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LOTE makes donations to F.I.S.H., Food Pantry and Jean Richardson Memorial Fund

November 7, 2012
By MEGHAN McCOY ( , Pine Island Eagle

Two organizations on the island received a donation Monday, Oct. 29, from the Ladies of the Elks, so they can continue to help the community.

LOTE president Bonnie Kellen said they raised $9,500 during five events last year.

"That's incredible," she said of the amount they raised.

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Ladies of the Elks past president Camille Coulborn, Food Pantry treasurer Barbara Vadas, Ladies of the Elks president Bonnie Kellen, F.I.S.H. Basket Brigade coordinator Peg Harmon, F.I.S.H. treasurer Mary Jo Roane and F.I.S.H. president Diane Higgins. The Ladies of the Elks donated $1,000 to F.I.S.H. Monday morning and $3,000 to the Food Pantry before the group’s monthly meeting began.

The LOTE operates October through April and has only seven meetings throughout the season, which is spent planning four or five fund-raising events, which usually entails a luncheon.

Before the first monthly general meeting of the season began Monday morning, Kellen provided F.I.S.H. with a check for $1,000 and the Food Pantry with a check for $3,000.

Another $1,000 was also donated for the Jean Richardson Memorial Fund. Richardson was a past president of LOTE. The money donated to the Richardson Fund was then donated to Pine Island Elementary School for its library books, Kellen said.

The LOTE decided which charities it wanted to donate the fund-raising monies to during its April meeting.

Kellen said the last couple of years LOTE have been able to donate an average of $7,000 to island charities. She said last year Pine Island Elementary School, the Matlacha summer camp, the Elks Lodge and its children's therapy program, F.I.S.H. and the Food Bank all received donations from LOTE.

"The generosity of all islanders who have supported the LOTE in their fun-raising efforts has been greatly appreciated," Kellen said. "It has enabled the ladies to uphold their mission statement to serve as a benevolent organization for the people of Pine Island."

The first fund-raising event of the new year, a unique fashion show and luncheon, will be held on Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Elks Lodge with the doors opening at 11 a.m.

The "What 2 Wear This Season" fashion show will include lunch, door prizes and an assortment of fashions and accessories that will be modeled by LOTE members.

Sue Trimble said What 2 Wear is a consignment shop that offers a lot of clothes that have only been worn once. She said boutiques that go out of business also provide What 2 Wear with items as well.

"I've been so impressed," Trimble said of the authentic clothing that is offered in all sizes.

The owner, JoAnne Jenkins, sells such clothing brand names as St. Johns Knits, Chico's, O My Gauze, Ann Fontaine, Eileen Fisher and White House Black Market. The handbags, shoes and sunglasses include such brand names as Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Chanel, Juicy Couteur and Coach. All the merchandise can be purchased the day of the show.

"They are a good price," Trimble said of the merchandise.

Tickets for the event are $15 per person. Individuals may call Yve Malbon at 283-4476, Ann Thomas at 283-0415 or Joan McCaffrey at 283-5379 for reservations and tickets.



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