“Love Your Neighbor” Chefs and Restaurants Announced

“Love Your Neighbor”, an annual event featuring Norman Love Confections and Mark Loren Designs, will be held Tuesday, January 26, 2016 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the riverfront Gulf Harbour home of Sonja and Stephan Burkard.   Guests will enjoy fine wine and spirits and an assortment of culinary creations from popular local restaurants and chefs including Black Salt Catering, Blu Sushi, Chef Andy Hyde, Cru, SS Hookers, Three Fishermen and The Timbers. Live and silent auction items will be offered and all proceeds will benefit the School Success programs for at-risk children in the Harlem Heights Neighborhood.  $250,000 was raised at last year’s event.

A pre-event VIP party will be held at the home of Cheryl and Dave Copham.  VIP guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres from Crave Culinaire and wines from Benovia Winery.

“Love Your Neighbor guests will have the opportunity to enjoy tastings from some of the area’s finest restaurants and chefs,” said Kathryn Kelly, President and CEO of The Heights Foundation.  “Proceeds from this event will enable The Heights Foundation to continue to offer academic tutoring, after school and summer camp programs, scholarship access assistance, school supplies and tuition support to the children of Harlem Heights.”

NBC-2 Anchor Kellie Burns will emcee the event.  Sponsors include The Fernandez Family Foundation, Connie & Ed Lizak, Stroemer & Company, Dinah Bloomhall, Michael Frye Re/Max Realty Group, Owen Ames Kimball, Pamela Templeton Unlimited, Caroline & Bill Bloomhall, Cheryl & Dave Copham, Dorothy & Ron Fitzgerald, Linda & Owen Glantz, Elaine & Fred Hawkins, Li-Su & Sam Javedan, Kathy & Victor Mayeron, Sharyn & Gary Morgan, Vicki & Richard Pitbladdo, Andie & Don Vogt and Maria & Wayne Wiles.

Beverage sponsors include Opici Family Distributing, Republic National Distributing Company, Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida and The Lighthouse Resort & Tiki Bar.

Tickets are on sale for $200 each and space is limited.  Upgrades that include the exclusive pre-event VIP party are also available.  Purchase tickets at www.heightsfoundation.org/lyn or call Karen Lesza at (239) 482-7706.

About the Heights Foundation and the Heights Center

The Heights Foundation works to build self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood.  The mission is to support education and wellness, promote family and community development, and provide the benefits of enrichment and the arts.  The Heights Center, supported by The Heights Foundation, is a place for Education, Opportunity, and Enrichment.

Harlem Heights was originally settled as a rural agricultural community.   Approximately 780 children live in a mixture of single-family homes and multi-family apartments. Demographically, the population is approximately 70% Hispanic, 20% African-American, and 8% Caucasian. The poverty rate for children in Harlem Heights is more than twice the county average, with family income 40% below the county average. Families are not able to easily access family support services located in downtown Fort Myers, and benefit greatly from programs located within the neighborhood.