It was a very busy week for the Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation! On Saturday, April 6th, the Foundation held its annual Spring Style Show at the South Beach Grille. The theme was “Flamingle” as an opportunity to mingle with friends in our island paradise. The fashions from Palmettos and The Islander were lovely and Anita Cereceda was a very experienced Mistress of Ceremony in raising donations in excess of $14,000 for Island charities in need and summer camp participation for Island kids.
On Wednesday night, April 10th, the Community Foundation launched its second annual STEM night at Beach Elementary. Community Foundation members supervised over 10 experiments for children throughout the night in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The Beach Elementary kids learned about clouds, eclipses, shapes and computers!
Lastly, the Community Foundation continues to support Keep Lee County Beautiful in their annual Earth Day efforts to keep our Island beaches pristine. Over 100 volunteers showed up Saturday morning to scour the beaches and roadways for trash. As was typical, cigarette butts and plastic water bottle caps were found in huge numbers and volunteers young and old collected over 400 lbs. of trash.
Looking ahead, the Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation will award charitable dollars and scholarship monies on May 8th. It is anticipated that over $25,000 will be distributed to Island charities and those with educational pursuits.
The Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation, dedicated to working cooperatively to improve the quality of life in Fort Myers Beach and surrounding communities, meets the 3rd Wednesday night of every month from October – May. Anyone interested in obtaining more information or joining the Foundation can visit the website at www.fortmyersbeachcf.com
By Alicia Steinhagen
FMB Community Foundation