ENGLEWOOD — The Englewood-Cape Haze Chamber of Commerce hopes its latest fundraiser, Manasota Mystique, will become an annual event to raise funds for literacy, technology and enrichment programs at area elementary schools.
The fundraiser is planned for Nov. 3 on the beach lawn of the Manasota Beach Club.
“It’s a great partnership (among) the chamber, businesses and schools,” said Mary Smith, the chamber’s executive director.
Spearheading the event is Scott Barber, president-elect of the chamber board of directors and general manager of Lock N’ Key restaurant.
“It took some great brainstorming to put together an event that helps bring the business community together,” Barber said.
Admission is $120. Sponsorships range from $750 to $2,500. The event will feature live music, an open bar, auctions and food, such as carved-toorder prime rib, a raw bar, two pasta stations and desserts.
The long-term goal is to hold Manasota Mystique on the first Saturday of every November, Smith said.
Providing live music will be Tropical Ave. Food will be provided by Farlow’s on the Water and Lock N’ Key.
A portion of proceeds from the event featuring live and silent auctions will go to Vineland, Myakka River and Englewood elementary schools.
“We chose the three elementary schools in our community because the children are our future,” Barber said. “We feel, what better way to give back to our community than to give back to the children? The proceeds from the event are going to help with literacy, technology and enrichment programs at the three different schools.”
Englewood Elementary is contributing auction paddles designed by kindergartners.
“We have to color whatever they’re giving us,” said art teacher Dawn Hinck. “It’s a jungle theme.”
Hinck said it’s a way the children can give back.
“It’s always nice to see the children’s artwork,” Hinck said. “It helps give a little flair, obviously since they’re donating money back to our school. We like to get involved however we can. The students can’t come to the event, but at least they can be a part of it.”
For Manasota Mystique tickets, call 941-474-5511, go to www. englewoodchamber.com, or email ceo@engle woodchamber.com.
The Manasota Beach Club is located at 7660 Manasota Key Road. For more information, visit http://www.echcc.com/ manasota/.