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Fund opened for victims, families and those affected by Club Blu shootings

By Staff | Jul 26, 2016

In response to the Monday morning shootings at Club Blu, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation has partnered with the City of Fort Myers and the United Way of Lee, Charlotte, Glades and Okeechobee Counties to open the TOGETHER Fort Myers fund to assist the victims, families and those affected by the tragedy.

One hundred percent of funds donated will be used to provide support services to those affected, officials said.

The two teens died in the shooting outside the Fort Myers club. Stef’an Strawder, 18, would have been a senior this year at Lehigh Senior High School where he was a star basketball player. Sean Archilles, 14, would have entered the eight grade at Royal Palm Exceptional Center in Dunbar.

At least 18 others were injured in the shooting that happened around 12:30 a.m. as those attending a swim-suit themed teen dance party were leaving.

“There has already been a tremendous outpouring to our City from across the country sharing their thoughts and prayers and wanting to know how they can help,” said Fort Myers Mayor Randall P. Henderson, Jr. in a prepared statement. “We hope people will help their neighbors in this time of need.”

Donations to the TOGETHER Fort Myers fund can be made by visiting www.Floridacommunity.com .

“Just like the fund we opened following Hurricane Charley, we are reaching out to our community to help Fort Myers heal by making donations to assist the needs of these victims, their families and those touched by this horrific tragedy on our youth, ” said Sarah Owen, president and CEO of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, in the statement. “We will work with our community partner United Way to distribute funds to those impacted by the crisis.”

Anyone wanting access to counseling services can call United Way’s 211 line. 211 is a United Way program that provides free information and referral to human/social service agencies within Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties. Clients can call and receive information and referrals appropriate to their needs. The United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee is a volunteer organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for all people in our community.

Source: City of Fort Myers