Fort Myers, FL, January 07, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- “Love Your Neighbor,” an annual event featuring Norman Love Confections and Mark Loren Designs, will be held Tuesday, January 27, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the riverfront Gulf Harbour home of Richard Neslund. Guests will enjoy fine wine and spirits and an assortment of culinary creations from local restaurants including Blu Sushi, Cru, Rumrunners, SS Hookers and The Timbers. Live and silent auction items will be offered and all proceeds will benefit the School Success programs for at-risk children in the Harlem Heights Neighborhood. $175,000 was raised at last year’s event. 2015 VIP sponsors to date include Suncoast Schools Credit Union Foundation, Vickie and Richard Pitbladdo, Northern Trust and Kathy and Victor Mayeron. There’s still time to be a VIP sponsor and attend the exclusive VIP pre-party.
“I believe it is important to support my neighbors in the Harlem Heights community,’” said host Richard Neslund. “The Heights Foundation’s mission is to build strong, self-sufficient families and education is the key to their success.”
“Our School Success program includes academic tutoring, after school and summer camp programs, scholarship and college access assistance, school supplies, and tuition support,” said Kathryn Kelly, President and CEO of The Heights Foundation. “Each program is geared to meet the specific needs of children and young adults who seek to further their education. The Gulf Harbour community has been very supportive of the Heights Foundation and we appreciate Mr. Neslund opening his home for this important fundraiser.”
Tickets are now on sale for $150 each and space is limited. Sponsorships that include an exclusive pre-event VIP party are also available. Purchase tickets at www.heightsfoundation.org/lyn or call Laurie Stanley at (239) 482-7706.
About the Heights Foundation and the Heights Center
The Heights Center, supported by The Heights Foundation, is a place for Education, Opportunity, and Enrichment. The Heights Foundation works to build strong, self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood. As a 501(c)3 grassroots organization, the Center’s mission is to promote family and community development, support education, health and wellness, and provide the benefits of enrichment, expressive and cultural arts.
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.