11 Apr 2012 Love of Bonita Event Followup
FORT MYERS, Fla. (March 27, 2012) – More than 150 guests attended the 2012 Love of Bonita award gala in support of this year’s recipient, Don Thomson. The Bonita Springs Community Fund of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation honored Thomson during a dinner on March 22 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort.
The award, given annually, honors a Bonita Springs resident who exemplifies the goal of helping to build a stronger community.
A Bonita Springs resident since 1972, Thomson is a stockholder with Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt law firm. Throughout his legal career, he has been recognized by many organizations, including receipt of the Bonita Springs Citizen of the Year Award (2002), the Pioneer Preeminent Award from the Bonita Springs/Naples YMCA and the Bonita Chamber Director of the Year Award. He also holds the highest AV-rating by Martindale-Hubbell. He is a past president of the Rotary Club of Bonita Springs.
As part of his being honored, Thomson had the opportunity to choose a Bonita Springs charity to receive a $2,500 grant in his name.
Thomson has chosen to split the funds between two nonprofits near and dear to his heart. The Bonita Springs YMCA and the Bonita Springs Assistance Office will each receive $1,250.
“Over the years, Don’s service to our community has been many-fold,” said Debi Braendle, the Bonita Springs business owner who chairs the Bonita Springs Community Fund. “He has tirelessly given of his time and talent to make a difference in our community. His efforts are well deserving of our 2012 Love of Bonita Award.”
Love of Bonita Award recipients are chosen based on the following criteria: They consistently choose to use their time, energy and/or money to make a difference in the lives of people living within the Bonita Springs community; they actively encourage and perform community service to help improve the quality of life in the Bonita Springs area; and they enthusiastically promote empowerment, self-sufficiency and positive change in others, either as volunteers or as employees of community organizations.
Past Love of Bonita Award recipients are Audrey Georges, Ira Hawk, Hank Hochstetler, the late Pat Lord, Jacqueline “Jacke” McCurdy, Richard “Dick” Miller, Donna Roberts, Marjorie Rubacky, David Short and David and Sarah Zimmerman.
The Bonita Springs Community Fund was established in 1997 to promote philanthropy and enhance the spirit and quality of life for all citizens in the greater Bonita Springs area, now and for generations to come through stewardship of permanently endowed funds. BSCF has provided more then $1.6 million in grants and scholarships through endowed funds set up by community donors.
Melinda Isley, APR, m.creativepr, 239-274-7736, [email protected]