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Lovegrove Gallery holds Easter Egg Hunt

April 8, 2015
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

About 150 children and parents arrived at Lovegrove Gallery on Matlacha Saturday morning for the 4th annual Easter Egg Hunt.

"This is our 4th annual Bunny Hop Easter Egg Easter Egg Hunt on Matlacha Island," gallery owner Leomoa Lovegrove said. "This was started because we don't have any churches in Matlacha, we don't have any schools in Matlacha but we have lots of children. So I thought since no one was doing an Easter egg hunt, we should do it. We asked Hot Flashz the first year and they have been coming ever since."

The Hot Flashz is a non-profit entertainment troupe of women all over the age of 45.

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From left, Noelle Barnes, Jaxen Spinella, Lizzie Barnes and Mason at the Easter Egg Hunt


"The funds raised at this event benefit two charities," Hot Flashz president Marjean Sage said. "The first is Camp Boggy Creek in Eustis, Fla. This charity was started by Paul Newman back in 1996. It's where children with chronic or life threatening illnesses get to go for free. We also support the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. They are located in Tampa and they provide full college scholarships and education family counseling to the children who's parent dies while serving our country."

"The first year we stuffed 3,000 eggs but now because it takes so long we just buy them," Lovegrove said. "There are merchants that donated items and the Walmart in Fort Myers on Cypress and Rt. 41 donated the three prize-winning baskets. But the best thing people come away with is they learn how to bunny hop.

"This is all about the kids," Lovegrove said. "This Easter egg hunt is just the most fun event we do all year and the children have a great time. And, all of the money we raise goes to these two great charities."

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