2012-02-02 / Top News


IberiaBank wants book deposits for area libraries

IberiaBank’s “i Gives Back” program shifts gears from cell phones in January to new and gently used books in February. Bank locations through Southwest Florida are collecting books for donation to Friends of the Library chapters in Collier and Lee counties. Cell phones collected last month were given to The Shelter for Abused Women & Children in Collier County and to Abuse Counseling & Treatment in Lee County.

This month “I Gives Back” wants fiction and non-fiction, hardcover and paperback books in addition to DVDs and CDs appropriate for all ages.

Collected items will be used in several ways. Book titles that are needed for the public library system will be deployed to libraries throughout the two counties; other books will be sold at Friends of the Library book sales or sold in bulk to book wholesalers to help to fund chapter initiatives.

New and like-new books can be dropped off at any of the following IberiaBank locations (no old reference materials, magazines or well-worn items, please): ¦ Naples:

2150 Goodlette Road N.; 403-2510

428 Ninth St. S.; 403-4240

3838 Tamiami Trail N.; 403-5123

775 Airport Road N.; 430-1639

1905 Pine Ridge Road; 403-5170

2180 Immokalee Road; 593-2021 ¦ Marco Island:

605 Bald Eagle Drive; 393-2400 ¦ Fort Myers:

2225 First St.; 344-1620

6651 Orion Drive; 225-4560

4670 Summerlin Road; 985-2660 ¦ Cape Coral:

1715 Cape Coral Parkway W.; 541-5200

For more information about the book drive, call Sara Dewberry 403-2532 or e-mail Sara.Dewberry@iberiabank.com. ¦

Charge it at Saks for the David Lawrence Center

Saks Fifth Avenue at Waterside Shops has designated the David Lawrence Center to receive 5 percent of purchases made with a Saks registered credit card during the month of February.

Shoppers can make their designation at the register when they check out and it will apply to all of their purchases for the entire month.

For more information, call 304-3505. ¦

Grant will help Charity for Change revamp website

Charity for Change will receive a $7,500 grant from the Community Foundation of Collier County to automate the Charity for Change website, which is used by the students and teachers participating in the School “Giver” Program at five Collier County elementary schools.

Students access the website weekly to play the Counting for Charity math game as one way they raise funds for charities each classroom selects. Since 2008, students and Community Partners who support the School “Giver” Program have donated $55,000 to 72 charities.

Automating the website system that tracks charity classroom visits, character development puzzles, classroom fundraising efforts, student honorees, school announcements, puppet shows performed by the students and other activities will give Charity for Change staff and volunteers the ability to expand the program to more schools, students and charities.

For more information, visit www.charityforchange.org. ¦

Naples Relay For Life earns American Cancer Society accolades

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Naples has received the Nationwide Number One Per Capita Award from the ACS, proclaiming it the top relay in the nation for service areas with populations between 250,000 and 499,999.

Relay events take place in 5,000 communities around the country every year, including nearly 350 in Florida, and involved an estimated 3.5 million people.

While 2011 was an impressive year for the Naples event, it continues to rely on the support of the community; corporate sponsors, teams, volunteers and in-kind donations are crucial to its continuing success.

“This year, we again look to our Naples community to help the Naples Relay support those who are dealing with and who have dealt with cancer,” says Kathy Cleeland, area executive director of the ACS South Gulf Coast Area.

Relay For Life is an overnight event that celebrates the lives of people who’ve battled cancer and remembers those who have lost the fight. Team members take turns walking or running the track throughout the night, while numerous activities help raise funds and awareness.

This year’s Relay For Life of Naples takes place Friday and Saturday, April 20-21, at Gulfview Middle School. For more information, contact Dani Johnson at 287- 2028. ¦

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