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Friends of Mound House President Ellen Vaughan, Jerry Kemp and Beverley Milligan.

Mound House volunteer Jackie Bredeson (left) stands with Nan Williams, who won the bid for the most wanted auction item of the night at the dinner party fundraiser Friends of the Mound House on Friday evening. Photographer Andrew West’s 20 x 30 metal print photograph features a baby Loggerhead Sea Turtle released into the Gulf of Mexico. Photo by Nathan Mayberg

Mound House volunteer Cherie Smith holds the artwork of former councilor Joanne Shamp, which was purchased by Gayle Crabtree Pergoli at Friday night’s auction for Friends of Mound House. Photo by Nathan Mayberg

Rexann Hosafros, vice mayor of Fort Myers Beach (left to right), Carmine Hosafros and Laurie Nienhaus.

Jack Leson (left to right), Kathy Leson, Lorna Littrell and Elaine Parks.

Louise Davis (clockwise from left), Paul Shahan, Tracy Wagaman, Dennis Wagaman, Alex King, Nina King, Tom Flaherty, Pam Flaherty. Photo by Nathan Mayberg

This Ellen Negley painting was the subject of a competitive auction in which the winning bid was landed by John Hennessey of San Carlos Island.

Mound House volunteers Roger Frick (left to right), Sue Brettingen and Leslie Frick. Photo by Nathan Mayberg

Jessica Hernstadt (left) and Fort Myers beach manager Roger Hernstadt.

Fort Myers Beach Mayor Ray Murphy and Cheryl Locke.

Gayle Crabtree Pergoli (right) stands with the artwork she won by former Fort Myers Beach City Councilwoman Joanne Shamp. At left is Mound House volunteer Cherie Smith, who helped sell the item at auction.

Erica Racz, Elsie Roper and Matthew Pleskovic. Photo by Nathan Mayberg

Patrick and Carolyn McKeown won the auction for this Mound House pastel work by Jamie Guyot.

Fresh air, open fields, views of the bay and a wandering supper were enjoyed by over 120 guests at the Mound House for “Clever Intersect 3.0,” a fundraiser for the historic house and museum.

The Friends of the Mound House, which helps support city property programs, held their first fundraiser for Fort Myers Beach’s oldest home, which sits atop a Shell Mound built by the Calusas, an ancient Native American tribe.

On a cozy Friday evening under a tent, artworks and prints by local artists and photographers were auctioned off. Food was served by Jordan Webster Catering and refreshments were served courtesy of Friends of the Mound House.

“We were very satisfied” said Ellen Vaughan, president of Friends of Mound House. “We were hoping to have 100 people and we had (more than) 120”, said Vaughan. “The weather cooperated immensely.”

Vaughan hopes the event is the start of future opportunities to celebrate and support Mound House. “The place speaks for itself” she says. “It’s so beautiful.”

Vaughan helped support the development of Mound House and its programs. She has a college and Internet technology background, and likes to joke that she “was around when the internet was born.” She credits Allison Geisen, director of culture, parks and recreation for the City of Fort Myers Beach, with managing the Mound House and writing grants to bolster programming there.

The City of Fort Myers Beach funds Mound House staff and operations, while the Friends of Mound House provides volunteers and helps write grants and support programming.

Geisen has been responsible for the Mound House since it first opened to the public. “It’s more than just a museum” she says. Geisen thanks the interpretive staff for selecting and providing the programs, which include tours of the property, Shell Mound and museum, kayak tours, and demonstrations of the artifacts and tools Calusa used 2 years ago. 000 years. “It’s wonderful to see him grow” Geisen said.

“It’s living history” said Gayle Crabtree Pergoli, volunteer guide at Mound House. “2000 years ago the Calusa built the Shell Mound on which we now stand.” She also gives weekly nature walks along Fort Myers Beach to Newton Park as part of Mound House programming.

At Friday’s auction, Pergoli was the high bidder for an artwork by former Fort Myers Beach City Councilman Joanne Shamp. A number of works of art were auctioned as part of the fundraiser for Friends of the Mound House.

Nancy Williams won the most contested artwork, a 20×30 photograph by Andrew West on a metal print of a baby Loggerhead Sea Turtle released into the Gulf of Mexico by Turtle Time founder Eve Haverfield.

Williams, who bought the photo with her husband Jeff, called the photo “surprising” and said she identified with the photo for her love of turtles.

“The wonderful thing about living at the beach is our marine life”, she says.

“I live at the beach and totally support Turtle Time,” said Mrs. Williams. “I walk my dog ​​every morning on the beach. When you see the turtle tracks, it warms my heart.

Fort Myers Beach Vice Mayor Rexann Hosafros said the Mound House has a “multitude” of

attributes. “It’s historical and it’s nature, it’s educational. You can come here to fish.

Roger Frick, who volunteers as a tour guide and guide, called the Mound House “the jewel of the island.” Leslie Frick, who also volunteers at Mound House, said “people everywhere” to visit.

Vaughan credited Alex and Nina King with helping underwrite Friday’s fundraiser and refreshments.

“It lays the foundation for many successful fundraisers,” said Vaughan.

The Mound House, she says, is “an attraction for people who appreciate history, the natural environment and the people who have gone before us. It is unique to the city. This sets the city apart. »

The Mound House, Vaughan says, gives Fort Myers Beach a “wow factor.”

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