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Food, funds collected at G.C.E.A.’s 9th Annual Spring Fling Picnic

April 19, 2019
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

On Saturday, April 13, at Horton Park, "Ladybug" Laura Onzo coordinated the Gold Coast Estates Association 9th Annual Spring Fling Picnic.

The name of the event was adopted by past president Norma Polaski.

Mel's Dinner, a locally owned family business, catered the event along with Gold Coast residents bringing a covered dish to share, made for a most successful and enjoyable day for both residents and their invited guests.

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Photo provided by Susan Minaya (G.C.E.A Newsletter)

Those on hand for the picnic included Julie Ferguson, Cape Caring Center executive director; G.C.E.A members Christa Schutt, Alan Borgese, Wes Stickel (G.C.E.A, IT); “LB” Laura Onzo, Spring Fling coordinator; G.C.E.A. board members, Drake Wynn (vice president), Jane Nodine (president), Susanne Schramn (secretary), Tom Scopp (treasurer), Joan Simmons (membership) and John Camp (Committee Good Cheer)

A special food drive and raffle was part of the days celebration to benefit the Cape Coral Caring Center and the Southwest Florida Veteran's Museum and Library.

Onzo noted that the food drive was important to help the C.C.C.C. prepare for families with children during the summer months most needs and for the Veterans Museum to continue to assist and benefit military veterans and museum operations to honor and preserve military history.

"It was an honor and fun to coordinate, invite and involve Gold Coast residents, their guests, our sponsors and community at large was both gratifying and appreciative, including those residents and Biggy's Place Family Restaurant that could not attend but still donated," Onzo said. "We had great success and collected 590 pounds in food and $50 in cash donations for Cape Coral Caring Center and our 50/50 raffle raised $101 for the Veterans Museum."

Over 100 Gold Coast neighbors and guests attended the picnic festivities, which included good food, door prize drawings, 50/50 raffle, horseshoes, Veterans Museum display of memorabilia, a G.C.E.A. display listing veterans living and deceased and the Everest Cape Coral Fire Department show-and-tell program with table display and handouts of the City of Cape Coral "Vial of L.I.F.E." (Lifesav-ing Information For Emergencies).

"A special heart felt thank you to a volunteer whose help and assistance in organizing our Spring Fling and his continuing efforts for not only volunteering for G.C.E.A but in other community events that utilizes his expertise,"?Onzo said

Onzo, a local Realtor, also said she wanted to thank and acknowledge with appreciation to all the Gold Coast resident volunteers and participating sponsors to the Spring Fling Picnic, including residents, Richard and Charlene Gurian, who furnished their generator for needed electric power; Mel's Dinner for its pulled pork w/slider rolls, roasted chicken and cole slaw, and a special delivery by Manager Jackie, who was so kind to stay and serve as part of the food line.

Family owned Wild About Popcorn donated two 5 gallon bags of popcorn, McDonald's provided a variety of coupons to hand out to attendees, Publix (Del Prado) donated two cases of water, Cheetah Printing and Signs LLC, door prizes were provided by locally owned businesses or franchises, including Mel's Dinner, Salon Santina's, The Cafe, Lenny's Grill and Subs, Chipotle and Bowland on Del Prado and Pete's Fish and Chips.

"Most importantly,"?Onzo said, "Gold Coast Estates' other events such as the annual community garage sale fundraiser for G.C.E.A. social events, our monthly driveway get-togethers organized and started by Jane Nodine and annual Christmas party, to name a few, would not be possible without continued volunteering efforts of Gold Coast residents."

The G.C.E.A. has a long history of donating to greater community needs. Most recently, a donation of $600 was raised for the Cape Coral Caring Center from its 2018 Christmas Party, annual meeting and 40th anniversary celebration.

The Gold Coast Estates Association Board consists of Jane Nodine, president; Drake Wynn, vice president; Tom Scoop, treasurer; Susanne Schramm, Secre-tary; and Joan Simmons, membership committee members for sign; Drake Wynn, front entrance an flag; Bill Ward, Good Cheer; John Camp, who has also volunteered for over 30 years working on different beautification projects; and Susan Minaya, newsletter.

G.C.E.A. was founded in 1978 and noted as the first neighborhood association in Cape Coral. The association also actively maintains a community beautification program headed by Drake Wynn and a social network to promote its ongoing community activities. G.C.E.A. remains committed to enhance the beauty, safety and goodwill of our neighborhood.

According to Julie Ferguson, Cape Coral Caring Center executive director, every pound of food it collects has a value of $2 and every dollar donated is worth as much as $8. The association's Saturday donation of 590 pounds of food and $50 dollars translates to approximately $1,580 and will have a major impact on helping the center's distribution efforts during the upcoming summer months.



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