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Parks & Recreation and Guardian Angels for Special Populations Receive State Awards

PR Excellence AwardThe City of Cape Coral Parks & Recreation Department recently received a 2014 Public Relations Excellence Award from the Florida Recreation and Park Association (FRPA) for the electronic version of the department’s program guide. The interactive, “flipping book” version of the program guide has over 300 direct links to pages on the Cape Coral Parks & Recreation website and to online program registration making it easier for the public to get information and sign up for activities on the spot. FRPA Public Relations Awards are presented annually to individuals and agencies that have significantly impacted the public’s awareness and recognition of public parks, recreation and leisure service programs through marketing and public relations.

Voluntary Service AwardIn addition to the Public Relations Award, Cape Coral Parks & Recreation is proud to announce the winner of the FRPA 2014 Voluntary Service Award is The Guardian Angels for Special Populations. This volunteer support group received the award in recognition of their ongoing support of Cape Coral’s Special Populations programs for persons with intellectual and physical disabilities.  Since 1996, The Guardian Angels for Special Populations has been providing volunteers for fundraising activities and program events, as well as advocating for individuals with disabilities, and increasing community awareness and involvement.  Over the past three years, they have raised more than $133,000 for facility improvements and additions, grant scholarships, classroom enhancements and program supplies. 

“We are extremely pleased to be honored with the Florida Recreation and Park Association’s 2014 Public Relations Award and for their recognition of the Guardian Angels for Special Populations volunteer support group,” said Steve Pohlman, Cape Coral Parks & Recreation Director. “It solidifies our commitment to outstanding communications with our citizens, as well as with how our community rallies to assist those with special needs. Cape Coral is fortunate to have respect for the quality of life within the city and it is a terrific achievement to be recognized for these efforts.”

Both excellence awards were officially presented on August 28 at the Florida Recreation and Park Association’s Annual Awards Ceremony in Orlando. For more information about the Cape Coral Parks and Recreation Department or to sign up for upcoming programs, visit www.CapeParks.com or call (239) 573-3128. In addition, anyone who is interested in getting involved in The Guardian Angels for Special Populations volunteer support group and/or making a monetary or in-kind donation may contact the Freida B. Smith Special Populations Center at (239) 574-0574.