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Grant to help fund No Child Left On Shore program

By Staff | May 1, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED Cape Coral Community Foundation Operations Manager and Grants and Scholarship Manager Beth Rivera, SCCF Director of Operations and Chief Financial Officer Wendy Cerdan and Dr. Don Neace, pastor of Water’s Edge Church, present a $2,250 grant for No Child Left On Shore.

A welcome gift of a $2,250 grant from the Cape Coral Community Foundation for the island-based No Child Left On Shore program will bring about 100 underprivileged Cape children out to the beach.

No Child Left On Shore is a partnership between the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation and Captiva Cruises. Captiva Cruises charters the youths – many of whom have never seen the beach – to Cayo Costa, where they have a chance to be in the water and learn about the shells and habitats of the barrier islands.

No Child Left On Shore was started in 2010 by Paul McCarthy, founder of Captiva Cruises, along with educator Richard Finkel and SCCF. It provides a hands-on opportunity for children who might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience the coastal environment.

The Cape Coral Community Foundation provides flexible, efficient and tax-effective ways to ensure that donors’ charitable giving achieves the greatest possible impact through assisting not-for-profit organizations, empowering faith-based groups, guiding private schools, partnering with financial advisors and wealth managers, and introducing corporate employee giving. The foundation also functions as a fundraising institute to train development officers for non-profit organizations.

For over 30 years, Captiva Cruises has provided beach and shelling cruises, island hopping and dolphin adventures as its cruises explore Cabbage Key, Useppa, Boca Grande, Cayo Costa and Pine Island.

SCCF is dedicated to the conservation of coastal habitats and aquatic resources on Sanibel and Captiva and in the surrounding watershed. Community support through membership dues and tax-deductible contributions, in addition to grants and staff-generated revenue, make its work possible.