Saturday, November 17, 2018

Wine and Hors d’oeuvres and a Boatload of Fun


Attendees examine the annual Wine and Hors d’oeuvres Party’s long list of auction items. Photos by Don Manley

Attendees examine the annual Wine and Hors d’oeuvres Party’s long list of auction items. Photos by Don Manley

The annual Marco Island Sail & Power Squadron’s annual Wine and Hors d’oeuvres Party again proved to be a popular event.

Held recently at the San Marco Catholic Church Parish Center, the fundraiser drew a large crowd which dined on a vast assortment of fine foods, desserts and of course, vino, all for the price of $25. As always, there were silent auctions and raffles, a $250 door prize and hours of smiles and laughter.

Rhonda Gloodt, the Squadron’s commander for 2018, said about 350 people attended the affair, which raised about $13,000, which will fund the boating education and safety classes the organization will provide to the community this year.

Bruce and Diane Kirschner, Christine Pastore, Jake Jurgenson, Denise Manfredi, and Sandy and Harvey Doren enjoy the food and camaraderie.

Bruce and Diane Kirschner, Christine Pastore, Jake Jurgenson, Denise Manfredi, and Sandy and Harvey Doren enjoy the food and camaraderie.

“I was very, very pleased with the support from our businesses and from the community, extremely happy about that,” Gloodt added. “I just really want to thank everyone.”

Marco Island Sail & Power Squadron’s 2018 Wine and Hors d’oeuvres Party attracted about 350 community members.

Marco Island Sail & Power Squadron’s 2018 Wine and Hors d’oeuvres Party attracted about 350 community members.

The Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron is part of District 22 of America’s largest non-profit boating organization, the United States Power Squadron. The organization is dedicated to making boating safer and more enjoyable by teaching classes in seamanship, navigation and related topics. The United States Power Squadron has nearly 35,000 members and more than 350 squadrons nationwide. On Marco, the Squadron provides:

A wide range of boating courses

Gena Sullivan (left), Mary Kayhart, Betsy Novakovich and Patti McFarlane were among the raffle winners.

Gena Sullivan (left), Mary Kayhart, Betsy Novakovich and Patti McFarlane were among the raffle winners.

Free vessel safety checks

Extended and overnight group boat trips for members, along with raft-ups

(gatherings where vessels are roped together to form a raft-like structure).

Monthly dinner meetings with guest speakers and other regular social events

Kathleen Reynolds was among the 50 Squadron volunteers who worked party, ferrying food from the kitchen to tables, tracking raffle outcomes, serving drinks and more for the Squadron’s sole annual fundraiser. She said joining the organization opened up a whole new world for her.

Joey Billi (left), Neil and Rebecca Snyder, and Wanda Burson, share a moment.

Joey Billi (left), Neil and Rebecca Snyder, and Wanda Burson, share a moment.

“About six years ago I decided that since I had a house on the water and I had a lift, that I should get a boat and learn how to drive it,” she said. “So, I got the boat and started. I didn’t even know that it had to be in neutral before you turned it on, so I found the Power Squadron and I took their classes. I am never going to be a master, but I am safe enough to take myself and my family and friends out to enjoy the water.”

Mo and Deb Johnson (left) with Larry and Faye Goode

Mo and Deb Johnson (left) with Larry and Faye Goode

The Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron was formed in 1978 and the group will celebrate its 40th anniversary at its Change of Watch ceremony, set for February 13 at the Marco Island Yacht Club.

For more information about the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron, visit marcoislandsailandpowersquadron.org.

Tom and Ann Marie Ryan man the free vessel safety check table.

Tom and Ann Marie Ryan man the free vessel safety check table.

Stan “Stosh” Kott reads off a winning raffle ticket number as Rhonda Gloodt looks on.

Stan “Stosh” Kott reads off a winning raffle ticket number as Rhonda Gloodt looks on.

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