Guest Comment: Hookers Tenth Annual ‘Island Luau’ Tasting Event Generates $15,000 for Beacon of Hope Programs | News, Sports, Jobs


The Matlacha Hookers is a nonprofit 501c3 women’s charity. Our organization has members from Matlacha and the Greater Pine Island area, as well as Cape Coral, North Fort Myers and Fort Myers.

We are proud and honored to announce that the tenth annual tasting, held on Sunday, February 27, 2022 at the St. James City Civic Center, was sold out. The response from the Pine Island community is always amazing.

A check for $15,000 was presented to Nancy Buthman, Director of Seniors Programs for The Beacon of Hope, at the Matlacha Hookers AGM. We are so grateful to the more than 125 businesses and families in the Pine Island area who donated silent auction items and money to help offset the running costs of the event. Here is a list of sponsors, companies and individuals included, in alphabetical order:

Orchid Sponsors – John R Wood Properties – Erin Lollar-Lambert; Julie Oberlin; Stephen Longest; Ragged Ass Saloon / Mainstay Barnacles; and York Road Marine

Hibiscus Sponsors – Artesian Pool Construction, Ted Bluey, Joyce and Tom Boyer, Honc Industries, Meier Home Services, Pine Island Pools, Brady and Christy Rau and Uni-Scapes Landscape and Design

Plumeria Sponsors – A-1 Marine, American Legion, Pine Island Post 136, Ancuram Family Medicine, Bert’s Bar & Grill, Blue Water Realty, Pine Island, Bob and Annie’s Boatyard Inc., Melville Brinson, III, PA, Florida Complete Realty, Island Bikeworks Inc., Pine Island Tax and Accounting Co., Reef Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Riverdale Dental Associates, Bob and Jamie Richard, Mike Shevlin – Century 21 Sunbelt Realty and Stearn Custom Builders

Silent Auction Donors – Alden Pines Country Club, Genie Andrews, Angler’s Inn, Angles Hair Design, Bert’s Pine Bay Gallery, Blenko Handblown Glass, Blue Dog Bar and Grill, Bokeelia Art Gallery, Bo and Linda Bohacek, Bone Fish Grill, Chris Buntin, Buon Appetito, Marie Cahill was featured artist, Cape Cleaners, Captain Cathy Eagle Tours, Captiva Cruises, Chuck’s Auto Repair, Cruisin Tiki Boat Tour, Deb Cundell, Denise DeMilo, Sun Shrimp, Fine Swine, Firestone Auto Care, Florida Complete Realty, Freedom Boat Club, Frills Gallery, Footprints in the Sand, Julia Gaylor, Get Perk’d Coffee, Goldies Chicken Shack, Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce, Gregory’s Fusion Restaurant, House of Omelets, Hurricane Grill and Wings, IMG History and Science Center, Island Crab Company, Island Exchange Realty, Island Grill, Island Pho Grill, Island Seafood Market, Island Time Fashions, Island Visions, Isn’t She Everything/Hair by Amanda, Isn’t She Everything /hair by Cory, Anita J annotti, Jewelry by Jonine, JMC Landscaping, Jason’s Deli, Pat Johnsen, Jug Creek Marina & Fish House, Gwen Kaushagen, Sandy Kerr, Key West Express, Kramer Cutting Edge Sharpening Services, Little Lilly’s Island Deli, Leoma Lovegrove, Lumiere Cosmetic Vein Center, Phyliss Martin, Matlacha Menagerie, Matlacha Tiny Houses, May-Rah-Kee Salon, Miceli’s, Monroe Canal Marina, Nick B’s Artesian Market, Darra Newman, O Foods, Off the Charts Inn, Palmetto Golf Club, Patriots Pets and Supplies, Sandy Peculis – Castaway Realty, Perfect Cup, Phuzzy’s Boat Shack, Pine Island Auto Care, Pine Island Feed, Pine Island Pizza, Pineland Marina, DJ Ruscik, Salon Alvarez, Salon@Club Square, Janet Sams Art Gallery, Seven Seas Bait and Tackle, Shah Hadjebi, Spyrnal Financial Group, St. James Automotive, St. James Fish Company, ServPro of Cape Coral, Mo Steinman, Laura Suria, Sweeney’s SOS, Tarpon Lodge, Teddy’s Treasures, Lorah Tidwell, Torched Bar and Grill, Theresa Kramer, Trader’s Hitching Post, Tween Ea ux, Two Fish Inn, Waterfront Restaurant, Wildfly Charters and Yucatan Restaurant.

A special thank you to CW Fudge for over 6 years of support and delicious desserts that always make our tasting events so special. Finally, thank you to Cindy Bickford and the St. James City Civic Center for their hospitality in organizing our event.

If you would like to participate in our RECYCLING PROGRAM, we would greatly appreciate it if you could donate your silent auction basket to us for next year’s event. Simply drop it off at the Trader’s Hitching Post in Matlacha or the Beacon of Hope in St. James City.

Please mark your calendars for the eleventh annual Island Luau to be held on Sunday, February 26, 2023, again at the St. James City Civic Center

For more information about the event or our organization, you can visit our website: or Facebook.

To learn more about the Beacon of HOPE and the work they do for the island, you can visit them at


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