner party like none other. You will be stargazing in a location of your choice – we think a beach or golf course would be swell. What you’ll see will depend on which night you choose, but not to worry, astronomer extraordinaire Robert Hunt will help you pick a good one to peer through his ultra powerful telescope. You’ll most certainly be treated to amazing views of Jupiter and Saturn, and perhaps the moon, galaxies, and gas clouds galore. Have you ever seen a solar flare? We have, and it’s incredible! We’ll bring the dinner and drinks for what is sure to be an otherworldly event for up to 10 guests.

A Stand Up Adventure for 6 With a Stand Up Guy
Doc Bruce loves stand up paddling – you can find him gliding along the local waters atop his sleek board almost any day of the year. “Stand up paddling is my favorite way to explore the ocean,” he says, “It gives you a far line of sight and an incredible view of what’s in the water below you.” Join him for a day-long exploration, which includes a picnic meal and loaner paddle boarding gear for six people. For you, this package also includes the gift of this 2017 BOTE Rackham Board. Known as The Waterman’s Board, the Rackham features a stable platform that's easy to paddle. It's well designed for fishing, beautifully decorated with exotic wood inlay, and comes with a carbon fiber BOTE paddle. See you on the water!

NYC Labor
This is a Labor Day weekend for the books.

Thursday, August 31 - You have two amazing tickets to the US Open! Tickets aren’t even available to the public yet, but yours are for session 7 in Box 56C! You’ll also have access to any match on the field courts on the 4th day of the Open, early in the event before players are eliminated so you can see the greats.

Friday, September 1- You have two orchestra Tickets to Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet! Starring Josh Groban, it’s “the most gorgeous new musical in town” according to New York Magazine

Saturday, September 2 – You have two field level tickets to New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox. Classic, NY!

And just so you’ll remember this fabulous weekend and have something to bring home to family – a basket of great Under Armour gear for the entire family!

 

 

Silent Auction Items include fishing charters, opportunities to drink and dine at favorite island establishments, a beautiful scarf from Eileen Fisher, priority summer camp registration at Sanibel Sea School, a special birthday experience at Sanibel Sea School, and more! 

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Sponsors


Sponsors


Corporate Sponsors of Octifest 2017

Thank you to our Octifest 2017 corporate sponsors!

Florida Weekly

Island Inn Company

Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts

Massie & Reilly, CPAs, PLLC

John Grey Painting

Specialized Veterinary Services

The Sanibel Captiva Community Bank

FineMark National Bank and Trust

Sanibel-Captiva Kiwanis Foundation

The Island Sun

Heidrick & Company Insurance

Traders

Doc Ford's Rum Bar and Grille Sanibel

Bailey's General Store

Retina Health Center

Dr. Anita Del Bianco (Physicians Primary Care of Southwest Florida)

Val Ward Cadillac, Inc. 

 

We would also like to thank the following businesses for their support

Cedar Chest Fine Jewelry, Sanibel Custom Charters, Guy Harvey, Anne Taylor, Sanibel Day Spa, Bea Pappas, Vera Bradley, Simply of Sanibel, Sea Glass Lane, Peach Republic, American Eagle Outfitters, Florida Repertory Theater, Cheesecake Factory, Matanzas on the Bay, Cips, Publix, Matzaluna, Traders, Doc Fords, Big Pupils LLC, Edison Sailing School, Twisted Vine Bistro, Tarpon Lodge, Something to Wine About, Island Therapy Center, Times of the Islands

Become a Sponsor

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

2017 Sponsorship Levels

Great White Sponsor / $10,000 (10 tickets, reserved table, sponsor party invite, marquee placement in program, day of discovery with Doc Bruce)

Blue Whale Sponsor / $7,500 (8 tickets, reserved table, sponsor party invite, marquee placement in program, 2 hour session with Doc Bruce)

Osprey Sponsor / $5,000 (6 tickets, sponsor party invite, name listed prominently in program)

Manatee Sponsor / $2,500 (4 tickets, sponsor party invite, name listed in program)

Dolphin Sponsor / $1,000 (2 tickets, sponsor party invite, name listed in program)

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Donate


Donate


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

Make a General Donation

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About Sanibel Sea School


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.