Community Cooperative and co-sponsor FineMark National Bank & Trust will be hosting its popular fall annual fundraiser, Becoming Cosmopolitan: “Gone Country,” on Thursday, Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. at The Ranch Concert Hall in Fort Myers.

Due to the pandemic, the 2020 Becoming Cosmopolitan event was canceled, even as the community’s need for food and support was greater than ever. Proceeds of the annual event support Community Cooperative’s women and children’s programs that work to end hunger and homelessness in Southwest Florida.

“We are excited to bring back our popular fundraising event, Becoming Cosmopolitan, which helps our dedicated team’s mission to eliminate hunger and homelessness in Lee County,” said Stefanie Edwards, chief development and operations officer for Community Cooperative. “While our event may have been canceled last year, our services and the numbers of those coming to Community Cooperative for help have continued to steadily grow. We are counting on the generosity of the community and sponsors to help us feed our hungry neighbors of Southwest Florida as we look toward the holidays.”

Becoming Cosmopolitan 2021 will help fund these important Community Cooperative programs:

  • Full Plates Project: An annual effort to make sure there are no empty plates on Thanksgiving by supplying meals at the soup kitchen and providing baskets to families that include frozen turkeys, canned veggies, stuffing mix, mashed potatoes, cornbread and more.
  • Mobile Food Pantries: The ongoing effort to distribute food to anyone in need has tripled during the pandemic, and during the holiday months, that need traditionally increases.
  • Holiday Outreach: A variety of services that support local families in desperate need of extra help. Through initiatives like Adopt-a-Family and Adopt-a-Senior, supporters can directly help individuals with gifts and warm wishes for the holidays.

For more information on Becoming Cosmopolitan’s fundraising event on Oct. 14, visit CommunityCooperative.com.

 

About Community Cooperative

For 35 years, Community Cooperative has worked to effectively eliminate hunger and homelessness in Lee County while simultaneously inspiring and supporting sustained positive change in its clients by delivering innovative food, education and social service programs. With a dedicated team of volunteers, board of directors and staff, Community Cooperative stays committed to its core responsibility to collect and distribute resources through a strong and viable network of community partners. Community Cooperative is an exemplary steward of the resources entrusted to it and serves clients with compassion and integrity. Through collaboration and ongoing education, Community Cooperative supports and strengthens those whose lives have been affected by hunger and homelessness, ensuring that they have access to the resources necessary to transform their lives with dignity. For more resources and information on how to get involved, contact Stefanie Edwards at Tami@CommunityCooperative.com or call. 239-332-7687 ext. 125. Monetary donations are always welcomed and can be made directly at www.CommunityCooperative.com, or mailed to: Community Cooperative, P.O. Box 2143, Fort Myers, FL 33902.