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Hookers make donation to Pine Island Elementary

April 17, 2013
By MEGHAN McCOY ( , Pine Island Eagle

Pine Island Elementary School received $1,200 for its arts department during a check presentation at the Matlacha Hookers' meeting April 8.

Katie Fischer, who is the Hookers' coordinator for the Fort Myers Art Fest beverage team, said about 100 women volunteered their time during the two-day festival selling beer. She said the Fort Myers Art Fest allows the Hookers to keep the tips they make while selling beverages for their scholarship fund.

"They also donate a check to Pine Island Elementary School for $1,200 in exchange for all of us doing their beer sales," Fischer said, which goes towards their art program.

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Matlacha Hooker Katie Fischer, Pine Island Elementary School Principal Rob Mazzoli and Matlacha Hooker Jeanne Geehauer. Pine Island Elementary School received $1,200 for their arts department during the Matlacha Hookers meeting on April 8.

"I love the Hookers," Pine Island Elementary School Principal Rob Mazzoli said. "Anything they do for our school is fantastic."

He said the money donated to the school allows his art teacher, Gloria Van Duzer, with the opportunity to purchase special supplies for her students.

"When there is any extra money available, it opens up her ability to be more creative with the kids," Mazzoli said, by providing the opportunity to do fun, exciting new art projects.

He said Van Duzer does a great deal with art with her students, as well as out in the community.

"She is making sure our artwork is displayed," Mazzoli said.

The students' artwork is currently displayed at the Alliance of the Arts in Fort Myers, as well as an art display at the Edison Home.

"It allows for her to go out and purchase these really cool art projects," Mazzoli said of the 8-foot alligator that is on display at the Edison Home. "It's donations like this from the Hookers that makes it possible."

Fischer said she wants to thank all of her volunteers, as well as the Fort Myers Art Fest for the opportunity to raise funds to support the Hookers' causes.



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