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Updated: 03/17/2014 10:41:05AM

Center grateful for great donation

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The Peace River Wildlife Center on Tuesday accepted a check for $100,000 from the estate of Frank Wotitzky, a prominent area lawyer who passed away July 4 at age 96. The gift was presented at the center's monthly board meeting, and members were only expecting $50,000 - Wotitzky had changed the amount without the center's knowledge shortly before he passed. He had been a longtime supporter of the center. Pictured are PRWC general manager Robin Jenkins, Frank's nephew Hal Wotitzky, PRWC president Bob Prier, Frank's nephew Ed Wotitzky and Wotitzky's trust attorney Cheyenne Young.

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By now, many of you have heard about Peace River Wildlife Center’s recent windfall. We have gotten a sizeable donation for which we are eternally grateful. I am speaking, of course, about the truckload of supplies delivered by the students of Charlotte Academy during a recent visit to PRWC. What a great bunch of kids, teachers, and parents! We have also been warmly received by various businesses and organizations that have invited us to join them at their many events. PRWC has been represented at Bisous during Gallery Walk, Genesis Christian School (who gave us the cutest renderings of Luna and Screech), Animal Welfare League’s Shindig at the Shelter, Deep Creek’s Fall Festival, even the Detroit Lion’s Fan Club has gotten into the act. I think the Lion’s fans may have been a bit disappointed when we showed up with a couple of tortoises instead of an actual lion and tiger, but that is a tad outside the scope of what we do. All of these generous donations are appreciated and the exposure is priceless.

There might be one other recent donation that may have slipped my mind while compiling that list. What was it?... Oh, that’s right. Hal and Edward Wotitzky and Cheyenne Young, of the Wotitzky Law Firm, attended a PRWC board meeting recently and presented us with a check for $100,000 from the estate of Frank Wotitzky. All of us at PRWC are sorry for the loss of such a pillar of the Charlotte County community. The consummate Floridian, Mr. Frank was a lifelong resident of Punta Gorda and received his law degree from the University of Florida. (Go Gators!) He was a generous supporter of many local charities and a tireless advocate for the entire community. While we are beyond grateful for the donation, Mr. Frank will be missed.

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