Hideaway Beach Cancer Committee raises over $110,000

The Hideaway Beach Cancer Committee, #1 in Florida and #30 in the United States, raised over $110,000 during its recent “Course and Courts” and car show events.

The results were a product of a tennis pro-am, goofy golf/ball drop, dinner auction and car show and were delivered to the Marco Island office of the American Cancer Society.

The committee’s leader, Tom Sessa, reported that this is the 5th consecutive year the results have exceeded $100,000 and is a result of the generosity of the Hideaway Beach Club members.

Several home owner sponsored dinner parties for eight people, plus two very special dinners for four at Verdi’s in Marco Island and Cibao Grill in Naples, were among the 12 auction items.

The 3rd Concours D' Elegance Car Show included 48 magnificent vehicles including a “newer than new” 1947 Ford Tractor. Sessa indicated that the members of the small Hideaway Beach Cancer Committee worked very hard to ensure that all the events were fun experiences for the participants.

UA announces fall 2016 dean’s and president’s lists

A total of 11,758 students enrolled during the 2016 fall semester at The University of Alabama were named to the dean’s list with an academic record of 3.5 (or above) or the president’ list with an academic record of 4.0 (all As).

Mary Kathryn Gibler of Marco Island made the resident’s list.

Lana Taylor Vega of Naples made the dean’s list.

Poling honored for essay

Ellie Poling, an 8th grader at Marco Island Charter Middle School was honored as a finalist in the Laws of Life essay/speech contest at the Naples Hilton on Thursday, Feb. 23.

Over 4,500 essays were submitted by students from both public and private schools in Collier County.

Poling’s essay was entitled “A Walk of Courage” and highlighted a young girl named Ruby who demonstrated courage by persevering in obtaining an excellent education amidst racism that predominated her school.

Boaters convene in Orlando   

The United States Power Squadron, the largest recreational boating organization in the U.S. with more than 35,000 members, held their annual meeting at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Florida during the last week in February.

For over 100 years, the Power Squadron has worked to make boating safer through its extensive educational program. The local squadron, Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron, is a member of District 22 which encompasses 17 squadrons and over 3400 members along the west coast of Florida.

Executive Officer Gene Burson attended the annual meeting interacting with members from across the country learning about and sharing ideas for more programs and educational opportunities.  Lt Wanda Burson, an active member of the local squadron, as well as co-chair of the Ways and Means committee, also attended the conference. Past Commander Carl Thieme and Lt Sheila Thieme also attended the Orlando event and participated in many seminars learning about the new experiences in co-charting with the U.S. Coast Guard.  

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