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Local Lions Club screens area children’s hearing and vision

Four days a week, sometimes five, Joe Jackson and his wife, Liz — along with the help of FGCU students — wheel a big red wagon filled with vision screeners and hearing tests into preschools all across Lee County. This big red wagon has helped well over a thousand visually and audibly impaired children overcome the obstacles inhibiting their ability to learn. Sponsored by the Lions Clubs of Bonita Beach and Cape Coral, the Jacksons have been able diagnose over 1,500 kids — 1,100 from January to March, — with disorders that may have otherwise lingered and impeded their...

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‘Taylor’s Story’ video by Christy’s Cause to prevent human-trafficking

Local organization, Christy’s Cause, released a 15-minute video titled “Taylor’s Story” on Tuesday, March 14. “Taylor’s Story” tells the true story of a survivor of human trafficking. Taylor, whose name was changed to ensure her safety, tells the camera candidly how she was approached by her trafficker, was trapped in human trafficking and was eventually rescued out of that trafficking in this testimonial video. The video aims to show that human trafficking is real, and it’s happening in the local community. Taylor was trapped in human trafficking in Florida and, like many, had assumed she was immune to the...

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New RSO to host lecture on farmworkers’ rights

The recently established FGCU Student Farmworker Alliance is hosting a speaker event highlighting the efforts of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, which asks students to question: is their food fair? The term “fair food” was first popularized by the CIW, a worker-based human rights organization. The group, which has been active for more than 20 years, began the nationwide Fair Food Program in 2011 to encourage large produce buyers to pay a premium that tomato growers pass onto their workers. In its first four years, the FFP received nearly $20 million in fair food premiums, distributed “Know Your Rights”...

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Missy Salomon teams up with the Office of Prevention and Wellness for ‘Celebrate Your Body Week’

 After battling with her weight and self-image since childhood, Peers Care member Missy Salomon, will team up with the Office of Prevention and Wellness to host the annual “Celebrate Your Body”  week from March 27 to 31. To Salomon the event is about informing and letting students on campus know their bodies should be appreciated. “As long as you’re doing what you need to do to be healthy, then you’re fine,” Salomon said. Salomon said her self-image was always a hard topic to discuss because of her cultural heritage. “I am Haitian. A lot of minority cultures, especially the...

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Zeta Tau Alpha to host Alico Family Golf Night

Zeta Tau Alpha will host their Alico Family Golf Night on Thursday, March 30, at Alico Family Golf. Twenty-Five percent of the proceeds from mini golf as well as the driving range will be donated to breast cancer education and awareness. Nationally, ZTA is partnered with multiple Think Pink programs, such as The American Cancer Society, National Football League and Bright Pink. Though food and drinks will be available for purchase, they will not be included in the proceeds for the philanthropy. Golf clubs will be provided by the facility for those who do not have their own. No...

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Greater Naples YMCA region provides outreach program for families to cope mentally and physically

Diabetes is a family disease, yet many families are not offered proper education on this debilitating phenomenon. Greater Naples YMCA hopes to change that by providing outreach programs to bring support to families to help them cope mentally and physically with the daily struggles that come with a diabetes diagnosis. According to the Center for Disease Control, type 2 diabetes accounts for about 90 percent to 95 percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes, and type 1 diabetes accounts for about 5 percent. The health and economic costs for both are enormous: Diabetes was the seventh leading cause of...

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Benefitting Friends of Foster Children Forever

Naples may host many a gala, but there is something different about its latest. Couture, Cuisine and Charity will combine wine, appetizers and fashion to this time benefit Friends of Foster Children Forever. FFCF provides educational and enrichment opportunities to help each foster child reach his or her potential by fulfilling the unmet needs of those who enter or is at risk of entering the foster care system in Collier, Hendry and Glades Counties. FFCF’s upcoming event will feature an upscale fashion show showcasing designs from local area boutiques. Walker Henry will host the exclusive runway show, and participating...

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Wanderlust celebrates its 28th anniversary

FGCU’s School of Resort and Hospitality Management is taking its hospitality off campus for the 28th anniversary of Wanderlust, a culinary and travel extravaganza. On April 1, guests can enjoy numerous activities and opportunities to bid on travel packages — the proceeds of which will benefit the School of Resort and Hospitality students by supporting programs like financial assistance and scholarships. It also provides resources that will give students a competitive edge upon graduation. The Wanderlust event is also a learning lab — allowing three event management students to plan and produce a large scale fundraising event in eight...

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Make-A-Wish SWFL hosts Mac ‘N’ Cheese Challenge

As if anyone needed an excuse to eat macaroni and cheese, the village of Estero will soon be hosting a mac ‘n’ cheese challenge for a good cause — that is, Make-A-Wish Southern Florida. The event will feature mac ‘n’ cheese from more than a dozen local restaurants and catering companies. After tasting samples from each stand, guests will vote for their favorite to be named the best of the bunch. Tickets are $20 per person and will go toward Make-A-Wish Southern Florida’s Youth Leadership Committee. YLC is a group of seventh to 12th graders working to promote Make-A-Wish...

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FGCU students team up with the Ocean Blue Project to help clean SWFL water

Next weekend, on March 25, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Ocean Blue Project will be working with a group of FGCU students on a community service learning project to help clean up the beach. Originally founded on Nye Beach in Newport, Oregon, the goal of the OBP is to spread awareness about the importance of clean water by providing planning and technical assistance to landowners, communities and local governments. The group’s main focus is to improve urban water quality by using a holistic ecosystem-based approach that works to lower excess nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus and E. coli....

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