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TV producer thanks all local supporters

April 18, 2012
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

To the editor:

I am writing to say a very special thank you to the wonderful community that is

Fort Myer Beach and how grateful I am for all their help and support.

However I would like to start by telling you a little about myself and perhaps the following story will exemplify with a sense of humor something about my state of being.

When I first arrived to work on my fundraiser this past January, I was introduced to a very nice man who was a retired firefighter from Canada. He volunteered to help my project and me and invited me out for breakfast at the Sunflower Caf.

Unfortunately the conversation started out with my friend, whom we will call

Jimmy for arguments sake, and a discussion something I try hard to stay away from - politics. He then proceeded to tear into my favorite elected officials and, after that, he blasted every nationality including Italians, and Jewish people. After breakfast I stood up and thanked him for breakfast gave him a big hug and announced that he had just hugged a Jewish person and the spirit of my stepmother, who was French black and Trinidadian as well all the children who I have celebrated from all countries and cultures for the last 22 years.

He stayed somewhat speechless after that and, after I gave him a small speech about how I have devoted my life to celebrating children from all countries and cultures and I insisted on no political conversations, he amazingly continued to help me with my project by driving me to get all my supplies.

And just to be clear, there is no moral to this story or perhaps there was a little gleam of hope for him.

I began the Kids Can Cook TV Show to celebrate children from all countries and cultures by cooking together. We began with our first show back in 1991 at Dr. Martin Luther King High School in New York City. Some of the greatest support I have ever received is from right her onFort Myers Beach.

When I first began KCC, my goal was to and is to break down stereotype of all kinds that affect children so deeply. When I discovered my own vision loss, I realized that the children right here in Lee County are also subjected to the demeaning discrimination due to their own loss of vision. I realized that I wanted to do something that would help them like build a center for all children that would include a museum for food to show where all the food in the entire world comes from as well as a television studio that can be financially self-sustaining, a family style restaurant that can include major food corporations, to create a center for seniors, above all create jobs, and be income producing in a unique way that I can envision. Perhaps, it can be something that has never been done before and social oriented with an important income-producing component that would generate a stream of income for this community.

My goal, dream and desire would be to devote all of my time, energy and focus to make this happen right here in beautiful Fort Myers Beach.

Some of the people and business I would like to thank for the help with my documentary on Vision Loss are as follows: Hideaway Village; Select Transportation & Tours; Homewood Suites; Citrolla's Times Square Pizza; Annette's Book Nook; Sandbar & Grille; Edward Jones; Skye's Mexican Restaurant; Truly Scrumptious; Interiors Unlimited; Quicky Scooters & Bikes; Skipper's Liquors, Surf Club; and many more.

I can be reached by email or by phone at 239-810-3256.

Sylvia Garson

New York City



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