Race Raises $10,000 for Local Hungry Children

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Proceeds from 2nd Annual Captiva Tri donated to CCMI's Backpack Program

checkpresentation2012CCMI received $10,000 from proceeds raised at the 2nd annual Galloway Captiva Triathlon held on Sept. 15 and 16th, 2012, at South Seas Island Resort!

The proceeds raised at the event will go toward supporting CCMI's School Backpack Program providing emergency food to more than 2,500 local children each school year. The program helps reduce child hunger and improves health and academic outcomes providing support for children and families in need.

"We are so thankful for this donation and being named the beneficiary of the Captiva Tri," said Tracey Galloway, CEO of CCMI. "It's community support like this race that will help thousands of food-insecure children in our area maintain access to food on the weekends and school holidays."

Last year, the Captiva Tri raised $6,500 for CCMI. According to race organizers, this year's event also included the opportunity for participants to donate directly to the backpack program and participate in team fundraising for CCMI.

"We were so pleased to be working with CCMI again," said Certified Race Director Kate Gooderham. "They do such fantastic and needed work in our community, and we were excited to be able to expand our fundraising efforts for them as a part of this year's event."

"We are always looking for new ways to partner with community groups and create special events to spread our mission of being innovators in the fight against hunger and homelessness," said Galloway.

The Galloway Captiva Triathlon at South Seas Island Resort was a weekend family, fun and fitness event comprised of two children's triathlons on Sept. 15 (ages 6-9: 100 yard swim, 1.5 mile bike, 0.5 mile run; ages 10-13: 200 yard swim, 3 mile bike, 1 mile run) and an adult sprint length triathlon on Sept. 16 (swim 400 yards [0.25 mile], bike 10 miles, run 3.1 miles [5K].) All events took place on Captiva Island.

Southwest Florida Events Inc. is a Florida not-for-profit corporation based in Fort Myers dedicated to combining fun, fitness and support for local charities through multisport events.

Contacts: Kate Gooderham, Certified Race Director, 239-850-8736, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bike Clinic for Homeless Scheduled

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Bike clinic for homeless scheduled for World Homeless Day Oct. 10, 2012

bikeclinicCCMI and local agencies and business are partnering on a new educational clinic for area homeless citizens that will kick off on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, World Homeless Day.

Fort Myers Schwinn, Lee County EMS, Community Cooperative Ministries, Inc., Rotary South and BB&T-OTC have joined forces to launch quarterly bike clinics to educate and provide homeless citizens information about bike safety and maintenance.

"Bicycles are an inexpensive and efficient form of transportation which is why they are so valuable for the homeless," said Roger C. Mercado, Jr. MSW, division director, Social Services & Education for CCMI. "For many this is their only choice of transportation, so we want to ensure that education and advocacy efforts are reaching those who most need it yet have the quietest voices."

The clinic will be held at CCMI's Everyday Café located off of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in Dunbar. Homeless residents will learn about pedestrian and bike safety including the rules of the road, tips on how to change flat tires and brakes, general bicycle maintenance and more.

The first 50 participants to register and attend the 45-minute clinic will receive a complimentary water bottle, travel size sunscreen and a bike tube voucher. Eligibility to receive the bike tube voucher will require proof that the bicycle is used for employment or education.

World Homeless Day, held on the 10th day of October annually, draws attention to homeless people's needs locally and provides opportunities for the community to get involved in responding to homelessness. Millions of people around the world are expected to mark World Homeless Day in varied ways and change the lives of homeless people in their local communities.

According the Lee County Homeless Coalition, on any given day, there are an estimated 3,400 persons without a place to call home in Lee County.

"It is important to be part of a day that urges communities to use their local resources to draw attention to the needs of the homeless as well as provide opportunities for the community to come together in response to homelessness," said Stacey Mercado, marketing/sales development specialist BB&T-Oswald Trippe and Company.

Future bike workshops will be held quarterly at CCMI. Call us at 239-332-7687 for more information.

CCMI Awarded Grant from Foulds Foundation

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CCMI receives grant from Foulds Foundation

thankyouThe Claiborne and Ned Foulds Foundation has awarded CCMI a $26,492 grant to help upgrade our agency's computer software!

As stated by our CEO, Tracey Galloway, "We will be able to more effectively meet the needs of the hungry through more streamlined and integrated financial, volunteer and program software components, which will also improve the agency's accountability. We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to serve our customers with even greater effectiveness through this amazing grant."

The Claiborne and Ned Foulds Foundation was established in 1981 by the late Ned and Claiborne Foster Foulds, who moved to Fort Myers in 1958. Ned Foulds was a graduate of Harvard University and retired as a Junior Executive of the Airtemp Division of the Chrysler Corporation. Mrs. Foulds was a Broadway star during the 1930s known under her maiden name of Claiborne Foster and starred in more than 20 plays.

In recognition of their achievements, Mr. and Mrs. Foulds left their estate in trust to be administered by U.S. Trust, as a 50l(c)(3) Foundation in perpetuity to benefit charitable causes.

A huge thank you to the Foulds Foundation for their support!

CCMI announces Becoming Cosmo Sponsors

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Sponsors announced for this year’s Becoming Cosmopolitan Lounge Party to be held at Harborside Event Center in downtown Fort Myers on Thursday, Oct. 18 from 6 to 9 p.m.

bc2012 purchasegraphicFineMark National Bank & Trust has signed on as this year’s presenting sponsor. The first 100 ticket purchasers will receive special access to FineMark’s VIP Lounge at the event.

Seven-themed lounges will be the backdrop for this year’s event. Lounge themes include the Power of Chocolate Lounge featuring Irresistible Confections sponsored by FP&L, the 50 Shades Lounge featuring the Diamond District sponsored by Wesley and Deanna Hansen and the Diamond District, If The Shoe Fits Lounge featuring Saks Fifth Avenue Shoes sponsored by Sunshine Grille, Top of the Town Lounge sponsored by and featuring the Morgan House, and the Lady Luck Lounge featuring gaming tables like black jack and roulette sponsored by Florida Blue and Premier Insurance. Lounges will be designed by Clive Daniel Home, Muni Designs and Denmark Interiors and will feature a signature Cosmo-inspired drink, a fabulous silent auction and raffle items.

Additional sponsors include Caloosa Tent & Rental, Hanshaw Sales, Physicians Primary Care, Wilbur Smith Law Firm, All About Closets, BB&T/OTC & AFCO, Chico’s, Dixie Buick GMC, Scott Moorey, the Veranda restaurant and Scanlon Lexus. Media sponsors include Florida Weekly, Gulfshore Life, The News-Press, and Clear Channel Radio.

 “Picture a night out on the town with your girlfriends hopping from one club to another each with a different theme and feel,” said Galloway. “Then add in great food, drinks and fabulous shopping, all in support of a great cause, and you’ve got what Cosmo is all about.”

This women-only evening features glamorous shopping, gourmet hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, sinfully delicious chocolate and desserts, a silent auction, exciting raffles, a live DJ and an after party all in celebration of the cosmopolitan lifestyle in Southwest Florida.

More than 300 local women attended last fall’s Becoming Cosmopolitan event.

“Each year we have been able to make this event bigger and better than ever,” said Deanna Hansen, chairwoman of the 7th Annual Becoming Cosmopolitan. “The monies raised will go a remarkably long way in helping CCMI assist the growing number of our local neighbors who are in need of food and other social services.”

According to CCMI, the amount of the $125 event ticket provides one month of Montessori preschool education to a child of a working, poor family, three months of emergency food to a family of four who is struggling, one month of hot meals to a homebound senior citizen or a weekend backpack filled with food for a student during an entire school year.

Sponsorships are still available and range from $1,000 to $5,000. Donations for the event’s silent auction are also being accepted.

For more information or to purchase tickets, click here or call 239-332-SOUP (7687).

Galloway Ford Collects Food & Over $25,000

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Galloway Ford's Summer Drive for Hunger Collects 10,000 Pounds of Food & More than $25,000 in Funds for CCMI!

summerdriveforhunger3Sam Galloway Ford collected more than 10,000 pounds of food and raised more than $25,000 for the battle against hunger in our community.

In July, Galloway Ford teamed up with us for their Summer Drive for Hunger to benefit the hungry in our community.

During the month-long campaign, non-perishable food and cash donations were collected at the Fort Myers' dealership for CCMI. Every person who brought the equivalent of one pound of food into Sam Galloway Ford, located off of Boy Scout Drive, was entered into a drawing for $5,000. In addition to the summerdriveforhunger2$5,000 drawing, Galloway Ford committed to donate $1 for every pound of food received during the food drive.

"There is nothing more upsetting to me than to know that there are children, senior citizens and men and women, just like you and me, going to bed tonight hungry," said Sam Galloway, Jr., Chairman Emeritus of CCMI.

In addition to the $10,000 Galloway pledged, he donated another $15,000, for a total of $25,000, to keep the CCMI pantry shelves full through the remainder of the slow season.

Local general contractor Mike McGinn, owner of General Construction Services, was the lucky drawing winner of the $5,000 cash drawing. In addition to personally purchasing food summerdriveforhunger4for the drive, he encouraged his co-workers, colleagues and friends to donate to the drive resulting in another 1,000 pounds of food and monetary donations for CCMI!

"I just wanted to give back," McGinn said. "This is about helping the community and those who benefit from CCMI's services."

"We are extremely grateful to everyone who donated to this campaign," said Tracey Galloway, CEO of CCMI. "Each summer the demand for our services increases as food donations drop significantly. The food donations coupled with the money received from Galloway Ford and others will ensure that CCMI is able to continue feeding our neighbors for many months to come."

Fort Myers Rotary Club Increases CCMI Food Capacity

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rotary logoThe Fort Myers Rotary Club awarded a generous grant of $4900 to CCMI for the purchase of a commercial kitchen upright refrigerator. This refrigerator will be used at the Fort Myers Everyday Cafe to store food for the cafe meals and market food. This support from the Rotary Club allows CCMI to store more food and provide more fresh meat and produce to cafe and market clients. During the month of May we served approximately 5000 meals and provided approximately 200 families with grocerices from the shelves of our Everyday Market at the Fort Myers location alone. This cafe and market is located at 3429 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Fort Myers. We could not keep up with this level of need without the help from community partners like The Fort Myers Rotary Club. Thank you for your support!

Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto "Service Above Self". Learn more about the Fort Myers Rotary Club here or follow them on the Facebook

Publix Super Markets Charities Awards Grant to CCMI

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publix logoPublix Super Markets Charities recently awarded the CCMI Everyday Cafe & Market program $3000 to fight hunger in Lee County. The Everyday Café & Market provides the hungry and homeless choices in emergency food and reduces food waste while connecting individuals with additional support services for achieving sustainable hunger solutions. Over 50,000 meals were served at our cafes in 2011 along with over 6600 families provided groceries from our markets. Many of these individuals met with CCMI  Case Coaches to address other issues as well.

We have partnered with our local Publix stores on food rescue projects, volunteer events, and food donations in the past and are very grateful for this corporate partnership in the community. Publix Super Markets Charities was established by Publix's founder, Mr. George Jenkins, to improve life in our communities. We are looking forward to partnering together on this mission!

Galloway Ford's Summer Drive for Hunger

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Sam Galloway Ford is teaming up with CCMI to win the battle against hunger in our community with the Summer Drive for Hunger.

Beginning July 15, the Summer Drive for Hunger will be collecting non-perishable food and cash donations for CCMI. Every person who brings the equivalent of one pound of food into Sam Galloway Ford, located off of Boy Scout Road, will be entered into a drawing for $5,000. In addition to the $5,000 drawing, Galloway Ford will donate $1 for every pound of food received during the food drive.