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The Heights Foundation/The Heights Center Hosts Virtual Live Fundraiser – First of its kind in SW FL

The Heights Foundation/The Heights Center Hosts Virtual Live Fundraiser

Love Your Neighbor on March 24 Event Benefits Families in Harlem Heights

(Fort Myers, Fla. – March 20, 2020) —The Heights Foundation/The Heights Center will host a live virtual event on Tuesday, March 24 from 7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  The 12th Annual Love Your Neighbor event was pivoted due to coronavirus concerns.  The online auction began Friday, March 20 at noon and will culminate with a live broadcast from The Heights Center on Tuesday evening.  Kellie Burns from NBC-2 will emcee the event.  Scott Robertson of Scott Robertson Auctioneers will be the auctioneer.

“Our Love Your Neighbor event is our biggest fundraiser of the year,” said Kathryn Kelly, founder, president and CEO of The Heights Foundation/The Heights Center.  “The families in Harlem Heights are extremely vulnerable, particularly now.   This event takes on an added urgency for us as we need to provide support to our families so they can keep a roof over their heads and food on the table while kids are out of school and parents are out of work.”

“This has never been done in Southwest Florida, and I am proud to be working with The Heights Foundation to lead the way,” said Scott Robertson, of Scott Robertson Auctioneers.  “Viewers can have fun watching in the comfort of their own homes, bid on great auction items, and support an organization that helps families living in poverty.”

Viewers are recommended to use two devices, a computer or smart television to view the broadcast, and a smartphone for auction bidding.

Visit www.heightsfoundation.org/lyn for a link to the site to view the broadcast on Tuesday evening.   The broadcast begins at 6:30 p.m. and the live event begins at 7:00 p.m.  To bid on items now, visit HeightsLYN.givesmart.com

Auction items include a dinner and wine cruise on the new 101’ M/Y Tò-Kalòn, a trip to Chicago for Elton John’s farewell tour, a magical Maine adventure, elegant in-home dinners and more.

Event sponsors include Mark Loren Designs, Norman Love Confections, Cliff and Georganne Williams, Lee Health, entech, RG Architects, Dean and Janie Schreiner, Robert and Ruth Ann Diefenbach, and Don and Andie Vogt.

For more information contact Karen at (239) 482-7706 or karen@heightsfoundation.org

 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 90 children birth-five.  The Harlem Heights Community Charter School currently serves kindergarten through fourth grade and will expand to serve up to fifth grade for the 2020-2021 school year.

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.