MARCO ISLAND — The Rotary Club of Marco Island recently announced the selection of the final two 2012 Spirit of Marco Island Awards to Jane Watt and Lee Rubentstein.
Jane Watt was advised of her selection last week during a fundraising event sponsored by Terry McCreanor of Morgan Stanley at the Island Country Club for the Marco Island Academy a Public Charter High School.
Members of the Rotary Club of Marco Island made the surprise presentation in front of a group of nearly forty persons recognizing Jane Watt for leading the effort to establish the first High School on Marco Island. In 2009 she was instrumental in creating the Marco Island Discovery Center that was set up to raise funds for the school and to provide the community with information on the goals of this new venture. Jane Watt is currently the Chairwoman of the seven member Board of Directors of the Marco Island Academy. Also serving on the Board are, Dawn Vergo, Dianne Wetjen, Michael Vale, Kimberly Barry, Timothy Truesdell and McKinsey Elliot.
Lee Rubenstein was advised of his selection at a recent City of Marco Island Council meeting, just after receiving a Proclamation from the City of Marco. Members of the Rotary Club of Marco Island surprised him with the announcement, noting that he was being recognized for his years of work with the Veteran’s Memorial Park committee. Under his leadership the committee raised more that $100,000.00 towards the completion of the Memorial at Veterans Park.
Lee spearheaded the effort to bring the Travelling Vietnam Wall to Marco Island in December, establishing on short notice a committee and a small army of volunteers to make this dream a reality. Thousand visited the memorial and were moved by their experience. Lee is a past Commandant of the Marco Island VFW Post 6370 and is currently working with others on the Big Flag Committee.
Lee will be presented his formal Spirit of Marco Island Award at the April 5th Rotary Club of Marco Island noon lunch meeting at the Marco Island Yacht Club.
Jane Watt, along with previously announced winners Mac Chaudhry, Dennis and Joan Pidherny, Yanni Subczynski, and Craig and Bonnie Woodward, will all be formally presented with their 2012 Spirit of Marco Island Award at a Gala Awards Dinner and Silent Auction to be held on Friday April 13, at the San Marco Catholic Church Parish Hall.
The proceeds from the event and silent auction are used to support local charities and scholarships. For more information and tickets for this event you may contact Al Diaz at 438-5285 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year’s event is sponsored by; Rose Marina, Marco Office Supply, Roetzel and Andress, Bill and Karen Young, Iberia Bank, Dr. Loan Lam, Marco Island Cable, Marco Island Florist, Winn Dixie, Lynne Minozzi in honor of Mike Minozzi, John Scott and Wells Fargo Private Banking, Tony Iannotta.