Linda McNabb, Development Director
Child Care of Southwest Florida
Susan Bennett Marketing & Media, L.C.
TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR
FOURTH ANNUAL CELEBRITY WAITER DINNER & AUCTION
BENEFITTING CHILD CARE OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA
Auction Items Announced
FORT MYERS, FLA., September 6, 2012 – Tickets are still available for the Fourth Annual Stars for Kids Celebrity Waiter Dinner and Auction benefitting Child Care of Southwest Florida, Inc.
A dozen local celebrities have signed up so far to be celebrity waiters at the event, to take place from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, September 22, at Harborside Events Center in downtown Fort Myers. Individual tickets are $100 and may be purchased by calling 278-1002 or visiting the website at www.ccswfl.org.
Luxury items to be auctioned include jewelry valued at $1,500 from Gulf Coast Coin & Jewelry and a two-night stay at the Waldorf Astoria in Naples.
Among the sports items to be auctioned are tickets to a Tampa Bay Buccaneers game (along with bus transportation);
For food and wine lovers, there is a package of 12 restaurant gift certificates (“Eat Out Once a Month for a Year”); Wine Lovers Basket of nine special wines selected by the Child Care of Southwest Florida Board of Directors; a Norman Love Chocolates gift basket and others.
“And we will have some priceless artwork created by the children in our centers,” said Beth Lobdell, executive director of Child Care of Southwest Florida. “We want everyone to have fun, enjoy a scrumptious meal, and be generous in their tips to help support our kids.”
Ted Fitzgeorge, best known as the voice of the Fort Myers Miracle for 10 years, and Auctioneer Jean Baer will share duties as master and mistress of ceremonies.
Celebrity waiters confirmed so far include Fort Myers Mayor Randy Henderson, Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott; Harborside Events Center Manager Rose Rundle; David Plazas of The News-Press Media Group; Bob Beville, sales manager of Waterman Broadcasting;
At a celebrity waiter dinner, guests ask the celebrity waiter at their table to serve their meals and perform “extra duties” in exchange for additional tips. The waiter who collects the most tips from his/her table wins the coveted 2012 “Most Appreciated Celebrity Waiter Award.”
Funds raised during the evening will be used to support the mission of the agency and to provide scholarships for low-income children to receive child care in the six centers operated by Child Care of Southwest Florida, Inc.
Child Care of Southwest Florida, Inc. is a private non-profit organization dedicated to providing high quality child care services throughout Southwest Florida. The agency
provides child care for children from infancy through age eight at its six child care centers in Lee and Hendry counties. In addition, it offers training for early childhood professionals, and administers the federal food program for eligible centers and family child care homes throughout Southwest Florida. The agency must rely on generous donations and volunteer efforts from members of the community, corporations and foundations to build and maintain programs that make a difference to low-income children. Child Care of Southwest Florida, Inc., is a United Way agency.
For more information about Child Care of Southwest Florida, Inc., or the Stars for Kids Celebrity Waiter Dinner and Auction, please call Linda McNabb at 278-1002 or visit www.ccswfl.org.
About Child Care of Southwest Florida, Inc.
Child Care of Southwest Florida, Inc. (CCSWFL) is a 43-year-old 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization providing quality child care to disadvantaged families in Southwest Florida and supporting the child care industry as a whole by managing the USDA Child Care Food Program and coordinating state mandated training.
Current research shows:
• By age 5, 90% of a child’s brain structure has developed.
• Close to 70% of young children under the age of 5 are in some form of early care and education settings on a regular basis.
• The quality of current child care programs indicates that only 15% are of high quality.
• By 3rd grade, children from low- income families have vocabularies of around 4,000 words, while their middle income peers have vocabularies of around 12,000 words.
• For every dollar invested in a high quality early learning program there is a benefit of $7 to society—savings on educational programs, crime costs, welfare costs, and revenue from taxes from higher wage earnings.
In light of these statistics, Child Care of Southwest Florida’s long term goals are to:
• Provide high quality early care and education settings to low-income children in our child care centers.
• Keep children in our child care centers whether or not their families have the ability to pay.
• Connect the families of the children we serve to other social service agencies that provide the comprehensive support these families need to create a stable home environment where they and their children can thrive.
• Continue to support the child care industry with the USDA Food Program, mandated training, inexpensive high quality professional development opportunities and a forum to discuss and begin to solve the pressing issues of the industry.