Cancer is a disease that embodies all that is evil, horrific, and revolting. For generations, it has caused pain, sorrow, and loss for humanity worldwide. How can we fight back against this devastating disease? Perhaps the answer lies in embracing the opposite of that negative force. Perhaps the answer is to look into our hearts and reach for the source of all that is good, all that is beautiful, and all that is healing.
The Hideaway Beach Cancer Committee has done just that to fight back against this deadly disease. In 2015, they placed first in fundraising in the State of Florida, and ranked in the top 10 nationwide. In 2016, they have continued the quest for a cure with several events. On April 11 and 12th, two fundraising events were held to benefit the Relay For Life of Marco Island.
The event began on April 11 with the “Golden Pass,” a sunset version of their “Rooms With a View” home tour. Fourstunning homes were featured in the tour. First, the guests were treated to an “unassuming beach house,” one of the oldest homes in Hideaway Beach that features stylishly simple architectural backgrounds. With a breathtaking view of the Gulf and an outstanding collection of art, this home was a visual paradise.
The next stop was a Southern plantation home on the golf course. Cozy and comfortable, this home features fireplaces in the master bath and bedroom. A fire and waterfall pit on the lanai is the window to an incredible view of the golf course. Soothing, relaxing, and warm, these surroundings invoke the tender feeling of a well loved home!
The tour traveled onward with a stop at the penthouse of the Royal Marco Point I condominiums. From original pre-construction, this home is actually the combination of two condos, creating this spacious “jewel of the island” with magnificent views of the Gulf of Mexico and its breathtaking sunsets.
Finally, the tour concluded with one of the newesthomes in Hideaway Beach. With views of the beach and Gulf from every room, a custom built garage designed for the most discerning car lover, and an array of modern art; this home is the epitome of casual elegance and style.
The evening concluded with a sunset celebration of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment, poolside at a home not included in the tour.
The next day began at 9 AM with the home tour once again, this time in the dazzling sunshine of a beautiful Marco Island morning. The tour was followed by a champagne reception, luncheon, and fashion experience. Presented by Saks Fifth Avenue, featuring ETRO, the Hideaway Beach Club was a breathtaking array of beauty, glamour and style. Several raffles were held, featuring Tresor jewelry from Golden Gate Jewelers, an elegant footed dish of a color so blue, it inspired thoughts of the sea; and gift baskets filled with spa products, wine, and a collection of valet and cosmetic bags from the MacBethCollection by Margaret Josephs.
Several members of the Hideaway community shared stories with me of how cancer has touched their lives. They told of a daughter diagnosed with non-smoker’s lung cancer, a nephew diagnosed with cancer at the age of 28, and personal stories of their own survival. We all agreed that the efforts of the American Cancer Society have led to a world of more birthdays, more weddings, and more celebrations of life.
I was touched by the hospitality of the homeowners who opened their doors so graciously for the tour, the generosity of all those who attended the events, and the spirit of hope among the members of the Hideaway Beach Cancer Committee. The final home in the Rooms With a View tour featured a simple piece of art, created with just the words “I Listen to the Ocean, and All I Hear is You.” I listened at Hideaway Beach and I heard a message of love, a vision for the future, and the hope for a cure.