Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille donated $3,000 to support The Sanibel School’s 2024 Blue Ribbin Classic Golf Tournament and Gala in early May. All event proceeds go towards The Sanibel School programs and services.

“We are proud to support The Sanibel School,” said Joe Harrity, a partner with HM Restaurant Group, the parent company of Doc Ford’s and Dixie Fish Company. “We believe it is important to invest in the future of our island students by contributing to The Sanibel School programs.”

Part of Lee County Public Schools, The Sanibel School serves approximately 325 students in grades kindergarten through eight. Students live on Captiva and Sanibel islands as well as the mainland of Southwest Florida. The school is dedicated to providing a challenging academic curriculum with an emphasis on environmental education and community connection. For more information, visit

HM Restaurant Group owns and operates Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille and Dixie Fish Company. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., the restaurants are renowned for delivering a legendary guest experience.

Award-winning Doc Ford’s offers food with a unique balance of flavors inspired by the Caribbean Rim. Known for its sauces, spices and passion, Doc Ford’s is a local and visitor favorite for spectacular seafood. Established on Sanibel in 2003, the restaurant has expanded from its original location to three others: Fort Myers Beach and two in St. Petersburg – on the St. Petersburg Pier and in Jungle Terrace. A perennial Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice winner, the pier restaurant was named the No. 1 Best of the Best Restaurants for Everyday Eats in 2023.

Philanthropy and community outreach are engrained in HM Restaurant Group’s company philosophy. Proceeds from specialty cocktails at Doc Ford’s raise money for children’s hospitals and water quality issues. HM Restaurant Group also supports local nonprofits dedicated to conservation, community and the environment. The “Ding” Darling Doc Ford’s Tarpon Tournament has raised nearly $1.2 million for Sanibel’s J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge since 2012. The 12th annual tournament is May 10, 2024.