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THE RIVER - DECEMBER 18, 2015
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In 1925, her beauty parlor at Evans
and Fourth advertised not only the
basics, such as shampooing and mani-
curing, but also facial massage, Marcel
waving, hair bobbing, round curl, scalp
treatment and chiropody.
She also was the owner of a soft-
drink manufacturing plant.
Over the years, her philanthropy
extended far beyond the holiday party:
providing scholarships to deserving
students; donating food and clothing to
needy neighbors; and housing Negro
League baseball players denied hotel
accommodations in Fort Myers.
She helped finance Williams
Academy, a school for blacks, and
Jones-Walker Hospital, the first for non-
whites in Fort Myers. She also helped
to establish a black chapter of the
American Red Cross.
When Piper died in 1954, she left
her home and property at Evans and
Mango to the City of Fort Myers, stipu-
lating that it be a community center to
serve seniors and young children. The
Christmas party continued to be held
In 1976, Piper’s house was demol-
ished and the existing center was built
on the site.
You can help the Dr. Piper Center
celebrate a century of Christmastime
giving by donating unwrapped gifts suit-
able for children up to 14 year old. To
celebrate the party’s 100th year, there
will be a drawing for 100 bicycles.
Visit the property bequeathed by
Piper to the City and find out about Fort
Myers’s historic Christmas Party.
Then visit the Southwest Florida
Museum of History at 2031 Jackson
Street to learn more about the mother
and daughter who epitomized commu-
Call the museum at 321-7430 or
go to museumofhistory.org. Hours are
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through
If you love local history, be sure to
visit the Southwest Florida Historical
Society’s research center.
The all-volunteer, non-profit organiza-
tion is at 10091 McGregor Boulevard
on the campus of the Lee County
Alliance for the Arts.
The center is open Wednesday and
Saturday between 9 a.m . and noon and
Wednesday 4 to 7 p.m. Call 939-4044
or visit swflhistoricalsociety.org for more
Sources: Archives of the Southwest
Florida Historical Society and the
Southwest Florida Museum of History.
Ushers Josephine Clanton, Dennis Cloud and Betty Campbell welcomed guests to the
Christmas Carol Sing
Republican Women Meeting
Lee Republican Women Federated will conduct
their monthly luncheon meeting on Monday,
January 11 at Pinchers – The Marina at Edison
Ford, 2360 West First Street (located adjacent to
the Edison & Ford Winter Estates) in the Fort Myers
Downtown River District. The meeting will begin at
11:15 a.m . with a social hour, followed by lunch and
The meeting’s guest speaker will be Yaro Garcia,
president of the coalition and head clinician at Abuse
Counseling & Treatment (ACT), which works directly
with local trafficking victims.
Cost to attend the meeting is $22, which includes
To make reservations, visit www.leerepublican-
women.com/event or contact Wren Morefield at
270-210-1284 or email@example.com.
Dinner For Police
The Fort Myers Police Foundation
will host the Men & Women in Blue
of the Year appreciation dinner on
Saturday, January 23 at Colonial Country
Club, located at 9181 Independence Way
in Fort Myers.
The appreciation dinner honors the
outstanding public service of the brightest
stars of the Fort Myers Police Department
and other local, state and federal law
enforcement agencies. FMPD retirements
for 2015 will also be recognized. More
than 60 officers will be honored during
“These men and women put them-
selves at risk each and every day to make
our community safe, and we think they
deserve an evening of recognition and
thanks,” said Larry Romano, president of
the Fort Myers Police Foundation. “We
hope the community will join us in thank-
ing these public servants in blue for all
they do for us.”
Individual tickets are $100, and tables
of eight are $750. Sponsorships from
$100 to $10,000 are also available.
All funds raised by the Police
Foundation go toward purchasing life-
saving equipment for the FMPD.
For more information, visit www.
fortmyerspolicefoundation.org or call Paul
Fratello at 610-470-0049.
Doug Molloy, formerly southwest
Florida’s top Federal Prosecutor
as well as Chief Assistant U.S
Attor ney in Fort Myers, will be the guest
speaker at the Greeters Club Luncheon
on Thursday, January 21.
His storied career reads like a best sell-
ing crime novel. For more than 20 years,
Molloy dealt with cases involving every-
thing from a mafia boss to a Colombian
drug lord to local politicians being paid off
by drug dealers.
Molloy, known as the slavery expert,
will talk about his specialty --human traf-
ficking and slavery-- a persistent and
Cost of the luncheon is $20. To
register and to find out more about the
dynamic group of Lee County women,
email firstname.lastname@example.org and
provide your contact information (your
name, email address and phone number).
You will receive a detailed return email
confir ming your reservation. Luncheons
are held on the third Thursday of the
month at 10:30 a.m . at the Colonial
Country Club, 9181 Independence Way,
Fort Myers. Go to greetersclubofgreater-
fortmyers for more information.
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