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THE RIVER - SEPTEMBER 11, 2015
Film Festival Kicks Off New
Season At Davis Art Center
The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center
is excited to begin the Fort Myers
Film Festival’s popular TGIM film
screening series, the first Monday of each
month starting on September 7.
TGIM features short independent films
being considered for the sixth annual Fort
Myers Film Festival. Doors open at 6:30
p.m .; films will be presented at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for
seniors and students. The Sidney & Berne
Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First
Street in downtown Fort Myers.
TGIM Indie Movie Monday’s is a fun
and interactive film viewing, including
celebrity guest judges who critique the films
and a chance for the audience to be a part
of the programming selection for the short
films category in the Fort Myers Film Fes-
tival’s April 7 to 10, 2016 programming.
The evening also provides independent
music and comedy with audience interac-
The featured celebrity guest judges
on Monday September 7 will be Terry
Tincher, Tincture Gallery owner, fashion designer Kariza, Ask An Expert radio host
Tom Conwell and FMFF programming director Toni Gonzales. The entertainment will
include musical guest Gabrielle Macafee, and stand-up comedy by legendary swing
dancer and film star Norma Miller. TGIM is lead and hosted by Eric Raddatz and co-
host Melissa DeHaven.
The Fort Myers Film Festival is an intelligent independent filmmaker’s preferred
event to create, unite and showcase the finest artistic cinematic works. The Fort Myers
Film Festival is known for world-class swagger and support of local filmmakers. The
event has featured hundreds of local filmmakers and is a must attend for cineasts who
love independent film and film festivals. The Fort Myers Film Festival was awarded the
prestigious 2015 Chrysalis Award for Cultural Achievement.
For more information, go to www.sbdac.com, www.fortmyersfilmfestival.com or
join www.facebook.com/fortmyersfilmfestival for updates and events.
FGCU Alumni Association
Raises Funds For Scholarships
Florida Gulf Coast University’s Alumni Association will host the 9th annual Dol-
lars for FGCU Scholars fundraiser from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, September 12 at
HeadPinz Entertainment Center in Fort Myers.
The public is invited to join FGCU alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the university
for an afternoon of bowling. Last year’s sold-out event raised $15,000 for student
“It has been exciting and rewarding to watch this event grow over the years,” said
Kimberly Wallace, director of alumni relations. “We are thrilled to support scholarships
while providing an entertaining opportunity for our alumni and friends to reconnect.”
The evening includes two hours of bowling, food and beverages.
Guests can also participate in a silent auction. Items up for bid include a two-night
stay at the DiamondHead Beach Resort & Spa on Fort Myers Beach, a baseball
autographed by Chicago White Sox ace and former Eagle standout Chris Sale and a
four-course chef’s dinner and wine tour at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar.
Prizes also will be awarded to bowling competitors in three categories: Most Spirited
Team, Top Turkey and Top Bowler. All proceeds benefit the Alumni Association
Scholarship Fund, which assists deserving FGCU students with the cost of tuition.
Lane sponsorships are available at $350. Individual registration is $30 for adults,
$15 for children 7 and younger, and includes shoe rental. VIP lane upgrades, which
include special accommodations, private lane-side bar service and snacks, are available
For more information, call assistant director of programs, Angela Kunkle, at 745-
4343 or register online at alumni.fgcu.edu.
Eric Raddatz and Melissa DeHaven
photo by Chris Jovaz
Teddy Bears Wanted For
9th Annual Festival Of Trees
Join Goodwill Industries of South-
west Florida, Inc. in collecting new,
stuffed teddy bears to decorate the
A Very Beary Christmas tree as part of
the ninth annual Festival of Trees. The
nine-foot tree has been a staple of the
organization’s annual event since its
inception in 2006.
Comprised of bears donated by the
community, the tree is one of many
beautifully decorated trees that are
auctioned off at the festival’s signature
event, the Tux & Trees Gala on De-
cember 5. Auction guests gather around
this special tree to raise money for The
Southwest Florida Goodwill Foundation.
The tree is then traditionally donated to
a children’s hospital.
“Last year, we had over 500 teddy bears donated,” said Madison Mitchell, spokes-
person at Goodwill. “We hope to reach that number again this year with the support
of individuals and businesses in the community.”
Goodwill’s goal is to collect the bears by November 20, in time for the start of the
Festival of Trees, which is held at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in December.
“We encourage local businesses to hold mini-bear drives of their own,” added
Mitchell. “To see the faces of the children and families that come through the festival
and see the bear tree... it’s magical.”
Those interested in donating to the drive may drop their teddy bears off at the
Goodwill Boutique on First, 2401 First Street in Fort Myers, or call 995-2106 ext.
If you are interested in hosting a teddy bear drive, contact Madison Mitchell at 995-
2106 ext. 2213 or MadisonMitchell@goodwillswfl.org. For more information on the
Festival of Trees and Tux & Trees Gala, visit www.tuxandtrees.com .
Last year’s Festival and Gala raised $90,000 to support The Southwest Florida
Goodwill Foundation, which provides long-term financial support to programs and
services of Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida.
For more information, visit www.goodwillswfl.org.
Teddy bears are wanted by Goodwill
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