The Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva recently awarded, through its foundation, a total of $18,750 in grants, the majority of this amount to Lee County nonprofits whose work supports the advancement of women.

Sharing in the local distribution were Habitat for Humanity of Lee & Hendry Counties Women Build, for rebuilding in Lee County post-hurricane; Goodwill Industries of Fort Myers to fund four projects in their entrepreneurial program, a local initiative; and Healing Stitches, a North Fort Myers-based program that offers social services and educational programs to underserved and abused Hispanic women.  The remaining amount was pledged to Zonta International for scholarships.

According to grants committee co-chair Pam Eccles: “The chosen recipients are organizations that help empower women, especially those with families, and with a proven track record of encouraging upward mobility.”

Zonta now turns its focus to future fundraising.  The return of “A Peek at the Unique,” the guided home tour on Sanibel, is set for Saturday, March 16.  Tickets at $65.00, going fast, are available through EventBrite: go to  And join Zonta for Jukebox Bingo, a series of fun evenings at the Sanibel Community House on Wednesdays, February 21, March 20 and April 17.  You’ll use music from the 60s and 70s for completing the familiar cards.  Tickets are $20 at the Community House door; join Zonta and sing along to your favorite songs from a great musical era.

All funds raised will be awarded in grants to nonprofits whose work seeks to empower women.  For information and to donate, visit