Bone marrow drive for local boy held Saturday
In partnership with Be the Match, Lee Health will be holding a bone marrow drive to support JaKobe “Kobe” Washington, an 8-year-old boy from Florida who is diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Because Washington is African American, he has a 23% chance of finding a match, Lee Health states. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to noon on Feb. 27 at Golisano Children’s Hospital in Fort Myers, parking area B3-4. The process to see if a person is a match for Kobe is simple. Participates just drive up, swab their cheek and place the sealed kit in the drop-off box. Be the Match is a nonprofit that services the largest marrow registry in the U.S. with more than 20 million potential blood stem cell donors. For more information, click here
Goodwill offering free tax assistance for qualifying taxpayers in Southwest Florida
Goodwill Community Resource Centers
(CRC) in Southwest Florida have trained IRS-certified volunteers who can help taxpayers file their 2020 returns for free. It’s through the VITA program, or The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. The VITA program offers free tax preparation to people who generally make $66,000 per year or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly, and limited English-speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. Goodwill offers this service in conjunction with the IRS and the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties, and can assist residents in claiming any special credits and deductions for which they may be eligible. Goodwill’s free tax sites will be hosted at United Way House & Goodwill Job-Link in Bonita Springs; Goodwill CRC in LaBelle; Goodwill CRC in Lehigh Acres; Palm Beach Goodwill CRC in Fort Myers; and Goodwill CRC in Clewiston. Goodwill is also offering federal tax filing online through the My Free Taxes Program
Shine 2019 raised $440,000 to benefit Hope
Signature Hope Hospice fundraiser set to ‘Shine’ in 2021
The second annual Shine fundraiser for Hope Hospice
is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Oct. 15 at the historic Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers. The outdoor event will feature riverside cocktails, dining, entertainment, and a live auction to support Hope’s mission of providing comforting care to everyone living with serious illness. Shine will be hosted with the appropriate recommended measures in place, to ensure the well-being of all guests. Florida Rep. Jenna Persons-Mulicka and former Florida Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto will return for a second year to serve as the fundraiser’s chairs. More than 250 guests attended the inaugural Shine event in 2019, which raised $440,000 to benefit Hope. To learn about sponsorship opportunities or to request an invitation to the event, call 239-985-7758.
Pete Tuffo, Ben Wilson, Michael Nachef, Rod Nobrega, Chris Simoneau, Gordon Glover, Isaac George, Paul Simone, Todd Van Curen, Chris Lewis, Jacob Hochhausler
Suffolk presents sporting clay tournament to benefit Kids’ Minds Matter
Suffolk recently presented a sporting clay tournament benefitting Kids’ Minds Matter
, a children’s mental health initiative by Lee Health Foundation. On Feb. 19, Suffolk, along with their sponsors and participants, raised $40,000 during a fun-filled day of sport clay shooting at the Bermont Shooting Club in Punta Gorda. Kids’ Minds Matter originated to raise awareness about the need for pediatric mental and behavioral health care services and to raise the funds required to make these services available in the region through Golisano Children’s Hospital, Lee Health and partners in Southwest Florida.