To the editor:
On behalf of Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation, I would like to thank our generous community for supporting the First Annual Fort Myers Beach Charity Beach Ball. Your efforts in making this event a success are sincerely appreciated.
I want to thank our numerous attendees and business donors for their generous contributions to our event. The FMB Community Foundation is humbled by your benevolent donations and commitment to our cause. Your dollars go beyond fulfilling our goals as an organization--it shows that you care.
The FMB Community Foundation thrives and survives through monetary donations and volunteerism, but it is also sustained by kindness, which we witnessed in abundance last Saturday night.
The Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation is a charitable foundation dedicated to working cooperatively to improve the quality of life in Fort Myers Beach and surrounding communities. Our members raise funds and donate time to support programs for kids and education, the Beach School, scholarship programs, island history and resources, beach cleanups and much more.
Last Saturday night, I was a witness to an experience that occurs often on our island; the joining together of many people in support of their community, with the goodwill and generosity that makes this island a great place to live. The Charity Beach Ball was a fabulous evening. Starting with the attendees arriving impeccably dressed in their finest dresses and tuxedos. Santini Floral supplied beautiful arrangements for the tables and the beach balls suspended from the ceiling provided a festive backdrop. NBC-2's Senior Chief Meteorologist Robert Van Winkle was the perfect Master of Ceremony. DiamondHead Resort offered a wonderful dinner service. The Marc Vee Band provided great music and packed the dance floor with their first song. The Photo Booth was wildly popular. The Silent Auction Tables were busy all evening, and everyone went home with a fun little bag full of goodies donated by local businesses.
The Charity Beach Ball was a huge success because of our extraordinary community and we look forward to seeing you there next year.
Dr. Nicole Bennett President
FMB Community Foundation