Friday, July 19, 2019

Meals of Hope Gets Generous Donation from Seafood Festival


A balmy early evening proved to be perfect for March’s Happy Hour for Hope. The monthly event is a fundraiser for the Marco Island Meals of Hope, an organization dedicated to feeding the hungry in Collier County.

Held on the Great Lawn of the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa, the event was highlighted by the donation of $805 from the annual Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival. The money represented tips collected at beverage stands over the course of the three-day event.

Konstantino Papoulidis of Naples provided musical entertainment. |Photos by Don Manley

Carmen and Barbara Dasti enjoy some hors d’oeuvres.

Barbara Dasti, left, chats with Linda Turner and Dr. Jerry Swiacki.

Dianna Dohm, executive director of the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce, center, is joined by Erik Conde of Condee Cooling and Electric and Pat Rutledge.

Pat Rutledge of the Noontime Rotary Club addresses the crowd.

Maria Natal Melo, left, Toni Oliveira, Kathleen Reynolds, Rosa Tavares and Elaine Neves chat while enjoying the pleasant temperatures and soft breeze from the Gulf.

George Abounader chats with Pat Ettensohn.

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