Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille has been serving guests for over 15 years on Sanibel Island – a community it supports in many ways. They are one of the first to return as a sponsor of 2024 JOG N JAM, FISH OF SANCAP’s race and concert event that raises funds as the island’s only wrap around social service agency. FISH is currently providing long-term recovery disaster assistance along with programs representing their four major pillars – Food, Island Based Education, Senior Services, and Helping Hands.


“We support FISH year after year because it’s important to give back to those organizations that help support our community so much, and make it what it is,” said Joe Harrity of Doc Ford’s.


The popular eatery is named for the hero of noted Sanibel author Randy Wayne White’s novels, adventurous scientist Doc Ford. Diners are delighted by the flavorful dishes inspired by the author’s travels to such places as Cuba, Cambodia and South Africa, as well as South and Central America. Doc Ford’s has locations on Sanibel Island, Captiva Island, Fort Myers Beach, and the St. Pete Pier.


“We are proud to have Doc Ford’s support our event and our mission, one that helps residents, our workforce and visitors,” said Leah Winkler, FISH Race Committee Co-Chair and FISH Board Member. The races, set for Sat., Dec. 7, 2024 starting at 7:00 a.m., will begin and end at the Sanibel Community House offering two distances – a 10K and a 5K as well as a kids’ run.  Later that afternoon and beginning at 5:30pm is the music concert on the beach, complete with fireworks, in partnership with ‘Tween Waters. Additional information on the JOG N JAM event is located on the FISH website,


Businesses and individuals may sign up to sponsor the event to support the ‘neighbors helping neighbors’ organization. Support is critical to the organization’s ability to provide much needed programs, particularly their long-term recovery assistance that helps Hurricane Ian survivors. The mission of FISH is to enrich the lives of all people in Sanibel and Captiva Islands by neighbors helping neighbors with social services, education, and assistance. The organization has achieved a significant impact on the community and the lives of the people they serve through their complete wrap around social service programs.

FISH encourages eventgoers to join the festivities and stay for the weekend to enjoy other community offerings. FISH has partnered with hotels offering room block incentives for the weekend. Additional information is located on the FISH website.

For additional information on FISH long term recovery assistance and other programs, please contact Maria Espinoza, Executive Director at 239-472-4775 or visit their website at