Guests at Octifest 2018 enjoyed sunset views. 

Guests at Octifest 2018 enjoyed sunset views. 

Sanibel Sea School’s annual fundraiser, Octifest, was held Sunday, March 11th in a big top tent on Causeway Island A. The event was attended by nearly 200 guests, and raised funds that will support ocean outreach programs, provide scholarships to students in need, and help the organization purchase needed supplies for its field-based classes and camps.

“We are very grateful to have the support of the Sanibel community,” said the Sea School’s Development Director, Chrissy Basturk. “We are surrounded by people who understand the importance of sharing meaningful ocean experiences with students.” All fundraising goals were exceeded during this year’s event, which will make it possible for Sanibel Sea School to grant more scholarships than ever before in 2018. 

“We partner with many schools and partner organizations throughout the year to bring landlocked kids to Sanibel to learn about the ocean, often at no cost to them,” said Basturk. “The money raised at Octifest means we are always able to say yes when we receive scholarship and outreach program requests from individual families and teachers.” Sanibel Sea School will add a new, scholarship-funded outreach program with Child Care of Southwest Florida to its schedule beginning this month.

Sanibel Sea School is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time. To learn more, visit