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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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Office of Service Learning will host its second annual Eagles Care Book Fair

On Wednesday, March 22, from 10 a.m. until noon, the Office of Service Learning will host its second annual Eagles Care Book Fair on the Library Lawn. Fifty underprivileged preschool aged children from the local community will be at FGCU to participate in a morning full of fun and education. The Office of Service Learning will bring 50 preschoolers from Gladiolus Learning Center to take part in sack races, ring tosses, dance parties and face painting. The children will also have some reading time from a guest reader. Last year at the inaugural event, the president of FGCU Student...

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Habitat for Humanity Club build

This Saturday, March 18, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., FGCU’s Habitat for Humanity Club will be participating in a build at the national organization’s Lee County build site located at 1288 North Tamiami Trail in North Fort Myers. The club will work with the Habitat for Humanity Organization of Lee and Hendry Counties to do anything from raising a house, to demolishing one — anything construction related. Habitat for Humanity is a private, nonprofit organization that is funded by local individuals, businesses and faith organizations. According to its website, the Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties...

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Starbucks employees help Lee County Homeless Coalition

This past Monday, March 13, Starbucks employees volunteered for a United Way Day of Caring project hosted by the Lee County Homeless Coalition, its annual Homeless Service Day and Veterans Stand Down. A stand down is a military term used to describe a brief respite from combat where troops could access a variety of services. The objective of this stand down was to help both veterans and homeless individuals get what they need by providing services in a one-stop setting. Starbucks volunteers assisted by surveying individuals as they entered the event to find out information critical to their needs....

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Run 4 The Cause proceeds to fight local child sex trafficking

The second annual Run 4 The Cause 5K, held by Christy’s Cause, took place Feb. 25 at Living Waters Church in Estero. This 5K was the inaugural event for Christy’s Cause, a local non-profit focused on eradicating child sex trafficking, just last year. Hundreds of people from around the Southwest Florida community, including several FGCU students, took part in either the run that took place at 7 a.m. or the walk that took place at 8:45 a.m. Grace Talerico, an FGCU student who participated in the run, said, “I wanted to participate in this 5k because human trafficking is...

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