1. MICA awards Humanitarian of the Year

The MICA Humanitarian of the Year Award was developed in 1998 to honor the unsung heroes of Marco Island.

This year’s honoree grew up in Cuba and fled communism in the early 60s. He created a rewarding life for himself and his family in newfound freedom in the United States. He truly appreciated and loved this country until he passed away in January of this year.

MICA’s 2018 Humanitarian of the Year award was presented by Ray McChesney posthumously to Bernardo Bezos. On April 15 before a crowd of approximately 400 people, Bernardo’s wife, Eleanor, and daughter, Leonore, accepted the meaningful award.

Bernardo was active in our Marco Island community since he, his wife and daughter moved here in 1998.  He loved Marco and volunteered wherever help was needed.

2. Student winners announced in Scholarship and Merit Show

Marco Island Center for the Arts exhibited the work of Collier County High School junior and senior aspiring artists from April 23-27, and each individual art piece was judged for its quality, technique and originality.

Winners are …

Marco Island Noon Time Rotary Award, first place scholarship $1,000: Lindsey Martinez, Palmetto Ridge High School.

Art Center Award, second place scholarship, $750: Allison Wright, Naples High School.

Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce Award, third place scholarship, $500: Camila Carvajal, Barron Collier High School.

Honorable mentions and $100 to Makayla Gardner, Naples High School; Victoria Franklin, Barron Collier High School.

Judges Choice Award and $50 to Olivia Clubley, Naples High School.

3. David Lawrence Center receives grant from Marco Lutheran

David Lawrence Center, a not-for-profit mental health and addiction recovery treatment center serving children, adults and families, recently announced that Marco Lutheran Church Foundation has awarded the Center a $5,500 grant for translation and interpretation services to be used during mental health outpatient treatment.

This funding will ensure equal access to outpatient mental health care such as psychiatric medical services, outpatient therapy and telehealth services.

This funding has been made possible as a result of a new Spirituality Initiative that began in 2017. The initiative is designed to partner with area churches, synagogues and other religious affiliations to better support the spirituality needs of individuals with mental illness and addiction.






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