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The Lee County Homeless Coalition raised more than $21,000 during the organization’s masquerade-themed tenth annual dinner and silent auction held Nov. 1 at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Myers. The event was sponsored by the Aubuchon Family Fund, In addition there were 2 Gold Sponsors, 7 Silver Sponsors and 9 Bronze Sponsors.  Approximately 200 guests attended and bid on 93 donated auction items. The funds raised help the Lee County Homeless Coalition and its partners to continue their mission to end homelessness in Lee County. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from the dinner were donated to Project Dentists Care which is administered by The Salvation Army.

Hosted by master of ceremonies David Plazas, News-Press Digital Engagement Editor, the event featured special guest speaker Commissioner Brian Hamman. Music was performed by Motown Magic.

“We are grateful for the support from our sponsors, partner agencies and the community for helping us to exceed our fundraising goal,” said Janet Bartos, executive director, Lee County Homeless Coalition. “However, as we enter the holidays, we continue to rely on the help of the Lee County community to make an impact with the children, families and approximately 3,000 individuals who are faced with homelessness every day.”

The Lee County Homeless Coalition is a non-profit organization comprised of community and faith-based service providers, local businesses, people who are currently experiencing or who have experienced homelessness, and other advocates committed to ending homelessness. The Coalition’s mission is to advocate, educate and promote awareness of issues and obstacles facing homeless individuals in Lee County through community collaboration, planning, and implementing solutions.