2019 CREW Concert Silent Eco-Auction Preview

One of the highlights of our annual concert is the Silent Eco-Auction! This year’s auction features 37 unique eco-themed lots donated by area resorts, tour leaders, destinations, CREW Trust members and friends.

Take a look at this year’s items and come ready to bid and bid often at the 2019 CREW Concert Under the Stars on Saturday, Feb. 16 from 5-9 p.m. at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate.

Swallow-tailed Kite Glass Top Coffee Table

Donated by Dick Anderson and Lucas Century

A truly unique artistic collaboration is the centerpiece of this year’s silent eco-auction. Lucas Century of Lucas Century Glass and CREW Trust member Dick Anderson have created a coffee table with a driftwood base topped with beveled glass sandblasted with the image of a swallow-tailed kite.

Good Fortune II Cruise for 8 people

Donated by Conservancy of SW FL

Take a cruise through Rookery Bay aboard the Conservancy of SW FL’s 33-passenger pontoon boat. Wildlife sighting opportunities include many species of birds, dolphins, manatees and other unique Florida animals. Booking must take within date range specified by donor and is subject to tides and availability.

Self-guided Kayak Trips on the Estero River

Donated by Pelican Sound Golf & River Club

Enjoy a kayak trip once a month from May-October 2019. Either two 1-person or two 2-person kayaks may be reserved one day each month. Pelican Sound Golf & River Club will provide the kayaks, paddles and life vests. Kayaks are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a kayak launch into the Estero River from within Pelican Sound Golf & River Club in Estero.

Panther Print – “The Guardian”

Donated by Brenda Brooks, CREW Trust Executive Director, & Barbara Centola, CREW Trust Volunteer

The beauty and serenity of the Florida panther is captured in this 30″ x 30″ print signed by artist Sherry Vintson. Item is framed and ready to hang in your home or office.

Spring Wildflower Walk at CREW for up to 20 people

Donated by Brenda Thomas, CREW Trust Trustee

Gather your Garden Club or nature-loving friend friends for a unique wildflower experience! FGCU Environmental Science Instructor Brenda Thomas will lead a group of up to 20 guests on a 2-3 hour wildlfower walk at CREW’s Cypress Dome Trails. Brenda served as the CREW Trust’s Environmental Education Specialist from 2007-2010 and will bring the ecosystems of the trail to life for your group. Tour is offered on a mutually agreed upon weekend in April 2019 when wildflowers are in bloom.

Moultrie M-50i Digital Game Camera

Donated by Tom Mortenson, CREW Trust Volunteer

Wondering what’s wandering in your yard? Prowling your preserve? Or do you just love all the game camera photos CREW Trust posts on Facebook? Bid on this camera, donated by volunteer and CREW Trust’s Game Camera Master Tom Mortenson! The Moultrie M-50i Digital Game Camera has INVISIBLE infrared LED flash technology along with 20-megapixel resolution, 1080p HD video, and a .3 second trigger time to capture pictures automatically by passing wildlife, day or night. Your nighttime images will be the brightest and clearest possible thanks to an Illumi-Night 2 Sensor. The camera can also be used for security purposes.

Exclusive Bird Rookery Swamp Bike Tour for 10

Donated by Peter Davis, CREW Trust Volunteer 

Experience the unique wildlife and vegetation of the more remote parts of Bird Rookery Swamp on this private bike tour with Peter Davis, CREW Turst volunteer naturalist and local cyclist.  You’ll see alligators, many types of wading birds and enjoy the cool shade of cypress trees. This tour will take 3-4 hours and is suited for those with a moderate physical fitness level, including the ability to pedal a bicycle for 3 hours on grassy trail with some obstacles. Bikes not included; date of tour to be agreed upon by guide and winner of experience and is subject to trail conditions.

FGCU/FL Wildlife Basket

Donated by Ricky Pires

Wild panthers aren’t particularly snuggly, but go ahead and cuddle up with this stuffed panther kitten! The winner of this basket will receive the aforementioned snuggles, a stuffed animal, wildlife photos, and more.

Eastern Screech Owl Box

Donated by Brian Beckner/Native Bird Boxes

This handcrafted, rough cedar bird box was created by Native Bird Boxes to encourage nesting for Eastern Screech owls, These small owls tend to live in all forest types including pine scrubs, cypress swamps, sand hills and agricultural and urban settings.

Eastern Bluebird Box

Donated by Brian Beckner/Native Bird Boxes

Though Eastern Bluebirds are migratory, sometimes they can be found at the same place year-round! Attract them to your yard with this handcrafted bird box from Native Bird Boxes, created to encourage nesting for Easter Bluebirds. They are found actively in dry pine flatlands, mixed pine scrub and other hardwood forests and in areas with scattered trees.

Swamp Buggy Ride for 10 at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Donated by Ed Carlson, CREW Trust Trustee

Join experienced back-country guide and Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary history expert Ed Carlson for this one-of-a-kind experience! You and 9 friends will join Ed for a 2-hour tour and learn about swamp ecology, the importance of conservation in Southwest Florida and the history of the CREW Project. Date to be determined with the guide at a mutally convenient time. Expires February 16, 2020.

Handcrafted Fishing Rod

Donated by Doug Machesney, CREW Trust Trustee

This one-of-a-kind item and experience is something we look forward to each year! Doug will create a fishing rod just for you, made to your specifications! Spin, fly, cast – you choose! This is a unique item and perfect for the fishing enthusiast in your life.

CREW Trust Swallow-tailed Kite Family Membership Package

Donated by the CREW Land & Water Trust

Show your support for the environment with a CREW Trust membership! This Swallow-tailed Kite level membership ($500 value) includes two CREW Trust water bottles, invitations to our members-only events and a private guided hike at a CREW location of your choice for up to 8 people. You’ll also receive a one-of-a-kind CREW birdhouse, which features a painted kettle gourd fitted with a 1 1/2″ entry hole ideal for local nesting species like Eastern Bluebirds, Carolina Wrens, Tufted Titmouse and more.

Gulf Sunset Cruise for 6 guests

Donated by Captain Dom Cotugno, SW Florida Boat Tours

Whether you’re celebrating a birthday or just want to relax and enjoy the gorgeous Gulf views, this sunset cruise is perfect for you! SW Florida Boat Tours will tailor this 2-3 hour tour to you and your guests. Their Egret 290 departs an hour before susnet, tours Naples Bay and Port Royal waters before making its way to the gulf for the Florida sunset. Your party can bring food, beverages and alcohol or arrange for a custom-catered cruise. Date of cruise subject to agreement between winning bidder and Southwest Florida Boat Toars. Valid through Feb. 16, 2020.

Tails on Trails

Donated by the CREW staff dogs and The Reed Family

Hit the trails with your favorite furry friend! This gift basket includes everything you need for a fantastic hike with Fido – from compostable poo bags and a leash perfect for trail running to a treat bag to hold our CREW dogs’ favorite treats – Chicken Chips! Along with the basket, the winning bidder will receive a private tour with Anne Reed, CREW Trust communications strategist and dog lover, at the CREW Marsh Trails for up to 6 guests (including furry friends). She will teach you some tips and tricks for hiking with your dog along with information about the ecosystems. Valid through Feb. 16, 2020.


Fossil Trip for 2

Donated by Mark & Marisa Renz

Join guides Mark and Marisa Renz for a guided walk-in fossil trip for two with Fossil Expeditions! You’ll get to dig into a river bed and screen for mammal, shark and reptile fossils on this memorable experience – just like people have seen on the Travel Channel! Date, time and location to be arranged by you with your guides. Expires 2/16/2020.

Fakahatchee Swamp Hike

Donated by Steve Houseknecht

You and three guests will experience a half-day (4-hour) natrualist-guided swamp walk through Fakhatchee Strand State Preserve Park, the orchid and bromeliad capital of the United States! Explore the surprising world of plants and animals that call the preserve home. Time and date to be determined with the guide. Expires 4/30/2020.

Exclusive Birthday Hike at the CREW Marsh Trails

Donated by The CREW Trust 

Hit the trails and celebrate your birthday – or any occasion! Your volunteer naturalist guide will lead you and up to 11 friends on a private guided walk at the CREW Marsh Trails. A gift certificate for one dozen delicious cupcakes from Cherie’s Sweet Treats is included.

Everglades Day Safari for 2 from Fort Myers area

Donated by Pete Corradino

Adventure awaits! Full day guided tour through the Everglades for 2 people. The Everglades Day Safari is a certified ecotour, led by a naturalist who guides you into the Everglades and explores the four main ecosystems, including the pine savannas, cypress swamps, mangrove forests, and sawgrass prairies. Enjoy an amazing airboat ride, a nature walk through ancient cypress, a mangrove wilderness boat tour in Everglades National Park, a wildlife drive through Big Cypress National Preserve, and a delicious southern lunch with the Everglades Day Safari Expires 2/16/2020

Keewaydin Island Picnic and Shelling Cruise

Donated by Captain Dom Cotugno/SW Florida Boat Tours

This 5-hour cruise to Keewaydin Island is an adventure your group of 6 will remember for a lifetime! Cruise from Naples via the inland waterways or the Gulf of Mexico, depending on conditions, to Keewaydin Island. After an anchored, onboard luncheon or beach picnic, you and your party will explore the island and go shelling. Tour typically departs at 10 or 11 a.m. and returns at 3-4 p.m. Date of cruise subject to agreement between winning bidder and SW Florida Boat Tours. Valid through 2/16/2020.

Two Handcrafted Wooden Lidded Boxes

Two Handcrafted Black Walnut Bowls

Donated by Bill Helfferich

These two separate auction lots were created by Bill Helfferich, a friend of the CREW Trust and talented woodworker. Helfferich was involved with the CREW Project at the very beginning in 1988 as part of the land management team at the South Florida Water Management District that acquired and managed more than 35,000-acres of environmentally sensitive land. He worked by side with Joel Kuperberg, founder of the CREW Trust, and Jim Goodwin, CREW’s original land manager. He retired in 2010 and now spends part of his time creating unique works of art.

Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge Tour

Donated by Kevin Godsea

Winner of this item receives a 2 hour swamp buggy tour for 6 of the wild and wonderful Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge with guide Kevin Godsea. Learn abou tthe history of the refuge while riding through panther habitat. Tour date will be arranged with guide at a mutually convenient time. Expires 2/16/2020.

Passion for Painting at CREW

Donated by Kim Ruiz, CREW Trust Trustee

Let your emotions flow from your heart to the canvas! This unique experience is for anyone who has wanted to paint but didn’t know where to start or who could teach them. The winning bidder and three guests will join Kim Ruiz for up to 4 hours at the CREW Marsh Trail campsite to create a painting that is uniquely theirs. This experience includes instruction and art supplies. Date of session subject to agreement with Kim Ruiz.

CREW Trust Logo Carving

Donated by Klaus Harvey, CREW Trust volunteer 

Show your love for the CREW Trust with this 3-dimensional carving, handcrafted from cedar.

Estero Bay Nature Cruise

Donated by Jan Bachrach

Wild about marine life? This is your chance to learn more about the widlife of Estero Bay! Your party of 6 will board a 21-foot fishing boat at a private dock and venture out on a three hour tour. You can decide your itinerary with your guide- a certified Florida Master Naturalist. Expires 2/16/2020

Art by Andrew West

Donated by Andrew West

Wildlife enthusiast and USA Today Network photographer Andrew West is well-known in Southwest Florida for his breathtaking photography. This 24″x20″ photograph of egrets by Andrew is printed on glass and ready to hang.

Set of 3 Nature Shadow Boxes

Donated by Janet Bunch, CREW Trust Volunteer

CREW Trust volunteer and Florida Master Naturalist Janet Bunch creates beautiful works of art from items she has found in nature. These shadow boxes contain bits and pieces of beauty lovingly curated by Janet – things that many people walk by without noticing. The shadow boxes are one-of-a-kind and a perfect addition to your home or office.

Handmade Heron Quilt

Donated by Mary Kay Cassani

This gorgeous quilt features a Great Blue Heron and was handcrafted by CREW Trust member and friend Mary Kay Cassani.

Casa Ybel Experience

Donated by Larry and Alison Blankenship

Relax in a one-bedroom beach-front suite at the Casa Ybel Resort on Sanibel Island! You’ll enjoy a 3-day, 2 night stay and dinner for two at the Thistle Lodge beachfront restaurant. Must be used May 2020 through December 2020.

Food Forest Tour

Donated by Florida Gulf Coast University

Enjoy a three hour tour for up to 4 people through Florida Gulf Coast University’s Food Forest with your guide Jessi Drummond. The item includes a basket of sustainably grown food from the food forest. Tour date to be scheduled at a mutally agreed one date and time. Expires 2/16/2020

Round of Golf for 4 and Lunch at the Verandah Club

Choose from two championship 18-hole golf courses and enjoy a round of golf for your foursome, followed by lunch at River House. Valid May 1 through October 31, 2019.

Round of Golf for 4 at Pelican Sound Golf & River Club

Enjoy a round of golf (plus carts) for your foursome at an Audubon-certified course! This 27-hole championship private golf course was thoughtfully designed to preserve the integrity of the many areas of wetlands and woodlands. Valid May 1 through October 31, 2019.

Old Corkscrew Golf Club Gift Certificates

$400 in gift certicates will buy quite a few rounds of golf! The winning bidder can use these 8 $50 gift certificates at the pro shop or for rounds of golf at Old Corkscrew Golf Club in Estero. Old Corkscrew is a 7,400-yard, Jack Nicklaus Signature Design course and is a certified Audubon International Silver Signature Sanctuary.


Handcrafted Wood Table

Donated by Cullum Hasty, CREW Trust Trustee

Wood reclamed from Hurricane Irma is transformed into a beautiful, one-of-a-kind side table. The base is Sand Live Oak and the top is solid teak.

Hanging Basket

Donated by ME Parker

Celebrate your love for bromeliads with this unique basket, perfect for areas with indirect light.

Momentum Brewhouse Gift Basket

Donated by Brian Hahn

This gift basket is perfect for craft beer fans and includes a 64-ounce growler with a free fill of your choice of one of Momentum Brewhouse‘s award winning brews. You’ll also receive a Momentum Brewhouse T-shirt and pint glass.