Home' The River Weekly News : RWN 021216 Contents THE RIVER - FEBRUARY 12, 2016
Mustang Club Donates
To Builders Care Program
The Gulf Shore Mustang Club of Southwest Florida has donated $3,941 to
help the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA) Builders Care program pro-
vide free home repairs to disadvantage Lee County residents.
Mike Nilles, president of the Gulf Shore Mustang Club said, "We are proud to work
with Lee Builders Care by volunteering and fundraising in support of their help of our
neighbors in need." The gift is a result of funds raised throughout the year at multiple
events hosted and attended by the Gulf Shore Mustang Club.
The club members also volunteer to help at other Builders Care events throughout
the year. Christi Pritchett Sarlo, executive director of Lee BIA Builders Care said, "We
are so fortunate to have the Mustang Club members' ongoing support in a variety of
ways. They are one of our most active club partners."
Annette Nilles and Michael Nilles, board members of The Gulf Shore Mustang Club; Christi
Pritchett Sarlo, Builders Care executive director; Chris Brasher, president of Builders Care;
Michael Reitmann, board member of Builders Care; and Toni DiGiacomo of the Gulfshore
Charity Navigator, America's larg-
est and most-utilized independent
evaluator of charities, has given
the Children's Advocacy Center of
Southwest Florida the highest rating it
can give, four-stars. Charity Navigator
uses a score system from zero to 100
as a way of measuring a nonprofit's
transparency, accountability and how
responsible it is financially toward its
cause. CAC has scored a perfect score
of 100 on accountability and transpar-
ency, an 87.04 in its financial use,
equating to an overall score of 90.85.
Michael Thatcher, CEO and
president of Charity Navigator, said: "As
the nonprofit sector continues to grow
at an unprecedented pace, savvy donors
are demanding more accountability,
transparency and quantifiable results
from the charities they choose to
support with their hard-earned dollars.
Our goal in all of this is to provide
donors with essential information
needed to give them greater confidence
in the charitable choices they make."
Reviewer John Wood of Estero
remarked: "I was involved in selecting a
charity for our community to sponsor,
and we chose CAC. I toured the facility
and talked to the staff. I looked at the
statistics on the need and their results.
And I've seen how much Sheriff (Mike)
Scott's crew appreciates and utilizes
CAC. They are incredibly caring and
effective with barebones efficiency. I
strongly support CAC."
For more information on the
Children's Advocacy Center of
Southwest Florida, call 939-2808 or
Zika Virus Found
Last week, the Florida Department
of Health reported six new travel-
associated cases of Zika in Florida
to the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention. Travel-related cases are
defined as disease believed to be con-
tracted outside of the state. Florida has
reported a total of nine travel-related
cases to the federal government. Lee
County had two cases.
"Florida has many years of success in
containing other mosquito-borne diseases
and emerging health threats," said State
Surgeon General and Secretary of Health
Dr. John Armstrong. "Through these
experiences, the department remains
ready to protect residents and visitors
from the Zika virus."
While the CDC has not identified
Florida as an area of local Zika risk, the
Florida Department of Health is closely
monitoring imported disease. None of the
confirmed cases involve pregnant women.
Check some facts about the virus at
More information about the Zika virus
can be found online at wwwnc.cdc.gov/
For additional questions, contact Diane
Holm, public information specialist with
the Florida Department of Health in Lee
County at Diane.Holm@FLHealth.gov or
call 332-9561 or 850-519-5728.
On January 27, the Wounded
Warrior Anglers of America, Inc.
presented Hodges University's
Dr. Peter Thomas Veterans Services
Center (VSC) in Fort Myers with a pool
table to be used by veteran students.
Capt. David Souders, founder and
president of Wounded Warrior Anglers
of America, Inc. and Hodges student,
donated the pool table to Hodges' VSC.
Coordinating with David Cravens, owner
of A-1 Billiards & Pool Table Repair, Inc.,
Cravens and his team donated their time
and materials to have the table leveled,
felted and delivered.
"I have family members who are vet-
erans, so when I found out that this pool
table was for not only a university, but for
a center that is dedicated to helping stu-
dent veterans returning to school, it just
made sense to take on this project," said
"One aspect of the military that
resonates with veterans is often times
the camaraderie we experienced with
our brothers and sisters in arms," said
Christine Manson, director of the Dr.
Peter Thomas Veterans Services Center
at Hodges. "The VSC is committed to
creating a safe and welcoming environ-
ment where veteran students can come
and build relationships with other veter-
ans. The pool table will be an excellent
focal point to facilitate dialogue and
Searching for ways to bring veteran
students together and form a sense of
camaraderie, Manson spoke with Souders
about finding a pool table for the center.
"I told Christine that I would be willing
to look into finding a pool table for the
center. I found one in good condition and
decided to purchase it and donate it to
the center," said Souders. "This is a great
way to give back."
"David Souders and David Cravens'
contribution to the VSC is going to
impact our veterans in ways that cannot
be articulated. Their generosity and sup-
port will have a long-term effect on the
VSC and the veterans we serve," said
For more information on the Dr. Peter
Thomas Veterans Services Center (VSC)
at Hodges University, call 938-7833 or
PAWS Of Sanibel
Sonny And Cher
This is Sonny and Cher. They were captured a few months ago between the
Lantana Condominium and Sunset Beach Resort. They were about 12 weeks
old at that time. Their mother, Lana, and brother, Tanner, were both adopted.
These two were not ready for adoption at that time and needed some socialization,
which, thanks to their foster dad, Gareth, they received and passed with flying col-
ors. They come to him to be petted, they sleep with him and they get along well
with his own two cats.
Now it's time to find them a forever home. If you can provide a home for one or,
preferably, both of these kitties, contact Pam at PAWS, 472-4823.
Sonny and Cher
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