Eric Pfeifer and Nicole Decker McHale are a common sight here on Sanibel Island as this auction duo has donated their time and talent to many non-profit events.
Their most recent appearance was at the Bailey Matthews National Shell Museum's Under the Sea Gala.
With over 60,000 visitors to the Shell Museum every year, this National treasure is the only place like it in the world. Their educational programs serve thousands of school children a year and now with the addition of their traveling tank, they can take living mollusks directly to local schools. Our Shell Museum is a national treasure in our own backyard. Thanks to the many individuals who keep the doors open and the public educated: Dorrie Hipschman (Executive Director), Jose' Leal Ph. D. (Curator), and their incredible Board of Trustees and Volunteers.
Education helps us all to understand the fragile balance in nature that must be maintained so that even the smallest of creatures can thrive in the World's oceans.
Live auction items included: An in home 5 course dinner and wine parring for 6 people catered by Bailey's Chef donated by Richard Johnson. This item was so popular that Richard doubled the item and offered to do the dishes too! Another fabulous item was a Personal Pet Portrait painted by long time Bailey Matthews Shell Museum supporter Kim Nealon.
This year the live auction included a "Mystery Box" of shells and the high bidder was Mary Ellen Pfeifer. So when your husband Eric Pfeifer is the auctioneer you have to wonder if this was fare? Well, she told him she was not leaving with out it. Learn more about Mary Ellen's Shell Obsession. What was in the mystery box? The best prize of the evening: A hand picked selection of shells by Museum Curator Jose' Leal. Each shell was boxed and labeled with it's Latin Name and Date. If you go next year, plan on more stiff bidding competition should another "mystery item" go on the auction block.
Where will Eric Pfeifer and Nicole Decker-McHale show up next? Their next event will be at the Sanctuary Golf Course Club House to help F.I.S.H. of Sanibel and Captiva raise money for families in need here on the islands. What will they be doing? Well, that's a well kept secret for only those who attend. Here's a hint... the theme of the event is "The Wizard of Oz".
If you love shells, be sure to attend the Annual Shell Fair Festival