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The 12th annual Everyone Rides multi-event fundraiser, sponsored by Ted Todd Insurance, will be held on Sunday, December 6, at JetBlue Park located at 11500 Fenway South Drive in Fort Myers. Come out and enjoy the day while biking, running, eating, and relaxing. This family friendly event will feature fun for all ages! Tickets start as low as $10 and can be purchased at www.EveryoneRides.org.

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Presented by Ted Todd Insurance, Everyone Rides also includes Everyone Runs and Everyone Relax and supports the programs of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County, which provide safe and supportive low-cost community afterschool enrichment programs to an estimated 1,300 Lee County children each year.

Everyone Rides offers family-friendly, non-competitive multi-distance bike rides throughout Southwest Florida starting at 7:30am. Riders may choose from four distances: 15, 30, 62, or 80. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office will be escorting the longer 62 and 80-mile routes along with professional cyclists Kristin Harvey, Ted King riding for Cannondale-Garmin, Isaac Howe, and Bobby Sweeting, as well as 2000 Nascar Sprint Cup Champion Bobby Labonte!

Everyone Runs offers a family-fun 5k run starting at 7:30am. All finishers will get to run through the stadium and cross home plate at the finish line and receive finishers’ medals.

Everyone Relax welcomes attendees at 8am, with wholesome food from some of Southwest Florida’s most popular eateries, a kid zone that will have tons of fun activities like bounce houses and laser tag, and a health, lifestyle, and fitness expo, sponsored by Fit Nation Magazine, with offerings from vendors including prizes, raffles, free drawings, and a silent auction.

VIP pricing to both active events includes entrance to the exclusive Peloton Party sponsored by Kelly, Passidomo & Alba, LLP in Naples on Dec. 4 and a special ride and an all-you-can-eat pasta lunch with the professionals in Fort Myers on Dec. 5.

If you want to be part of the Fit Nation Magazine expo or the classic car show, please call 239-334-1886 or email CarrieG@bgclc.net. Sponsorship opportunities are still available from $100 to $1,000. For more information or to become a sponsor, contact Maura Granger at mauragranger@yahoo.com.

The registration deadline for Everyone Rides & Everyone Runs is Dec. 5. Full event information, including times and registration fees, is available at www.EveryoneRides.org.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County, a nonprofit providing afterschool and summer enrichment programs to children ages 6-18, has announced the election of four new leadership positions to the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Board of Directors. The board took office as of October 1, 2015.

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Lenny Katz, Assistant Vice President at Morgan Stanley, was elected to serve as the President of the Board, succeeding Gregory Brock, Field Sales Leader at Allstate. In addition, the following have been elected to serve:

  • Rodney Ford, Distribution Center Manager, at Coca-Cola Beverages Florida, Vice President
  • Maura Granger, 17 year veteran of IBM, Secretary
  • Richard Fain, Senior Vice President of Commercial banking at Encore Bank, Treasurer

“I am extremely pleased with the variety of talent and the strength of dedication from our new board,” CEO Shannon Lane said. “It is a skilled and attentive group, perfect as we begin to implement our new LoveLeeKids.org initiative and set a strategic plan for growing our Clubs as well as our voice in Lee County.”

Lenny Katz is a Portfolio Management Associate and holds the title of Assistant Vice President. He has been in the financial services industry since 1985 holding positions as Branch Manager for Nationsbank and City Manager for SunTrust. He has maintained his Series 7, 63 and 65 securities licenses, along with his Florida Life and Variable Licenses since 1998. Lenny is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a degree in Finance. He is very involved in community and church activities. He and his wife, Angela, are native Floridians and have 3 children.

FORT MYERS, FL (October 12th, 2015) – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County’s Lehigh Acres Club will be collecting gently used and new Halloween costumes during its Halloween Costume Drive, now through Oct. 23, to benefit the youth of Lehigh Acres.

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The collection will be handed out to children at the annual Make A Difference Day event, held at Veterans Community Park located at 55 Homestead Road South in Lehigh Acres, on Saturday, Oct. 24 from noon to 5 p.m.  The costumes will be distributed to any youth who attends with a parent or guardian and who participates in the event’s costume contest at 4 p.m.

 

Costumes may be dropped off at the Lehigh Acres Boys & Girls Club, located at 1262 Wings Way, Unit 206, Monday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. Costumes are also being collected at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Substation, located at 1301 Homestead Road North in Lehigh Acres, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or at Veterans Community Park’s Recreation Center Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Dine at LongHorn Steakhouse in Gulf Coast Town Center this weekend (October 16th-18th) and 10% goes back to Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County! Print out the flyer to take with you!

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County Holds 1st Annual State of Our Youth Address

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WHAT: The Boys and Girls Clubs of Lee County (BGCLC) will hold its 1st Annual State of Our Youth Address, a complimentary breakfast, to showcase how they are serving the youth of Lee County and their upcoming goals for next year.State of Our Youth Date

WHO: Guest Speaker (TBA), Youth of the Year (Isai Santiago), BGCLC CEO (Shannon Lane)

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, 8:30 a.m. (Doors open at 8 a.m.)

WHERE: Shady Oaks Boys & Girls Club located at 3280 Marion Street in Fort Myers, Fla.

 

FORT MYERS, FL (October 5th, 2015) – Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County (BGCLC) received $5,000 at the Advance One Day conference held on October 2, 2015. The proceeds from the donation will help continue the BGCLC’s vision of providing a safe place for Lee County’s youth to learn and grow while providing life-enhancing programs and character development experiences.Advance One Day

Advance One Day is a fun, practical, and interactive one-day intensive leadership conference focused on helping businesses in Southwest Florida succeed in our community. The conference is for leaders who want to position their teams to succeed in business and leadership, and see what truly takes to get businesses to the next level.

Shannon Lane, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County, says, “We could not have been more surprised, grateful, and thrilled to have Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County designated as the non-profit chosen by Advance One Day!  We rely upon the generous support of individuals, corporations and foundations in order to sustain and grow our services. With state funding being slashed this year, this was definitely a welcoming surprise.”

The Clubs are open each day after school (some until 8:30pm) and have a five core program curriculum, covering academics, character building, leadership, arts, sports and fitness, and healthy lifestyles. BGCLC’s most utilized program is Power Hour, which provides homework help and tutoring.

If you are interested in supporting Lee County’s youth, feel free to visit www.BGCLC.net to find out ways you can help.

The Everyone Rides, Everyone Runs and Everyone Relax Event sponsored by Ted Todd Insurance, to support the Boys & Girls Club of Lee County, will take place two days at JetBlue Park, Saturday December 5th and Sunday December 6th. Saturday features a VIP 60 Mile Bike Ride from Crowne Plaza in Fort Myers and Packet Pickup in Naples and Fort Myers.  Sunday features 15, 30, 60, or 100 mile non-competitive bike ride, 5k, and an All-You-Can-Eat from more than a dozen restaurants.

Everyone Rides 2015 Flyer 8.75x11.25The 62/100 Bike Riders begin at 7:30AM, followed by the  5k at 8:00AM and the Restaurants begin serving Brunch.  The 15/30 Mile Bike Riders leave at 9:30AM, the Kids Zone opens at 10AM and the restaurants begin to serve a lunch menu at 10:30AM.

The Kids Zone that includes informative booths, rock wall, laser tag, obstacle course, youth performances bounce houses, police and fire trucks takes place from 10AM to 2PM.  The Food and Expo for the Everyone Relax portion of the event sponsored by Fit Nation, will feature a brunch menu, a lunch menu, picnic in JetBlue Park in the bleachers or the Green Monster and 40 Vendors will participate in Health, Lifestyle and Fitness Expo. There is an optional VIP experience that includes free beer, wine or mimosas.

Benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County, Under the Harvest Moon dining and auction event is scheduled from 6:00-9 p.m.Thursday, Oct. 29 at the Club at Renaissance, 12801 Renaissance Way in Fort MyHarvest moon 2015ers.

The event will feature autumn-inspired culinary stations tempting guests with roasted meats, seasonal vegetables, artisanal pasta and desserts. Cocktails and wine service will be available.

Luxury live and silent auctions and dinners from some of Southwest Florida’s most adventurous chefs will be all the rave this night.

Tickets are $100 per person. Sales support the programs of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County, which provides safe and supportive low-cost afterschool and summer enrichment programs to the community’s at-risk youth. For reservations, call 334-1886.

 

FORT MYERS, FL (September 29, 2015) – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County (BGCLC) is launching their 12×12 campaign October 1st for the entire month, in hopes of gaining funds for their existing Clubs and raising enough funds to open four new Clubs over the course of two years. For more information on the campaign, please visit http://donate.loveleekids.org.

The BGCLC vision is to provide a Club experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who enters their doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle. The Clubs provide an enriching after school regime that have a five core program curriculum, covering academics, character building, leadership, arts, sports and fitness, and healthy lifestyles.12x12

CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County, Shannon Lane, said, “Each of the five Clubs around Lee County have a waiting list for children to get in. It’s been like this since 2010 and it is time we make a change.” She went on to say, “$1 donated [to the BGCLC] is equivalent to $12.81. If we can unite as a community and get roughly 1,400 people to donate just $12 a month for 12 months, that should get us to our goal of $200,000 which is what we need in order to open our Clubs.”

The latest figures for Lee County show the graduation rate at 75.2% and the drop-out rate at 3.9%. Studies confirm that students who spend time in after school programs are 43% less likely to drop out of school, 51% less likely to use drugs, 63% less likely to become teen parents, and 26% more likely to become a college graduate.

If you would like to be part of this change in the community, and help with the funding of existing and future Clubs to keep our youth on track, please visit http://donate.loveleekids.org.

FORT MYERS, FL (September 19, 2015) – Save-A-Lot in Lehigh Acres recently donated $800 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County from the annual fundraiser held in July.

Save a lot lehighZach Berard, General Manager of Save-A-Lot who hosted the fundraiser, presented a check to BGCLC which will be used to help maintain the Lehigh Acres Club programs.

The Clubs have a five core program curriculum, covering academics, character building, leadership, arts, sports and fitness, and healthy lifestyles. BGCLC’s most utilized program is Power Hour, which provides homework help and tutoring.

“We are so thankful to Save A Lot for the donation and look forward to the lasting relationship and impact this will have on the Club ” said Kelly Smith, Program Director of the Lehigh Acres Club.

The donation will help support the Clubs mission to enable all young people, especially those who need us the most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.


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