Foundation raises funds to enhance Lakes Park summer camp experience – and more
Fort Myers, FL, March 10th, 2020 – The Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation held its 2nd annual “Evening Under the Stars” fundraising event on March 5th at the Oasis Clubhouse at Amavida Living. The event raised funds to support various park projects. These addition of several STEM field trips (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) for Lakes Park summer campers. Fundraising co-chairs and past presidents Barbara Manzo and Wendi Carroll welcomed the crowd of nearly 100 guests. Manzo also served as auctioneer for the live auction.
In addition to venue provider Amavida Living, “An Evening Under the Stars” was sponsored by:
- Vanessa Rogers of Sandbar Title
- Jenny Moorhead of Cornerstone Coastal Properties
- Desiree Gardner of Finance of America Mortgage
- Brian O’Connell of Marquis Wealth Management
- Mike Thomas of Signs by Tomorrow – Fort Myers.
The event featured live entertainment by Jennifer Gilmore Sings. Brian Sykes, Vice President of Operations at Amavida, played bartender for the evening. The event was skillfully managed by Amavida’s food and beverage director, Joshua Cook.
Spirited Live Auction
A competitive live auction ended in a bidding war between the residents of Riva del Lago Condominiums and Miller Helms & Folk shareholder Kathy Johnson. The coveted auction item was a round-trip to Key West aboard a private plane flown by ACI – Aeronautical Charters, Inc. Marianne Heath eventually won for the Riva del Lago team, but ACI generously supplied an additional trip, generating an additional identical donation.
Current Foundation Projects
Pat Carroll, co-founder and managing partner of Carroll Properties, crowned the evening when she presented the Foundation with a check to fund the entire STEM program for Lakes Park’s 2020 summer campers. Other Foundation projects include the addition of musical play stations in the Children’s Garden, and replacement of raised beds in the Community Garden, where gardeners learn to grow their own food and frequently donate extra produce to the Community Cooperative soup kitchen.
About the Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation
The Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that tasks itself with enhancing the beauty and experience of Lakes Regional Park in Fort Myers. The foundation continues to make efforts that grow its volunteerism and donations.