Park Forest Social Club Comes Through
We were thrilled to accept a wonderful contribution from the
generous people of Park Forest. Pictured below are Marian
Brumley and Elaine Trites presenting a check to our president, Becca
Derosa. A huge thank you to those community-minded folks
- we couldn't do this without people like you!
Loving Light Yoga Fundraiser On The Beach
On a beautiful Saturday morning, the folks at Loving Light Yoga held
a celebration of their nine years of practice here in Englewood by
hosting a gathering on Englewood Beach. The event was attended
by over 300 practitioners and Kids' Needs was the beneficiary.
Loving Light Yoga asked those in attendance to contribute to our
efforts and almost $2,000 was donated. Pictured below Jean
Evans Joyce (left), publisher of the Facebook page "What's Happening
in Englewood, FL", Lata Coykendall (center), owner of Loving Light
Yoga, and Becca DeRosa(right), our chariperson. We are very grateful to have the support of local
organizations such as Loving Light Yoga and wish them another nine
years (at least) of health and happiness.
American Legion 113 - Rotonda West Auxiliary Comes Through
In August, the Auxiliary of
the Rotonda West chapter of the American Legion provided Kids' Needs
with a much-needed and much-appreciated contributions of 57 pairs of
new shoes a and a $500 check. Pictured below are
Barbara Horosky and Roma Miller from
the Auxiliary with the bounty of shoes they brought to our
Kids' Needs is very grateful to have the support of local
organizations such as the American Legion and sends out a hearty "thank you" to all involved.
Fund Raiser at Flounder's Restaurant and Tiki Bar
On April 2, Flounder's
Restaurant and Tiki Bar on Englewood Beach held a casino night fund
raiser to benefit Kids' Needs. Even though a heavy rain
diminished attendance, those who did come out were rewarded with an
exciting evening of fun and games. Although no true gambling
was involved - that is, no money was ever at risk and only a chance
at raffle tickets could be won - play was spirited and a grand time
was had by all.
Pictured below are Linda Lyon and Theresa Armstrong from
Flounder's with their check for the proceeds from the evening.
Kids' Needs is very grateful to have the support of local area
businesses and sends out a hearty "thank you" to all involved in
making the fund raiser at Flounder's such a success.
"Undie Sunday" on Boca Grande
In conjunction with their
regular worship services, the Lighthouse United Methodist Church of
Boca Grande recently held a drive to collect children's clothing for
Kids Needs. Parishioners were asked to bring along to church
services new underwear in children's sizes, and this "Undie Sunday"
was a huge success. The generosity of this congregation will
go a long way toward stocking our closet for the current school
Pictured below are Becca DeRosa, Chair of Kids' Needs Board of
Directors with Pastor Matthew Williams of Lighthouse United
Methodist Church of Boca Grande. The second photo shows Becca with Chuck Dever, husband of our late founder, Ann Dever, and
a valued advisor to Kids Needs. Thank you to all who made
this clothing drive such a great success!
Kicks For Kids' Needs
We are very pleased that the shoe drives held over this past summer
were such a rousing success.
The Placida Rotary Club,
Lemon Bay Sunrise Rotary Club, and the Rotary Club of Englewood
sponsored shoe drives to support the annual YMCA Back to School Bash
in collaboration with Kids' Needs. As in past
years, Englewood Bank and Trust joined the effort. Hundreds of
pairs of shoes were collected and many area children are entering
the school year well prepared for the changing season.
Pictured below are Brett White, president of the Englewood Rotary
Club, and Rotary member Barbie Arbour. Barbie is also a
volunteer with Kid's Needs and serves on our Board of Directors.
A big "Thank you!" to all those who made this year's drive a winner!