Boca Grande Woman’s Club announces information regarding community grants and scholarship awards

April 24, 2021
By Marcy Shortuse

STAFF REPORT – Since its founding in 1948, the Boca Grande Woman’s Club has contributed over $4,000,000 for community projects, local non-profit organizations, and college scholarships. In response to the 2020 COVID-19 crisis, the club created an Emergency Relief Fund which provided over $600,000 to Boca Grande businesses and employees that were financially impacted.

At its April 5, 2021 annual meeting, the Woman’s Club announced that 19 area organizations will receive funding through the BGWC Community Grant Program, for a total of $220,030.  Awarded grants this year are the following organizations:  Barrier Island Parks Society (BIPS); Boca Grande Art Center; Boca Grande Charities; Boca Grande Historical Society; Boca Grande Health Clinic; Boca Grande Preschool; Gasparilla Island Conservation and Improvement Association (GICIA); Gasparilla Island Maritime Museum; Lee County Parks and Recreation; Mote Marine Laboratory; Royal Palm Players; and The Island School. Grants will also be given to L.A. Ainger Middle School Band; Lemon Bay High School Band Boosters; LBHS Project Graduation; and Lemon Bay booster organizations for the school’s Baseball, Football, Girls Basketball, and Softball teams.

In addition to awarding community grants, the Club voted to provide college scholarships for 36 local students for a total of $216,000 for the 2021-2022 school year. All of these students must qualify academically and must either reside in Boca Grande or have parents who are employed on the island. Both the Scholarship Program and the Community Grant Program are funded through the annual Boca Grande Woman’s Club Gala and proceeds from Boca Bargains.

“The Woman’s Club has a long history of providing for the needs of students and organizations in the Boca Grande community,” said Vicky Winterer, president of the club from 2019-2021. “Every member is proud of the Club’s ability to give financial support once again to local groups and scholars, regardless of the challenges and restrictions of COVID-19.”