TEAM Mixer Salutes Veterans and First Responders
Eighty three guests enjoyed a picture perfect evening of food and drink during TEAM's November 8th Mixer at Angela's Café Italiano in downtown Punta Gorda. Outreach Chairman Betsy Spagnola was delighted that her committee "came through with flying colors, which goes without saying as 'Salute to Veterans' was the theme."
"We decorated the patio garden in vivid red, white and blue, reports Betsy. "Angela's did a spectacular job with food and service. They even provided music for our enjoyment." Veterans, police, fire and first responders were recognized for their efforts and presented with an American flag.
Guest speakers were Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity CEO Mike Mansfield and Senior Director of Outreach Gabrielle Reineck.
They gave a brief overview of the upcoming (March, 2018) TEAM Builds project. Nine volunteers immediately signed up to help Habitat build a new home for a worthy family in our community.
Twenty five contributing members joined or renewed at the event. Through the generosity of all those attending, suf
ficient funds were collected to produce a paver in memory of TEAM volunteer Terri Hoagland. Raffle prizes included donations from Home Depot, Ninos Italian Bakery and Copperfish Books. "Thank you to all who donated and participated to help make this a wonderful evening," says Betsy. "I am so pleased to work with such a great group of ladies. Without them, these events would not be such a success."
The next TEAM Mixer is February, 2018. All are invited to share good food, drinks and community building ideas. This is a great opportunity to learn what TEAM is all about.