Firemen Fest For "Jaws-of-Life Fundraiser

Local businesses have partnered up to raise money to buy a new "Jaws of Life" for the Matlacha/Pine Island Fire District.

The event is Wednesday, March 23rd from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. at Lovegrove Gallery & Gardens, 4637 Pine Island Rd. NW, Matlacha, FL.

The fundraiser starts out with a Vino's Picasso session to paint "Fire House Groupie" with guest instructor Leoma Lovegrove and special guest painters, the Matlacha / Pine Island Firemen.

Gift Baskets and Silent auction galore from Bert's Bar, True Tours, Frills, Pure Florida, Sip and Send, Capt. Jack Eco Boat Tours, Cape Coral Balloons, Edison & Ford Winter Estates, and Bert's Pine Bay Gallery.

The drawing of the winning raffle for Lovegrove's original art, "Fire House Groupie" valued at $10,000. will be drawn at 3 pm. Raffle tickets can be purchased right up to the drawing. Winner does not have to be present. Raffle tickets are available at Lovegrove's Gallery and the Matlacha/Pine Island Fire Station. "We want to raise 30,000 total to buy the Jaws of Life, Leoma says.

Visit to reserve your seat to paint with Leoma and the firemen. $100.00 per person and you take your masterpiece home! All money raised at this event will go towards the purchase of a new Jaws-of-Life.