The Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation held their Awards evening Wednesday evening on Flippers bayside patio. Foundation President Barb Mezeske told the crowd that the group would be awarding nearly $30,000 this year in scholarships and awards to community groups. Awards include:
Bay Oaks Summer Camp-$5,000; St. Vincent DePaul-$1,000; Beds for Kids-$1,000; Laces for Love-$1,000; Bikers Against Child Abuse-$1,000; Beach Baptist Food Market-$1,000; Firemen’s Kids Fund-$500; Renee’s Closet-$500 and Helping Hands Ministry at Beach Baptist-$100.
Seven area students were each awarded $2,500 scholarships: Shown here from left, Annie Salyers, graduating from Fort Myers High School and attending George Washington University this fall; Sarah Swiersz, graduating from SWFL Christian Academy and attending Central Florida University this fall; Mia Swiersz, attending Anderson University (SC); Jordan Wallace, attending University of Florida; Austin Tezak, attending University of Florida and Austen Ebenger, graduating from Fort Myers High School and attending University of Pennsylvania. Not able to be present, but also awarded a scholarship was Thomas Paul Cribbs, graduating from Cypress Lake High School and attending Florida Southern in the fall.