Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Letter To The Editor: Pat Berry



The 15th Southwest Florida Soapfest has come and gone. We made some changes, added an extra day and it all paid off…what a great event.

Each year we thank over 100 individuals and organizations who donate to this wonderful cause – whether it be their talent, time, money, food, gift certificates, housing, vehicles, etc. All of us at Soapfest feel very privileged to be a part of a community that pulls together as the Soapfest cogs move to make this wheel turn.

We had a group of 9 wonderful actors who donated their time and supported us with bundles of enthusiasm and energy. They flew in from New York and LA and added so much to this weekend. We had 50 volunteers who came from England to Illinois to Idaho and Marco Island. We had donations from so many wonderful restaurants on the Island. We had local businesses and individuals donate gift certificates and various other auction items. We had posters in practically every shop on Marco Island. It has not been easy but the outcome has been well worth the hard work – a fun event with lots of fine memories culminating in local children benefiting. Whether you’re a Soap fan or not you have supported a very, very worthwhile cause.

On behalf of all of us at Soapfest we thank the following for their generous contributions;
Bistro Soleil, Capt. Brien’s Seafood and Raw Bar, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Centennial Bank, Ciao Bella, Clausen Properties, Davide, Dunkin Donuts, Marco Island Princess, Anne Henegan, CJ’s On The Bay, Marco Movies, ABC and CBS Soaps In Depth, Empire Bagel Factory, Gino’s Trattoria, Hoot’s, Island Gypsy, J. Robert, Mango’s, McDonald’s, Marco Island Yacht Club, Paradise Seafood, Philly Grill, Porky’s, Publix, Red Rooster, Soap Opera Digest, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Steve Reynolds, Stonewall’s, Vandy’s 5 Brothers, Verdi’s Bistro, and Winn Dixie.

As we reminisce, everyone will have his or her own memories. What stands out to me year after year is the generosity that this event creates and the spirit that everyone demonstrates to make this happen – and I really mean everyone. Thank you for caring, sharing, and giving – until next time, may this year be kind to you.

Many, Many Thanks,
Pat Berry and Soapfest Staff

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