Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation Elects Board Members
Fort Myers, FL (Sept. 24, 2020) – The Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation recently re-elected its Executive Committee and added a new Director. Sarah Selfridge, Robin Baum, Kathy Busick, and Kathleen Johnson have all been re-elected to continue serving as president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer, respectively.
A long-time resident of Southwest Florida, Selfridge handles home sales and purchases as a realtor at Schooner Bay Realty. Baum, a Fort Myers native, is a recently retired recreational therapist. Kathy Busick, retired from a career in education, manages volunteer efforts to maintain and improve the Lakes Park Botanic Garden. Johnson is a CPA and shareholder at Miller, Helms & Folk, P.A. Barbara Manzo remains on the Executive Committee serving as Past President.
New Board Member
Earlier in the summer, Melinda Haney was added to the Board of Directors, replacing Colin Marshall. Haney, who is Regional Sales Director at Amavida Living, brings a background in non-profit work to the board room table.
“We are all so pleased to have continuity going into what promises to be a challenging year,” said Board member Marsha Asp, a realtor with Cornerstone Coastal Properties and one of the Foundation’s past presidents. “The addition of Melinda Haney helps to keep our partnership with Amavida Living going strong”, she added.
About the Foundation
The Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit incorporated in the State of Florida in September of 2003, with a mission of raising funds to enhance the beauty and experience of Lakes Regional Park. Through their 17-year partnership with Lee County FL Parks & Recreation, the Foundation has raised more than $1.5 million toward park improvements and programs. These include:
- The Lakes Park Farmer’s Market, employing dozens of local small businesses who provide fresh food for sale in the open air
- The EZ Rider, a six-seat golf cart providing tours of the park
- The Exercise Trail, a series of five exercise stations for people with all levels of ability
- The Children’s Garden, a place for families to learn and play
- The Community Garden, where members learn to grow their own food and share extra produce with the Community Cooperative soup kitchen
- Continued financial support for the Fragrance Garden, including provision of tools, supplies, and licensing for the propagation shed.
- Bench and Brick Dedication programs
- Viewing scopes for the birding community
- Scarecrows in the Park, a highlight of the annual Lakes Park Fall Festival
- Support for the Lakes Park Summer Camp, including field trips and equipment