The first annual Southwest Florida Fest (SWFF) will be held at White Cottage Red Door in Fish Creek and benefit the Friends of Peninsula State Park’s current park projects. The event will be the first time reclaimed wood and metal from Eagle Tower will be made available to the public.
Local residents Bob and Paula Cummings started SWFF as a way for anyone who spends part of their winter season in Southwest Florida to get together annually and to benefit a different Door County charity each year.
Hosting the event will be local business owners Chris and Jessica Hadraba and Lisa and Kevin Howard, who opened doors to White Cottage Red Door in the spring of 2017. The owners, former residents and business owners on Marco Island, are excited to partner with SWFF and The Friends of Peninsula State Park to provide the venue for the event.
The event is open to the public and takes place Sept. 30, 1-4 pm, at White Cottage Red Door at 8813 Hwy 42, Fish Creek.
Tickets will be sold at the door for $25/adults and $15/kids (12 and younger). The event includes live entertainment, raffle, silent auction and a live auction to include pieces of wood and metal from Eagle Tower. All proceeds will be donated to the Friends of Peninsula State Park.
The wood and metal auction will include limited “as is” pieces of the tower as well as repurposed pieces. Carpenters and artists are encouraged to contact Eagle Tower Fund Campaign Director Rachel Stollenwerk at [email protected] if interested in repurposing materials as part of the fundraiser.
Next year’s fundraising event will take place Sept. 29. Indications of interest to be a charity recipient should email Paul Cummings at [email protected].