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Fund opened for victims, families and those affected by Club Blu shootings

Fund opened for victims, families and those affected by Club Blu shootings

Donations can be made at www.Floridacommunity.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. (July 25, 2016) – In response to this morning’s shootings at Club Blu in Fort Myers,the Southwest Florida Community Foundation has partnered with the City of Fort Myers and the United Way of Lee, Charlotte, Glades and Okeechobee Counties to open the TOGETHER Fort Myers fund to assist the victims, families and those affected by this tragedy.

One hundred percent of funds donated will be used to provide support services to those affected.

“There has already been a tremendous outpouring to our City from across the country sharing their
thoughts and prayers and wanting to know how they can help,” said Fort Myers Mayor Randall P.
Henderson, Jr. “We hope people will help their neighbors in this time of need.”

Donations to the TOGETHER Fort Myers fund can be made by visiting www.Floridacommunity.com.

“Just like the fund we opened following Hurricane Charley, we are reaching out to our community to help Fort Myers heal by making donations to assist the needs of these victims, their families and those touched by this horrific tragedy on our youth, ” said Sarah Owen, president and CEOof the Southwest Florida Community Foundation. “We will work with our community partner United Way to distribute funds to those impacted by the crisis”

Anyone wanting access to counseling services can call United Way’s 211 line. 211 is a United
Way program that provides free information and referral to human/social service agencies within Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties. Clients can call and receive information and referrals appropriate to their needs. The United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee is a volunteer organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for all people in our community.

The Southwest Florida Community Foundation is celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2016. As
leaders, conveners, grant makers and concierges of philanthropy, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation is a foundation built on community leadership with an inspired history of fostering regional change for the common good in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The Community Foundation, founded in 1976, connects donors and their philanthropic aspirations with evolving community needs. With assets of more than $93 million, the Community Foundation has provided more than $63 million in grants and scholarships to the communities it serves. Last year, it granted more than $3.2 million to nonprofit organizations supporting education, animal welfare, arts, healthcare and human services, as well as provided regional community impact grants and scholarship grants.

For more information about the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, call 239-274-5900 or
visit www.floridacommunity.com.
8771 College Parkway, Building 2, Suite 201
Fort Myers, FL 33919
239-274-5900

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