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           Nancy Morris, Editor                                                                                             March, 2017     
TEAM Punta Gorda is an all-volunteer organization committed to making the greater Punta Gorda area a great place to live, work and play. Originally created after the devastation caused by Hurricane Charley in 2004, TEAM volunteers focus on wide variety of projects to enhance our friendly, quaint, historic waterside community.

TEAM Punta Gorda 12th Annual Golf Tournament
 in memory of Judy Brentano
March 18, 2017
 St. Andrews South Golf Club
1901 Deborah Drive, Punta Gorda, FL (941) 639-8353

                          Car Hole-in-One Prize!                      $5,000 Putting Contest!!

            7:15 AM:   Registration, Continental Breakfast & Putting Challenge Begin.
            8:15 AM:   All players load up in carts near scoreboard.   
            8:30 AM:   Shotgun start; Buffet Lunch & Awards follow completion of round

Fees are $85 per player / $340 per team which includes greens fees & cart, continental breakfast, lunch, and great prizes for Closest to the Pin, Closest to the Line, Longest Drive and More!

Gain an Edge, Save Money - pre-purchase a Mulligan Package for your team with your entry, and receive a FREE 5th Mulligan and a Handy Sandy!  Discounted price of $20 includes 5 Mulligans and a Handy-Sandy (a $30 value). 

Scramble Format: Open to men and women of all abilities.

                 Entry deadline: 5pm March 16, 2017

For more information contact:  Carol Kegley

Pedal and Play in Paradise
Now celebrating its eighth year fundraising for Leukemia Lymphoma Society
There's much to learn about this very special event at
Mystery Ride Explained
Mystery Ride Explained

  The Fountain of Youth - Juan Ponce discovered it. The city fathers kept it secret.  The mysterious M found it. She left a coded message. Ride the Mystery Ride on March 25th and decipher M's message. There's a prize for the cyclist who solves the mystery. Need a little help? Watch the video here. The Mystery Ride is just one of four tours that day. You could also choose a 15, 30, or 62-mile ride.
This year's Pedal and Play is packed with all manner of activities plus the bike tours. Friday, March 24: early check-in, city manager's Here and There ride, Tiki Bar party with free appetizers, games, sunset yoga. Saturday, March 25: breakfast, ride you've chosen, lunch with free Fat Point Beer and door prizes, music, free ice cream, free massages - and much more. Read all about it at
Don't Lose Your Shirt
Have you registered yet? Time's a wastin'. Register by March 12th to make sure your event t-shirt is ordered in your size and gender. 
Brand New Jersey
New for 2017.
You can order directly from BeSpokeKit at:

Gilchrist Park Activity
Please take our short survey

Punta Gorda City Council Asks TEAM to Collect Community Input
Construction has begun on the current phase of renovations at Gilchrist Park in Punta Gorda. The park is currently closed from the Punta Gorda Hotel to the Ponce de Leon statue along the waterfront. A possible next phase of the project is the replacement of the two buildings located adjacent to the current playground. These buildings are commonly known as the Punta Gorda Boat Club and the YMCA Bayfront Building.
While this project is currently unfunded, the Punta Gorda City Council has asked TEAM Punta Gorda to collect input from the community relative to the future use and development of this portion of Gilchrist Park. The City Council is interested in learning what types of activities people would like to see offered on the site.  TEAM Punta Gorda has developed a short survey to collect individual opinions. These will be shared with the City Manager, City Council and their designees. All responses will be anonymous.
The short survey can be accessed at  or online at .  
For more information, email .    

4th Annual Paint Your Heart Out       

We did it again! TEAM Punta Gorda and Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity organized a small army of more than 140 volunteers to provide eight homes in the greater Punta Gorda area with a much needed face lift.  On Saturday, February 18 these dedicated volunteers worked wonders in just a few hours. 
"Paint Your Heart Out" sends a message of pride and builds a sense of community spirit among neighbors.  This year, many of the volunteers came from the Rotary Club, Isles Yacht Club women, Suncoast Credit Union, Green Thumbs Garden club, Charlotte State Bank, Young Professionals, the Gilchrist Pickleballers as well as City staff and their families.
Charlotte State Bank & Trust was the lead sponsor for the project. The Punta Gorda Rotary was another major sponsor as were these generous clubs, individuals and local businesses:  Gilchrist Pickleballers,  Group of [Bibi Sattar, Safraz Islam, Greetha Narayan & Sushila Cherian], Harbor Home Builders, Higher Power Outfitters, M2 Strategic Solutions, PGI Homes, Suncoast Credit Union, and Thornberry Custom Home Builders, Inc.  Hoover Pressure Cleaning is given a special acknowledgement for pressure washing all the homes, as are these generous supporters who provided "in kind" donations: A&E Paints,  Dunkin' Donuts, Joshua Citrus, Peace River Distributing and Wooster Brush Company. Paint was donated by Habitat for Humanity International in conjunction with Valspar. Deep Creek Community Church hosted the morning assembly.
Individual homes selected for painting share several characteristics. Among them is the homeowner's need for financial assistance, pride of ownership and suitability of the exterior for painting. In addition to exterior painting and in some instances, light repairs, shrubs were pruned where required.  Light landscaping is being provided as a follow up project by TEAM's "Beautification Committee." Donated mailboxes from the Punta Gorda Home Depot, painted by local artists from the Visual Arts Center, will be installed at each home.
PYHO TEAM Co-Chairs Sue Carman and Pete Krumsiek are planning, once again, to 'Paint Your Heart Out' in 2018 for the fifth year.  If you know of a needy person whose house needs a fresh
coat of paint or if you wish to help sponsor, please send an email to

If you missed this year and wish to volunteer next year, please send us an email. 
Because of our generous sponsors and grants, over $10,000 was spent to repair the homes before the painting commenced.
Paint Your Heart Out 2017
Paint Your Heart Out 2017

February Mixer
Twin Isles hosted our Mixer with a Fat Tuesday theme.  Sixty five attendees enjoyed appetizers and raffle drawings. Lucky winners received prizes donated by Bait Shop, PG Chocolate and Wine Store, China One, and 4 others by the Outreach Committee.

Grand prizes were donated by Pedal and Play and Golf Tournament upcoming events. Winners received gift certificates for an entry to play in the tournament, golf balls and an hour putting, and a certificate to attend Pedal and Play in Paradise, two bike maintenance certificates and a basketful of goodies. 

All new attendees were extended an invitation to join our CEO for coffee and donuts to learn more about TEAM Punta Gorda. 
Message From TEAM CEO
Nancy J
Nancy Johnson

Day of Service Illustrates What This Community is All About
On a chilly Saturday morning, the Deep Creek Community Church was buzzing with activity. 140 volunteers drank coffee and received their assignments for the day.  There was Police Chief Tom Lewis and his wife, Amanda. Fire Chief, Ray Briggs brought his son, Jason. Mayor Rachel Keesling and Councilwoman Nancy Prafke volunteer to paint every year, and this year were joined by new Councilman Jaha Cummings. There were TEAM Punta Gorda & Charlotte Habitat for Humanity volunteers, as well as service clubs such as the Rotary, Kiwanis and the Charlotte Young Professionals. There were high school students and individuals who just heard about it and wanted to help. Businesses pitched in to make it possible, including signature sponsor Charlotte State Bank & Trust. Some sponsored homes, others provided services and supplies.
This is the 4th year that Charlotte Habitat for Humanity and TEAM Punta Gorda have been partners for this special day of service. Each year, 140 volunteers paint eight homes in one day for homeowners who need a helping hand. A volunteer committee works all year to put this event together, and they are really experts. It starts with finding and selecting homeowners. This involves a great deal of outreach, and partnership with local churches and non-profits. During the qualifying process, homes are often found that are unable to withstand the preparation for painting. This year, extensive repairs to several of the homes was made possible by a generous grant from the Rotary Foundation.
A team of sixteen energetic volunteers descended on each home to receive instructions from a volunteer site supervisor. These site supervisors are construction industry professionals from Charlotte Habitat for Humanity, or local construction companies. Some of the homeowners are elderly and wheelchair bound, and others have serious health problems or are disabled. There are young families with small children barely making ends meet. The homeowners are always appreciative. Some could provide refreshments for the volunteers and all provided encouragement. Some were able to pitch in and help.  
"This is a town that always says yes, and it makes me proud to live here!"
This note from our Punta Gorda Fire Chief Ray Briggs typified the feedback we received. "This was truly a special day. Thank you all for putting it together. This is so much more than painting a few houses. The sense of encouragement and appreciation from the homeowners is what makes this so genuine. It was encouraging to see some youth on our site which gave us the opportunity to not only talk about "giving back "to the community but to demonstrate it. Thanks again for the opportunity and count us in for next year." - Chief Ray Briggs, Punta Gorda Fire Department
For me, Paint Your Heart Out, Punta Gorda is a day of service that illustrates just what this community is all about.  This is a town that always says yes, and it makes me proud to live here!
~Nancy Johnson~
                                                                                           TEAM Punta Gorda CEO

Parting Shot
Punta Gorda Library Groundbreaking

City crews continue the excavation and dewatering process of materials at "Mount Punta Gorda" aka the library site on Shreve Street at West Charlotte Avenue. The area has been fenced and is closed to parking. Excavation is expected to take 3 months.

We Greatly Appreciate our Sponsors
TEAM Punta Gorda
 227 Sullivan St., #1245
 Punta Gorda, FL 33950
(941) 637-8326 (TEAM)