Star-Studded Service & Fun Guaranteed at Museum’s “Celebrity Island Dinner”

Written by: John Suau
Publication Date: September 24, 2012

For one night only, island celebrities trade in their star status for aprons and trays to serve dinner guests at The Bailey- Matthews Shell Museum’s annual “Celebrity Island Dinner” from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. Oct. 3 at Traders Restaurant.  

"The attendance was good last year," said Sandy Stilwell, who is a returning celebrity server and the Museum committee co-chair with Anne Joffe. "Our goal is again to have a sold out crowd." Stilwell will be joined by 12 other celebrities including Ric Base, Karen Bell, Mark Blust, Fire Chief Danny Duncan, Krista Fogelsong, Terry Igo, Anne Joffe, Museum director Dr. José Leal, Clay Miller, John Naumann, Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane, and Dan Schuyler.

"I will be pulling in some big tips," said Stilwell, who is also a returning celebrity, but wouldn't divulge her plan. "It's top secret." Stilwell said there would be a little more "wow" at this year's dinner, which raised more than $10,000 last year for the Museum. "October is a slow month, so it's a win/win for Traders and the Museum. We're gathering much-needed funds and teaching people how important the Museum is for the community."

The menu will include a choice of soup or salad (fresh seafood gumbo, feta and raspberry mixed green salad, or a classic Caesar salad); entrée (shrimp linguini, Parmesan-encrusted chicken, tropical-flavored grouper, or peppercorn encrusted ribeye steak); and dessert (Keylime or Peanutbutter pie).

The event begins with cocktails at 6:30 pm followed by dinner at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $55 per person, and all proceeds benefit The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum. This annual event guarantees to put the “fun” into fundraiser. Not only will you walk away with a happy tummy, but you can win one of many great raffle prizes from local hotels and merchants. Chris Workman will perform island music favorites.  Reservations are required. To register, please visit  If you have questions, please contact John Suau at or call (239) 395-2233.


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