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‘Breakfast with Blades’ set for Oct. 28

By Staff | Sep 7, 2012

The ECHL Kelly Cup champion Florida Everblades players and staff will share breakfast with the Southwest Florida community on Sunday, Oct. 28, at The Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs to support of The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

The hospital is expanding to better meet the needs of the Southwest Florida young family population and to offer additional sub-specialties not currently available in the pediatric clinical care areas. The Lee Memorial Health System Foundation is seeking to raise $125 million to build the new state-of-the-art pediatric health care facility scheduled to open in 2016 on the grounds of HealthPark Medical Center in South Fort Myers.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Breakfast with the Blades and this year’s theme the “Wonders of The West” features a full hot breakfast, a meet and greet autograph session with the Everblades and the opportunity for guests to bid on some of the most exclusive auction items available, including hand-signed memorabilia from the world of sports and entertainment, tickets to top sporting events, gourmet dinners and trips and travel to some of the most desirable destinations worldwide.

Former Everblades star player and jersey-retiree Tom Buckley of McWilliams Buckley & Associates will serve as honorary chairman of the event. Tickets are $100 per adult and $50 for children under 12 years of age. Gross proceeds from the event will be matched dollar for dollar by a private donor to support the new medical facility for children and their families from Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties.

Also supporting the event proceeds is a chance drawing to win one of three luxury trips to The Boulders Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, The Bellagio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas or The Arizona Biltmore Hotel & Spa in Phoenix. All packages include roundtrip airfare for two. Only 250 chance drawing tickets will be sold. Tickets for the chance drawing are $100.

For more information, to purchase chance drawing tickets or to register to attend the 5th annual Breakfast with the Blades, contact Jeannie Cummings, senior director marketing & public relations with Lee Memorial Health System Foundation at (239) 343-6060 or by email at Jeannie.Cummings@leememorial.org.