Keep Lee County Beautiful is the local organizer of Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup (ICC). Taking place over the course of 35 years, this cleanup has removed nearly 315 million pounds of trash from beaches and waterways worldwide. It remains the largest, global volunteer effort to remove trash from our local shorelines. The Lee County 2020 ICC took place on a much smaller scale due to gathering restrictions amid concerns over coronavirus. Only select cleanup locations participated with a limited number of volunteers practicing social distancing and wearing face coverings. A number of independent cleanups also took place across the county. For more information, visit klcb.org.
Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co. hosts annual free Community Shred Day
Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co. P.A.
(MNMW) will partner with Secure Shredding Inc.
to host its fourth annual free Community Shred Day event from 9 a.m. until noon on Oct. 30. The Secure Shredding Inc. truck will be on-site at the Fort Myers MNMW location, 8961 Conference Drive. There will be a two-box maximum per person for shredding. MNMW encourages participants to consider a donation to the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties or the Cape Coral Animal Shelter when dropping off shred items. Donations for United Way can be in monetary form, canned or non-perishable goods, or new and gently used clothing. Donations for the Cape Coral Animal Shelter can be in monetary form or pet food/supplies. Cape Coral Animal Shelter also has a wish list on Amazon
for donations. Representatives from both organizations will be on-site to receive the donations and answer questions.
Fort Myers financial advisor receives national recognition for philanthropy
Duane Chaney, a financial advisor at Raymond James in Fort Myers, received the Community Service Award at the national 14th Annual Invest in Others Awards. Chaney was honored in a video presentation and watch party Tuesday at Lee Health Foundation for founding Madisen’s Match, a tennis tournament benefitting Barbara’s Friends BarbarasFriends.org., the cancer fund for Golisano Children’s Hospital
. Madisen’s Match has raised more than $1.3 million for Lee Health and Golisano Children’s Hospital since 2008. Because Chaney was selected for the award from three finalists, Barbara’s Friends will receive a $45,000 donation from the Invest in Others Charitable Foundation
. Chaney presented an additional check Wednesday at Golisano Children’s Hospital for $40,622.56, which he raised this year from donors to Madisen’s Match, despite having to cancel the event due to the pandemic. Chaney also delivered a second “Madisen’s Match Tesla,” a child-size version of the Tesla Model S wrapped in the Madisen’s Match colors and logo purchased using funds from donors to Madisen’s Match. The mini electric vehicle will be used by children staying at the hospital.
WayFM Radio collects hygiene donations to support Youth Haven
WayFM Radio hosted a hygiene donation drive on Sept. 12 to support Youth Haven’s
children and teens as part of their Passport to Hope campaign. The donation drive, held at First Baptist Church Naples, encouraged participants to stop, pop their trunk and drop their items. Over 560 hygiene items including hairbrushes, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, and deodorant for children ages 6-19 were collected. For additional details on WayFM Radio’s Passport to Hope and to find out about their upcoming donations drives, click here