The annual home tour “Peek at the Unique,” a favorite on the islands since 2002, has brought in more money every year, allowing the Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva to distribute, through its foundation, over $1 million in grants to local organizations whose work seeks to empower women and girls.
Now, what about 2021? Having been obliged to cancel the 19th annual “Peek” last March, just days before it was to take place, and with CDC recommendations still sidelining the traditional guided tour, Zonta creativity has been at work for several months. The result: “Peek at the Unique Repurposed” for this year only, and Zonta is ready to announce more details. “Peekers” have already received this information through email.
First date to note: Monday, February 15, when appointments will open online for Zonta’s first-ever Jewelry and Antiques Appraisals. The event is set for Saturday, March 13 (traditional Peek day) at the new Blue Giraffe at Beachview Estates (Sanibel Island Golf Club). For your donation of $100, receive an in-person, 15-minute session covering up to three items, with either Carlos Fernandez, gem/jewelry expert from Congress Jewelers on Sanibel, or with H. Peter Curran, a professional antiques appraiser who was on tour with the PBS-TV Antiques Roadshow for six years. Appraisals will be informal, i.e. not certified; both experts will offer a special “Peek” rate to any participant who seeks a formal appraisal later. CDC guidelines will be observed. Visit Eventbrite.com or go direct to http://bit.ly/ZontaPeek to reserve your session, available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Next date: Monday, March 1. Zonta’s “Peek at Unique Repurposed Items” auction will launch online and run through March 10, offering over 30 re-imagined furniture items and new art works donated by local artists. The complete catalog will be available online prior to March 1. Bid safely online, pay for purchases securely online, and pick up items at the Sanibel Community House on Saturday, March 13.
As always, all proceeds will be distributed in grants to organizations whose mission of empowerment mirrors Zonta’s own. This year, Zonta awarded grants totaling $82,500 to 15 local non-profits.
“We anticipate that Zonta will return to the traditional guided tour for 2022,” said fundraising co-chair Judy Langley. “Until then, we want to keep ‘Peek’ interest alive and provide a unique and fun experience that will offer islanders and visitors the opportunity to support Zonta’s work.”
For information on all Zonta’s projects, including “Peek Repurposed,” or to donate, visit www.ZontaSanCap.org. Follow Zonta Sanibel-Captiva on Facebook and “like” Zonta Sanibel-Captiva (@zontasancap) on Instagram.