STARability Foundation to host first virtual fundraiser on Saturday
Tickets are still available for STARability Foundation’s first virtual fundraiser. Virtual Bingo will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday via Zoom and attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy a night of cash prizes, friends and fundraising to benefit the participants and programming of STARability Foundation. Local auctioneer Rick Gallo and Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Michael Walker will be the guest number callers for the event. Registration is $25 per person and will include one bingo card. Additional bingo cards may be purchased at $10 each up to five bingo cards. Spots are limited; register early at starability.org/virtual-bingo
. If you need assistance in registering, contact Miriam Pereira at firstname.lastname@example.org. The virtual Bingo, benefiting STARability Foundation, is being made possible by Tori Georgelos, a STAR program participant.
Past NYC commodores award more than $128,000 in college scholarships
Dozens of students from schools throughout Collier County were awarded college scholarships this year by the Naples Yacht Club
Chapter of the International Order of the Blue Gavel, enabling them to proceed to college and further their education. More than $128,000 in scholarships were presented to local high school seniors and members of Naples Yacht Club staff this year. Also included in the total is a Florida state matched scholarship grant of $10,000 that is awarded to First Generation Matching Grant Program students at Florida Gulf Coast University. Local high school students representing all nine Collier County high schools each earned a $5,000 scholarship. The Blue Gavel Scholarship Fund Committee also awarded $20,015 in scholarships to 10 Naples Yacht Club employees or employee’s children for the summer semester as well as $31,715 to 11 employees or employee’s children to attend the upcoming fall semester. Since 1998, more than 500 local students have been awarded over $1.3 million in scholarships through this organization.
Tom Hayden with a sampling of the signs for Cape High grads
Hayden rallies organizations to honor Cape High graduates
Tom Hayden, a candidate for Cape Coral City Council in District 3, has partnered with several Cape Coral businesses and organizations to honor the Class of 2020 at Cape Coral High School with 332 signs that will be on display in front of the high school along Santa Barbara Boulevard, starting Sunday. In this 50th anniversary year celebrating the incorporation of Cape Coral, the signs are a way to recognize the accomplishments of the 41st graduating class of the city’s first high school. The signs will display the graduate’s name, the school logo, and “Congratulations Class of 2020.” Hayden and members of the community will be placing the signs along Santa Barbara, beginning at 10 a.m. on Sunday. The signs will be displayed through June 13, but graduates are welcome to get their individual sign as a keepsake beginning June 11. Cape Coral businesses and organizations stepped up with donations to have the signs made by Arthur Printing. They include the Rotary Club of Cape Coral, Gary Aubuchon of Aubuchon Homes, Inc., Wayne Kirkwood of Kirkwood Electric Inc., Calusa Certified Marine, LLC, and ACWoodcraft Inc.
Janet and Jerry Belle
Belles recognized for work on behalf of The Immokalee Foundation
Neapolitans Janet and Jerry Belle were recognized for their volunteer and philanthropic work on behalf of The Immokalee Foundation
during the Naples Sailing & Yacht Club’s “Community Acts of Kindness: Members with a Cause They Love.” The Belles served as co-chairs of the successful Charity Classic Celebration Gala & Golf Tournament in last November, which raised more than $2.5 million to support The Immokalee Foundation’s career-based programs for the youth of Immokalee. The Charity Classic events raise the essential funds needed for The Immokalee Foundation to continue serving more than 1,400 Immokalee youth each year with career-based educational opportunities, curriculum and experiences. Jerry Belle is a member of the board of directors for the foundation and has served as a mentor for an Immokalee student the past three years.
Turk & Turk to support youth haven
Turk & Turk has announced a promotion to support Youth Haven. Between now and Labor Day, Sept. 7, make a purchase at Turk & Turk (with the exception of facemasks) through this designated link
and 10% will be donated to Youth Haven. Turk & Turk, based in Florida, offers designer accessories.