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Make A Difference Day planned for Saturday

October 23, 2013
By MEL TOADVINE ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Fun things are planned for this coming Saturday, Oct. 26 at Veterans Park in Lehigh Acres when the Second Annual Make A Difference Day is held.

Planner and one of the organizers, Andrea Adams, community coordinator with the Lee County Sheriff's Office, said the event which was attended by 1200 people last year will be even better this year.

"Come out and discover why Lehigh Acres is a great place to live, raise your family, and open up your business," she said. On Saturday, Oct. 26 from 3 to 8 p.m., The Lehigh Acres Community Initiative will celebrate its second annual event at the park on Homestead Road.

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Make A Difference Day logo.

There will be food, music and other festivities for the whole family including several organizations showcasing their efforts to give back to the community, Adams said. "We also have partners helping us. They are the Lee County Dept. of Parks and Recreation and the Lee County Sheriff's Office."

If you want to hear some great music, Veterans Park is the place to be this weekend, she said.

"We're having several bands, including Live and Learn, a classical rock band, Michael King, which is a country music band. We are also having Christaholic, a Christian rap artist who will perform for us on the stage at the park. And we want to call attention to Brooke Huffmaster, who is with the Moccasin River Band. All of these people are from the Lehigh Area except for the Christian rap artist," Adams said.

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Make A Difference Day


The Lehigh Acres Community Initiative


Oct. 26 from 3 to 8 p.m.


Veterans Park, at 55 Homestead Road

There will be several organizations showcasing their efforts to give back to the community.

The Sheriff's Office will be there with a variety of displays including K-9, horses and archery demonstrations.

Lee County Parks and Recreation along with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Lee county will host a kid friendly area including a bounce house, game, tri k or treating and costume contest.

First Choice haircutters will provide free haircuts to residents.

Adams said the Kiwanis Club of Lehigh Acres will have free hayrides along with pumpkin decorating and face painting.

One Blood will be on hand along with the American Red Cross teaching the public about topics pertaining to health and safety.

Adams also said Social Service providers will be distributing educational materials while educating the residents ion a variety of topics and services that they provide such as food distribution, job readiness and medical treatment.

She said these are just a few of the vendors and activities on tap.

"This is a community approach to making the greatest impact possible to revitalize the Lehigh Acres community.

Make A Difference Day has been recognized as the day to help others and it is being held in different community across the nation.

"The weather is not as hot as it is during the summer so this is going to be a great afternoon for people to come out and enjoy themselves. We'll have hotdogs and a drink for a dollar.

"We're hoping to double our crowd from last year," she said. "Everyone who came said they enjoyed the events and the entertainment.

"And from the list we have this year, the entertainment is going to be really great and it's all free as there is no admittance to get into the park.

She said the whole purpose is to get people to care about Lehigh and to see what is happing to improve people's lives in Lehigh and to get to know one another and realize Lehigh is a great place to live.



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