Alliance for the Arts Announces Charitable Gift of $190,000 from Meisenberg Family Trust
The Alliance for the Arts has received a charitable gift totaling $190,000 from the Meisenberg Family Trust. The donation will support Alliance operations and its mission to transform lives and improve the community through the arts as well as support the future of the Southwest Florida creative community through the Arts are Vital Grant. The Arts are Vital Grant is an emergency relief program for Lee County’s arts organizations and individual artists formed in partnership with the Meisenberg Family Trust and the Alliance for the Arts to ensure the impact of the arts is not lost during a time when we need it most. More information about the Arts Are Vital Grant will be released on June 22. For more information, visit ArtInLee.org
Wendy Kindig chairs the DDWS Education Committee
‘Ding’ Darling awards $20,700 for environmental studies scholarships
In compliance with state pandemic guidelines, “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS) this year awarded $20,700 in conservation education scholarships remotely to 10 students from the surrounding five-county area. During its 14-year history, the DDWS Environmental Scholarship Program has awarded a total of $147,100 to deserving students. Ten donors sponsored the ten scholarships this year. In lieu of the traditional physical awards ceremony, DDWS invited scholarship recipients to send a video describing their plans to share with donors. For an application and to read full descriptions of 2020 scholarship winners and donors, click here.
Individuals and businesses interested in establishing a named scholarship of $1,000 or more for 2020-2021 should contact Lynnae Messina at 239-472-1100 ext. 233.
STARability Foundation wins big with first virtual fundraiser
The big winner of STARability Foundation’s first virtual fundraiser will be the STAR programs that offer vocational and life-skills training, social activities, art classes and other life-enriching opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Since March 16, STARability has tailored its programs to virtual platforms so STAR participants can continue to learn and engage with their community. To help with funding, STARability’s first virtual fundraiser was a night of Virtual Bingo that was held on June 6, via Zoom. A total of 55 players came together to raise more than $5,500 for the STAR programs. Virtual Bingo was made possible by Tori Georgelos, a STAR program participant. Her Co-hosts included Michael Walker of the Jacksonville Jaguars and local auctioneer Rick Gallo. For more details, visit STARability.org
Storm Smart selects winner of ‘We Care Program’ promotion
has chosen the winner for its June 2020 “We Care Program” promotion. Storm Smart’s We Care program donates a whole-home hurricane protection system every month to one winner. The winner for June 2020 is a local registered nurse at Lee Health Hospital System, Melissa Senick. Nominated by friends, family and colleagues, Senick was chosen to receive the hurricane protection system on June 5. The donation will be a three-part event including award day, installation day, and final completion ceremony.
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