To the editor:
Ahmed El-Gendy is the youngest honorary mayor to win and compete for two consecutive years. In the past 28 years only seven individuals actually ran and won for two consecutive years. No one has ever won the title for three consecutive years.
He is currently running for honorary mayor of Lehigh Acres again. The honorary mayor plays a ceremonial role. The individual who wins the title attends ribbon cutting ceremonies as well as other functions in Lehigh Acres.
In order to win the race, the candidate must raise the most amount of money. Each dollar is a vote. The money raised is split between the Greater Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce and the charities of the candidate's choice.
He decided to run for a third term for the greater good of Lehigh Acres and the charities he supports.
In memory of his beloved mother (who never smoked and passed away from lung cancer in 2006), some of the funds he raises will support the Chest Institute in raising awareness of lung cancer. The funds he raised in the past helped to screen patients for early detection of lung cancer.
Ahmed is well-known in the community and highly appreciated among his peers. He is graduating in May with a bachelor's degree in business management from Florida Gulf Coast University. In addition, he is the full time technical director, registered sleep technologist, and clinical research coordinator at Florida Lung & Sleep Associates.
He is an elected council person on the Community Council of Lehigh Acres. The council is an organization that works to partner with the citizens of Lehigh Acres and the governing agencies within Lee County to make Lehigh Acres a great place to live and work. He has served as a director on the board of Lehigh Community Services. It is a not-for-profit organization that works to serve the indigent population of Lehigh Acres. He also chaired the IT Committee of the Greater Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce. He is a past member and director of The Rotary Club of Lehigh Acres. Rotary is a worldwide organization that's main objective is services in the community, in the workplace, and around the globe.
He uses some of his spare time to exercise at the gym, go fishing, and bowl. He enjoys boating when he gets a chance. Upon completion of his bachelor's degree, he will pursue a master's in business administration. He plans on becoming a healthcare executive in the future.
During the past two honorary mayor terms he served, he represented the Greater Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce at ribbon cuttings and other community events.
He says he is turning to the generosity of his community, friends, colleagues, and business associates to raise the funds required to continue supporting the local charities. If you would like to support him in his campaign, visit: www.honorarymayor.net.
The winner of the honorary mayor's race will be announced on the last Friday night (March 21) of the week-long Spring Festival in Lehigh Acres.