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1. Sunrise Rotary donates new equipment to Manatee Elementary

Sunrise Rotary of Marco Island approved a grant request from Lisa Braren, music instructor at Manatee Elementary for a music amplification and karaoke unit.

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Braren, formerly the long time music instructor at Tommie Barfield Elementary, recently accepted the same position at Manatee Elementary with the goal of rebuilding the music program at that school. The music program is in need of substantial equipment and resources, but she highlighted need for a music amplification unit to help students with performance and public speaking.

Sunrise Rotarians delivered the unit to an excited group of music students and instructor. In the words of Ms. Braren, “the wonderful gift will help the students shine in their musical performances as well as their daily learning. It is such an essential piece of equipment for the music room and providing this for us is greatly appreciated.”

The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise meets at Stonewall’s American Bistro at 7 a.m., Tuesdays. To become a Rotarian or for further information about the Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise and its activities, contact Bill Morris at wgm@wgmorrislaw.com or visit the Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise website at www.marcoislandsunriserotary.org.

2. 300 people needed to help pack 100K meals

Meals of Hope needs 300 volunteers to sign up for a meal-packaging event Saturday to help with Hurricane Dorian relief in the Bahamas.

The Naples-based nonprofit organization that feeds the needy plans to pack 100,000 meals from 9 to 11 a.m., Saturday, at Naples High School, 1100 Golden Eagle Circle.

“We definitely need 300 people,” Meals of Hope executive director Steve Popper said.

Using an assembly line process, volunteers will package fortified ingredients into meals that can feed up to eight people.

To sign up, go to Meals of Hope’s Facebook page, look for the Bahama Relief event and scroll down and click on the Eventbrite to register. Anybody not able to attend can make a donation to Meals of Hope.

The Saturday event will prepare enough meals to fill a 40-foot container.

Crave Culinaire/Venue Naples, spearheaded by celebrity chef Brian Roland and supporters, and a Bahama relief effort organized by Rotary District 6960, will ship the meals to the Bahamas, Popper said.

For more information, call Meals of Hope at 239-596-8990.

3. Community Survey to Launch Sept. 9

Beginning Monday, Collier County residents are invited to participate in the Collier County Cultural Community Survey as part of the county’s Arts and Culture Strategic Plan process. The five-minute survey will be available online at https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5160049/CC-Survey through Oct. 25, 2019 in both English and Spanish languages. Creole-translated surveys will be available upon request.

“In our continued effort to engage all Collier County residents throughout the arts and culture strategic planning process, we encourage residents from all corners of the county to participate in the survey and share their opinions,” said Jack Wert, Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director. “We also hope to see members of the public at our Open Community Forums, scheduled for Sept. 17-18.”

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