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Baschieri, Anglickis named Hometown Heroes

June 27, 2018
By MELISSA BILL (news@breezenewspapers.com) , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Lehigh Acres Kiwanis recognized community leaders and students alike, awarding kudos and scholarships at the organization's recent awards dinner.

More than 150 guests gathered at Christ United Methodist Church for the annual Community Awards and Scholarship Banquet.

Recognized were individuals whose work in the community has made a difference as well as 71 students who received scholarships totalling $258,500 for academic excellence and community service.

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Lehigh Kiwanis President Tina Pegler presents FGCU Foundation Director Tom Scott, a check for $4,000 for FGCU Athletics.

MELISSA BILL

Pastor John Baschieri and businessman Rick Anglickis were recognized as Lehigh's Hometown Heroes for the work and services they have brought collectively to Lehigh Acres for more than 80 years.

Pastor Bernie McGraw introduced the first recipient, Baschieri, of New Life Assembly of God.

McGraw shared highlights of Pastor John's activities both in Leigh High Acres and overseas.

"Back in 1979, against all probability, he and his wife, Diane, started a small church with a handful of people in the Masonic Hall in Lehigh. They have seen it grow into a force to be reckoned with as he now pastors one of the largest churches in Southwest Florida, with about 2,000 participants," said McGraw.

According to McGraw, Baschieri's outstanding work has led him to be invited to sit on some of the world's most prestigious ministry and outreach board of directors. He led the charge in Home and World Missions in the Assemblies of God, which raised close to $5 million for missions.

McGraw also mentioned Baschieri's role in helping the community following Hurricane Irma.

"He was on the front line, reaching our community with practical help. He led the way as trucks, trailers and planes shipped in supplies that were distributed all over Lee, Collier and Henry counties. Teams of people prepared food, delivered help to people in need and hosted the biggest food and supply giveaway in the history of New Life," said McGraw.

Baschieri was also honored with the Walter Zeller Fellowship for his contributions serving the children of the world through a fellowship established by Kiwanis International.

Diane Terrell, broker/owner of Lehigh Realty and a member of the executive board of the Lehigh Acres Community Council, introduced the second Hometown Hero - Rick Anglickis, a local business man, community activist, and philanthropist.

"Anglickis first arrived in Lehigh Acres in mid-1963. Immediately he became active by becoming one of the founding fathers of Little League, Boy Scouts, Explorer Scouts, Pop Warner Football, American Legion Baseball, and a slew of other organizations including Kiwanis, the Lehigh Players and the Jaycees," said Terrell.

Terrell also elaborated on the various contributions Anglickis has made to the community including helping to raise funds to build Saint Raphael's Catholic Church, a Hope Hospice in Lehigh and convincing the school board to construct Lehigh Senior High School.

"If you watch a basketball game, you'll see his picture above the entrance to the Rick Anglickis Athletic Complex," said Terrell.

Anglickis also served on the board of directors of the Lehigh Acres General Hospital and helped negotiate a contract which brought Hospital Corporation of America into the community and a brand new hospital.

He formed a group of interlocking companies in the real estate, construction, development, mortgage financing, investment, management, marketing, and consulting businesses. His company, American Heritage Builders, has constructed more than 2,000 homes, condominiums, and commercial structures in Lehigh Acres, Fort Myers, and Cape Coral.

As a member of Citizens Advisory Committee to the Metropolitan Planning Organization, Anglickis also played an integral role in the early completion of a six lanes Lee Boulevard instead of the originally intended four lanes which would have been completed by the state in the year 2020.

"Just let that sink in for a minute" said Turrill. "Today, we have Rick Anglickis to thank for the construction mess on SR82 as he has persisted with state and local officials in advocating for the widening of our most dangerous highway. Again, it took his out-of-the-box thinking to move this project from the "not in our lifetime" box, to the "oh my gosh, they're building it now" box."

The evening concluded with a rendition of God Bless America, sung by award recipients, their family members and Kiwanis members.

 
 

 

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