Community Foundation Awards


On Wednesday, May 10th, the Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation continued its annual tradition of awarding both academic scholarships to area students and donations to charitable organizations in need. Due to a variety of successful fundraising efforts, 3 scholarships were awarded this year after careful review of 15 applicants; Sydney Wallace, Jordan Wallace and Madison Tezak each received a scholarship.

Charity Awards:  The following awards, totaling $9000, were presented to representatives from each organization:

ACT                                                                 $1000

BACA                                                               $1000

Choice Market                                                  $1000

St Vincent DePaul                                            $1000

Guardian Ad Litem/Bedz for Kidz                      $1000

Laces of Love                                                  $1000

LARC                                                                $500

Mound House                                                    $500

Sew Sews                                                         $500

Friends of Matanzas                                         $500

Renee’s Closet                                                  $300

US Power Squadron                                          $200

Representatives of thirteen local charitable organizations received donations from the FMB Community Foundation last week.

It was a celebration of joy and tears of appreciation as after President Sheryl Bowman welcomed the members of the Foundation, scholarship recipients and charitable organizations, she and members of the foundation went on to distribute $23,000 in scholarships and charitable awards! Many of these organizations rely solely on donations and carefully manage their funds to maximize the impact of every donation for their targeted need.

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 may contact Jan Falkum at or visit their website at