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The Lee County Homeless Coalition Sock Hop raised more than $27,000 during the organization’s 1950’s-themed eleventh annual dinner and silent auction, held Nov. 9 at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Myers. The event had 5 Gold Sponsors, 8 Silver Sponsors and 13 Bronze Sponsors. Approximately 200 guests attended and bid on 75 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.

Hosted by master of ceremonies Ray C. “Skip” Mitchell, Schooner Bay Realty, the event featured special guest speaker David Essel, author, talk show host and motivational speaker. 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 2,800 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.

To learn more about how you can help join the fight against homelessness, contact Janet Bartos at 239-322-6600. For more information on the Lee County Homeless Coalition, visit