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THE RIVER - FEBRUARY 26, 2016
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Julia Sereda, North Fort Myers High
Tyler Swanson, Golden Gate High
Luciana Villarroel, Fort Myers High
Jessica Yawn, Lehigh Senior High
Corinne Zepeda, Golden Gate High
Finalists (in alphabetical order)
Alayna Bradley, Fort Myers High
Rebecca Brownlie, N. Fort Myers High
Juliana Buno, Lehigh Senior High
Ezequiel Cuevas, Lehigh Senior High
Emily Hendry, Fort Myers High
Citlalli Hinojosa, Lehigh Senior High
Kathy Lemes, Lehigh Senior High
Carolyn Linehan, Fort Myers High
Angely Lopez, Lehigh Senior High
Sharon Machuca, Lehigh Senior High
Jared Mercado, Lehigh Senior High
Heather Peterson, Cape Coral High
Grace Speas, Fort Myers High
Shane Sukhnuth, Lehigh Senior High
Andrea Wilson, Golden Gate High
To support DDWS and the refuge with
a tax-deductible gift, visit www.dingdarling-
society.org or contact Birgie Miller at 239-
292-0566 or director@dingdarlingsociety.
Dahlia Lilleslatten came in second with her A Clamour of Wings
Will Tempt Taste
Buds March 12
The 11th annual Imagine Gala will
be held Saturday, March 12 at
the Imaginarium Science Center,
2000 Cranford Avenue in Fort Myers.
Some of Southwest Florida's finest
chefs will compete in a live cook-off and
entertain the crowd while highlighting the
unique flavors, colors and textures of the
region's springtime bounty.
The chefs' pantry will be stocked with
produce, meat, seafood, dairy products
and other delicacies that meet the exact-
ing standards of the Fresh From Florida
program. A secret ingredient will make
things even more interesting.
As the competition reaches fever
pitch, no one should worry about being
able to stand the heat, as the kitchen will
be staged under the stars on the grounds
of the Imaginarium.
Guests will be served each chef's appe-
tizer course and can purchase oppor-
tunities to vote on their Fan Favorite.
The money from each vote will go into
the scholarship fund to support sum-
mer camp scholarships for students who
would not otherwise be able to afford
the experience, or to match funds with
the Foundation for Lee County Public
Schools to offer STEM college scholar-
ships. These votes will be counted among
those of a panel of local celebrity judges,
and the chefs will be afforded a 10-min-
ute presentation to explain the strategy,
inspiration and techniques behind their
masterpieces. A seat on the judges' panel
will be offered to the highest bidder the
night of the event.
Catering focused on Fresh From
Florida ingredients will be provided, along
with an open bar. There will be music
and dancing, a live and silent auction,
interactive activities, other entertainment
on the theme of food and food science
and some surprises. The event calls for
Many levels of sponsorship are avail-
able, offering promotional opportuni-
ties, gala tickets, a seat on the cook-off
judges panel and family memberships. All
money raised at the event benefits The
Imaginarium Group and SWFL Museum
of History Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organi-
zation that supports the Imaginarium and
the SWFL Museum of History in raising
exhibit and education program funds.
Lipman Produce is the title sponsor.
For more information, visit www.i-sci.
"Fresh ingredients, simplicity, love...
the recipe for a treasured dining experience"
-- Chef/Owner AJ Black
751 Tarpon Bay Road
Sanibel Island, FL
www.iltesoro.net • 239-395-4022
FINE ITALIAN CUISINE
IL TESORO RISTORANTE
inspired by Island Fare in a bistro style
VOTED "BEST CHEF"
BEST OF THE ISLANDS AWARD
TASTE OF THE ISLANDS
IRON CHEF WINNER AJ BLACK
Extensive New Wine List
Tasting Menu • Wine Tastings
Now Open In
Our email address is
Night For Life
Return April 11
On Monday, April 11 from 5 to
9 p.m., the 9th annual Night
For Life fundraiser will be held
at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre
in Fort Myers. It is sponsored by Organ
Transplant Recipients of Southwest
Florida, Inc. to benefit local organ trans-
plant patients and those on the trans-
plant waiting list.
Entertainment will include the Del
Prados, back by popular demand with
three new voices, and a performance by
the Broadway Palm Theatre.
Tickets are $35 per person, $50 for
VIP seating and include a buffet dinner,
program, entertainment and both silent
and Chinese auctions. Bid on jewelry,
golf packages, boat trips, Walt Disney
World theme park tickets, Busch Gardens
tickets, vacations, Night at the Casino,
dinners and unique gifts,
Doors open at 5 p.m. Auctions run
from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and the dinner buf-
fet is open from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The pro-
gram includes recognition of transplant
recipients, donors and caregivers.
Night For Life raises money for the
Fletcher Trust Fund, which was estab-
lished in 2004 to assist transplant recipi-
ents in Southwest Florida. An average of
22 people die each day in the U.S. due
to a lack of available organs and tissue.
To learn more about registering to be
an organ donor, visit www.donatelife-
To purchase tickets for Night For Life,
call David at 560-3401. To become a
sponsor of the event or if interested in
donating auction items, call 247-3073.
For additional information, visit www.
organsupport.org. Those interested in
learning more about the nonprofit orga-
nization, Organ Transplant Recipients of
SWFL, Inc., may send an email to otrof-
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