Residents who attended the 15th Annual A Midsummer Night's Sing at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Fort Myers (July 24) opened their hearts and their wallets by contributing 2,000 pounds of food to benefit the Everyday Caf and Marketplace (The Soup Kitchen), operated by Community Cooperative Ministries (CCMI).
Attendees also made cash contributions to help the charity, which serves more than 14,000 meals each month through their Everyday Caf and Marketplace and Home Delivered Meals programs. CCMI also educates 40 children in their Community Montessori, offers homeless and comprehensive case management services through the United Way Resource House, oversees an emergency mobile food pantry and supplies weekend backpacks full of food to more than 2,500 children each school year.
More than 450 people attended the performance, sponsored by the Galloway Family of Dealerships.
John and Jaycine Lester of Cape Coral enjoy “A Midsummer Night’s Sing.”
As a surprise treat, soloist Lalai Hamric serenaded long-time community leader and First Presbyterian Church member Barbara B. Mann with the Irving Berlin song "Young at Heart" in honor of her upcoming 100th birthday.
The popular event featured performances by The Sun-Sations, Pianist Barbara Peterson, Organist Eddygrace Bernhard, Choral Director Rev. Roger Peterson, Soloists Beth Wininger and Lalai Hamric, and the First Presbyterian Church Choir and Friends.
A Midsummer Night's Sing is the second of three hymn sings sponsored annually by the Galloway Family of Dealerships. The other two are Mrs. Edison's Hymn Sing in February and the very popular Holiday Carol Sing in December. All three events benefit CCMI (The Soup Kitchen), which was started by First Presbyterian Church in 1984 to help alleviate hunger and suffering in Lee County.
First Presbyterian Church of Fort Myers is located at 2438 Second St., in downtown Fort Myers. For more information, call 334-2261 or visit www.fpcfortmyers.org