Beach Kids Foundation to hold fundraisers
It’s getting to be that special time of year and that is also when the Beach Kids Foundation looks to help local families with its “Spirit of the Holidays” drive.
The nonprofit organization will be holding a fundraising dinner and auction Dec. 6 at Diamond Head Resort. They money raised will go towards helping Fort Myers Beach Elementary School, local families in need and for scholarships to Fort Myers Beach residents.
Beach Kids Foundation President Linda Beasley said this will be the group’s main fundraiser of the year, followed by a pancake breakfast Dec. 7 at The Clubhouse at The Red Coconut RV Park.
This year, the foundation gave out $26,000 in scholarships to 26 students from Fort Myers Beach who were either on their way to college or attending a university.
“This year was a record,” Beasley said. Beasley has been involved in assisting students with scholarships for 27 years and said every student who has properly filled out the application and written an essay has received a scholarship.
Other acts of generosity that the organization undertakes is its “Golden Coconut” award to a teacher at Fort Myers Beach Elementary School who is chosen by their peers. The foundation showers that teacher with a financial award, gift certificate and a bike.
In addition, the foundation has assisted the school with various needs over the years, from buying Chromebooks for classes and purchasing jackets for needy children. Last year, Beasley said the foundation was able to help a child replace a bike that had been stolen. The student relied on the bike to get to school.
“Any time the Beach school gives me a call and says they need something we’re there,” Beasley said.
For Beasley, nothing tops playing Mrs. Santa Claus and going on the town fire truck to deliver presents to children who are less fortunate for the holidays. “We get a list from the (school),” Beasley said. “It’s for children who are having a hard time.”
Beasley said the foundation delivers gift-wrapped presents and bikes. “If you would see the faces of these parents in tears. It’s so rewarding.”
Tickets to the Dec. 7 fundraiser are $100 and are provided at C-21TriPower at 2001 Estero Boulevard. Cocktails will be served at 6 p.m., followed by a dinner at 7 p.m. There will also be a live auction. The pancake breakfast on Saturday, Dec. 7 will be held from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 3100 Estero Boulevard. Tickets are $5 at the door. There will also be a gift wrapping party Dec. 18 at 5 p.m. at 3100 Estero Boulevard.