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Marco’s Marriott Helps Local Charities

Marriott General Manager
Rick Medwedeff shakes Habitat for Humanity Executive Vice President Lisa Lefkow’s hand after presenting her with the donation. PHOTOS BY SAMANTHA HUSTED

By Samantha Husted Each year the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort & Spa presents their Annual Paradise Charities Event in an effort to raise money for local charities and organizations. The annual event garners funds by hosting silent auctions, dinners and golf tournaments. This year the Marriott donated to two organizations that have not previously benefitted from the resort’s fundraising, Habitat for Humanity of Collier County and the Harry Chapin Food Bank. On January 22nd general manager to the resort, Rick Medwedeff presented the two organizations with a combined $25,000. “This is part of the Marriott’s ongoing effort to ... Read More »

MIHS Alley Proposal – Part III

Painting of Cushing inside the Silver Spray painted by Wells Sawyer

By Noelle H. Lowery and Craig Woodward During its Aug. 1 regular meeting, the city of Marco Island Planning Board approved a proposal from the Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) to name 11 currently unnamed alleys around the island after major players in Marco’s history. With a vote of 6-1, the proposal was passed onto City Council, but council has yet to set a date to review and consider the proposal. An initiative of the MIHS, the proposal will help mark the 50th anniversary of modern Marco, which begins January 2015. Society members believe it is a good time to ... Read More »

Making a go of it in the Glades


By Natalie Strom Over a century ago, families traveled to Southwest Florida, pioneering the harsh environment and extreme temperature to forge a new life. Everglades City is one of the oldest settlements of these pioneer towns, along with Chokoloskee and Ochopee. Built on trading and raised on fishing, these quiet towns still hold allure to young families looking to make a go of it in the Glades. No stranger to the stories of the pioneer days, Jack Shealy is a third generation Ochopee native. His family has been in Southwest Florida even longer. “We settled down here in the ... Read More »

Christmas in the Glades


BUZZ FROM THE SWAMP  Patricia Huff In the Everglades our annual Christmas Light Parade, sponsored by the School Booster Club, is a great way for the whole community to get together. This year the event is scheduled for Saturday, December 15. Activities begin with food, fun and fellowship at 5:00 PM at McLeod Park on the Circle. Decorated floats with children singing Christmas carols tour the neighborhoods spreading good will to all. The boat parade was held last weekend On Tuesday, December 18, the Everglades City students will celebrate the holidays with a very special concert at 6:00 PM in ... Read More »

Collaborating for a Cause

By Natalie Strom The collaborative effort between the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida and Meals of Hope couldn’t be stronger. Closing out September’s Hunger Action Month, the two organizations came together to celebrate their latest joint venture. At an open house held on September 25, guests were treated to a tour of the Meals of Hope warehouse, which it will now be sharing with the Harry Chapin Food Bank. Based out of Fort Myers, the Harry Chapin Food Bank distributed 15 million pounds of food last year to hungry Southwest Floridians in five counties: Lee, Charlotte, Collier, ... Read More »

Hope HealthCare Services receives 2012 Business Ethics Award

Hope HealthCare Services was named recipient of the 2012 Business Ethics Award presented by the Uncommon Friends Foundation. The award, announced during the UFF’s annual “An Uncommon Evening” event on June 7 at the Harborside Event Center in Fort Myers, was created in 2006 to recognize businesses in Southwest Florida that uphold the highest standards of ethical behavior throughout all levels of the organization. Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope, accepted the award on behalf of Hope’s 1,100 staff members and 1,200 volunteers. “This award is a reflection of the integrity, values and ethical responsibility demonstrated by our ... Read More »

2012 Hunger Walk Needs Sponsors

The 4th annual WINK News Feeds Families Hunger Walk Kickoff Breakfast, hosted by Northern Trust Bank, was held recently. The main topic of discussion was the need for sponsorships by businesses or individuals. Lois Thome, WINK news anchor, is the honorary chair of the 2012 event, which will be held on Saturday, January 21, at Miromar Outlets, Estero. The walk is a major fund raiser for the Harry Chapin Food Bank. Presenting sponsors for the 2012 event are Panera Bread, Garden Street Iron & Metal, and JoAnna and Wilson Bradshaw. Co-chairs of the event are Sandy Robinson, Northern Trust Bank, ... Read More »