Friday, August 22, 2008
Homeless Fundraiser Helps Those Without
$5000 Raised For Homeless Shelter
LABELLE, FL. -- The "Birds Have Houses Why Shouldn't People" charity event held at Florida Community Bank on Saturday, August 16 was a huge success. Not only did supporters meet their goal of raising $5,000 for the Hendry/Glades Homeless Coalition, awareness of the issue in Hendry and Glades county was raised as well.
Guests, dressed in casual attire enjoyed cocktails and hors d' oeurves while listening to the live music of Southwest Florida musician Ryan Darling while perusing silent auction items. In keeping with the event's theme, birdhouses painted by local artisits and children were auctioned to the highest bidder. The majority of funds raised came through sponsorships from both community businesses and individuals.
"Gator Birdhouse" painted by Marlene Burchard – sold for $70
"Pirate Ship Birdhouse" painted by Caitlin Willis – sold for $50
"Beach Scene Birdhouse" painted by Sue Fuller – sold for $50
"Home Sweet Home Birdhouse" painted by Cathy Singleton – sold for $50
Photo: From the Hendry-Glades Homeless Coalition; Aida Barnhart, Vice President; Amanda Pacheco, Secretary; Erica Villafuerte, President; Susan Vaughan, Volunteer.
-story by Jennifer Dyess