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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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Southwest Florida Nationals Car Show

The 4th Annual Southwest Florida Nationals Car Show will take place on March 18 and 19 at the Lee Civic Center in Fort Myers. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida (UCPSWFL), the local affiliate of the national UCP organization. United Cerebral Palsy provides services for behavioral-focused residential homes and adult day services for people with cognitive and physical challenges. The money they receive is spent toward programs and services that directly benefit people with disabilities and their families. More than 30,000 people with disabilities and their families receive assistance from...

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Mothers Home Supply Drive

Located in Merwin Hall, outside room 145, a box sits awaiting donations of shampoos, conditioners, lotions, unused makeup, hair supplies, deodorant and any other basic necessities of life. The Mothers Home Supply Drive, put on by FGCU’s Phi Alpha National Honor Society, aims to help mothers in need by collecting toiletries, other bathroom supplies or just about anything that could be helpful. The box, which lays in front of Dr. Bruster’s office, will be accepting donations up until April...

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The 7th Annual 5K walk/run benefitting the Make-A-Wish Southern Florida

The 7th Annual Walk for Wishes, a 5K walk/run benefitting the Make-A-Wish Southern Florida, will be held at FGCU’s recreation fields on Saturday, Feb. 25. Walk For Wishes is a nationwide Make-A-Wish fundraiser that has already granted roughly 270,000 wishes. The fundraiser is a certified, timed 5K walk/run. All ages are encouraged to participate in the event to help make wishes come true for local children with life-threatening medical conditions. Pre-registration fees for the Walk for Wishes are $25 for adults, $15 for students and $10 for children 13 years old and younger. Registration is available online at

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FGCU hosts Out of the Darkness Campus Walk

In the hopes of shining a light on suicide prevention, FGCU will host the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s “Out of the Darkness Campus Walk.” Students and community members will come together to walk throughout campus to raise awareness. The event will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 18. According to the Center for Disease Control, suicide is the 10th highest cause of death in the United States; through education and advocacy programs, the AFSP aims to reduce the suicide rate by 20 percent by 2025. To participate in the walk, you can either sign up with a...

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Swishes for Wishes comes to FGCU

Raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, FGCU’s Chi Omega sorority hosted its first philanthropic basketball tournament on Friday, Feb. 3, at the North Lake basketball courts, joining the sorority’s nationwide effort .   With the help of Campus Activities Director Jamie Mandie, each round of the tournament followed intramural rules. There was both a women’s bracket and a men’s bracket where there was each one winning team. On top of the points each team scored during the games, there were donation jars designated for each team; for every dollar donated, one point was added to their score.   Each...

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Delta House of Pancakes gives proceeds to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

The Delta Delta Delta (Tri Delta) sorority held its annual pancake dinner, Delta House of Pancakes (DHOP), on Friday, Feb. 2 to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Hosting roughly 500 people in only two hours, the Epsilon Alpha chapter at FGCU raised approximately $2,500 for the philanthropy. Since declaring St. Jude as its official philanthropy in 1999, Tri Delta has raised over $45 million nationwide for the organization. Setup in Sugden Hall, aluminum catering trays stacked twice as high as the table marked the start of the buffet. As you worked your way down the line...

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