Photos by CHERYL FERRARA

  • As dusk descends, Relay for Life participants pass a flame of hope from person to person as a reminder of those who suffered from cancer and those who are working for a cure. The event took place at Mackle Park on March 27 and 28.
  • A sea of purple t-shirts signifying cancer survivors, led by honorees Elaina LaGrotta and Dave Bierbauer, take the first lap beginning the all-night Relay for Life sponsored by the American Cancer Society on March 27 and 28.
  • To help raise money, Gina Sisparo offers face painting and brushes four-year-old Cassey Hart's cheek creating a bright blue flower. Each participating team sold food or offered services for the American Cancer Society during the March 27and 28 event.
  • Marco Island VFW's color guard, (left) Dave Gardner, Chris Quinton and Lee Henderson, steps forward to open ceremonies for Relay for Life held at Mackle Park on March 27 and 28.
  • The horn section of Marco Island Charter School's Jazz Band picks up the beat playing 'Louie, Louie' as walkers take turns on the track during the March 27 and 28 Relay for Life at Mackle Park.
  • A tender message inscribed on this luminaria serves to remind walkers in the Relay for Life on March 27 and 28 of the pain and personal cost exacted by cancer.
  • Ryan Sullivan sets up a luminaria blow over by the wind on March 27 at the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Ryan participated on behalf of family members afflicted by cancer.
  • Nichole Garbinski, 8, of Girl Scout Troop 389 helps prepare luminarias for the memorial walk during the Relay for Life on March 27 and 28 at Mackle Park.
  • While attending the 2009 Spring Regatta awards dinner at the Marco Island Yacht Club, Captain Jim Marr and grandson Aidan Kurrus discuss watching the regatta from their committee boat.
  • The team of Brigadoon, Jerry Watkins, Susan Loader, Kathy and Doug Cohn, get together on March 22 at the Marco Island Yacht Club to receive honors including the Fleet Overall Ranking of first place in Class F.
  • Event volunteers Rudi and Dorothy Landwaard and Kathy and Roy Hershberger attend the party and awards evening at the Marco Island Yacht Club on March 22 as part of the 2009 Spring Regatta.
  • Spinnaker and non-spinnaker classes head for the finish in the first race of the 2009 Spring Regatta sponsored by the Marco Island Yacht Club.
  • In hot pursuit, sailboats leaving the Gordon Pass area head toward Marco River during the March 21 Spring Regatta.
  • Flush with wind, spinnaker sails add a touch of color to the 2009 Spring Regatta held between Marco River and Gordon Pass on March 21 and 22.
  • Foreign Exchange and crew head for Gordon Pass on a beam reach in winds around 15 knots during the 2009 Spring Regatta sponsored by the Marco Island Yacht Club.
  • The 47-foot Beneteau Brigadoon sets out in hopes of catching the other 18 sailboats participating in the Marco Island Yacht Club 2009 Spring Regatta on March 21.
  • A trio of Melges 24 sports boats leaves the starting line to compete in a class of their own in the 2009 Spring Regatta held by Marco Island Yacht Club.
  • Marco Island Yacht Club Charter members Betty and Ed Storie have attended every Presentation and Blessing of the Fleet since its beginning eight years ago.
  • Members of the Bridge stand at attention for the Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem during the Presentation and Blessing of the Fleet at the Marco Island Yacht Club on Feb. 28.
  • Bridge officers and dignitary from left Naples Yacht Club Commodore Bill Mowry, Marco Island Yacht Club Past Commodore Larry Kelly, Chaplain Rev. Neil Hunt, Rear Commodore Frank Rinker, Commodore Silky Sullivan and Naples Sailing & Yacht Club Vice Commodore Tom O'Reilly, add their own style of decorum to the Presentation and Blessing of the Fleet on Feb. 28.
  • Colleen Langton, granddaughter of Commodore Silky Sullivan, waves to passing vessels from the balcony of the Marco Island Yacht Club during the Presentation and Blessing of the Fleet ceremonies on Feb. 28.
  • As each vessel passed by, the Marco Island Strummers played a notable military march such as “Anchors Away” or “Semper Paratus.” The crowd cheered from the boardwalk and balconies of the yacht club.
  • As part of the sailboat contingent, Colin Brown skippers one of the MICKYS vessels with some assistance from his father's powerboat during the Presentation and Blessing of the Fleet at the Marco Island Yacht Club on Feb. 28.
  • Vice Commodore M.A. Kline calls in the fleet for presentation to the Bridge during ceremonies at the Marco Island Yacht Club on Feb. 28.
  • Members of the Bridge (from left) Rear Commodore Frank Rinker, Chaplain Rev. Neil Hunt, Vice Commodore M.A.Kline and Commodore Silky Sullivan salute each vessel as it passes at the Presentation and Blessing of the Fleet on Feb. 28.
  • Rev. Neil Hunt stands at attention for the National Anthem after blessing the fleet at the Marco Island Yacht Club on Feb. 28.
  • Bill Layton, local Realtor, is working with Regions Bank to help an 81-year-old Marco Islander stay in her home after foreclosure.
  • The best thing about being an au pair is the chance to spend time with Maya Fernandez, an amazing child, Sandisile Gumede says.
  • Sandisile Gumede has a tea party with 2-year-old Maya Fernandez on Jan. 29. Gumede has been an au pair working on Marco Island for a year and is planning to stay an additional year with the Fernandez family.
  • Sandisile Gumede from South Africa is an au pair working on Marco Island.
  • Marco Island City Council Chairman Bill Trotter recognizes Jim Hodgdon as employee of the month for February. Hodgdon has worked for the Parks and Recreation Department since 2003 and is superintendent of the Park Maintenance Division.
  • Bob Mahar takes questions from city councilors on new impact fees and permits during the Marco Island City Council meeting on Monday night.
  • Joe Hausauer, board president of the Greater Marco YMCA presents Marco Island City Councilor Rob Popoff with the President's Award during ceremonies at Hideaway Beach Club on Jan. 15.
  • Leslie Drake of the Greater Marco YMCA assists Cart Titgemeier in handing out 27 certificates of appreciation to community and business partners that support the Y and its programs. The award ceremony was part of the Y's annual dinner and installation of officers.
  • Jan Rotar, left, presents Jo Lozier with the Y READS! Award during the Greater Marco YMCA dinner on Jan. 15. Lozier received the award for her partnership with the Y and Manatee Elementary program that gives a boost to pupils that read below grade level.
  • Joe Hausauer, Greater Marco YMCA board president, congratulates Gerry Knauerhase for receiving the honors of Lifetime Achievement Award at the Y ceremony on Jan 15. Knauerhase has served as treasurer for the board for 27 years.

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