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“Blues by the Bay” to Support The Children of Our Community

Sanibel Island, FL, March 20, 2015 --( “Blues by the Bay”, an evening of live music, excellent food and drinks, will be held Tuesday, April 7, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the waterfront Sanibel home of Sandy Stilwell. Guests will enjoy samplings from Sanibel’s finest restaurants including Bailey’s, Blue Coyote Supper Club, Keylime Bistro and SS Hookers. Fine wines and a signature Blue Bay Martini will be served courtesy of E&J Gallo Winery. The champagne sponsor is The Lighthouse Resort & Tiki Bar. Live auction items will be offered and all proceeds will benefit the School Success programs for at-risk children in the Harlem Heights neighborhood in Fort Myers. Sponsors include The Sanibel-Captiva Islander/Island Reporter and Stilwell Enterprises. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available.

“It’s important to me to be able to help our community,” said host Sandy Stilwell. “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.”

Tickets are now on sale for $125 each and space is limited. Sponsorships with exclusive benefits are also available. Purchase tickets at 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.
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