The Insider: Five things you need to know for October

Five things you need to know this month

Shy Wolf Sanctuary volunteer Alexis Giannasoli and Bobo.

Shy Wolf Sanctuary volunteer Alexis Giannasoli and Bobo.

1. Shy Wolf hosts Wolf It Down eating contest

Shy Wolf Sanctuary Education & Experience Center held its first ever “Wolf It Down” eating contest at Hooters & Harley event on Aug. 24. “Wolf It Down” was an eating contest to benefit the more than 50 abandoned and neglected animals at the sanctuary and to help fund the building of their new facility. Hooter’s donated its hottest wings for the contest and Ray Straukas was the first place winner. Straukas ate the largest amount of hot wings in ten minutes. Donations, sponsorships and fundraising will bring the sanctuary closer to relocating to its new facility where they can reopen to the public and continue to care for and feed the animals. Information: www.shywolfsanctuary.com or call (239) 455-1698.

2. Fill Our Fleet to Feed the Hungry a success

The Harry Chapin Food Bank, Publix and LeeTran set a new record by collecting 166,399 pounds of food in Lee County during the fifth annual “Fill Our Fleet to Feed the Hungry” food drive Sunday, Sept. 15. LeeTran’s 140 volunteers helped load buses at 34 Publix stores, while more than 100 volunteers helped unload the buses at the Harry Chapin Food Bank warehouse. The goal had been to collect 100,000 pounds of food, topping last year’s collection of 76,000 pounds. The food will be sorted, organized, and distributed free of charge to the food bank’s 150 partner agencies in Lee, Hendry, Glades, Charlotte and Collier counties. The food drive also netted $2,510.16 in cash donations, which will enable the food bank to distribute more than $15,000 of additional food to families. Information: (239) 334-7007 or harrychapinfoodbank.org.

3. Youth Haven honored with “Heart of the Community” award

Youth Haven was honored with the “Heart of the Community” award by The Partnership for Collier’s Future Economy, an affiliate of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, at the 2013 Excellence in Industry Awards’ annual business recognition ceremony on Sept. 13 at the Hilton, Naples. “Receiving this award wouldn’t have been possible without all of our amazing community partners, staff, donors and volunteers,” said Youth Haven Executive Director, Jinx Liggett. The “Heart of the Community” award recognizes a local nonprofit that exemplifies superior service to the community and creates a better quality of life for all citizens in Collier County.

4. Lee BIA named finalist in Cars for Good program

Lee Building Industry Association’s Builders Care is one of the 250 finalists in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program, which will award vehicles to 100 nonprofit organizations based on votes from the public beginning Oct. 1. Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program will showcase five nonprofit organizations each day for 50 days at Facebook.com/Toyota. Visitors to the page will enter votes each day to select two separate winning organizations they feel are most deserving of new Toyota vehicles. Lee BIA Builders Care will be one of the five organizations highlighted for voting on Oct. 29. Local residents are encouraged to support Lee BIA Builders Care in the quest for a new Toyota Tundra. If Lee BIA Builders Care receives the most votes and is awarded the vehicle, it will be used for transporting construction materials and tools to project sites where Builders Care volunteers provide emergency housing repairs to Lee County homeowners in need.

5. Presenting sponsors announced for NCH Hospital Ball

The NCH Hospital Ball is honored to have two philanthropic companies come forward to share the spotlight as Presenting Sponsors this year. “In the 55 year history of this event, this is the first time that this has occurred. It is very gracious of TeamHealth and DeAngelis Diamond Healthcare Group to take the lead role in supporting this initiative which is focused on serving the children in our community, says Allen Weiss, M.D., President & CEO, NCH Healthcare System. “Funds raised this year will benefit plans for the enhanced Pediatric Emergency Department. Thanks to the generosity of our Presenting Sponsors as well as many other charitable companies, we have surpassed our sponsorship goal.” The NCH Hospital Ball will be held on Oct. 26 at the Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort. Tickets are $500 per person and will include live and silent auctions, sponsored by CenturyLink, as well as dinner, dancing and entertainment throughout the evening. Information: (239) 624-2000.

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