FISH OF SANCAP, the islands only wrap-around social service agency provider, invites all to their Dec. 2 Festival Day, beginning with a 10K/5K Race and ending with their Sound+Waves Music Festival.
Runner registration is ongoing on the RunSignUp platform through Dec. 1 using the following link: runsignup.com/Race/FL/Sanibel/10K5KRace4FISH. Day of race registration will be accepted beginning at 6:30am at the Sanibel Community House, where the race will begin and end. FISH reminds participants that there is a toll of $6.00 to cross the bridge to Sanibel and that the bridge is under construction which may cause delays. Parking for the race is available at the following businesses: Doc Ford’s Rum Bar and Grill, The Timbers, The Sanibel Community House, Sanibel Public Library, Saint Michael and All Angels Church, Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ. FISH encourages those that have already signed up to pick up their race packets ahead of the event. Packet pickup is available at the following locations:
• Adventures in Paradise on Nov. 30 from 5:00-7:00pm. Adventures in Paradise is located in the Tahitian Plaza, 2019 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957
• Sanibel Recreation Center Dec. 1, 2023 from 8:00am to 11:00am. The Recreation Center is located at 3880 Sanibel Captiva Road, Sanibel, FL 33957
• Fleet Feet Bell Tower Shops Dec. 1, 2023 from 1:00pm to 6:30pm. Fleet Feet Bell Tower is located at 13499 S. Cleveland Ave Unit 209 Fort Myers FL
• Packets can also be picked up at the race site on the morning of the run, Saturday, Dec. 2, starting at 6:30am to 7:15am
Immediately following the Dec. 2nd race, the Sanibel Recreation Center is holding a kids’ ‘Reindeer Run’ and family fun day from 10:00am-2:00pm at 3880 Sanibel Captiva Road, Sanibel, FL 33957. Included is a hot cocoa bar, pizza/BBQ, pictures with Santa, a bounce house, face painting and more.
Finishing out Festival Day is the FISH Sound+Waves Music Festival at ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa, 15951 Captiva Drive, Captiva, beginning at 5pm on Sat., Dec. 2. The concert will be performed on the beach followed by fireworks. Music artists will come together to offer a variety of acoustic performances for this unique event, featuring songs from their respective bands, familiar favorites and festive tunes. The event is ticketed and on sale now at https://FISHmusicfestival.rsvpify.com. The cost is $125/adult and $50 for ages 13-18. Ages 0-12 are free. Featured artists include Jessica Jones of the Jessica Jones Project; Joe Marcinek of George Porter Jr.; Will Montgomery of Arrested Development; Marcus White of Marcus King Band; Shane Platten of Melody Trucks Band; Will Neal of Fantasia Barrino; Rick Bennedetto of KC and the Sunshine Bank and Chris Sgammato of Displace.
Onsite parking for the music festival is available at “Tween Waters Resort & Spa is available on a limited basis. Overflow parking and bus transportation is available at Castaways Beach & Bay Cottages, 6460 Sanibel Captiva Rd, Sanibel, FL 33957 with a second location to be announced. Music Festival guests are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.
FISH of Sanibel-Captiva has been a ‘neighbors helping neighbors’ organization on Sanibel and Captiva for over 40 years. As a social service organization, FISH has been ground zero, in recent years, from natural and environmental crises to the impacts of COVID and now, for catastrophic Hurricane Ian. FISH offers something for everyone—if there is not a service in place for unmet needs of community members, they work to meet it through their expansive regional network. In addition to their Long-Term Recovery program, FISH continues to offer programs representing their four major pillars – Food, Island Based Education, Social and Senior Services, and Helping Hands.
Although FISH has grown from the grassroots organization it started as, it still remains a network of ‘neighbors helping neighbors’; a group of community members committed to the betterment of the islands and southwest Florida community by assisting one neighbor at a time. FISH is proud to say that 92 percent of every dollar donated goes directly to programs and services including but not limited to:
• Long-Term disaster recovery
• Emergency financial assistance
• Food pantry
• Non-emergency transport
• Temporary loan of health equipment
• Hurricane preparedness information
• Daily hot meals program
More information about FISH is available online at fishofsancap.org, as well as Facebook, Instagram and X (formerly Twitter). For details about hurricane recovery and other services, contact Maria Espinoza, FISH Executive Director, at (239) 472-4775.