Peek at the Unique - March 14, 2020 - Saturday


General Information about A Peek at the Unique


Saturday, March 14, 2020 is the projected date of the 19th annual “A Peek at the Unique,” the record-setting home tour and signature fund raiser for the Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva and the Zonta Foundation of Southwest Florida. It is a sought-after day out for islanders, seasonal residents and visitors from off island.

The guided tour of four island homes, each one unique in its own way, takes about three hours. Guests ride comfortably on air-conditioned buses with an experienced tour attendant and receive specific information about each home visited. Prior to boarding, they enjoy delicious refreshments provided by leading island restaurants and caterers. The tour departure point will again be the Sanibel Community Church, reopened after extensive renovations and improvements.

Funds raised come from tour ticket sales, business sponsors, individual benefactors and Chance at the Unique Raffle ticket sales. Proceeds from the 2019 Peek  were the highest ever, and the club will distribute over $100,000 in grants to local organizations that focus on improving the status of women. This is in addition to over $30,000 pledged to Zonta International in support of global initiatives that target women’s needs for health, financial independence and freedom from violence and slavery. The monies raised by the Peek are distributed in grants by the Zonta Foundation of Southwest Florida, Inc., a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit group, to local and international organizations that are consistent with the Zonta mission: to empower women and girls on island, in Lee County and throughout the world.

Winner of the 2019 Chance at a Unique

  • Dinner for eight prepared by Cordon Bleu trained chef Loretta Paganini and served in last year’s breathtaking Gulf-front Peek home - Sea Glass - Lee Childers
  • A $1000.00 gift certificate for a Family portrait or underwater fine artwork by  artist Susan J. Roche - Scott Barnes
  • Gift certificates to see Sanibel by air and sea, including an aerial tour over Sanibel with pilot John Bisson, a four hour private eco boat tour with Captain Ben, a guided tour of Ding Darling and a ride on the Thriller - Mort Kanner
  • A Whitney’s Bait and Tackle chartered fishing trip for four with a local fishing guide with a box lunch provided by Sanibel Deli- Wendy Kindig
  • Unique art by Island female artists including Marianne Ravenna, Wendy Miller, Melanie Moraga and Pam Boyton as well as a gift certificate for framing from Sanibel Art & Frame - Nancy Rolley
  • A four course dinner for four at Il Cielo plus gift certificates of $200 each from Cedar Chest, Lily & Co., and Congress Jewelers, and a $50 gift certificate from Peach Republic- Susan Tucker


Winners of the 2019 Auctions

  • Luxury New York City Condo -  Laura Giles
  • "Sprit of Sanibel" giclee by Sissi Janku - Susie and Vinny Nowell and Robin Kirk (Thank you to Sissi for offering a second giclee.)
  • Useppa Island Club Getaway - Kay Engelbrecht

Zonta's 2019 Peek at the Unique Booklet  click here.


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Special Thanks to our major business sponsors (some pictured below): John Grey painting, American Gallery of Homes, Architecture Joyce Owens, Island Home Service/Tree West, Gulf Breeze Cottages, Dan Hahn Custom Builders/Sanibel Design Center, and individual benefactors Joan Sherman and Sharon Ellen. Not shown- Gene's Books, Kirchner Contracting, SAM Builders and South Seas Resort.

Zonta's 2019 Peek at the Unique Booklet  click here.