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ISLAND SUN - JANUARY 22, 2016
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Comes To Sanibel
"Our Bourbon Street will have all the
excitement of the real deal," said Diane
Silhavy, co-chair of the event's Bourbon
Street planning committee. "You'll walk
down our colorful Bourbon Street with
a drink in your hand, beads around your
neck, music to dance to, and appetizers
to taunt you -- all the lights, colors, tastes,
sounds, thrills, beads and craziness of
New Orleans, topped off with island style.
So deck yourselves out with all of your
Mardi Gras finest -- hats, masks, jewels,
scarves -- and join the CHR party!"
According to fellow co-chair
Antoinette Radicchi, planning and build-
ing the famous New Orleans boulevard
has been a challenging, yet fun, task.
"We're aiming high to achieve the feel-
ing that you're walking down the streets of
New Orleans during Mardi Gras," she said.
"It's really going to feel alive with musicians
playing jazz, a balcony scene, and many
more exiting surprises. We've been lucky to
have CHR residents, the Lions Club, and
other super, island volunteers working side
by side with Diane and myself."
Chris Heidrick and Holli Martin of
Heidrick and Company Insurance and
Risk Management stopped by at a recent
Bourbon Street work day where they
delivered a sponsorship check to CHR's
board treasurer and Mardi Gras co-chair
Melissa Rice in support of the event.
"CHR fills an important, unmet need
on Sanibel," Heidrick said. "Without CHR,
many of the hard working families who
work on the island would not be able to live
and participate in our community. We are
a better community as a result of CHR."
Rice noted the growing list of busi-
nesses and individuals who have been
supporting CHR's Mardi Gras through
"What a wonderful surprise to have
Chris and Holli visit our Mardi Gras work-
shop," she said. "Chris and his team do
a great job of providing insurance for so
many on Sanibel and Captiva, and we
are honored to have his support both
financially and through his service on the
CHR Resident Landlord Committee."
Tickets for CHR's Mardi Gras can
be purchased online at SanibelCHR.
org/mardi-gras-2016 or by phone at
The event will be held on Saturday,
February 6 at 5:30 p.m. at The Dunes
Golf and Tennis Club on Sanibel.
Sponsors include The Sanibel Catering
Company by Bailey's, Sanibel Captiva
Community Bank, The Sanibel Captiva
Trust Company, Doc Ford's Rum Bar and
Grille, Richard and Sally Ennis, Maughan
Law Group, Zurbriggen Financial,
Melissa Rice, CCIM, Realtor, Ed and
Lynn Ridlehoover, Dorothy Donaldson
and Aaron Cohen, Sanibel-Captiva
Kiwanis Club, Heidrick & Co. Insurance,
Landmark Designs, Law Office of Janet
Strickland, Island Insurance, Barrier Island
Title, Bank of the Islands, Rich and Mary
Eileen McDonnell, Jerry and Sharon
Miller, Arlene and Dan Wexler, Sanibel
Café, The Jacaranda, Lighthouse Café,
and Tuscan & Company, PA.
For additional event information, call
Arlene Dillon at 472-4932 or Melissa
Rice at 398-0404 or visit SanibelCHR.
Bourbon Street planning committee co-chair Antoinette Radicchi, right, paints a piece of
the Bourbon Street facade with CHR resident and volunteer Janice Van Buskirk
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famous walk across the islands, with
John Houseman portraying the historic
"The movie shows the purpose of and
the value of having a house like this built
here," said Farst. "Its purpose was for the
common man to have a voice and not to
be governed politically. That's why Curtis
Perry wanted this built."
Farst's film also features interviews
with a dozen local citizens offering their
perspective of what The Community
House means to Sanibel. They include
Francis Bailey, Jr., Milena Eskew,
Vanessa Flynt, Mary Bell Gault, Deb
Gleason, Porter and Mariel Goss, Jim
Jordan, Salli Kirkland, Jim Pickens and
"In retrospect, I've been fortunate
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In 2010, Rusty Farst captured on film the historic gathering of 13 former mayors of the City
of Sanibel at The Community House. Portions of that event are featured in his documen-
A still frame for the documentary shows a
very early sign at The Community House
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