By Noelle H. Lowery
On March 16, the Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation raised more than $11,000 during its Fourth Annual Nest Fest — the most money raised at a single function by the organization to date.
“It was a great success,” says Carl Way, the foundation’s chairman and founder. “We thank all those that supported our cause.” The event was held at the Island Country Club.
The event is one way the foundation helps fund its efforts to protect and maintain the habitat for Marco Island’s resident mating pair of Bald Eagles, Paleo and Calusa. The foundation leases the property — located at 665 Tigertail Court — from Collier County Public Schools for $30,000 annually. The lease coupled with general maintenance, operational and insurance costs total $45,000-$50,000 each year. Currently, the sanctuary averages 2,500-2,800 annual visitors from all over the world. Since its inception, Nest Fest has brought $6,000-$10,000 into the foundation’s coffers annually.
Way reminds Marco Islanders to keep their eyes open for upcoming information about the foundation’s fall “ Welcome Back To The Nest “ event at the Snook Inn. For more information about Nest Fest and the Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation, call 239-394-9285 or visit www.marcoeaglesanctuaryfoundation.org.