2017-04-20 / Top News

Bobby Nichols Foundation donates $116,000 to Blessings in a Backpack

The Bobby Nichols Charity Foundation presented $116,000 to Blessings in a Backpack of Southwest Florida to support its mission of making hunger-free weekends a reality for food-insecure children in Lee and Collier counties.

Proceeds from the Nichols Cup Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament were earmarked for several not-for-profit organizations serving vulnerable children.

In Lee and Collier counties, 60,000 elementary students, who receive free breakfast and lunch, would struggle to get the nutrition they need over the weekend without Blessings in a Backpack of Southwest Florida. The organization sends enough breakfast, lunch and snack food home with more than 3,000 of the students on Friday afternoons to get them through to a productive, happy Monday morning.

The Bobby Nichols Charity Foundation, founded in 2002, is a group of Fiddlesticks members, known as Pipers, who volunteer to run the golf tournament plus a charity tennis tournament. Blessings in a Backpack was added to the foundation’s beneficiaries in 2011, and has received more than $540,000 from the group over the past six years. Bobby Nichols, winner of 14 PGA Tour tournaments, has been a resident of Fiddlesticks since its inception.

“The Bobby Nichols Charity Foundation really is a blessing to our organization and an inspiring example of how individuals working together can make a monumental impact. It only takes $100 to feed one child four meals every weekend for 38 weeks, and the Fiddlesticks community will help us grow and serve even more children,” said Cecilia St. Arnold, executive director of Blessings in a Backpack of Southwest Florida.

A $100 donation will feed a child for one full school year. Donations of all sizes are welcome through www.blessingsinswfl.org or via mail at P.O. Box 61402 Fort Myers, FL 33906. All contributions are tax-deductible. ¦

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