ATWT and GL Stars Shine at Marco Island Film Fest

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Stars mingle with fans for good cause.

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MARCO ISLAND, FL --  Soap celebrities return to Southwest Florida on May 2nd - 4th to support the Marco Island Film Festival’s annual celebrity fundraising event. Over two dozen stars will join festival supporters at a VIP reception, a golf tournament, a theater performance, and a Sunday brunch. Proceeds from the weekend long fundraising event will benefit the Marco Island Film Festival’s ongoing educational programs.
A “MEET THE STARS PARTY” kicks off the celebrity charity weekend on Friday, May 2nd at Front Street Italian Steakhouse. Event sponsors and VIP’s will enjoy rubbing elbows and chatting with the celebrity guests at this private cocktail reception sponsored by Island Mortgage.
Saturday, May 3rd, the events “kick off” with the annual Celebrity Golf Tournament sponsored by the Marco Island Sun Times at Eagle Creek Golf & Country Club. Television stars, professional athletes, and film celebrities will play 18 holes of golf with local residents and visitors. For a $150 donation, golfers will enjoy a continental breakfast prior to the scramble tournament at 8:30 a.m., followed by a luncheon and awards ceremony.
Non-golfers can become a Celebrity Caddy/Driver for a $125 donation that includes escorting and driving a celebrity participant, and attending the awards ceremony. Celebrity Golf Spectators can purchase tickets for $40 per person. Stars will be in attendance during all events and all golf event tickets include lunch.

Last year’s celebrities included multi-Emmy winner Kim Zimmer, NBC’s hit “American Dreams” star Brittany Snow, sports legend Luis Tiant and Tampa Bay Buccaneer Derrick Brooks.

On Saturday evening, May 3rd, eight soap stars will perform an encore presentation of “Vendler’s Television Playhouse.” This theatrical event will take place at 8:00 p.m. at Edison Community College in Naples and is a special performance that should not to be missed. Performing actors include: Kim Zimmer, Robert Newman, Paul Anthony Stewart, Aubrey Dollar, Jay Hammer, Carrie Cromelin, Maureen Garrett and Doug Nervik. Seating is limited so purchase your $30 tickets early. This event is currently open for sponsorship.
Rounding out the celebrity fundraising weekend, cast members of CBS daytime television’s Guiding Light and As the World Turns will be on-hand at the 4th annual “Brunch in Springfield”, sponsored by Spirit Airlines, on May 4th at 11:00 a.m. at Cedar Hammock Golf and Country Club. Meet many Springfield and Oakdale residents like Reva Shayne, Beth Raines, Frank Cooper, C. Blake Thorpe Marler, Holly Reade, Gus Aitoro, Alexandra Spaulding, Joshua Lewis, Tony and Danny Santos, and many more.

This event includes photo opportunities, autograph signing, a Q&A session, a trivia contest, an auction, a brunch buffet, and our popular “April Fools” script reading. Tickets are $60 per person. Table sponsorships are available at $200 and include your company logo on a table as well as your company name in all advertisements and in the event program.

The Marco Island Film Festival is an annual independent film event and takes place each year in the fall. The Festival encompasses all aspects of film production, and recognizes and honors independent filmmakers and student cinematography from around the world. The Festival, in its sixth year, is directed by a volunteer board and is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.

For more information on this fundraising event or sponsorship of the Sixth Annual Marco Island Film Festival call (239) 642-3378 or visit the website at