Edison Festival of Light Announces 2016 Honorary Grand Marshal

Rotary Club of Fort Myers South is pleased to announce that their nominee has been chosen by the Edison Festival of Light Committee and program sponsor Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz as the Honorary Grand Marshal of the Grand Parade of Light set to take place on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. Lee County Sheriff’s Officer Deputy Mike Zazwirsky was chosen from a worthy list of candidates including Take Stock in Children Mentor of the Year Gary Avin and Big Brothers, Big Sisters Board member Ben Simmons. The public placed online votes to determine the Honorary Grand Marshal.

Deputy Zazwirsky was nominated by Rotary Club of Fort Myers South, after being recognized as its 2015 Law and Order Ball Officer of the Year. Deputy Zazwirsky was chosen for his “Fighting Holiday Hunger” initiative that resulted in food for nearly 3,000 families.
 
“Deputy Zazwirsky truly demonstrates what our profession is all about,” stated Sheriff Mike Scott. “Not only has he done wonderful things for the community when it comes to feeding the hungry, he also developed a juvenile arrest monitoring system that is being modeled throughout our agency.”
 
Zazwirsky is a 12-year veteran of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office currently assigned in the North District of Lee County. Throughout his professional career and personal life, Deputy Zazwirsky has been serving those in the community. Because of Deputy Zazwirsky’s instrumental role in helping and improving his community, the Rotary Club of Fort Myers South determined he was also a great candidate for nomination for Honorary Grand Marshal of the Edison Parade.
As Honorary Grand Marshal, Deputy Zazwirsky will be spotlighted in the Edison Festival of Light Grand Parade. In addition, Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz will make a contribution to a charity of Zazwirsky’s choice.

The Grand Parade of Light is a two-hour extravaganza featuring local and national marching bands, unique floats and giant balloons, local government and law enforcement officials and more. The parade, which has gained recognition as the largest night parade in the southeast, brings the entire community out in celebration of the life and achievements of winter resident, Thomas Edison. This event is FREE to the public and will take place on Saturday, Feb. 20 beginning at Fort Myers High School at 7:00 p.m. and concluding in the downtown River District. A Grand Parade Party and concert on the river with live entertainment the day of the parade is also FREE to the public. The fun begins at 11 a.m. To learn more about the Edison Festival of Light, visit www.edisonfestival.org or call 239-334-2999.
 
The Rotary Club of Fort Myers South Law and Order Ball is an evening to recognize the everyday heroes of our law enforcement agencies. The black tie-optional evening features cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a sumptuous dinner, entertainment, a silent and live auction, VIP sponsor reception and much more. Visit the website www.lawandorderball.org for upcoming 2016 Law and Order Ball details.
 
Rotary Club of Fort Myers South
Rotary Club of Fort Myers South has more than 130 members who are among the 1.3 million Rotarians worldwide. Service Above Self is the motto of Rotary International, which has contributed more than $1.2 billion and tens of thousands of volunteer hours toward polio eradication in addition to projects such as water quality, world peace and literacy. Meetings are held each Monday at 12:00 PM at the Bell Crowne Plaza Select, 13051 Bell Tower Drive. For more information, visit www.rotarysouth.org.