Published: Jun 21, 2012 10:59 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 21, 2012 11:01 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.-  Making a difference through donations. People across Lee County are raising money for needy seniors in the area, and their efforts have paid off. 

Despite a down economy, in this room, spirits are up. "In the month of May we had our "Night at the Races" fundraiser, said CAMEO President Shellie Ferrara.

Because of that fundraiser, CAMEO, short for Cooperative Associates Marketing Elderly Options, is giving away almost $15,000 in grants to split among seven organizations that help needy seniors.

"This is how I know it all comes together!" said Ferrara.

Laura Meyer and Barbara Wells are with Community Cooperative Ministries Incorporated. Their organization is one receiving funds. "The needs are expanding and so our services are expanding, therefore the need for support is expanding," said Wells. 

The money will go towards their Meals on Wheels program. "In the last couple of years we've noticed a large increase in the need," said Laura Meyer.

Other grants will allow transportation for seniors, and fund the Lee County Sheriff's Office's Project Lifesaver. It uses state of the art technology through bracelets to find those who are lost.

A grant is also awarded to the Harry Chapin Food Bank, another to provide lab tests for those who have no insurance, and to help another organization provide a handicapped accessible bathroom.

Those attending say through precious donations this money is making sure needy seniors in Lee County are not forgotten.

CAMEO hosts a fundraiser for needy seniors twice a year. Last year, both fundraisers combined, they raised about $30,000