Date(s) - February 21
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
A Private Home in the Gulf Harbour Community, FORT MYERS
10th annual “Love Your Neighbor”, an event featuring Norman Love Confections and Mark Loren Designs, will be held Wednesday, February 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the riverfront Gulf Harbour home of Mary Jo Little. Guests will enjoy fine wine and spirits and an assortment of culinary creations from local restaurants and chefs including Bahama Breeze Island Grille, Blu Sushi, Cru, Gather, LYNQ, Norman Love Confections, The Timbers Restaurant & Fish Market and Three Fishermen Seafood Restaurant. Beverage sponsors include The Lighthouse Resort & Tiki Bar. Live and silent auction items will be offered and all proceeds will benefit the School Success Program for at-risk children in the Harlem Heights Neighborhood. $390,000 was raised at last year’s event. VIP upgrades and sponsorships that include the exclusive VIP pre-party are available.
Mark Loren Designs and Norman Love Confections will be recognized at the event for their ten years of support of the Love Your Neighbor event for The Heights Foundation.
“I am happy to support the good work of The Heights Foundation,” said host Mary Jo Little. “The residents of Harlem Heights are our neighbors and The Foundation’s School Success Program ensures that the children in the neighborhood have the tools they need to succeed in school.”
“Our School Success program includes academic tutoring, after school and summer camp programs, scholarship and college access assistance, school supplies, and tuition support”, said Kathryn Kelly, President and CEO of The Heights Foundation. “Each program is geared to meet the specific needs of children and young adults who seek to further their education. The Gulf Harbour community has been very supportive of the Heights Foundation and we appreciate Mrs. Little opening her home for this important fundraiser.”
Sponsors include FineMark National Bank & Trust, Mark Loren Designs and Norman Love Confections, JP Morgan Chase and Company, B&I Contractors, Entech, Suncoast Credit Union, Victor and Kathryn Mayeron, Huff Insurance Agency and Mark and Gretchen Banks. Special thanks to Greg & Jo Callaway of Gulf Harbour Properties.
Tickets are now on sale for $200 each and space is limited. Upgrades and sponsorships that include an exclusive pre-event VIP party are also available. Purchase tickets at www.heightsfoundation.org/lyn or call Karen Lesza at (239) 482-7706.
About the Heights Foundation and the Heights Center
The Heights Foundation works to build self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood. The mission is to support education and wellness, promote family and community development, and provide the benefits of enrichment and the arts. The Heights Center, supported by The Heights Foundation, is a place for Education, Opportunity, and Enrichment.
Harlem Heights was originally settled as a rural agricultural community. Approximately 780 children live in a mixture of single-family homes and multi-family apartments. Demographically, the population is approximately 70% Hispanic, 20% African-American, and 8% Caucasian. The poverty rate for children in Harlem Heights is more than twice the county average, with family income 40% below the county average. Families are not able to easily access family support services located in downtown Fort Myers, and benefit greatly from programs located within the neighborhood.