At the Pine Island Garden Club meeting Thursday, three gifts were presented to representatives of three community organizations. The gifts were made from the Garden Gala proceeds.
Garden Club President Marty Kendall presented a check to Edith Schulte of PAWS Lee County. PAWS, which stands for Pets Are Worth Saving, has a trap, neuter or spay program which so far has collected 345 cats, had them neutered or spayed and released them back into the wild.
A second check was presented to Phil Buchanan representing the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife based on Sanibel.
Marty Kendall, president of the Pine Island Garden Club, presents gifts to Edith Schulte for PAWS, Phil Buchanan for CROW and Harold Bruner for the Calusa Land Trust. The gifts were made from the Garden Gala proceeds.
"Your gift is very welcomed," Buchanan told the group. "During 2012, we had 3,583 admissions, were able to release 1,163, and have five pending release."
Buchanan pointed out that 61 percent were birds, 31 percent mammals and the remaining were reptiles.
The final gift went to the Calusa Land Trust and was accepted by Harold Bruner. The purpose of the Calusa Land Trust is to protect the natural diversity and beauty of the Pine Island region by acquiring, managing and preserving environmentally sensitive or historically important land.
"Just since 2010, we have added 405 acres and now have a total of 2,100 acres under preservation on Pine Island," Bruner said.