12th Annual “Love Your Neighbor” Benefits At-Risk Kids in Harlem Heights


March 24, 2020 to March 24, 2020
06:30 PM untill 09:30 PM


The 12th annual Love Your Neighbor, an event featuring Norman Love Confections and Mark Loren Designs, will be held Tuesday, March 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the riverfront Gulf Harbour home of Clinton and Cynthia Winter. Guests will enjoy live music, fine wine and spirits and an assortment of culinary creations from local restaurants and chefs. Live and silent auction items will be offered and all proceeds will benefit educational programs for at-risk children in the Harlem Heights neighborhood. More than $300,000 was raised at last year’s event. VIP upgrades and sponsorships that include the exclusive VIP pre-party at the home of Michele Eddy on Longwater Chase Court are available. Local philanthropists Gaye and Jim Pigott will be recognized at the event for their support of The Heights Foundation. “We are happy to support the important work of The Heights Foundation,” said Gaye Pigott. “The Foundation is raising life-long learners, and the kids are flourishing in the programs at The Heights Center, GLAD Kids and The Heights Charter School. When kids are provided resources, including community support and a good education, they will thrive.” “Our educational programs include after-school, summer camp, and academic tutoring for more than 120 children; scholarship and college access assistance, school supplies, and tuition support. GLAD Kids, our child care and pre-k serves more than 80 children birth to five. The Harlem Heights Community Charter School, our elementary charter school, serves more than 100 children,” said Kathryn Kelly, President and CEO of The Heights Foundation. “Each program is geared to meet the specific needs of children and young adults. The Gulf Harbour community has been very supportive of the Heights Foundation, and we appreciate the Winters for opening their home for this important fundraiser.” Sponsors include Mark Loren Designs, Norman Love Confections, Lee Health, Acentria Insurance, Robert and Ruth Ann Diefenbach, and Dean and Janie Schreiner. Kellie Burns of NBC-2 will emcee the event. 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. GLAD Kids is a child care and pre-k center serving more than 80 children birth-five. The Harlem Heights Community Charter School currently serves kindergarten through fourth grade and will expand to serve up to fifth grade for the 2020-2021 school year. 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.


A Riverfront Home in the Gulf Harbour Community in Fort MyersView map
2158 Colonial Boulevard,
Fort myers, 33908, FL, 1234

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Karen Lesza


$200 per person, VIP opportunities available



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