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4th Annual “Blues by the Bay” to Support the Children of Our Community

(Fort Myers, FL – March 1, 2018) – Blues by the Bay, an evening of live music, excellent food and drinks, will be held Tuesday, March 27 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at the St. Charles Yacht Club. Guests will enjoy samplings from the area’s finest restaurants, fine wines, a signature Blue Bay Martini, champagne and live music by a rockin’ blues band. Guests can upgrade to VIP level and receive tickets to the exclusive pre-party at a private home in St. Charles Yacht Club and VIP benefits.

Live auction items will be offered and all proceeds will benefit the School Success programs for at-risk children in the Harlem Heights neighborhood in Fort Myers. Event sponsors include Edison National Bank/Bank of the Islands and Entech.  Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. Dress is resort casual.

“Our School Success programs include our charter school, academic tutoring, after school and summer camp programs, scholarship and college access assistance, school supplies, and tuition support,” said Kathryn Kelly, President and CEO of The Heights Foundation. “Each program is geared to meet the specific needs of children and young adults who seek to further their education.”

Tickets are now on sale for $125 each and space is limited. VIP opportunities and sponsorships that include an exclusive pre party are also available. Purchase tickets t or call Karen Lesza at (239) 482-7706.

 About the Heights Foundation and the Heights Center

The Heights Foundation works to build self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood. The mission is to support education and wellness, promote family and community development, and provide the benefits of enrichment and the arts. The Heights Center, supported by The Heights Foundation, is a place for Education, Opportunity, and Enrichment.

Harlem Heights was originally settled as a rural agricultural community. Approximately 780 children live in a mixture of single-family homes and multi-family apartments. Demographically, the population is approximately 70% Hispanic, 20% African-American, and 8% Caucasian. The poverty rate for children in Harlem Heights is more than twice the county average, with family income 40% below the county average. Families are not able to easily access family support services located in downtown Fort Myers, and benefit greatly from programs located within the neighborhood.