San-Cap Rotary Club Continues Sponsorship of 10K Race 4 F.I.S.H.

The Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club is a Gold Sponsor of the 9th Annual 10K Race 4 F.I.S.H., which draws hundreds of runners from near and far to Sanibel and is the only foot race on the island.

“Our local Rotary Club has been serving its community proudly for more than 35 years, by raising funds to support worthy causes,” said Scot Congress, treasurer of the Rotary Trust Board. “In the 2016-17 year, our club gave over $125,000 in grants and was the first Sanibel service club committed to the Community House renovation project plus issued a challenge to all other local service clubs to give back.”

Throughout the years, Rotarians have supported various organizations such as the Sanibel Historical Museum. The club distributes annual scholarships for local youth, as well as support the Blessings in a Backpack program. It hosts the annual D

ictionary Day, when every third-grade student at Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel schools receive a dictionary passed to them by a Rotarian.

Its annual Arts & Crafts Fair, held over President's Day weekend, features more than 120 of the country's most talented artists. What began as a humble pancake breakfast featuring a few local artists more than 30 years ago has grown into one of Southwest Florida's premier juried art shows and the club's primary fundraiser.

“We value the continued support of our islands' Rotary Club,” said Ed Ridlehoover, 10K race committee co-chair. “The club not only raises funds for worthy causes, but its members donate their time in service to their community.”

Anyone interested in becoming a Rotarian is welcome to visit a weekly Friday morning breakfast, where there is always an interesting guest speaker, held at The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club. For more information on the club, visit sanibelrotary.org.

Race day is Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Sanibel Community House. Runner registration is open at fishofsancap.org. Sponsorship space is still available and more information can be obtained by contacting Pete Bender at benderlaw@juno.com or by calling 239-472-5220.

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