The 5th annual Woman’s Club Tree Festival was held this past Saturday and a total of $13,175 was raised for local residents and non-profit organizations.
$10,000 was collected from the winning bids for trees donated by Barb Jaeger from the White Egret on Ana Maria Island and Peggy Tagel. That money will go into the 33931 fund which is jointly run by The Woman’s Club and The Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation. The money is given to residents, who lost everything in the storm, in $500 increments.
$3,175 was collected from winning bids for trees donated by Fort Myers Beach nonprofit organizations. That money will be given back to the participating non-profits.
The event nearly didn’t happen this year due to Hurricane Ian. It was pulled together in 4 weeks and nearly raised as much money as the 2021 event.
The festival is typically held at the Fort Myers Beach Woman’s Club facility which was wiped out by the storm.
Woman’s Club VP of Facilities and Christmas Tree Festival co-chair Megan Allers said the event was a great success. “As a committee, we were thrilled we could pull off the event despite all of our community’s recent challenges and happy to see so many familiar faces join us for the evening. While we raised some great cash for the 33931 fund, our nonprofits that joined us this year, and the Woman’s Club holiday raffle, the bigger goal in moving forward with the CTF event this year was to lift spirits. I definitely think we succeeded.”
Beach Talk Radio Broadcast live from the event. You can watch that episode HERE. Sheena Brook provided the live entertainment. Food trucks from Rude Shrimp and La Ola were also part of the celebration.