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North Fort Myers Night with the Miracle

May 1, 2019
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

Last season, during the middle of the humid, murky summer, the Fort Myers Miracle celebrated its first North Fort Myers Night to raise money for the North Fort Myers Civic Association.

That went so well, the team decided to bring it back, this time in late April, when there is a much better chance for a big crowd because of the nicer weather.

With that, however, comes competition. And battling for attention with Dog Days, Harry Potter Night, Asia Fest, Girl Scout Night and Alex Kirilloff Bobblehead Doll Night (which they ran out of) resulted in the civic association not getting as much of the pie as it would have liked.

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Rudi Berndlmaier, vice president of the North Fort Myers Civic Association, and Terri Halm sell 50/50 raffle tickets during the Fort Myers Miracle game Saturday at Century Link Sports Complex.


That resulted in the group raising about the same amount of money Saturday at the Century Link Sports Complex.

North Fort Myers High School teacher and former NBA player Brad Branson threw out the first pitch, the AMVETS Post 81 Honor Guard presented the colors, and World War II veteran Stan Pavlock, a resident of North Fort Myers and AMVETS member, was Veteran of the Game.

During the game, members of the civic association went into the stands to seek fans interested in being part of the 50/50 raffle. Vice president Rudy Berndlmaier was a ticket selling machine as he went one row after another making sale after sale.

By the third inning, things seemed to go well, with them well on their way to reaching their goal.

"Hopefully we did well on ticket sales, but we won't know until the end of the evening," said civic association president Doug Dailey. "Hopefully we will make more as the night progresses. Last year we made $800."

North Fort Myers residents could to buy tickets on Civic's website for $7 for general admission (usually $10), with proceeds going to the civic association. You can also go to the box office and say "North Fort Myers" to get the discount.

"Hopefully we can make an annual thing out of this. We have a good rapport with the Miracle they enjoy having us here and we enjoy being here," Dailey said.



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