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Beach Yacht Club donates food and funds

November 24, 2011
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

In October 2010, Dee Vaigl of the Fort Myers Beach Yacht Club created a charitable committee within the club known as the "Dolphins in the Pantry" program. The "pantry's" aim was to collect non-perishable food items, as well as any monetary donations at the club's monthly meetings. The program has been very successful.

The food donations were delivered to the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida on Fowler Street every month with a total of 250 pounds being delivered. During this same time, Jimmie Chew, another Beach Yacht Club member, designed, made and donated more than 40 fused glass dolphin pendants. They were sold in the "pantry" and, along with these sales, numerous members also donated money.

The total money collected from October 2010 through October 2011 was $1,500. A large size check for this amount was presented to Joyce Jacobs, Associate Director of the Harry Chapin Food Bank of SW Florida, Inc., during the club's meeting at the American Legion Post 274 on San Carlos Island on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

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The Fort Myers Beach Yacht Club made a $1,500 donation to the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida last week. Pictured during the presentation are (l to r) Commodore Tom Swanbeck, Jimmie Chew, Harry Chapin Food Bank’s Joyce Jacobs, Treasurer Len Ebright and Committee Chairperson Dee Vaigl.

The Harry Chapin Food Bank solicits, collects and stores quality food for distribution to families in need through a network of 186 local nonprofit agencies in Lee, Collier, Hendry, Charlotte and Glades counties, who provide food to more than 30,000 people monthly. Over 1 million pounds of food are distributed monthly. For every dollar donated, about $6 in food value goes back to the community. In the past fiscal year, The Harry Chapin Food Bank distributed 12.5 million pounds of food and other grocery products. This was a 31% increase over the previous year. For additional information about, or to contribute financially to the Harry Chapin Food Bank, contact 239-334-7007 or go to

The Fort Myers Beach Yacht Club was formed in 1953 and incorporated as a not for profit organization for the purpose of promoting safe, enjoyable boating and good fellowship. This community-oriented club, with more than 130 members and 60 boats, maintains a very active schedule of year-round activities, both on and off the water, for members and guests. Evening meetings are held once a month usually on the 4th Wednesday at the American Legion Post 274 on San Carlos Island. Because the club does not have the expense of maintaining their own waterfront facility, dues are only $100 per year per couple or $60 per single. You can learn more about our club from our web site at



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