Submitted By: Sara Wolf

Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island – Publicity Chairperson

Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island members celebrated the holidays with a “Black and White” Gala at the Marco Island Yacht Club on Tuesday, December 7. Members and their guests dressed in black and white, and the table décor carried through the black and white theme with centerpieces in silver cubes underlaid with black netting that showcased white spider mums among black and silver accents. The evening began with a short business meeting at which new members Jo-Ann Carroll, Claudia Bruni and Jeanne Schultz were introduced.

Members also held a raffle of holiday and gift items from donors that included a painting donated by Jo-Ann Sanborn, gift certificates from Kathein Jewelers, Italian Deli, CJ’s On the Bay, Keep in Touch, Island Cheese Company, Island Chicken, Betty Newman Art, Paddle Marco, Paradise Cycle Pedal Boat, and members Janice Engel, Jackie Purvis, Jennifer Ferrier and Lindy Kowalczyk.

Garden Club members enjoyed dinner and dancing at the festive evening holiday party.  A disc jockey , whose services were donated by member Sharon Lewis, provided dance music – including lots of “oldies” that the members and guests danced to as they recalled their earlier years. The photo shows several garden club members dancing to the ever-popular song “Y-M-C-A.”

Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island is a Section 501(c)3 organization and is a member of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs.  Membership is open to persons interested in horticulture, floral design and environmental matters residing 5 months or more in Collier County. 

Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island meets the second Monday of each month, October through April at Wesley United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.  If you are interested in membership, please contact the Garden Club at  For updates and information, please visit the Garden Club’s website,, or visit the Club’s Facebook page Calusa Garden Club.

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Sara Wolf and Claudia Bruni took the photos.