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Documentary producer thanks community help

August 21, 2012
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

To the editor:

I am writing to say a very special thank you to this great community that is known as

Fort Myers Beach and how grateful I am for all the help and support.

However, I would like to start by telling you a little story. When I first arrived to work on a special event party for visually impaired children on the Beach, I decided to take the trolley. (Being a New Yorker, most of us in NYC depend on public transportation and that is the norm for how we get around).

One day, when I was on one of the LeeTran buses, the driver (who I will call Harry; it is not his real name, his secret is safe with me) actually stopped the bus to get out and pick up a turtle and place him out of harm's way, thereby saving the turtle. That right there was the perfect example of why I love Fort Myers Beach and Florida.

I have devoted my life to celebrating children from all countries and cultures. I began the Kids Can Cook television 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 and some of the greatest support I have ever received is from right here on Fort Myers Beach.

When I first began KCC, my goal was to break down stereotypes of all kinds that affect children so deeply. When I discovered my own vision loss, I realized that there are children right here in Lee County who have vision loss and are also subjected to the sometimes demeaning discrimination due to that loss of vision. I realized that I wanted to do something that would help them.

My goal is to build 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, create jobs and be income producing in a unique way that I can envision. Perhaps, it could be something that has never been done before -a sort of social oriented place with an important income-producing component that would generate a stream of income for this community-based center. My goal, dream and desire would be to devote all of my time, energy and focus to make this happen right here on beautiful Fort Myers Beach.

I am seeking professional grants people and, perhaps, someone who would like to join me in this venture. Please contact me at (239) 810-3256 or by email at

In the meantime, I would like to give special thanks to the following businesses for the help with my documentary on vision loss as well as the recent party for the children who are visually impaired and for all the gifts I was able to supply them with. They are Gulfview Manor Resort; Beach Theater; SWFL Beach Weddings; Select Transportation & Tours; Perkins Restaurant; The Island Jewel; Santini Floral; Skipper's Liquors; Surf Club; Edward Jones; Annette's Book Nook and CVS of Fort Myers Beach.

Sylvia Garson

Kids Can Cook producer



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