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JAZZ JAM TONIGHT!April 21 7pmMusic & Arts Community Center13411 Shire Lane, Fort Myers Tonight the…

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JAZZ JAM TONIGHT!
April 21 7pm
Music & Arts Community Center
13411 Shire Lane, Fort Myers

Tonight the members of the Jazz Collective perform an “open mic night” at the MACC! They will be joined by surprise guests and community members to perform an evening of great jazz standards! This is going to be one wild, amazing, entertaining show! As Paul Gavin says, “It’s gonna be a swingin’ good time!” Seats still remain and tickets are only $10.

Our Jazz Series is sponsored in part through the generosity of Victor & Jackie Solomon & Robert Opatrny & Susan Sutherland

LARC’s 4th Annual Aiming for Ability Clay Shooting Tournament Friday, May 6, 2022

(FORT MYERS, Fla. April 12, 2022) – Get ready to take aim. Lee Association for…

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LARC’s 4th Annual Aiming for Ability Clay Shooting Tournament Friday, May 6, 2022

(FORT MYERS, Fla. April 12, 2022) – Get ready to take aim. Lee Association for Remarkable Citizens (LARC) will host the fourth annual “Aiming for Ability” Clay Shooting Tournament on Friday, May 6, 2022, outdoors at Sarasota Trap Skeet & Clays, 3445 Rustic Road, Nokomis. All proceeds will benefit LARC’s programs and services that help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities achieve.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., a mandatory safety meeting is at 9:30 a.m., and at 10:00 a.m. shooters will head out to take their best shot in support of people with disabilities. Lunch and awards will immediately follow. The entry fee is $650 per foursome or $175 per person and includes lunch, ear protection, 100 targets, four boxes of ammunition, and a golf cart. Participants must be 18 years old. Shotgun rentals are available for an additional fee. 1st through 3rd place teams will receive trophies.

There will also be a chance drawing to win a Liberty Safe Centurion Deluxe 24-Gun Case courtesy of Koons Locksmith. Tickets are $50 each or three for $100. Tickets can be purchased online at www.larcleecounty.org. Winners do not need to be present.

Sponsors includes Grampy’s Charities, All Star Equipment Rental & Sales, Creighton Development, G3 Catering, HWGA Supply DeWalt Superstore, Sunset Air, Auto Express South, and Myers, Brettholtz & Co.

“The proceeds LARC receives from events like this is are essential to our fundraising efforts and helps to raise the critical funds needed for the programs and services that help individuals with disabilities achieve,” said Angela Katz, LARC’s Executive Director.

Established in 1954, LARC is a training center for success for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. LARC serves more than 300 individuals annually, and participants range in age from 14 to 78.

LARC offers vocational training, community residential services, and a vast array of other state-of-the-art community inclusion services on a full-time, year-round basis. LARC’s main campus is located at 2570 Hanson Street, Fort Myers. LARC also operates two Residential Group Homes located in Cape Coral and North Fort Myers.

Sponsorship opportunities that include shooting foursomes and event recognition are available.

To register or learn more about sponsorship opportunities, visit www.larcleecounty.org or contact Angela Katz, Executive Director, at 239-334-6285 x210 or angelakatz@larcleecounty.org.

About LARC

Established in 1954, LARC Inc.’s mission is to empower and support individuals with disabilities and their families to reach their full potential. LARC is a 501(c)3 that provides programs and services for approximately 300 local men and women annually. The nonprofit offers youth programs, vocational training, community residential services, and a vast array of other state-of-the-art community inclusion services on a full-time, year-round basis.

LARC’s main campus is located at 2570 Hanson Street, Fort Myers. LARC also operates two Residential Group Homes located in Cape Coral and North Fort Myers. For more information, visit www.larcleecounty.org.

Fort Myers CRA Board of Commissioners Meeting Notice

The Fort Myers CRABoard of Commissioners will hold their Regular Meeting on Wednesday, April 27th…

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Fort Myers CRA Board of Commissioners Meeting Notice

The Fort Myers CRA
Board of Commissioners will hold their Regular Meeting on

Wednesday, April 27th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Please contact the CRA Office for assistance if needed.

Phone: (239) 321-7100
Email: cra@cityftmyers.com

We hope to see you there.
Thank you!

Stay connected and learn more about your CRA!
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Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency | 1400 Jackson Street, Suite 102, Fort Myers, FL 33901

Easter and Passover Wishes

WISHING YOU & YOUR FAMILY A VERY HAPPY AND SAFE HOLIDAY WEEKEND! FROM YOUR FRIENDS…

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WISHING YOU & YOUR FAMILY A VERY HAPPY AND SAFE HOLIDAY WEEKEND!

FROM YOUR FRIENDS AT THE GULF COAST SYMPHONY

Gulf Coast Symphony, PO Box 60878, Fort Myers, FL 33906, United States

Find spring/summer wild hog hunts

AprilFWC’s Hunting Hot SheetThe latest hunting and conservation news and events from theFlorida Fish and…

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FWC’s Hunting Hot Sheet
The latest hunting and conservation news and events from the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

Spring/summer wild hog hunt dates available

The FWC offers late spring and summer wild hog hunting opportunities on wildlife management areas (WMAs) across the state. While many of the WMAs that offer these wild hog hunts don’t require a quota permit, some of them do. So be sure to review the WMA regulations brochure for the area you want to hunt. Also, a hunting license isn’t needed to hunt wild hogs at a WMA, however, a management area permit is required. Find more information and a list of WMA’s offering spring/summer public hunting opportunities.

Opportunity to provide feedback via the FWC’s annual deer harvest survey

We’re conducting our annual survey of deer hunters to get a better understanding of hunter satisfaction, effort and success. You may receive an email or a phone call from Responsive Management, a survey research firm specializing in natural resource and outdoor recreation issues, asking you to participate in this survey. Depending on which carrier you use, the call will display as coming from Responsive Management or from area code 850 (Tallahassee). If you receive an email or call, please consider participating in the survey. This information will help us better understand your participation, harvest, needs and preferences. See harvest survey reports from previous years.

Students compete in state archery tournament

Over 400 elementary, middle and high school students from across the state recently took part in the National Archery in the Schools Program state tournament. The top three male and top three female archers were awarded $20,000 in scholarships, thanks to a partnership with NASP and the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida. This annual event was hosted in Gainesville at the Easton Newberry Archery Center. See tournament results, including top schools.
NASP teaches International style target archery in physical education class for students in 4th through 12th grade. Learn more about NASP.

Wild Turkey Cost Share Program in Action!
As part of the Wild Turkey Cost Share Program, wildlife managers at Fort Drum WMA, located in Indian River County, recently improved wild turkey habitat and hunter access there by roller chopping 145 acres. This effort enhances the ability to use prescribed fire for maintaining these habitat improvements. Wild turkeys require a variety of habitat types, including open lands. Find information about other 2021-22 Wild Turkey Cost Share projects.

This Wild Turkey Cost Share project is one of many conducted to improve wild turkey habitat across the state on WMAs that are open to turkey hunting. Through this program, the FWC, the Florida Forest Service, and the NWTF – Florida pool their resources along with grant funding from the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida to enhance habitat on public lands. Turkey hunters are also an important part of this effort. A portion of the money they spend on turkey permits, which are required to hunt turkeys in this state, is used to fund this program. Gopher tortoises, red-cockaded woodpeckers, indigo snakes, brown-headed nuthatches and many other nonhunted species benefit from these habitat projects, too. Learn more about wild turkey management.

We’re hiring at Ocala Outdoor Adventure Camp

The FWC is hiring summer camp counselors and instructors for the Ocala Outdoor Adventure Camp. This is a dream job for those who love the outdoors and want to teach youth ages 8-17 about conservation and outdoor skills such as archery, fishing, canoeing, and hiking. We’re seeking male counselors as all counselor positions for females have been filled.
To be considered for this job, you must be at least 18 years of age and pass a mandatory background check. Pay starts at $520/week + room and board. Plus, your employment at the Ocala Outdoor Adventure Camp can also serve as an internship for college credit. For more information about these summer camp jobs, contact Will Burnett at 352-625-2804 or William.Burnett@MyFWC.com.
We still have summer camp opportunities for kids aged 8 to 17 who want to experience the outdoors. The Ocala Outdoor Adventure Camp offers a variety of safe, fun and age-appropriate week-long camps. Learn more and register. Find other summer camps through the FWC’s Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network.

Connect friends and family to the outdoors
Do you know someone who is interested in learning more about the outdoors but isn’t sure where to start? Encourage them to participate in our Florida WildQuest 2022. All they need is a mobile device and a sense of adventure to take part in scavenger hunts on April 22 – 24 or April 29 – May 1 at one of 12 wildlife management areas across the state. Those who earn at least 2,000 points can be entered in a drawing to win! Learn more about WildQuest!

Hunting Season Dates
2022-2023 hunting season dates on lands outside of the wildlife management area system for the 2022-2023 seasons will be posted in late April.
Visit MyFWC.com/WMAbrochures to find hunting opportunities at a WMA.

Spring Wild Turkey
North of State Road 70
• Spring turkey season: March 19 – April 24

Quota/Limited Entry Permits
If you’re interested in quota permits to hunt public lands, you can review returned quota hunt permit availability on Saturday mornings and then log into GoOutdoorsFlorida.com to apply for any returned quota hunt permits. You may apply for these throughout the season during weekly reissue application periods. Weekly reissue applications are available for hunters between noon on Saturdays through noon on Tuesdays, with results posted at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com.

Recreational Use Permits
Phase I renewal period to apply for Flint Rock, Grove Park and Gulf Hammock recreational use permits is April 15 – May 15.

Bookmark these links
• Buy your hunting license
• 2022 Spring Turkey Hunt Guide
• WMA regulations brochures/WMA Finder
• Open/closed status of FWC offices, facilities, and managed areas
• Limited entry/quota hunts
• Get started hunting
• Public FWC-managed shooting ranges
• Take a hunter safety course
• Replace your hunter safety card
• Sign up for hunting news
• Get involved with a conservation group!

Learn more about hunting in Florida at MyFWC.com/Hunting.
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission · 620 S. Meridian Street · Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600 · (850) 488-4676

SBA Announces 2022 South Florida District Office Small Business Week Winners

SBA Announces 2022 South Florida District Office Small Business Week WinnersMiami, FLA. - U.S. Small…

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SBA Announces 2022 South Florida District Office Small Business Week Winners
Miami, FLA. – U.S. Small Business Administration South Florida District Director J. Malcolm Richards is proud to announce the 2022 National Small Business Week winners for South Florida. National Small Business Week Awards celebrate the sacrifices and achievements of small business owners and their significant contributions to our economy and our communities. America’s entrepreneurs are doing their part to power our nation’s historic economic comeback. The 30th Annual National Small Business Week will be celebrated May 1-7, 2022.
“Many small businesses were able to successfully pivot and with tenacity and resilience have not only survived the pandemic but have thrived. These awards honor those in our community who have excelled in business ownership, demonstrating these virtues that are among the hallmarks of successful entrepreneurship. We congratulate our winners and thank the small business advocates who have helped them succeed,” said District Director Richards.

2022 South Florida District Small Business Person of the Year
Mr. Roger Pridgeon, Owner, Corporate Air (Vero Beach, Florida)

2022 South Florida District Exporter of the Year
Mr. Carmine Colarusso, Owner, Ultrachem LLC. (Doral, Florida)

2022 South Florida and State of Florida Women Business Owner of the Year
Ms. Wanda Barton, Xtremely Clean (Tampa, Florida)

2022 South Florida District and State of Florida Veteran Business Owner of the Year
Mr. Mack Sasser, Owner, 11 Series Energy (Melbourne, Florida)

2022 South Florida District Minority Business Owner of the Year
Ms. Chantel Robertson, Owner, Upful Blends (Margate, Florida)

South Florida District Small Business Advocate of the Year
Mr. Stuart “Stu” Smith (Cocoa Beach, Florida)

2022 State of Florida Women’s Business Center of the Year
Centre for Women – Tampa (Tampa, Florida)

2022 State of Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) of the Year
Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton, Florida)

These winners will be recognized at public events during National Small Business Week May 1-7, 2022.
Please visit the North Florida District Office website for a complete list of winners for the North Florida territory.

For more information about local winners or programs available through the U.S. Small Business Administration, please visit the agency Website at www.sba.gov/southflorida or call (305) 536-5521.

About the U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration helps power the American dream of business ownership. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.

All SBA programs and services are provided on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance
Small Business Administration (SBA) · 409 3rd St, SW · Washington DC 20416 · 1-800-827-5722

SBA South Florida Newsletter, April 2022

SBA Celebrates Financial Capability & Literacy Month Message from the Interim District Director J. Malcom…

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SBA Celebrates Financial Capability & Literacy Month

Message from the Interim District Director J. Malcom Richards;

Greetings! We welcome Spring and the re-opening of our economies, saying goodbye to the pandemic– hopefully for good. April is Financial Capability and Literacy Month and the SBA South Florida District Office and our Resource Partners are offering multiple webinars to share business and financial concepts that can help you maximize your small business growth. Please check out our Calendar of Events and join us. As we have all learned from the pandemic, Financial Readiness is vital to the success and recovery of your business as well as your personal recovery and well-being. In these stressful times, having access to personal financial, insurance, medical and other records is crucial for minimizing the damage caused by disasters and for starting the recovery process quickly and efficiently. We want you to make the most of your pandemic recovery by being financially prepared for the unexpected. You can find Financial Preparedness Tips and Tools at Ready.gov. Finally, remember to file your personal tax returns or file for an extension by April 18th.

What is the Buzz Around Community Navigators?

As I travel the Southeast and meet with SBA’s Community Navigators and help celebrate their grand openings, I have learned a great deal, and I am pleased to share the significance of these organizations that are quite possibly located right in your backyard.
Community Navigators are a piece of the recovery process for small businesses- they are funded through the American Rescue Plan and are designed to assist small businesses- especially underserved businesses that have been left behind. President Biden signed the law supporting the Community Navigator program to ensure equity, overcome barriers in accessing capital, and to provide other resources to help entrepreneurs recover, grow, or start their businesses.
The Community Navigator program relies on community partners, who have existing relationships within their communities to serve as culturally knowledgeable experts to help bridge the gaps between business owners and SBA, federal, state, and local resources.
The Community Navigators are using a Hub/Spoke model. For example, a Hub I recently visited and met with is the Miami-Dade Business Navigator. I was fortunate to meet with the Hub as well as their 7 spokes Listed below:
Each of the 7 spokes play an integral role for the success of the Miami Dade Business Navigator representing many different communities. They will be able to assist in providing grassroots assistance to any entrepreneur, especially those in need of recovery- hit hard over the course of the last two years eager and ambitious for a path forward. The Hubs deploy community advocates (spokes) to work with small businesses. Services include financial assistance, support services in access to capital, contracting, procurement assistance, marketing, operations, business development, export/importing, and industry specific training, among other areas of technical assistance to aid businesses in stabilization and expansion.

The SBA designated 51 grantees (hubs) across the country. These grantees will support over 400 spoke organizations that will connect and engage with small businesses on the ground. The SBA’s goal is to build authentic bridges between small businesses and the community partners who are there to support them. Together with its Navigator grantees, the SBA will help bring back businesses, launch new opportunities, create jobs and build an equitable economy that works for everyone.
Eight Hubs supporting nearly 85 spokes are located across the Southeastern Region. For a complete list of Community Navigator Hubs and Spokes, please visit our website below . I encourage you to reach out to Community Navigators in your area and see how they may assist you and your business. This is a great program built on developing equity, working across all communities with true grassroots engagement. You may also learn more about your local Community Navigators by contacting your local SBA District Office.

Upcoming Events

Join SBA and Public Private Strategies Institute for a series of by-weekly webinars to learn more about programs and services to help you grow your business. Register for the next webinar scheduled on April 27, 2022.

2022 National Small Business Week – 4 day Virtual Summit – May 2 – 5th
Registration for the 2022 National Small Business Week Virtual Summit, “Building a Better America Through Entrepreneurship,” is now open. This year’s National Small Business Week Virtual Summit will feature access to federal resources, educational workshops, and networking to help small businesses pivot, grow, and seize new opportunities. The event is free, but registration is required.
Recently, SBA announced the 2022 Small Business Persons of the Year winners. The winners will be formally recognized on May 5, 2022 during the National Small Business Week Virtual Summit Awards Ceremony.

South Florida Events Calendar
Make sure to look at our calendar for full upcoming workshops. Our resource partners are conducting workshops and events all month long.

If you live in South Florida, you can email us at SouthFlorida_DO@sba.gov
If your located outside of our South Florida, you can find your local office by accessing this link: https://www.sba.gov/about-sba/sba-locations/sba-district-offices

Check out our Website!

SBA South Florida District Office
Miami, Tampa, and Ft. Pierce, Florida
305-536-5521
http://www.SBA.gov/SouthFlorida

All SBA programs and services are provided on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance
Small Business Administration (SBA) · 409 3rd St, SW · Washington DC 20416 · 1-800-827-5722

Storm Smart Holds Ribbon Cutting for New Administrative Offices

Fort Myers, FL. (April 14, 2022) — Storm Smart Industries, the largest storm-protection and lifestyle-enhancement…

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Storm Smart Holds Ribbon Cutting for New Administrative Offices

Fort Myers, FL. (April 14, 2022) — Storm Smart Industries, the largest storm-protection and lifestyle-enhancement company in the state, announced moving its administrative offices in February to a new, larger office space to accommodate continued business growth. To celebrate the moment, Storm Smart Industries held a ribbon-cutting ceremony sponsored by the Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce and the Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, April 14th at 10:00 AM. The new administrative offices are located on the Chicos FAS campus.

Storm Smart Industries, which celebrated its 25th year in business in 2021, will leverage its new office space to expand its customers’ services while providing new internal operational efficiencies. The new offices will also provide Storm Smart administration with an improved, state-of-the-art workspace to facilitate internal and external collaboration and communication while providing the company with additional room for growth. All manufacturing and warehousing remain at the existing 6182 Idlewild Street location in Fort Myers.

Storm Smart Industries specializes in storm protection and lifestyle enhancement for home and business owners. The business is committed to providing each and every one of its customers with high-quality service and support. Storm Smart’s innovative approach starts with a thorough analysis of what a customer needs to ensure peace of mind during hurricane season.

“26 years ago, Storm Smart began out of Cape Coral as a one-man show in a Garage by Brian Rist; today, approximately 90,000 homes are protected by Storm Smart,” said Scot Burris, CEO of Storm Smart Industries. “We’re proud of the growth of Storm Smart and are inspired by this community that we call home. More than anything, this move represents our continued ironclad commitment to serving our customers and helping them with all of their storm protection needs.”

About Storm Smart
Storm Smart’s innovative products have launched the company to become the largest manufacturer and installer of code-approved hurricane protection products in Florida, with more than 80,000 customers in Florida, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Guam, since opening its doors in Fort Myers in 1996. The company has a long list of accomplishments, including being named 2021 Manufacturer of the Year which was presented by Lee County Economic Development, Horizon Council, and the Horizon Foundation, 2016 Distributor of the Year and 2015 Manufacturer of the Year, both by the Southwest Regional Manufacturers Association, as well as Business Partner of the Year by the Cape Coral Community Foundation due to their financial and volunteer contributions to the Foundation. Storm Smart is headquartered at the Chicos FAS campus, and its manufacturing facility is at its three-plant campus located at 6182 Idlewild Street in Fort Myers. The company also has two showrooms in Southwest Florida, located at 2351 Crystal Drive, Ste 101 in Fort Myers, and in Naples at 2400 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Unit 102, and will be adding a new showroom in North Port late Spring 2022. For more information, call (239) 938-1000. Online at StormSmart.com.

SFWMD Governing Board Declares April Water Conservation Month

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SFWMD Governing Board Declares April Water Conservation Month

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board declared April as Water Conservation Month, highlighting the work District staff do promoting the conservation of South Florida’s most precious resource, water.

Every gallon conserved is a gallon not pulled from underground aquifers which allows us to have enough water supply for the future and hold back saltwater intrusion from sea-level rise. Conserving water is important to ensure that families, businesses and the environment continue to thrive.

South Florida’s population is forecasted to exceed 10 million people and its daily demand for water is forecasted to surpass 4 billion gallons per day by 2040, making the need for water planning and robust water conservation programs more important than ever.

Landscape irrigation accounts for more than half of the water used in a typical household. To promote more efficient irrigation, the District previously passed a year-round Landscape Irrigation Measures Rule that limits the days and hours allowed for landscape irrigation. District officials have been working with local governments to pass local irrigation ordinances to conserve water, with 80 having adopted the ordinance and 17 having an adoption of the ordinance in progress. Following all local ordinances governing outdoor landscape irrigation is one of the most significant contributions residents can make to conserve water.

The District also supports water-saving programs and helps fund cost-sharing grants for water conservation projects. This year SFWMD is funding $2.5 million worth of such grants that will help conserve an estimated 1.1 billion gallons per year.

The average water usage per person per day in South Florida has decreased drastically in the past 16 years, from nearly 170 gallons per person per day in 2005 to approximately 130 gallons per person per day in 2021. This is in part a result of water conservation programs and measures implemented throughout the district.

Learn more about SFWMD and watch its Governing Board meetings.

The South Florida Water Management District is a regional governmental agency that manages the water resources in the southern part of the state. It is the oldest and largest of the state’s five water management districts. Our mission is to safeguard and restore South Florida’s water resources and ecosystems, protect our communities from flooding, and meet the region’s water needs while connecting with the public and stakeholders.

South Florida Water Management District · 3301 Gun Club Road · West Palm Beach, FL · 33406

LARC’s Born This Way Event Raises $250,000

LARC’s Born This Way Event Raises $250,000Wine Dinner Benefits Lori Carroll-Collins Scholarship Fund FORT MYERS,…

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LARC’s Born This Way Event Raises $250,000
Wine Dinner Benefits Lori Carroll-Collins Scholarship Fund

FORT MYERS, Fla. (April 14, 2022) –LARC (Lee Association of Remarkable Citizens) 2nd annual fundraiser benefiting The Lori Carroll-Collins Scholarship Fund raised $250,000. The event was held on March 19, 2022 at Misty Morning Barn in Fort Myers.

The evening included a five-course dinner created by celebrated local chefs Mike and Karen Gavala of G3 Catering. Guests enjoyed wine pairings from sixth-generation winemaker Clay Mauritson, founder and owner of Mauritson Wines in Healdsburg, California.

News anchor Kellie Burns of NBC-2 and Southwest Florida writer, actor and director, Stephanie Davis emceed the event. Scott Robertson was the auctioneer. Local businesswoman and entrepreneur Diana Willis chaired the event. Marc Collins, Lori’s husband, was the honorary chair. Sponsors included Richard and Vicki Pitbladdo, Dwayne Bergmann Interiors, Gulf Star Marina, Marc Collins, Diana Willis of Trinity Commercial Group, Siesta Pebble, Lee Health, and L J Zielke.

“The success of our 2nd annual Lori Carroll-Collins Scholarship event is a tremendous opportunity to impact more lives where their abilities will shine more than their disabilities,” said Willis. “The community at large is a wonderful benefactor in utilizing the talent among LARC’s growing participants. This is a tremendous impact all around.”

Honorary chairs for the 2023 event are Richard and Vicki Pitbladdo. 2023 event chairs are Tim and Sandy Youngquist, Jim Wells and Pamela Cronin.

Her family established the Lori Carroll-Collins Scholarship Fund in memory of Carroll-Collins. A resident of Fort Myers for 35 years, Lori cared deeply for her community and people in need and led her life by example when it came to generosity and philanthropy. The fund helps bridge financial gaps and allows individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to access innovative services offered by LARC.

“We are so grateful for the support of our attendees, sponsors, event committee, chefs and winemaker,” said Angela Katz, LARC Executive Director. “Lori’s scholarship fund is offering hope to those seeking to maximize their independence and employment success and may have no other means to get the support they need. Lori’s fund has already provided scholarships for programs including Supported Employment, Adult Day Training and System Navigation. Every recipient is a success story.”

Donations can be made to the scholarship fund online at www.larcleecounty.org. For more information, visit www.larcleecounty.org, call Angela Katz at (239) 334-6285 x 210, or email angelakatz@larcleecounty.org.

About LARC

Established in 1954, LARC Inc.’s mission is to empower and support individuals with disabilities and their families to reach their full potential. LARC is a 501(c)3 that provides programs and services for approximately 300 local men and women annually. The nonprofit offers youth programs, vocational training, community residential services, and a vast array of other state-of-the-art community inclusion services on a full-time, year-round basis. LARC’s main campus is located at 2570 Hanson Street, Fort Myers. LARC also operates two Residential Group Homes located in Cape Coral and North Fort Myers.