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CHR Mardi Gras
CHR (Community Housing and
Resources) along with premier
sponsor, The Sanibel Catering
Company by Bailey’s, announce CHR’s
4th annual Mardi Gras fundraiser. The
festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m . on
Saturday, February 6 at The Dunes
Golf and Tennis Club on Sanibel.
“CHR is one of the most important
aspects of our Sanibel community,”
said Mardi Gras event co-chair Arlene
Dillon. “We house dozens of families
and Sanibel friends who are the back-
bone of our community, working in the
service industry and for several other
local businesses, organizations, and
local government. We know that this
year’s Mardi Gras will not only be a
great time, but will raise much needed
funds to renovate and maintain many of
Aside from being CHR’s signature
fundraising event, CHR’s Mardi Gras
gives Sanibel residents and visitors a
chance to celebrate the New Orleans
tradition with a dollop of Sanibel,
Florida flair. Attendees will enjoy a stroll
down “Bourbon Street,” dine on genu-
ine New Orleans fare, and even get to
cheer for their favorite team as our top
event sponsors compete in a fun and
zany swim relay. Proceeds will support
CHR’s mission of providing affordable
housing on Sanibel for island workers
and for long-time island residents who
have become disabled or retired.
“One main goal this year is to
raise enough money to complete-
ly renovate one of the 20 plus
units that need updating,” said co-
chair Melissa Rice. “We are espe-
cially grateful to long-time Sanibel
residents Lena Brown and Brenda
Harrity, who will be organizing a
‘give to give’ table where you can
purchase specific items to help us
do that – everything from a ceil-
ing fan to the kitchen floor.”
More event details can be
found online at SanibelCHR.org/
Mardi-Gras-2016. For sponsor-
ship information, call Arlene
Dillon at 472-4932 or Melissa
Rice at 398-0404. Sponsorships
for CHR’s Mardi Gras are tax
For more information about
CHR, visit online at SanibelCHR.
org or call 472-1189.
Monday Night Movie
by Di Saggau
The BIG ARTS
for November 2 is
an Italian film about
two families and
one ruinously divid-
focuses on the
Italian rich and its middle-class aspirants.
The movie is ferociously unsentimental
and shows what happens when ambi-
tion privilege and money entangle lives.
Set in a town in Brianza and in Milan,
mostly on the night before the night
before Christmas, this is the kind of
movie that embeds the significance of its
title into every subplot, then defines it in
an onscreen title at the end, just to make
sure you got it.
The script slides back and forth along
a timeline, always returning to the script’s
central gathering, a private school student
awards ceremony/dinner after which
a waiter is hit by a car while bicycling
home. There are alternating waves of
tragedy and farce involving a family
man and real-estate broker who borrows
700,000 Euros to buy into a supposedly
high-yield hedge fund. The fund is man-
aged by a filthy rich investor who is a
classic money-grubbing cinematic yuppie.
His wife’s a onetime actress who spends
her days spending her husband’s money.
There are many characters and they
are all connected by the central question
of who hit the cyclist as well as the relat-
ed themes of greed, poor impulse control
and guilt. Nearly every major character is
harboring a devastating secret. The per-
formances are superb. It’s a film where all
the puzzle pieces drop into place one-by-
one. It runs one hour, 50 minutes.
Admission to BIG ARTS Monday Night
Film Series is $10 and all screenings begin
at 7 p.m. in Schein Performance Hall.
Each film is followed by a complimentary
reception and discussion.
Series Sponsors: Bank of the Islands,
Stan and Visnja Gembicki, John R.
Wood Properties, Penny Wilkinson, Hyde
Tucker. Series Supporters: Sanibel Taxi,
Jerry’s Foods of Sanibel.
BIG ARTS is located at 900 Dunlop
Road on Sanibel. Tickets are available at
the door or by calling 395-0900.
Mardi Gras 2016 will be held on February 6 at The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club
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