FEBRUARY 17, 2024




PIGC GALA Raffle Prizes 

Collection Date and Announcements

The GALA Raffle Committee is ready to work on prize organization, baskets, and anything else we need to do for the 

GALA Raffle

which includes the 

Lucky Buckets

Silent Auction 


Prize Wheel!

*At the November PIGC meeting, members selected a business or other organization to solicit prizes, art, crafts, and/or gift certificates. 
Now we need all the prizes!!!  *If you haven’t already done so, please go get your prizes ASAP! 
*Be sure to attach an information sheet to each prize that you donate.  If you’re not sure of a value, make a good guess, and be sure to note your name and phone number.  

If you have any other NEW items that you would like to donate, that we might be able to use for gifts, baskets and/or basket making, we would like those items as well.  Please - no used items, no used artwork, etc.  

We could also use baskets, (and other containers to make gifts with, flower pots, buckets, etc), basket wraps, wired ribbon for bow making, etc., and some bottles of wine! 
Note on Large Breakable items and other similar prizes:   If you have prizes that are large, easily scratched, breakable or otherwise easily damaged or spoiled, (rain barrels, painted furniture, etc.), do not bring them to us on the collection date.  Instead, take a photo of the item, and attach that photo to an information sheet about the item.  Bring the photo and sheet ASAP and then bring the item to the Raffle area early on the morning of the GALA. 

Any questions?  Call Bonnie at 239/297-9277 

GALA ’24 Raffle Committee:  

Bonnie Kellen

Joyce Bieber,

Susan Schroeder

Cheryl King

Pat Sullivan

Chris Buntin

Julie Stein

Alice Trant

Nancy Kennedy

Paula Moeller 

Beth Smith

The Donation Sheet is below:




Dear Merchant,

The Pine Island Garden Club will be presenting its 22nd annual Garden Club Gala on Saturday, February 17, 2024 at Phillips Park, one block from Pine Island Center.

The Gala is a fun filled day for the entire island community and hundreds of off Islanders.

The Park will be filled with a variety of plants for sale from top growers and garden club members, as well as treasures from island artists and crafters. This event is free to the public!

Our largest contributor to the Gala is the raffle. We ask local merchants, vendors, and members to donate gift certificates or merchandise.

This is a wonderful opportunity to advertise, promote traffic in your place of business and to help fund local charities. ALL OF THE FUNDS GENERATED ARE DISTRIBUTED TO THE FOLLOWING:





The funds also help us maintain Phillips Garden Park and the grounds of the Museum of the Island.

We would greatly appreciate your participation and support. If you have questions please do not hesitate to phone one of us directly. You may also make a monetary donation or voucher. Checks should be made out to PIGC.

Please mail to: Beth Smith, 3107 Bracci Dr., St James City, FL. 33956

Thank you for your generous support! .

Check out our website at

Marty Kendall, President 

Beth Smith, VP
Pine Island Garden Club Garden Gala Chair

239-283-8175 410-336-0262






Dear _____________________,

Thank you for your raffle donation of :

to the Pine Island Garden Club’s 22nd annual Garden Club Gala. The annual Garden Gala has become a fun and educational event for our community.

The raffle has always been a successful factor toward our fund raising efforts. We are able to make substantial financial contributions to the Calusa Land Trust, Pl Elementary, C.R.O.W., the Beacon of Hope, and the Pine Island Food Pantry.

We maintain the grounds of the Museum of the Islands and Phillips Park as well as support other endeavors such as bringing plants to home-bound and nursing home residents.

We are so grateful and appreciative of your continued generous support.



Member of: The Pine Island Garden Club

The Pine Island Garden Club is a working garden and service organization. Because we all want our programs and projects to be successful, there are general expectations of each member.  In addition, there are specific expectations for the annual Garden Gala, our only fundraiser. These are:
A: Donate one or more healthy potted plants for the plant table, 
B: Donate Baked goods for the bake sale table. 
C:  Work a two hour shift the day of the Gala, or work two hours prior to the Gala assisting with the preparation activities.



Garden Gala Coffee and Bake Sale

Bring a baked item to the Gala!  Our booth is located next to the Raymond James building parking lot and we will be there at 6:15 am.

The instructions below need to be followed:

1)  Brownies, cookies,  and muffins - Place 1 to 6 depending on size in a small plastic bag and label each bag.

2)  Sweetbreads, pies, and cakes - Do not cut.  We can usually sell them whole.  Small loaves are popular.

3) Cakes and cupcakes with icing or anything that needs refrigeration is not acceptable.  

4) If the item contains nuts, it must be noted on the label.

5) Sugar-free and gluten-free items are welcomed.  We always sell out.

6) Do not use press and seal wrap.  The item can not be clearly seen. 

7) We will price all items. Be sure to label each one.

8) If you want a dish returned, be sure to put your name on the bottom.

We always have a very successful bake sale because of the support of our members!  

Pine Island Garden Club Gala 
Ask the Expert Table 

The Florida Master Gardener Volunteer Program is a volunteer-driven program that benefits UF/IFAS Extension and the citizens of Florida. The program relies on dedicated volunteers who have an interest in gardening and in giving back to their communities.  The mission of the program is, “to assist Extension Agents in providing research-based horticultural education to Florida residents”.  Master Gardener Volunteers can serve as an “Extension” of the University of Florida/Polk County and share that information with county residents.

GALA ‘22 Raffle and Silent Auction

PIGC Members:

Please collect anything that still needs to be collected from local merchants, purchase gift certificates, make a lovely basket, etc.

Turn in all items, gift certificates, photos of items, and anything else you have for the Gala Raffle, to Bonnie Kellen at 4111 Galt Island Avenue, SJC. *Be sure to attach a Gala Raffle Prize Information slip to each item.

Any items that can be easily scratched during transport, (painted rain barrels, art work, etc.), bring on the morning of the Gala. Take a photo of the item to come and turn in the photo so the Raffle committee knows what’s coming.

Please call Bonnie at 239/283-8677 or c239/297-9278 and let her know you are dropping items off. It’s best if I’m home to get the items from you, but if I’m not home, let me know you’re dropping items off, and put those items on the 2nd floor porch on a chair or on the table.

Any questions? Give Bonnie a call.




Master Gardener Coordinator

Extension Program Manager

UF/IFAS Extension Lee County

3410 Palm Beach Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33916

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