BONITA SPRINGS (NOVEMBER 2, 2016) – At a recent Board meeting, Trish Leonard, President of the Everglades Wonder Gardens, and other members of the Baord accepted a check presented by Dallas Revord, Relationship Banking Officer with FineMark Bank. The donation of $2,057 was the result of the annual “Adopt-a-Quacker” Rubber Duck Race at the RiverFest autumn celebration on October 22, 2016.

The rubber duck race typically serves as a focal point for RiverFest, which is hosted by the City of Bonita Springs. Toy ducks are released on the Imperial River, and prizes are awarded for the first, second and third ducks to cross the finish line. There is also a prize for the “dawdle duck” that finishes the race in last place. “The duck race is a time-honored tradition in Bonita Springs,” said Revord. “FineMark Bank is proud to sponsor the race and proud to support the Everglades Wonder Gardens.”

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“We are so grateful to FineMark Bank for their continued support. Community Business Partners like FineMark have allowed us to save the Everglades Wonder Gardens and make this historical and recreational resource available to the community. Like the Imperial River, the Everglades Wonder Gardens is a treasure for us all to share and enjoy.” said Leonard.

Prize winner Linda Gutshall, owner of Best Moving and Storage in Naples, donated her cash prize back to the Everglades Wonder Gardens. “The race was great fun. It was exciting to win and it makes me so happy to make a gift to a place I love, the Wonder Gardens,” said Gutshall. The other two cash winners followed suit and donated their winnings back to the Everglades Wonder Gardens as well.

“FineMark’s commitment to the Wonder Gardens is shared by many community members who have joined us with their gifts of support. With their help we are able to preserve the natural beauty of this place and make future improvements for the public to enjoy. We’re excited about what the future holds for the Gardens,” said Dennis Gilkey, Vice President of the Everglades Wonder Gardens.

The Everglades Wonder Gardens Board recently began implementing a strategic plan that includes major additions to the Gardens, including new buildings and programs, as well as new offerings in environmental education and ecotourism. “The Board has worked tirelessly with our staff and community partners to save the Wonder Gardens from development. The City of Bonita Springs and FineMark Bank continue to help make this possible, and for that we are grateful,” said Gilkey.

For additional information regarding Everglades Wonder Gardens: http://evergladeswondergardens.com/

About Everglades Wonder Gardens
27180 Old 41 Road in Bonita Springs is open daily from 9-5. The historical botanical jungle features exhibits of rescued birds and reptiles. Highlights include pink flamingos, 38 alligators, aviary, turtle and tortoise exhibits, open-air butterfly garden, bromeliad garden, orchid trail, picnic area, and gift shop. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 65+, and $7 for children 3-12. For more information, please call 239-992-2591 or visit www.evergladeswondergardens.com