Florida Key’s Hospital in the Bayou

In February, Fishermen’s Hospital employees celebrated Mardi Gras. Every month, the Employee Club hosts a fun event in efforts to keep the hospital morale high. This month’s Mardi Gras celebration is one of the largest employee sponsored events to date with a week of organized games and fun activities. A contest was held for door and department decoration. The week ended with the announcement of Mardi Gras King and Queen. Pictured are the winners for most original department decoration – which went to Radiology – (back row l-r) Hugo Diaz, Mr. Ray Bones on the saxophone, Sean Carthy, (front row) Diane Canter and Cindy Widmaler.

Also pictured are (l-r) are Queen Lynn Romo and King Dale Kamerzel, accompanied by Mr. Bones and his sax; second runner up King Lynn Mauck, first runner up Queen Cindy Neiford and first runner up King Jay Stayduhar. The second runner-up Queen Kelly Reid was not present for the photo.

Area Radio Station and DJ Raise $10K for Forgotten Soldiers Outreach

Buzz 103.1 and Afternoon DJ Tre held a collection drive in West Palm Beach, and though it was a success, the next day, Tre launched an on-air radio-thon challenging listeners to raise $10,000 for Forgotten Soldiers Outreach. It took 36 hours and a generous donation from a retired Marine, but the group reached their goal.

Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, Inc. is 100 percent dependent on fundraisers to assist in sending their month “we care packages to our U.S. servicemen and servicewomen serving overseas.

“These monies just couldn’t come in at a better time, especially when our economy is taking such a hard hit and people’s pockets are so tight,” said Lynelle Chauncey Zelnar, Executive Director.

For more information about Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, a national 501(c)(3) charitable organization registered with the State of Florida and State of Georgia please log on to www.forgottensoldiers.org or call (561) 369-2933. 

Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys Names 2009 Officers

Newly installed officers for Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys include (l-r) Christine Todd Young, Information Officer with our newest HFH Mascot, Caidyn; Bruce Ferraro, President; Lupe Marzoa, Treasurer; Mike Kiraly, 2nd. VP; and Pam Marco, Secretary. Not pictured is Jeff Smith, VP. HFH of the Middle Keys continues its goal of providing affordable home ownership to the Marathon Community. To join us in our efforts by becoming a volunteer, please call (305) 743-5002.

Mystery Hawk Returns to the Sky

Maya Totman of the Florida Keys Wildlife Rescue knows most local birds but was puzzled by this hawk, a species she had never rescued nor seen before and could not identify. So she sought assistance from Tom Wilmers of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service who, along with Paula Canon and Ben Edwards, identified it as an immature Swainsons Hawk. This unfortunate fellow was found disabled at Boca Grande Key, but recovered fully at the Wildlife Rescue’s center on Big Pine Key. When found he was severely malnourished and dehydrated. Here she holds him high as he spreads his wings to fly back to his natural environment – home at last.

Mira Named First State Bank Employee of the Quarter

Lisbey Mira, First State Bank of the Florida Keys Main Office Lead Teller was named the Bank’s Employee of the 4th Quarter.

Mira started with First State Bank as a Teller at the Main Office in 1995 and was promoted to her current position as Lead Teller in 2007. Her fellow employees recognized her for her initiative, proficiency and great attitude with co-workers and customers alike.

“Lisbey was the perfect choice for this award because of her outstanding customer service, work ethic and dedication to First State Bank,” said First State Bank Vice President & Main Office Branch Manager Maria Garcia. “She is a great example to other employees because of her vivacious personality and friendly manner with our customers.”  

A Key West native, she resides in Key West with her husband and their two sons.

CFFK Honors Anderson as MYCP Unsung Hero

At a Key West luncheon held in honor of non-profit volunteers countywide, The Community Foundation of the Florida Keys presented Jimmy Anderson a certificate of recognition that he received with an exploding grin and his hand raised in the international sign for love. That silent, symbolic act characterizes exactly why Anderson was selected as the 2008/2009 Monroe Youth Challenge Program Unsung Hero.

Anderson is one of MYCP’s first volunteers. He served as a chaperone to accompany Monroe teens to a leadership conference in California. Later that year he played a significant part organizing the first Challenge Day in the Upper Keys.

MCYP Director Sunny Booker said, “Jimmy goes out of his way to support our youth quietly and behind the scenes whenever needed.”   

CFFK’s mission is to make the Florida Keys a better place to life and in the further by encouraging philanthropy and matching these acts of kindness to community needs.

Monroe Youth Challenge Program is a project of the Monroe County Education Foundation to foster acceptance, respect, and success in the youth of Monroe County. For more information call MYCP Director Sunny Booker at (305) 293-1400 ext. 53319 or visit www.monroe.k12.fl.us/mycp.

Key West Democratic Club Elects New Officers

The Key West/Lower Keys Democratic Club elected a new slate of officers at it’s February 18 meeting.  From left to right:  Linda Marshall, Treasurer; Alison McKinney, Secretary; Henry Woods, Vice Chair; Margie Randall, Chair.

Art Festival Raises $35K for Pigeon Key

Renee Shain, Pigeon Key Art Festival Director, presents a check for $35,000
to Kelly McKinnon, Executive Director of Pigeon Key. The donation is the proceeds from the recent 15th Annual Art Festival at the Marathon Community Park.

Pianist/Composer at Key West Lecture Series 

The Friends of the Library Lecture Series continues the 2009 season at its new home with a presentation by acclaimed pianist and composer Dave Burns on Monday, March 2. The program begins at 6 pm and will be held at the new home of the lecture series, The Studios of Key West, 600 White Street in Key West. The new location provides for additional seating for the popular series, though seating is still limited and available on a first-come, first served basis. Admission to the lecture is free of charge.

52nd Annual Key Colony Beach Day Sunday, March 8

Every year, for one day only, the little city of Key Colony Beach celebrates its birthday with a city wide party. This year the party is Sunday, March 8. The festivities kickoff at 8 am with the Shriners’ pancake breakfast. All day long there will be music, beer & wine, food, lots of vendors to shop, a bake sale, silent auction, a parade at11am, raffles, the world famous “Barracuda Races” and much more. As always admission and parking are free. This event is sponsored by the Key Colony Beach Community Association which is a not for profit organization with proceeds going to support local charities. So come and join in the fun.  KCB is located Oceanside off of US 1 at the traffic light near MM 53.5, head south on Sadowski Causeway for about one mile, party central will be to your right.


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