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ISLAND SUN - OCTOBER 9, 2015
Pigs In Paradise Fundraiser
Great food, better company,
children’s games and a deli-
cious cookie ice cream bar
will be some of the highlights of the
inaugural pig roast, Pigs In Paradise,
to be held on Sunday, October 18
from 4 to 8 p.m . at The Community
House, 2173 Periwinkle Way on
During the fundraiser, a silent auc-
tion with wonderful baskets will be
up for bidding. This event is open to
the community and will benefit The
Children’s Education Center of the
Islands (CECI) student scholarships as
well as capital improvements to the
The family-friendly evening will
feature pigs roasted in two differ-
ent styles by CECI parents and staff.
Admission will include roasted pork,
side dishes, beverages and a cookie
sundae bar. Beer and wine will also
be available for a suggested donation.
Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door and $10 for children ages 13 to 18.
Kids 12 and under are free. The preschool strongly recommends that people buy tick-
ets in advance so they can get an accurate head count.
Kiwanis is the TItle Sponsor for this event, as well as Platinum sponsors Jeff and
Veronica Powers and Golden Fig Homes. Other area businesses are invited to sponsor
the event. Currently, sponsorships are available at the silver ($250), gold ($500) and
platinum ($1,000) levels. Sponsorships includes tickets to the event and display in pro-
motional materials. Money raised goes towards the preschool’s scholarship program as
well as capital improvements.
The preschool, which opened in 1974, serves families who live or work on Sanibel
and Captiva. It is open to children ages 18 months to 5 years. To register you child,
buy event tickets, become a sponsor or donate items to the silent auction, call Ms.
Cindy at 472-4538.
This priceless, hand-painted coconut by Laura
Ball will be available for auction in the silent
auction at Pigs In Paradise. The best part is, you
can really mail it... just ask Laura!
No Post-Season For Twins And
Red Sox, But Spring Training Is
Only Four Months Away
by Ed Frank
For the myriad of Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins
fans locally, you can take heart in knowing your teams
will report back here for spring training in a little more
than four months despite the fact that neither made it to post-
season play in 2015.
Yes, the regular 2015 season is history, and for the third time
in the last four years, the Red Sox finished last in the American
League’s Eastern Division, with a World Series title sandwiched
in the middle.
But for the Twins, the surprise team of the 2015 season, they
battled for a playoff berth into the final weekend of the season
and finished with their first winning record since 2010.
Rookie manager Paul Molitor is certain to be considered for Manager of the Year
honors for guiding a team that universally had been pegged for last place in the AL
Central at season’s start, yet finished second with an 83-79 record.
Before we close the books on 2015, let’s review what we might expect when the
Twins and Red Sox return here in February based on the positives and negatives of
the just-completed season.
Twins – You can be certain that come next season this team no longer will be con-
sidered a cellar dweller with the remarkable improvement this year.
Minnesota had a starting lineup with an average age of just over 25 with prized
rookies Miquel Sano and Byron Buxton. Also of note is the late-season call-up of
German-born Max Kepler, who attended high school at Fort Myers South, and
was the Twins Minor League Player of the Year after an All-Star year at Double A
Eddie Rosario, who played as recent as last year for the Fort Myers Miracle, estab-
lished himself as a fixture in left field, hitting .267 in 122 games.
And don’t forget about Ervin Santana, whom the Twins signed in the off-season for
$54 million over four years, was suspended half of the season after testing positive for
performance enhancing drugs. He came back in July and recorded a 7-5 record dur-
ing the second half of the season.
continued on page 32
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