The Community House, voted “2017’s Best of the Islands: Event Facility”—an award conferred by the Islander newspaper—is operated as a private, nonprofit (501c3) organization. The Sanibel Community Association supports The House’s activities solely via donations, event and rental fees, and membership dues. Any islander or island business or civic organization can contribute to its mission by becoming a member.
Members are entitled to reduced rates for SCA-sponsored events. Annual membership fees are $50 for an individual, $100 for a family, $150 for a business or civic organization, and $1,000 for a patron.
Head of Culinary Education Jarred Harris (opposite page) teaches a kids’ class. This page, clockwise from top left: Executive director T eresa Riska-Hall sits in a cozy corner of the Founder’s Room, and board president Bill Sartoris stands by one of the room’s fireplaces. Lance Lambert is one of the organizatio n’s two tech wizards. On May 9, 2016, SCA board members and staff broke ground on construction and renovations. Shell-crafting classes are a staple of The House.