By Baxter Colburn
Large crowds filled the grounds of White Cottage Red Door in Fish Creek Saturday afternoon to show support for the acclaimed Peninsula State Park Eagle Tower. In conjunction with the first annual Southwest Florida Fest, attendees could choose from a live auction of pieces made from the tower by local artists, a silent auction of donated goods or sign up to participate in an extra online auction. All proceeds from the auctions go directly to the Friends of Peninsula State Park and the Eagle Tower Fund. Rachel Stollenwerk, Campaign Director of the Eagle Tower Fund, outlines how the event concept evolved into such a grand event.
While the auction took place attendees of the event had the opportunity to take in live music and enjoy draft beer. Paula Cummings, head of Southwest Florida Fest says her long love for Eagle Tower is why she had to get involved with the fund.
Voting closes October 9th for the three proposed designs of the Eagle Tower. More information for how you can cast your vote for one of the three proposed designs can be found at the survey link below.