Sitting in his home office one day in the winter of 2009, Keith Dameron was getting annoyed. He was feeding old documents in to a small shredder three pages at a time and wishing for a better way.
The VP and manager of Iberia Bank on Marco concluded that he wasn’t the only guy on the island with an attic full of old files he no longer needed, so he dreamed up the Shred Party that took place that March.
It was a hit, as were the three more shred events here on Marco since then.
“One big shred truck is never enough and people call regularly to ask when the next shred party will be,” Keith says.
The answer is, this coming Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Only this time it’s at the Iberia Bank office at 2150 Goodlette Road in Naples. The shredding is free.
“We’re expected a big crowd up there,” Keith says, noting that shredding docs is not the only entertainment.
“We have live music by a jazz, blues and rock n roll group called Iodine Sky, plus free breakfast food provided by the Naples Subway stores and Patric’s restaurant.”
Shredders also can get information from experts on such varied subjects as life planning, recycling and fire safety.
Everyone who brings stuff to shred also will have a chance to win a personal Diamond Cross Cut Shredder.
We asked Keith if any of the shredders on Marco were particularly memorable.
“I think the biggest load came in from owners of a store that had closed. They brought two carloads of documents and other papers in old file boxes.
The smallest load?
“A lady pulled up and we asked whether her shred material was in the trunk. She said no and handed us one small check box, about half full of checks from a defunct bank account. She watched me hand it to the guy who put it in the shred machine. She then drove away. She had come to Marco all the way from Fort Myers.”
Local shelter dogs get the VIP treatment from celebrity dog trainer
If you love animals and ever watch Victoria Stilwell on Animal Planet, you might be able to score tickets to see her in person this coming Friday, at the Naples Yacht Club.
Stilwell, whose show, “It’s Me or the Dog” is a big hit, also will visit the Humane Society Naples and will pick three shelter dogs to use in her public performance of her rapport with animals through positive training.
“Victoria will be at our shelter at 2 p.m. on Friday,” says Stephen Wright, a Humane Society spokesman.
Tickets for the fundraiser at the Naples Yacht Club starring Stilwell and the dogs may still be available, ranging from $85 to $175. The latter include the opportunity to meet and speak with the celebrity dog trainer, plus champagne and hors d’oeuvres prior to the 8 p.m. presentation. For tickets, call (239) 643-1880 (ext. 18) or at www.hsnaples.org.
The Humane Society broke a 50-year-old adoption record last month, finding homes for 233 pets. That’s 103 more than January of last year. Humane Society Naples is a local nonprofit , no-kill shelter.
An evening of eye-catching art to benefit the visually impaired
If you like art and you care about positive ways to help the seeing impaired, tomorrow evening offers a great event at Lighthouse of Collier.
Islanders are involved in the Lighthouse organization’s many projects and this one, “Eye on Art”, is one of the best.
The fundraiser features the works of prominent artist Val McGann, a part-time resident of Naples. He has held acclaimed one-man exhibitions in such venues as the US Capital Building and Butler Galleries in New York. He’s known for his still life paintings of fruit and his seascapes.
“He’s very highly praised and well-known in Naples,” says Marion Nicolay, a long-time Marco Islander and board member of Lighthouse of Collier.
“Last year was a nice money maker for Lighthouse and we had a large, enthusiastic crowd with people from Marco and Naples. And there’s interest in this year’s Eye for Art too.”
The Eye for Art evening is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Thursday) Feb. 10, at the Lighthouse office ,424 Bayfront Place, just off the Tamiami Trail on Goodlette Road in Naples.
Chris Curle is a former news anchor for CNN and for ABC-TV stations in Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Houston. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don is a former ABC News correspondent and bureau chief and a former news anchor for CNN and ABC-TV, in Atlanta. His Farmer File column appears Fridays in the Naples Daily News. E-mail: email@example.com.