Wednesday, November 25, 2020

An Afternoon Around the World Benefits Local Students

O’Hara Leiner enjoys a treat from the African table of delights.

O’Hara Leiner enjoys a treat from the African table of delights.

Steve Gimmestad
steve@coastalbreezenews.com

Food, music, drink and art from all corners of the globe were brought together to raise money for the Island Montessori Academy (IMA).

“We decided to forego our usual gala celebrations in favor of a more family-friendly event,” said Lisa Nguyen, founder of IMA. “We got together and came up with a fun event that would allow all age groups to enjoy and participate in.” The event was held at the Marco Island Historical Museum.

Upon entering, everyone is given a passport with information about all the food and drink available representing continents from around the world. Volunteers and local businesses put together some great offerings. Africa? Try some Moroccan Chicken Kabobs with some Rock Shandy. Europe? Try

Marianne Covert offers some fare from Antarctica. While canned soup and beans are not indigenous to Antarctica; nothingis. Explorers and scientists have to pack in their own rations.

Marianne Covert offers some fare from Antarctica. While canned soup and beans are not indigenous to Antarctica; nothingis. Explorers and scientists have to pack in their own rations.

some exceptional desserts paired with select wines. South America? How about some Shrimp Ceviche and Inca Cola. It was a real treat to sample some authentic cuisine from so many places.

Entertainment was provided by a variety of local groups; from live music to a martial arts exhibition. It was a true compliment to the day’s activities which were enjoyed by over 100 attendees to the event. Thanks to everyone’s contributions, just over $5,000 was raised to benefit the Academy’s developmental programs. Local businesses and volunteers made it all possible.

Now is a great time to explore enrollment options at IMA for the upcoming year. Information can be found at their website, www.imamarco.org. You can also contact the office at 239-642-2020.

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