5th Annual “Blues by the Bay” to Support The Heights Foundation’s Education Programs
(Fort Myers, FL – October 25, 2019) – Blues by the Bay, an evening of live music, excellent food and drinks, will be held Tuesday, November 19 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the riverfront home of Dean and Lori Munro, in the St. Charles Harbour community. Guests will enjoy samplings from the area’s finest restaurants, fine wines, a signature Blue Bay Martini, champagne and live music by The Wayward Souls, rockin’ blues band. Guests can upgrade to VIP level and receive tickets to the exclusive pre-party at the home of Tim and Sandy Youngquist in St. Charles Yacht Club and VIP benefits.
Live and silent 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. VIP sponsors include Rich and Sandy Heinrich and Jason and Sherri Huff. JP Morgan Limousine is an in-kind sponsor. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. Dress is resort casual.
Participating restaurants include Dante’s Coal Fired Pizza, The House of Pasta, The Jac Island Restaurant, Keylime Bistro, MudBugs Cajun Kitchen, St. Charles Yacht Club, Sunshine Seafood Cafe and The Timbers.
“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 the exclusive pre party are also available. Purchase tickets at www.heightsfoundation.org/blues 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. GLAD Kids is a child care and pre-k center serving more than 80 children birth-five. The Harlem Heights Community Charter School currently serves kindergarten through fourth grade and will expand to serve up to fifth grade.
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.