Community Cooperative’s 16th Annual Becoming Cosmopolitan: ‘Gone Country’ raises $155,000

More than 275 guests moseyed to The Ranch Concert Hall and Saloon on Dec. 1 for Community Cooperative’s 16th Annual Becoming Cosmopolitan “Gone Country” fundraising event.

Sponsored by FineMark National Bank & Trust, the popular annual fundraiser brought in $155,000 to enable Community Cooperative to accelerate its programs in the community that directly feed people and nourish lives.
The evening included cowboy cuisine, country cocktails at the watering hole, line dancing, boutique shopping and incredible silent and live auctions – all while raising money to support the mission of ending hunger and homelessness in Lee County.

“Everyone kicked up their heels and opened their hearts to make a big impact on Community Cooperative’s ability to continue helping our neighbors in need, many of whom suffered loss of property, homes and even jobs due to Hurricane Ian,” said Stefanie Edwards, Community Cooperative CEO. “Between the storm and continued rising costs of rent, goods and services, this fundraiser has never been more important to supporting our mission.”

About Community Cooperative

For 37 years, Community Cooperative has worked to effectively eliminate hunger and homelessness in Lee County while simultaneously inspiring and supporting sustained positive change in its clients by delivering innovative food, education and social service programs. With a dedicated team of volunteers, board of directors and staff, Community Cooperative stays committed to its core responsibility to collect and distribute resources through a strong and viable network of community partners. Community Cooperative is an exemplary steward of the resources entrusted to it and serves clients with compassion and integrity. Through collaboration and ongoing education, Community Cooperative supports and strengthens those whose lives have been affected by hunger and homelessness, ensuring that they have access to the resources necessary to transform their lives with dignity. For more resources and information on how to get involved, contact Savahnah Pierre at or call 239-332-7687. Monetary donations are always welcomed and can be made directly at, or mailed to: Community Cooperative, P.O. Box 2143, Fort Myers, FL 33902.
This article was submitted by a Guest Author of the Above Board Chamber.