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'Blessed to represent'

Scarlett Player is happy to be queen

May 29, 2013
By MEGHAN McCOY (news@breezenewspapers.com) , Pine Island Eagle

The 2013 Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce Mango Queen, Scarlett Player, was recently crowned, therefore kicking off her one-year term of promoting Pine Island.

Player was nominated by Ernestine Holloway Squires and Elsie Stearns.

In addition to being crowned, Player said she asked Savannah Flint, who was the winner of the kids art contest, to be her honorary mango princess.

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Mango Queen Scarlett Player

"I asked her to be a member of my court, so she can be a princess," she said.

Player said she is pretty excited about her new role as the queen.

"I fell really blessed to represent the island," she said. "I hope I can do a good job, bring something new to it."

Although Player will have many tasks to fulfill, she said she is looking forward to the parade the most.

As the Mango Queen, Player wants to represent the businesses on the island.

"The Mango Queen is an extension of the Chamber of Commerce," she said. "I want to make sure I am representing all aspects of businesses on the island."

In addition, Player said she is looking forward to learning more about the businesses on the island, especially the agricultural side of the island.

"I know that there are a lot of things that the island has to offer, there is a lot more I can learn," she said.

Player is looking forward to hearing from the businesses, so she can extend a hand by talking to the county in helping make their business more prosperous.

"I will have the opportunity to say those things in a public venue and hope good will come out of it," she said. "I am there for the chamber, but the chamber is here for the businesses."

The new queen, who was born in Charleston, S.C., moved to Pine Island when she was 7 years old. Player's mother, Tonya, who was born and raised on Pine Island, moved to South Carolina when she married her husband.

Tonya, who was a past Mango Queen works at the Northwest Regional Library in Cape Coral.

As a second grade student, Player began attending Pine Island Elementary School before heading to Trafalgar Middle School and Mariner High School in later years.

Player said there has been three generations of girls in her family that have attended Pine Island Elementary School - her mother, herself and her two daughters Bella, 6 and Auryana, 11.

After graduating high school, Player went to Heritage Institute in Fort Myers to obtain a degree in massage therapy.

"I have been a licensed massage therapist for 10 years," she said.

After she saw her father receive massage therapy, her family began encouraging her to pursue the career.

"His therapist was a teacher at the school," Player said.

Once she enrolled, massage therapy really clicked.

"It is something I have a natural gift for," Player said. "It's an incredible thing to be able to help people feel better. It's an incredible gift to be able to do that."

In addition to her evening and weekend appointments with her clients, she has also worked at Stonegate Bank as a personal banker for the past five years, since the branch opened.

"The bank is awesome," Player said. "My boss allows me to do community service on work time. A huge perk about my job, definitely my favorite part of my job."

She said she also loves her customers, especially when she can cheer them up if they are having a rough day.

Player also fills her time as a member of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Pine Island, as well as a member of Beacon of H.O.P.E.

Five years ago she joined the Kiwanis Club and was the secretary for a few years. She has a very large role in the Casino Night event, as well as two family fun night events that will be held at the Pine Island Pool this summer.

"I really love the Kiwanis Club," Player said of the small club of great people. "It's cool to be a member of the club, being able to accomplish so much in the community."

The past Casino Night event, she said raised $12,000 for the Beacon of H.O.P.E. Community Learning Center Program.

Player was also involved in the Beacon of H.O.P.E. Holiday House as the chairman of the decorating committee. She said it is really awesome to witness everything coming together before the event kicks off.

"To be able to do something for an organization that does so much for the community," she said makes it enjoyable.

 
 

 

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