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Islanders add $257K to United Way’s 2010-11 campaign

By Staff | Apr 19, 2011

On Tuesday, the 2010-11 United Way Campaign of Lee, Hendry and Glades announced that residents contributing to the Sanibel-Captiva volunteer campaign committee contributed $257,228, a 10 percent increase over the amount raised last year.

Campaign committee members included co-chairs Tony Lapi and Bob Wigley and committee members Dick and Debbie Riley, Tom and Linda Uhler, and Judy Zimomra, who organized the volunteer effort.

The Sanibel-Captiva campaign included 11 Alexis de Tocqueville Members, who give $10,000 or more annually, as well as 50 Keel Club Members, who give $1,000 to $9,999 each year. More than 50 Sanibel and Captiva residents attended the Hog Roast at the ‘Tween Waters Inn, which honored the Alexis de Tocqueville Society and Keel Club Members.

“Sanibel & Captiva residents have shown how much they care about our neighbors who are in need. The United Way and its 72 partner agencies will help thousands of people because of the generosity of our islands,” said Lapi. “The successful campaign directly benefits our islands through the services provided by Sanibel F.I.S.H. and the many United Way agencies located in the Sanibel United Way House.”

The combined total of the money raised in Lee, Hendry and Glades Counties was $8,024,525.

“We are very proud to be part of a caring and generous community,” said Cliff Smith, President of United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades. “With the very difficult economy, more children, and families than ever before are in need of agency services. Thousands of our friends and neighbors will be helped because of your gifts. A heart-felt ‘thank you’ to all of the contributors and volunteers who helped with the campaign and who support the United Way.”

The United Way raises funds for human service organizations in our community and promotes partnerships and collaborations among agencies, focusing on issues and solutions that continue to improve lives.

The United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades has been “the way the community cares” since it was established in 1957. For more information, call United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades at 239-433-2000 or visit www.unitedwaylee.org.