Great Food and Drink for a Great Cause!

The 13th annual CREW Concert & Silent Eco-Auction is fast approaching – on February 29, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – and you may be wondering what your food and drink options will be on that special night at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs. Take a look at what’s on offer: 

Cherie’s Sweet Treats

You don’t have to ask “What’s for dessert?” once you see these gourmet cupcakes at Cherie’s Sweet Treats tent. But you’ll have a difficult decision to make once you see the range of flavors. Some examples: Death by Chocolate; Key Lime; Key Lime with Coconut; Coconut with Raspberry; and Wedding Cake (vanilla). You’re sure to find one – or two or three – that you like. Cupcakes sell for $4 each.  

Cherie sells her delectable goods at these farmers markets:

Thursdays, Coconut Point from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Fridays, Boca Grande from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Saturdays, The Promenade from 8:00 a.m to noon

Sundays, Sanibel from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Cherie accepts credit cards for her sweets. Contact Cherie at or at 616-292-0339 to discuss custom orders. Find Cherie on Facebook.

The Lunch Box (owned and operated by Cherie)

Cherie may be best known for her gourmet cupcakes (see above) but her savory dishes and sandwiches are equally mouth-watering. A sample of the food she will offer at our concert: black bean quinoa bowl with orange vinaigrette dressing; farmers salad (with the option of adding a protein source); and a pulled pork sandwich. Sides and drinks will also be available. Cherie will sell meals for $15 (price includes drinks; price will be slightly lower if no protein is added).

The Lunch Box takes credit cards. Contact Cherie at or at 616-292-0339 to discuss her catering services.

Haney’s Cafe

Haney’s Cafe in Estero is a long-time local favorite specializing in homestyle cooking. For 15 years Haney’s has been offering breakfast and lunch from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Recently they’ve added barbecue to their menu, opening in the evenings from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The News-Press Readers Poll has named Haney’s “Bonita Springs Best” for six years in a row and Haney’s barbecue as a “Best Barbecue” in 2019.  

We are lucky that Haney’s is bringing the best of its menu to our concert in their food truck. You will be able to buy hamburgers, enticing sandwiches, chicken wings, chicken tenders, sides and – best of all – barbecue, including brisket and pulled pork. Check out the full menu at      

If you like the taste of Haney’s food at the Concert, visit their Estero location at 18011 S. Tamiami Trail #9, Ft. Myers. Telephone: 239-437-1120. Caution: Haney’s is a very popular breakfast venue, so you might want to arrive early for your custom made omelet. 

Beer and Wine from Rotary Club of Bonita Springs

Once again the Rotary Club of Bonita Springs will be the bartenders at our concert, offering a selection of beer and wine. One great option on hand will be a craft beer brewed in honor of  CREW made by our friends at Momentum Brewhouse. Momentum’s “CREW Brew” is always popular, so belly up to the bar early if you want to taste this locally made beer.

Momentum Brewhouse, a popular Bonita Springs watering hole, has moved since the 2019 Concert. It is now located at 28120 Hunters Ridge Boulevard, Units 1 – 3, east of I-75 and just off Bonita Beach Road. The new premises are larger and have permitted the addition of more craft beers, wine and coffee to their menu. Check out to learn more or call 239-949-9945 to discuss special events.

CREW Concert Tickets

Where does my money go?

As a CREW Trust member, you know how much the CREW Land & Water Trust relies on your membership dues and your donations to continue our  work of environmental education, introducing people to our vital 60,000-acre watershed. Because of your generosity, we can continue to offer guided hikes on our trail systems to local elementary schools, FGCU, Ave Maria University, and other special groups. Our “Nature’s Peace” walks are for those with Alzheimer’s and also those with visual impairments so that they may also enjoy the serenity that nature has to offer along our CREW trails.  

On February 29, 2020 (yes, it’s a Leap Year) we will be celebrating our 13th annual “Concert & Silent Eco-Auction” at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs.  Tickets and more information are now available on our website ( for $15; children 12 and under are free to attend. If you wait to buy tickets at the door, the cost will be $20 per person. Sign up early and save $5 per ticket! 

Don’t forget to bring a chair, but leave coolers and pets at home. Food and drink vendors will be available throughout the evening.

SAVE THE DATE: CREW Concert & Silent Eco Auction

Buy Concert Tickets now!

CREW Land & Water Trust will host the 2020 CREW Concert Under the Stars on Saturday, February 29 from 5-9 p.m. at Riverside Park, located at 10450 Reynolds St. in Bonita Springs.

This year’s concert will raise money for our environmental education programs led at the CREW trails. These programs include field trips for all ages from area schools, classes from Florida Gulf Coast University and Nature’s Peace, a program that provides guided walks for people with Alzheimer’s disease and also visually impaired guests. Funds raised at this year’s concert will also go towards developing programs at Flint Pen Strand, the fourth CREW trail system that opened late last year.

The Silent Eco-Auction is a highlight of the fundraiser, offering attendees the opportunity to bid on a variety of nature-based items and experiences. “With over three-dozen eco-items to choose from, there is something for everyone,” noted Barbara Centola, Committee Chair for the CREW Trust Silent Eco-Auction. “People look forward to bidding so much we have to hold onto the bid sheets until the official start time.”

This year we have many new items in addition to old favorites. For the sportsperson, we have two fishing kayaks and a handcrafted fishing rod. For the art enthusiast, we have nature photography by News Press photographer Andrew West and an original oil painting by Ehren Fritz Gerhard titled “Summertime Swamp Walk”. If you’re looking for an experience, bid on the wildflower walk led by Brenda Thomas or the Eco Cruise with the Conservancy of Southwest Florida.

High Voltage Band returns for this year’s concert, playing everything from Motown’s greatest hits to today’s Top 40 songs. High Voltage Band has played for the NFL Players Association, Panasonic, The Boston Red Sox, Toyota, The Dale Earnhardt Jr. Foundation, Hope for Haiti and more.

The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs will sell wine and beer including craft beer from Momentum Brewhouse. Owner Brian Hahn is working to craft a unique brew in honor of CREW that will be served at the concert. Food vendors Haney’s, Cherie’s Sweet Treats and The Lunch Box will also be on-site.

Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit and enjoy the concert; dogs and outside food and drink will not be permitted.

Sponsorship opportunities are available and include access to the VIP café. General admission tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate; children 12 and under are free.

To purchase tickets or for more information, visit

For more information about the concert, silent eco-auction or to schedule interviews, please contact Allison Vincent at

About CREW Land & Water Trust

The CREW Land & Water Trust is a private, nonprofit conservation organization whose mission is to preserve and protect the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed (CREW), a 60,000 acre watershed located in Southwest Florida and critical to maintaining the local water supply. The watershed stores and filters water which enhances our local water supply, reduces the risk of flooding in surrounding areas and provides essential wildlife habitat for many species of plants and animals. The CREW Land & Water Trust was founded in 1989 and helps to purchase land, assist with land management and provides quality environmental education programs for all ages. For more information, visit

Register now for the 2017 CREW Stanley Hole Golf Tournament


Ready to tee off for a great cause?

Join CREW Trus staff, members and friends at the 2017 CREW Stanley Hole Golf Tournament on November 3, 2017 at Old Corkscrew Golf Club in Estero.

The CREW Trust hosts two fundraisers each year and our golf tournament continues to grow in popularity. This year team names are returning, like Team Rattlesnake, and additional sponsorship opportunities are availalbe for those that would like to support the fundraiser but are unable to participate in the event.

Single player registration is $100 and Hole Sponsors/Team Entry registration starts at $600.

Registratoin deadline is October 27, 2017. You can download registration and sponsorship forms on the event’s website ( and stay up-to-date through the event’s Facebook page.

2017 CREW Golf Tournament Registration Form Fillable PDF

2017 CREW Golf Tournament Registration Form

2017 CREW Golf Tournament Underwriting Opportunities

Concert Countdown: Let’s hear it for the FOOD!

We’re counting down to our biggest fundraiser of the year! Purchase your tickets now for the 2017 CREW Concert & Silent Eco-Auction on Feb. 18  at Riverside Park, located at 10451 Old 41 Road in Bonita Springs, from 5-9 p.m. Tickets are $15 at or $20 at the gate.

There are many reasons to come to the 2017 CREW Concert & Silent Eco-Auction.

Rockin’ band? Check.

Good cause? Check.

Unique silent auction? Check.

But what would all of that be without something to nibble on while sipping an ice cold beer?

Prepare your taste buds for this year’s culinary line-up.

Jonesez BBQ

Everyone’s favorite barbecue is back, serving up selections from their menu, which includes ribs, pulled pork, chicken and more. Homemade sides listed on their website include collard greens, yellow rice, mac and cheese and cole slaw.

To read more about Jonesez, visit

Nico’s Kitchen

Nico’s Kitchen will cater the VIP Cafe again this year, with a menu to be determined soon by staff. Last year’s food was a hit with our VIP ticket-holders and a limited number of VIP tickets are still available.

To read more about Nico’s Kitchen, visit

Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub returns to serve burgers and more to hungry concert attendees. They’ve been a long-time supporter and vendor at the CREW concerts. Taste their food before or after the concert by visiting their restaurant, located at 9070 Bonita Beach Road in Bonita Springs.

For more information about Fitzgerald’s, visit

Perfectly Scrumptious

You asked, we listened. This year we are adding something sweet to our food line-up. Perfectly Scrumptious will sell their award-winning cupcakes to soothe your sweet tooth. Owner Amanda Buckner was a contestant on Cupcake Wars and has become well-known as a cupcake caterer in the Bonita Springs area.

For more information on Perfectly Scrumptious, visit or taste the cupcakes in person at 3440 Renaissance Blvd. Unit 2 in Bonita Springs.

Beer and Wine from Rotary Club of Bonita Springs

Momentum Brewhouse will be the exclusive beer sold this year at the concert by Rotary Club of Bonita Springs. Last year their beer was so popular it quickly sold out, so get your craft beer early.

If you want a pre-concert taste or would like to see what the local brewery offers, visit Momentum Brewhouse at  9786 Bonita Beach Road SE Suite 1 in Bonita Springs and learn more about Momentum at

CREW Concert & Auction Just Days Away: Get Tickets Now & Save!

Hurry, hurry! The CREW Concert & Silent Eco-Auction is just days away, and you can save a few bucks by buying your tickets online ahead of time! That way, you’ll have more dollars in your pocket for buying some tasty food, great beer and wine, or bidding on those oh-so-fabulous airplane rides, swamp buggy tours and 42 other one-of-a-kind silent auction items.

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Gates open at 5:00 PM at Riverside Park on Old 41 in Bonita Springs.
Music by Chain Reaction (a Journey tribute band) and The Sarah Hadeka Band.

This year’s special Valentine’s Eve Concert also features:

  • Roses for your love
  • A romantic “Sarah-nade” by Sarah Hadeka for one lucky couple
  • A kid-friendly area where children will be able to make and take Valentine-themed arts and crafts

So, what are you waiting for?


Tickets are $15 online if purchased before noon on February 13th. Tickets purchased at the gate are $20 for adults. Children under the age of 12 are free, no pets are allowed.

All proceeds support CREW’s environmental education programs – teaching people to love the watershed by getting them out in it!

Come on out and party with us!

Giving Thanks for our #GivingTuesday Campaign Donors

CREW Giving Tuesday Banner

This was CREW’s first year participating in #GivingTuesday. #GivingTuesday, is a global day dedicated to giving back to the community – and charity – through donations of time, money, talent, food, etc.

CREW chose to create a month-long #GivingTuesday campaign aimed at increasing its newly established Education Fund. CREW’s campaign ran from December 2nd through 31st, as an end-of-year giving opportunity, rounding out our 25th Anniversary year.

Thanks to you – our amazing CREW supporters – we received $1,100 through our #GivingTuesday campaign. We appreciate your support and wish you a happy 2015!

A Look Back on our 25th Anniversary

pictures of CREW

CREW has had an incredible 25th Anniversary Year:

* Over 38,000 visitors to CREW Trails
* Two amazing fundraisers brought in over $30,000
* CREW volunteers donated 3,906 hours
* 4,600 people participated in our environmental education programs

January 2014, the CREW Trust began its 25th anniversary, celebrating 25 years of land conservation and environmental education in southwest Florida. From the kick-off event in frigid cold weather last January to our final #GivingTuesday end-of-year fundraising campaign running through December 31st, this celebration has had something for everyone – a wine & cheese social and a BBQ for CREW members, trail events that included a variety of guided walks about everything from mushrooms to mammals, a geocaching day, a horseback ride through Flint Pen Strand, a guided bicycle ride at Bird Rookery Swamp, a Vitamin N Walk for families, a fabulous 25th anniversary concert featuring the Sarah Hadeka Band and Deb & the Dynamics, and our first #GivingTuesday fundraiser. Thank you to every one of you who volunteered, participated, sponsored, supported, and gave to CREW during 2014, making our 25th anniversary such a success! We look forward to the next 25 years…

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