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The Kiwanis Club of Lehigh Acres held its annual Community Awards and Scholarship Banquet on June 25 at 6 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church on Lee Boulevard. This year there was ours “Future Heroes” and also marked the 50th anniversary of the Kiwanis Club Lehigh Acres.

Following an opening address by Pastor John Baschieri of the New Life Assembly of God, Kiwanis President Sharon Hill, and Tina Pegler, Kiwanis Div. 19 Vice Governor, opened the award ceremony and introduced some young entertainers, who delighted the audience with their voice and their talent at the piano.

Prior to the announcement of the grant recipients, special presentations for the Service to Youth Awards were given by Rick Anglickis, Chair of the SLP Program. Anglickis gave a brief background on the Kiwanis International organization and how a small donation from a man became what is now the organization.

“One year after founding the Kiwanis International Foundation as a legal entity, Walter Zeller made the first donation: 25 Canadian silver dollars, which he hoped would flow into the foundation’s nest egg – this dream came true.” said Angliki. “On behalf of the Eliminate Project, Kiwanis International is proud to recognize Walter Zeller’s commitment to the service by establishing the Walter Zeller Fellowship. This is a very special opportunity for those who donated and were part of the Eliminate Project. Tonight we would like to thank Dr. Honor Greg Stancel with a special retirement award. We are doing this to recognize Greg’s longstanding commitment to our service leadership programs and key clubs. “

The Kiwanis Club of Lehigh Acres also awarded 27 scholarships totaling $ 76,652 to Lehigh Acres students. Six awards totaling $ 17,852 go to renewed scholarships to enable students to continue their college education.

Scholarship holders:

Riverdale High School

• Kimberly Rice $ 5,000

• Kaitlyn Skinner $ 2000

Lehigh Senior High School

• Gia withdraws $ 5,000

• Durland-Bundy $ 2,000

• Jonathan Kelly $ 2,000

• Yasminie Sahadeo $ 2,000

East Lee County

• Skylar Dushek $ 5,000

• Jonathan Hernandez $ 5,000

• Kedrin Altamirano $ 4,800

• Share Barthelemy $ 2,400

• Ana Vanessa Cruz $ 2,400

• Diana Echevarria $ 2,400

• Jacqueline Llanes $ 2,400

• Nimslha Massolas $ 2,000

• Deisy Mejia $ 2,400

• Axel Arias $ 2,000

• Jennifer Cabrera Match $ 2,000

• Gabriel Johnson $ 2,000

• Anthony Sierra $ 2,000

• Andy Frech $ 2,000

• Virginia Valentin $ 2,000

Kiwanis members ended up receiving their Hometown Heroes Awards 2021. This year’s winners were Dayna Flores, Lehigh Regional Medical Center, presented by Jacklyn Arsenault and Deputy Alexandria Davis, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, presented by Captain Mark Ballard.

Both Flores and Davis received the Hometown Hero Award for outstanding service to the community.

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