Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Optimists Opt for Camp Mackle



By Natalie Strom


The Optimist Club of Marco Island is certainly known for its successful sports programs such as soccer, football, cheerleading and basketball. Many of the Optimist programs utilize Mackle Park’s fields and recreation areas which are run by the City of Marco Island’s Parks and Recreation Division.

On Thursday, May 9th, OCMI President Eddie Webb and Treasurer Kris Hodgdon presented a check to Mindy Gordon and Lola Dial of Parks and Recreation to the tune of $700.

“The $700 scholarship will cover one child for Camp Mackle for the whole summer,” explained Gordon. “That includes the field trips and the special lunch days and other extras.”

Each summer, children apply to be sponsored to attend Marco Island’s popular summer camp. Scholarships like the one from the Optimist Club pay for these kids to attend. “We have a committee that sits down and goes through the applications and chooses who will receive (the scholarships),” added Gordon.

“The city’s been very supportive of us on field usage and court usage; they give us an opportunity to come out here and do fundraising at the Easter Festival and the Halloween Festival. And we needed to give back to them,” added Webb. “We thought that whis would be a great way to do it.”

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