Not every community service program can be funded with Kiwanis member dollars alone. Often we need to reach out to others for help and support. Working together, the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island, our community’s full time and seasonal residents, other service clubs, organizations, and businesses unite with one shared goal to accomplish……serve the children of our community.
Member John DeRosa started this fundraiser in 2005. Since then it has become one of our favorites. This effort goes to support and fund the Scholarship Award program every year, as well as, other children and community efforts. Cars are entered by the various independent owners and several of the local car clubs (Antiques, Corvettes, Muscle and others).
At almost every Kiwanis Foundation fundraising event you can find a 50/50 raffle drawing. Over the course of a year this activity alone contributes greatly to our fundraising efforts.
Kiwanis in conjunction with the two Rotary clubs on the island organize and run the Marco Island Seafood Festival, which is our major fundraising event for the year. LOTS OF FUN!
Runners from all over Florida- runners from the East Coast (New York and Miami) to Eugene, Oregon, in the West, and one father/son duo hailed from Germany came to support the Running for Reading Fundraiser. Senior citizens, children for local area schools and babies in strollers all come out to support the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island efforts to keep kids reading.
The course begins at Tigertail Beach and then wands into scenic and exclusive Hideaway Beach and back. “A runner from Eugene, said he runs 5k’s all over the country, and this was one of if not the best organized event. It is a complement to the entire club, as well as all the volunteers.”
Did you know that there are an estimated 808 homeless children registered in the Collier County Public School System?
When the nine Kiwanis Clubs of Collier County learned of this problem, our leaders and members united to help serve 808 children in need of basic supplies to help them start the school year right. In 2016, our clubs launched a local campaign of “Christmas in July”, designed to give the homeless students in Collier County the basic necessities of clothing, shoes, backpacks, school supplies and toiletries so that they had the opportunity to focus on their schoolwork.
It takes $89 per child to provide these students with the gift of hope and support to start the school year off right, which means that we need to raise $72,000 to help 808. And we did it again for 2017.