THANK YOU!

CONTRIBUTORS TO THE CALADESI DISCOVERY CENTER 

(LISTED BY CATEGORY)

10/1/21

 

GREAT HORNED OWL

(Over $300,000.00)

Francis & Gertrude Levett Foundation

 

EAGLE

($10,000.00 - $49,999.00)

Anonymous

Jean Barnes

Clearwater Chamber of Commerce

Clearwater Gas System

Dimmitt Family

Dunedin Kiwanis Foundation

Rev. Bob & Terry Fortner

JMC Design & Development

Rotary Club of Dunedin

Sandpearl Resort

George & Maureen Skalkeas

Christopher Still

Swiss Club St. Petersburg

Tampa Bay Magazine
 

OSPREY

($5,000.00 - $ 9,999.00)

John Burmeister

Gladys E. Douglas

Barbara Greenfield

Henry Scharrer Memorial Fund

Pierre Nardi Estate

Sabina Otto

West Florida Y Runners Club

Xanadu Race Management

 

INDIGO BUNTING

($1,500.00 - $4,999.00)

Anonymous (2)

Beck Graphics, Inc.

Brighthouse

Caladesi Island Ferry

Jane Chivas

Coinstar

Amy Connors

Cork ‘n Brew

Edward Droste

Dunedin Boat Club

Michael Galasso

Paula & Michael Gettino

Phil Henderson

Richard & Audrey Hillman

John Hobach

JMC Communities

Laura Kozman

Jeff & Kathy Rhoads

Sabal Trust Company

Julie Scales

Schmidt Operating Development

Dan Shouvlin

Kelly Victory

Cynthia Webster in loving memory of Nancy J. Smith

CARDINAL

($500.00 - $1,499.00)

Anonymous (2)

Advantus Leisure Management Services

Benevity Impact Fund/QVC

The Bernd Group

Joseph Brady

Fairlie Brinkley

Andrew Caudell

Rod Collman A.I.A.

David Couzen

Nicholas Diceglie

John & Martha Espey

Cynthia Farris

Florida’s Beach Services

Arnie Forte

Ken Fullerton

GFWC North Pinellas Woman’s Club

Greater Dunedin Chamber of Commerce

Sandra Hess

Scott & Diane Hood

Humana

Jeff Hunter

B. & M. Johnston

Allison Kallevig and friends in loving memory of Jill Aljian

Klar & Klar Architects 

Charles & Robin Klein

Bob & Stephanie Komarek

Edward Lechner

Charles Mossman

Nancy Nichols

Northern Trust

Outerwall, Inc.

D. Petrucelli

F. James & Donna Richter

Melinda Robinson

In memory of Greg Siegel from family and friends

Edward & Mara Steponaitis

C. Watson

Webb Revocable Trust

Ann Whitley

Williamson, Diamond & Canton, P.A.

James & Marcie Zweifel in memory of Chris Bernotas
 

MOCKINGBIRD

(Up to $499.00)

Anonymous (5)

Carolyn Allen

Shirley Anderson

Al & Maryanne Bailey

Robert Baker

Pat & Tom Bauer

Sandra Berschneider

Harry Bickford

George Anne Bissett

William Botero

Roberta Cantor

Jane Beth Ciesielski

Tonya Clayton

Christopher Constantine Jr.

Corporate Properties LLC

Bill Crown

CV Advisors LLC

Ray Dabkowski

Joyce D’Auria

Jeanne & James Davis in memory of Keith Davis

John DiBlasi in honor of the DiBlasi Family

Dee Dubendorf

Linda & Gary Duff

Richard Farrell

Ken Fullerton

Joan Galvin

Kent & Hilde Goldstein

Jeff Gow

Granger Matching Charities

Betsey Guilfoyle

Joseph G. Haines

Pamela Hair 

Paul Harris

Collin Heimenson

Betty Helphrey

Hoffman Architects, P.A.

Cindy Housley

Diane Havens Ingram in memory of mother Peg and aunt Myrtle

Sean Jones

Patricia Kennedy

Hazel Kirk

Keith Kurber in memory of Henry Kurber

Deborah Pointer Kynes in memory of Dr. Ed L. Pointer, M.D.

Bruce & Deidra Livingston

Terri Marks

Joseph A. Matocha

Paul & Michelle Martanovic in memory of Steve & Hazel Martanovic

Jerry Messman

Nancy Mitchem

Network for Good

Bob & Barbara O’Connell

Palm Harbor Newcomers Club

James & Theresa Polgar

Barbara Read

James & Joan Reichardt

Pat Reinhart

Mark Robinson

Melinda Robinson

Marianne Sapsara

Marilyn Schaeperklaus in honor of Donald Kierys

Garrett & Erica Sell

John & Suzanne Shannahan

John Shelling

Susan Siewruk

Ben Skinner

Pat Sommers

John & Melody Staunton in memory of Ruby Staunton

John Stewart

Patricia Sweeney

Terbo Group

The Living Room on Main

Carolyn & Mike Thomas

Peter & Millie Tibma

Trio Films

Eleanor Vassel

Deborah Vouris

Nathan Walker

R. Carlton Ward

Patrick Whelan

Janet Wilson

Ronald Wright

Maura Zeph

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The Caladesi Discovery Center is nearing completition and Grand Opening is planned for late this year - 2021.

 

A decade of planning and fundraising preceded the ground breaking in 2020. 

After many years of work, we were convinced we had raised sufficient funds for our portion of the costs but the final $1.6 million contract left us approximately $76,000 short of our share. Fortunately we were able to meet the unexpected higher goal when our most generous donor, the Francis and Gertrude Levett Foundation, contributed an additional $76,200 (bringing their total donations to over $325,000).

The Covid-19 pandemic created many unexpected challenges. Special events on Honeymoon Island are the major source of revenue for us and all but one of the special events were cancelled in 2020 and 2021.  In a normal year Theatre Night, Island EarthDays, Halloween in the Park and the Bluegrass Festival generated over $50,000 in net income which was used to support Honeymoon and Caladesi Island State Parks.

We are still suffering from the pandemic and we need your help!

If you are able to help, it’s easy.

 

Please click on one of the links below to help:

Friends of the Island Parks Membership

Annual memberships start at $35 and include monthly video or in-person meetings with naturalist speakers. Other benefits include: 12 admissions for up to eight people per visit to Honeymoon Island State Park, discounts on retail purchases in the Rotary Centennial Nature Center, and discounts on food at the Cafe Honeymoon.  Other membership levels include ferry rides to Caladesi Island State Park, private tours and our Lifetime Membership includes recognition on a permanent plaque at  the Rotary Centennial Nature Center.

Donate to the Friends of the Island Parks

Both the Honeymoon and Caladesi Island parks benefit from donations of special equipment and additional funding for improving the parks. We provide funding for  a designated full time ranger to staff the Nature Center,  lead the 60+ Nature Center volunteers and supervise the retail operations. The Friends also purchased information photo display signs for the Osprey Trail, trail maps, boardwalk and building improvements, a special Gator vehicle suitable for beach and trails, a copier for the park staff, and the Native Plant Garden.  We welcome donations of any size. 

Shop Online at the Honeymoon Island Nature Store 

There is a wide variety of nature related gifts including: jewelry, mugs, children's books, jigsaw puzzles, magnets, toys, crafts, tee shirts and Florida State Park masks.

Help fund the interpretative displays for the Caladesi Discovery Center

Construction of the Discovery Center is fully funded but we still need funds for interpretative displays to enhance visitors' experience and understanding of Caladesi Island.  If you have an interest in this specific project or any other specific items, please contact board member Bob Fortner at unityphrev@gmail.com.

Thank you for your past and future support.  We are a volunteer organization and are completely dependent upon your support.  As I said at the beginning of this letter, this has been a year of celebration and challenges.  We hope you will join us when we celebrate the opening of the Caladesi Discovery Center and help us meet today’s challenges.

We will return to monthly meetings at the Rotary Centennial Nature Center hopefully in the near future.  Until that time, thank you for your continued support and we wish you happiness and health.

Sincerely,

George Skalkeas 

President

Friends of the Island Parks