Monday, October 25, 2021

Democratic Women’s Club of Marco Holds Holiday Auction

Submitted Photos | DWCMarco President Stephanie Ballo presents the check to Deborah Eby and Dr. Laurie Mearsheimer of Manatee Elementary School.

The Democratic Women’s Club of Marco (DWCM) presented a check for $3,040 to School Counselor Deborah Eby and Principal Dr. Laurie Mearsheimer of the Manatee Elementary School at its January meeting. The DWCM formed a partnership with Manatee School where many of their students come from families whose parents are low-income workers and farmers. DWCM conducted a very successful silent auction and raffle which culminated in this contribution to help fund the Leader in Me Program. This endeavor was one of many community outreach programs the DWCM held in 2019.  

Additional events included donations of hundreds of books for the Manatee Elementary School Library and Media Center, a collection of blankets for the migrant farmworkers, carloads of everyday items much needed by Habitat families and vanloads of items for The Shelter for Abused Women and Children. The club also collected over $700 and donated 40 pairs of shoes for children in need through the Laces for Love organization.  

After the presentation, Sara McFadden, the Democratic Candidate for the Florida Legislature State House District 106, spoke about her extensive platform. She is a former small business owner and a current community volunteer. Candidate McFadden spoke of women’s rights, telling the group of over 70 people, that of all the Florida Legislators, only 25% are female, which needs to change. She promised focused leadership with practical solutions that don’t waste time, precious resources or tax dollars. She urges all Floridians to vote in the next election; there are so many important things at stake. If you have any questions, wish to volunteer or contribute, you can email her at Her website is Vanessa Grisco, a member of the Bernie Sanders campaign, then spoke briefly about supporting the candidate.  

The February meeting of the Democratic Women’s Club of Marco was held at Mackle Park Community Center at 5 PM on February 11th. The speakers were Margie Stein from Future Now and Marilyn Michales from the Collier County Voter Protection Team 

The March meeting will be held Tuesday, March 10th, at Mackle Park Community Center at 5 PM. Come prepared with questions for our guest speakers, David Holden and Cindy Banyai who are running for Florida’s 19th Congressional District. For more information, please visit our website or contact us at 

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