San Pedro organizations receive donations

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 11, No. 31            August 9, 2001

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Local organizations receive donations from
Elaine and Joe Polak

The San Pedro Lions Inter-Community Hospital, San Pedro Library and SAGA Society recently received generous donations from frequent visitors to "La Isla Bonita." Elaine and Joe Polak, founders of the Aimee Eve Polak Memorial Scholarship Fund arrived on the island last weekend and presented the checks to representatives of these organizations at the Lions Den.

    The Aimee Eve Polak Memorial Scholarship Fund is in memory of Aimee, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Polak of Skillman, New Jersey, who was tragically killed in a car accident on April 8th, 1996. The funds for this scholarship are made possible through donations from local corporations, small businesses, friends and participants of the annual "Run With Aimee" 5K Race and One Mile Ramble. Proceeds from this race enable the Polaks to make donations of this kind to numerous organizations in the United States and for the second time to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. Last year they presented donations to the Lions Inter-Community Hospital and the San Pedro Library. After learning about SAGA Society, the non-profit "humane society" that addresses the stray cat and dog population in San Pedro, the Polaks decided to donate to this worthy cause as well. 

    The San Pedro Lions Inter-Community Hospital received US$3,000. The San Pedro Library and SAGA Society US$1,000 each. Accepting on behalf of the San Pedro Lions Inter-Community Hospital was President Alex Eiley who thanked the Polaks for their great hearts and assured them that the contribution will be put to good use. He commented that although the construction of the hospital is presently stagnant, donations should be forthcoming and construction will soon resume. Mrs. Mary Beissner of the San Pedro Library told the San Pedro Sun that the donations will come in very handy as the library is in the process of purchasing a glass door and an air-conditioning unit to provide more comfort for the students and visitors to the library. SAGA Society's donation automatically makes the Aimee Eve Polak Memorial Fund a "Founder" sponsor. According to SAGA Director, Dr. Bronwen Eastwood the money will aid in the construction of an animal/educational center on the island.

    On behalf of the three organizations who received donations, the San Pedro Sun joins the rest of the community in thanking Mr. and Mrs. Polak and all the participants of the Aimee Eve Polak Memorial Scholarship Fund for their kind donations. Through this significant gesture Aimee will forever have a place in the hearts of the residents of San Pedro.
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