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Friends of the Mound House to host “Artful Intersections”

March 21, 2018
Jessica Salmond - News Editor ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Friends of the Mound House to host "Artful Intersections"

The Woman's Club has become the hotspot for fundraisers this spring.

The Friends of the Mound House will be hosting "Artful Intersections," a fundraising event for the Mound House.

The event will be held Friday, March 23 ay 7 the Historic Woman's Club, 175 Sterling Ave. Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased through Ceel Spuhler by calling her at 239-765-6472.

The Friends group made a goal this year to raise $25,000 in support of the "jewel of the island," said Ellen Vaughan, a member. So besides having its annual luncheon and auction in February, the group has added a new event at a new venue.

"Artful Intersections" will be a live auction event with "strolling supper," or hearty hors d'oeuvres created by Jordan Webster Catering in Fort Myers.

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Music and movies

The Mound House itself will be hosting two fun events, open to the public, in April.

On Saturday, April 21, the Mound House will host its first "Music on the Mound" event, featuring island star Sheena Brook. Tickets are $15 or $10 for Mound House Members. The event will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

On Friday, April 27, the Mound House will hold its second annual "Family Movie on the Mound," in partnership with the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival. This event begins at 7:45 p.m.and is free to the public.

Most of the auction events will center around artistic expression - unique items not placed in most auction fundraisers, Vaughan said.

Island artist and Council Member Joanne Shamp's artwork will be up for bid. Vaughan, whose daughter lives in West Africa, has offered up leather boxes from Timbuktu for sale.

Alison Geisen, Mound House Director, has also given the Friends three original watercolor botanical prints which were done for the Mound House's original signage.

One item holds sentimental value.

Kelly Leary, a long-time member of the Friends, has moved back to Connecticut to be in hospice with her family while she has cancer, Vaughan said. She donated a special Ansel Adams print.

"She's a lovely person with a special connection to the Mound House," Vaughan said.

There will be some non-art items as well; Council Member Anita Cereceda will provide dinner for six at her home for the winning bidder.

Vaughan and Gayle Crabtree-Pergoli, another member, attended the Fort Myers Beach PTO fundraiser held a few weeks ago at the Woman's Club to support them - and also to garner support for the Friends fundraiser, too, she said. Many of the Friends members have also joined the Woman's Club.

"It's all based on the same notion, if we all support each other's events, we'll all be better," Vaughan said.



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