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Community Foundation donates to local organizations, scholarships

May 17, 2017
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

On May 10, the Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation followed its annual tradition of awarding both academic scholarships and charitable giving to island students and organizations in need. Due to a variety of successful fund raising efforts, three scholarships were awarded this year after careful review of 15 applicants. Each student, Sydney Wallace, Jordan Wallace and Madison Tezak will each receive $3000.

Charities Awards: The following awards, totaling $9000, were also presented to representatives from each organization: ACT, $1000; BACA, $1,000; Choice Market, $1,000; St. Vincent DePaul, $1,000; Guardian Ad Litem, $1,000; Laces of Love, $1,000; LARC, $500; Mound House, $500; Ostego Bay Foundation, $500; Sew Sews, $500; Friends of Matanzas Pass Preserve, $500; Renee's Closet, $300; and U.S. Power Squadron, $200.

It was a celebration of joy and tears of appreciation as the Community Foundation set a record of giving $23,000 in scholarships and charitable awards. Many of these organizations rely solely on donations and carefully manage their funds to maximize the impact for their targeted need.

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The Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation, dedicated to working cooperatively to improve the quality of life in Fort Myers Beach and surrounding communities, meets the third Wednesday night of every month from October through May. Anyone interested in obtaining more information or joining the Foundation can contact Jan Falkum at or visit the website at



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