KEY WEST, Florida (WBBH) – Steven Becker and his college friend had a big goal in mind. You spend the weekend swimming 12 miles around Key West.
“The whole purpose of swimming was to raise money for college scholarships,” said Steve Becker.
“My goal was to raise about five to six thousand dollars, the cost of sending a student to Florida College University for a year, and we seem to be on the right track.”
With the Immokalee Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports students in the city where Becker used to teach, they are getting closer to their goal of helping students.
“I just have a special bond with the foundation. I love the work they do and love the people that are involved, ”he explained.
Noemi Perez, President and CEO of the Immokalee Foundation, said, “If he raises the target of five thousand dollars, then the advance payment from Florida will be equal to what a ten thousand dollar scholarship would be for a student in Immokalee.”
She explained how the fundraiser reassures students that they can continue their education.
“Immokalee is a poor community and many of our students do not have the opportunity to really explore what is out there. It just gives them the confidence that they can take care of their tuition fees when they choose college. “
Becker hit the water on Saturday and completed his mission – in just 5 hours and 20 minutes.
The Immokalee Foundation plans to award scholarships later this year.
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