Graduates from the Leadership Marco class, an in-depth course put on by the Chamber of Commerce, take their commitment to community seriously. Their mission is to raise funds for scholarships for local students heading off to college. This year, through their efforts, the Chamber was able to award $25,000 to ten local high school students.
Although the group holds a series of events throughout the year, two major fundraising events which produce the majority of the scholarship funding. The first is Wet Paint Live, where a number of local artists set out to paint their chosen subject in a days’ time. The community gets a chance to see its premiere artists in action and the day culminates with a live auction in the evening. Often the paint has not yet fully dried on their creations, hence the name, Wet Paint Live. The event has grown in popularity since its inception.
Another important fundraising event for Leadership Marco is the Souper Bowl. Students from each of the area schools and summer camps paint ceramic bowls with their custom designs. The bowls are then fired at the Marco Island Center for the Arts by thePottery Guild. In early February, the day before the NFL Superbowl, top chefs from around the island converge on Mackle Park with their best soup creation. Attendees, select a bowl and eat soup to their hearts content. The event is priced right with families in mind at $12 per wristband which includes all the soup you can eat and a bowl to take home with you.
It is highly popular event and hundreds of bowls are needed. The painting and designing of the bowls is already well underway. Painting parties will take place monthly at Mackle Park. The next one takes place on July 11th at the Mackle Park Teen Center. Desiree Buhelos, chair of the Souper Bowl event said, “We need the community’s help in producing enough bowls for this event. It is great way to enjoy a few hours painting and contribute to what we consider our future by providing scholarships for our youth.” Painting is open to the public (of all ages) and will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 AM. For more information call Donna at the Chamber of Commerce at 239/394-7549. If you can’t make this event, attend next month’s painting party August 1st.