FORT MYERS, Fla. (April 11, 2012) –The Women’s Legacy Fund of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation will hold its 6th annual spring luncheon on Thursday, May 9 from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fiddlesticks Country Club for contributors to the fund and women who are interested in making a difference in their community.

The luncheon will include an update on the impact WLF funding recently had on the issue of children facing homelessness in our community.

A cornerstone of the WLF is contributors taking an active and engaged role in choosing their annual grant focus area each year. At the spring luncheon, contributors will also be choosing the next focus area from the issues of mentoring high school seniors for post-secondary opportunities and career planning, funding a regional online scholarship and financial aid hub and funding high school STEM initiatives.

The newest WLF Angels will also be announced during the event. The Angel honorary designation is for mothers, sisters, aunts, daughters, grandchildren, friends, loved ones and community leaders, either living or deceased, who have had a special impact on the lives of those around them. WLF members can make the special women in their lives a WLF Angel with a minimum contribution of $1,000 in their name.

In just five years of existence, the WLF has been able to provide $75,000 in grants to benefit people and communities in Southwest Florida.  Currently, the Fund has more than $225,000 in endowed funds that will help fund local issues now and in the future.

The Women’s Legacy Fund is a fund of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, created to enable women in Southwest Florida to direct their giving in focused, strategic ways. The Fund’s mission is to engage women in effecting change in our community through collective philanthropy.

The Southwest Florida Community Foundation is celebrating its 36th year of supporting the communities of Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades and Hendry counties by connecting donors and their philanthropic aspirations with evolving community needs. With assets of more than $69 million, the Community Foundation has provided more than $55 million in grants and scholarships to the communities it serves. During its 2012 fiscal year, the SWFLCF granted more than $3 million to more than 100 different organizations supporting education, animal welfare, arts and human services.

The event is open to the public. Fiddlesticks Country Club is located at 15391 Cannongate Drive in Fort Myers. The cost is $35 per person and reservations are required by May 2, 2013. To register, visit the Community Foundation’s website at or call 239-274-5900.