Residents of Gulf Harbour lend a helping hand close to home
To Gulf Harbour residents, poverty is a very real concept. Although the gated community consists of gorgeous mansions, Harlem Heights— a neighborhood where poverty levels are twice Lee County’s average rate— lies only about a mile away. Driving by the area on a regular basis can be enough incentive for Gulf Harbour residents to help those living nearby. And with Love Your Neighbor, a program of The Heights Foundation, they can.
Since its inception in 2008, Gulf Harbour residents have opened up their homes to the annual fundraiser, which this year benefited The Heights Foundation’s summer camp program. Opening their doors to the January 15 affair and live auction were Debbie and Tony Migliore. Helen and Lance Rogers held a VIP party beforehand, where guests mingled amid wine and bite- sized appetizers.
“We’ve made some wonderful friends here, and we’re happy to provide our home,” said Lance, who ultimately credited his wife for her continued involvement with The Heights Foundation. In truth, each guest at the gathering was modest about giving back, quickly acknowledging another’s charitable efforts.
The Heights Foundation president Kathryn Kelly founded the organization with hopes to combine prominent communities with at- risk ones, and through the generosity of others, Kelly’s dream has seemingly come true. “It’s fabulous to have had donors stick with us for so long,” she said. “We’ve come a long way thanks to some folks.”
Learn more about The Heights Foundation and Love Your Neighbor at heightsfoundation.org.
Kathy McKinlay with VIP event host Helen Rogers
Bill and Caroline Bloomhall with Nancy and Bill Merriam
Chuck Klucka and Daniel Zeugin
Hosts Debbie and Tony Migliore
Cliff Williams, Kathryn Kelly, Fred and Elaine Hawkins