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Gift bags for fashion show to go on display

By Staff report - | Jan 29, 2021

The gift bags at the Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation's fashion show are always a big draw. These gift bags are from the 2017 fashion show at the South Beach Grille. The foundation will be previewing the gift bags for their upcoming Feb. 13 show beginning Monday at the Fort Myers Beach Library.

The 10th annual Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation fashion show fundraiser will be broadcast via Facebook Live, which beats last year’s outcome when the show was canceled due to COVID-19.

The show, titled “Flower Power,” will be screened on The Islander’s Gift and Gallery Facebook page beginning at 11 a.m. on Feb. 13.

Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation members will be modelling the latest fashions from local businesses: The Islander, Leani’s, Island Girl, and footwear by Comfort by Design.

While the show is still more than two weeks away, the Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation wants to get the word out about its tradition of gift basket displays.

The gift baskets will be on display at the Fort Myers Beach Public Library beginning Monday through Feb. 12 on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“The women go above and beyond” to make the gift baskets, said Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation Communications Lead Jessica Hernstadt. The gift baskets are a major draw to the fashion show, Hernstadt said.

“The baskets are unbelievable,” she said. “They try to make it as nice as they can.”

There are 25 baskets, said Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation member Susan Krajewski. They include rum baskets, wine baskets, Italian dinner baskets, spa and beauty baskets and dog lovers baskets, Krajewski stated. “That’s just a few themes.”

Some items may include beach towels, sun screen and other items for beachgoers, Hernstadt said.

Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation volunteers will be stationed at the library basket display beginning Monday, selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a basket ($10 for seven gift basket raffle tickets). They will also be able to answer questions about the event.

The fashion show will also feature swag bags and door prizes at the fashion show.

“The swag bags have discount shopping coupons from our fashion contributors, a piece of jewelry, chocolate, and a few other things,” Krajewski said.

The Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation depends on the success of the fashion show and raffle to fund its service projects, educational opportunities and other philanthropic endeavors, according to Hernstadt.