The Fresh Jersey Tomatoes announced in a press release that it delivered more than 2,000 pounds of food with an estimated value of $2,700 to the Homeless Coalition in Charlotte County.

The large donation was raised in association with the Harry Chapin Food Bank, during a monthlong food drive, according to Nanette Leonard, founder of Fresh Jersey Tomatoes, which is a group of nearly 200 local women.

The group started about three and a half years ago with just 10 women.

“It’s important to us to give back to our community and we are thrilled this food drive was so successful,” said Leonard.

The group placed decorative boxes at local businesses and organizations for donations.

“We want to thank Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, Bocca Lupo, Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce, Copperfish Books, Friendly Floors, Harpoon Harry’s, Hessler Floor Covering, HipNotique, Isles Fitness, Laishley Crab House, Nix & Associates, Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce, Punta Gorda Fire Department, and the Punta Gorda Police Department for helping us with this effort,” the release stated. “We can’t thank you enough and we could not have done it without you.”

The group’s goal is to alleviate hunger and homelessness in the community.

“We feed 100 families every week and this donation will certainly help. We are very grateful to the Fresh Jersey Tomatoes for organizing this food drive for us,” stated Darcy Woods, Homeless Coalition in Charlotte County, in the release.

Retired educators meeting

The Charlotte County Retired Educators group will be meeting Wednesday at the Port Charlotte Woman’s Club, 20271 Tappan Zee Drive.

The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. for social time, according to Arlene Kincaid, public relations chair for the group. At 10 a.m., the business meeting will happen, followed by the speaker, Kelly Gaylord, who will present a program about the Punta Gorda Murals.

After the meetings, members go to lunch.

“Anyone who has worked for any school board, in any position or in any state, is welcome to attend,” said Kincaid.

Benefit car wash Sunday

The Port Charlotte Bandits football players and cheerleaders are holding a car wash from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday at the Parkside office of Charlotte State Bank & Trust, 3002 Tamiami Trail.

The young athletes are raising money for regional competitions in Orlando this fall, with the cheerleaders performing over Thanksgiving weekend and the football team participating in a bowl game on Dec. 2, according to a release from the bank.

The squads are requesting a $5 minimum for each car wash, but donations in any amount are appreciated.

For additional information, call cheerleading coach Tiffany Hurcomb at 941-815-5890.

Realtors help with home build

Real estate agents from the Punta Gorda (Taylor Street), Punta Gorda (Burnt Store) and Englewood offices of Michael Saunders & Company participated in a recent Habitat for Humanity homebuilding event in Port Charlotte.

Fourteen team members from the offices came out to help, resulting in the siding of nearly an entire residence, according to a press release.

Roger Morris, Branch Manager for the Michael Saunders & Company Punta Gorda and Burnt Store offices, was on-site during the build and helped coordinate the effort.

“Working with Habitat for Humanity is a great way to give back in a meaningful way, and in a way that reflects what we are all about — homeownership,” said Morris.

Charlotte Court Clerk’s Office gives to C.A.R.E

The Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies (C.A.R.E) recently received a $4,800 donation from the Charlotte County Clerk of Court.

Charlotte County Clerk of the Court Clerk Roger Eaton and his staff organized numerous fundraising events throughout the year including car washes, bake sales and baskets created for raffles, according to a press release.

“We appreciate the boundless energy and efforts put forth by Roger Eaton and his amazing staff,” C.A.R.E Board Chair Judith Harris said in the release. “We are very appreciative of this generous donation and Mr. Eaton’s commitment to our organization.”

— Compiled by Andrea Praegitzer. Email News of Note and .JPEG photos to


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