Doc Ford's Sanibel Rum Bar & Grille for the sixth consecutive year has donated $5,000 to "Ding" Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge for its 2013 "Ding" Darling Days birding and eco-festival, which will draw more than 6,000 visitors to J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge the week of Oct. 20-26, 2013.
As a $5,000 donor, Doc Ford's becomes a Roseate Spoonbill, a top level sponsor for "Ding" Days.
"'Ding' Darling is an economic driver for our island as well as a special place to educate people about the importance of conservation," said Mark Marinello, co-owner of Doc Ford's. "It is an honor and privilege to support the refuge and its active friends group for this event."
For information on becoming a "Ding" Days sponsor, contact Wendy Schnapp (EcoErler@aol.com) at 470-1877 by July 30, 2013.
"Ding" Darling Days annually celebrates National Wildlife Refuge Week and the birthday of Jay "Ding" Darling, the refuge's namesake and father of the Federal Duck Stamp Program. The event is co-presented by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, DDWS, and Tarpon Bay Explorers.