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Dining out for a Cause -- Local Kiwanis BOGO Books now available

April 13, 2016
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Dining out is always a treat; there's no need to prep, cook or clean. After a great meal, you simply leave a nice tip and head on out the door. But now, dining out locally never tasted so good. As a means of providing continued service throughout the community, for its eighth year, the Kiwanis Club of Fort Myers Gateway to the Islands is proud to offer its 2016 Lee County Delicious Dining Discounts Book a.k.a. the BOGO?Book.

Teeming with quality deals and buy-one-get-one offers, the book is stocked with 64 restaurants from all over Lee County, all offering phenomenal deals and big buys in the name of local charity.

Terry Luster, longtime member of the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce, as well as one of the founding members of the Kiwanis Club of Fort Myers Gateway to the Islands, speaks on how important these books are to the community and to the non-profit organization.

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"This is our only fund-raising event to support the Kiwanis Mission Statement, and they go over very well every year as new businesses open, and neighbors tell neighbors, word spreads and we get more participation. This is the eighth year offering the books, and we now have 64 participating restaurants, with 12 on Fort Myers Beach, as well as 11 in Cape Coral, 11 in Bonita Springs and 30 others from around Fort Myers, North Fort Myers and San Carlos Park," he said.

The books are $25, with all proceeds going directly to the Kiwanis club's mission to being a global organization of volunteers, dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.

"They make great Mother's Day gifts, Father's Day gifts birthdays, anniversaries one woman gives each of her three grown sons a BOGO book in their Easter basket every year," Terry said.

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Island-area businesses offering the BOGO?Book

Bennett Chiropractic

FMB Chamber of Commerce

Gavins Ace Hardware

Indian Creek RV Resort

Island Winds Condo & Racquet Club

Kiwanis FMB Thrift Store

The UPS Store

Island-area restaurants appearing in the 2016 BOGO?Book

Bayfront Bistro

Matanzas on the Bay

Bootlegger's Waterfront BBQ

Parrot Key Caribbean Grill

Charley's Boat House Grill

Pierside Grill

Chloes Restaurant

Skye's Mexican Restaurant

Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille

South Beach Grille

Fish Monger Restaurant

The Beached Whale

(Plus another 52 restaurants from all around Lee County)

All of the deals are good through mid-November, and available for purchase anytime up until then, to allow the greatest use of these fantastic specials.

"It's a really great value you use the book twice and you've more than paid for it ?and you then have 62 other chances to save even more," Terry said.

Think about it, with each buy-one-get-one offer saving at least $15 each, that's a total of $960 that can be saved through the book's expiration at the end of the year.

The Kiwanis Club of Gateway to the Islands is Lee County's newest Kiwanis Club, chartering on Sept. 9, 2008. Members of the club are happy and thankful that other Kiwanis clubs, businesses and organizations around town, have teamed up to help boost the sales of these BOGO?Books.

"We have other Kiwanis clubs helping to sell the book around the county," Terry said. "There are 12 Kiwanis clubs in Lee County. Of that 12, there are two thrift stores that belong to The Kiwanis of Cape Coral (47th Terrace and Del Prado Boulevard), who have them available for purchases at each; the Fort Myers Beach Kiwanis club has them available at their thrift shop (Pine Ridge Road/Summerlin); The San Carlos Park club also has several books for sale at their thrift shop. And a couple of other clubs are helping out, as well, through their membership and local businesses."

If you'd like to purchase your very own Kiwanis BOGO?Book, head on down to some great local island hot spots, including the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce office. Cash and checks are accepted. One may also purchase them online at the Kiwanis group's website, and see a complete list of participating restaurants, and places they may be purchased. Visit or email for any other info.

About the Kiwanis

Comprised of professional women and men, working and retired, who generally work and/or live around the San Carlos/McGregor/Summerlin areas, the Kiwanis GTTI club mixes fun and fellowship while taking seriously the Kiwanis defining statement of changing the world one child and one community at a time.

"Just a couple of our projects include the ATLAS project, where we give each and every third- and fourth-grader of local schools a world atlas; and we also give every child, about 1,100 students at Heights Elementary, a book of their choosing before summer break," Terry said.

Kiwanis International, through guidance and example, works to develop future generations of leaders. Every day, Kiwanians are revitalizing neighborhoods, organizing youth-sports programs, tutoring, building playgrounds, and performing countless other projects to help children and communities. For further information on Kiwanis Gateway To The Islands chapter, visit, or on Kiwanis International, visit



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