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Sandy Stilwell Youngquist, Nominated by The News-Press as Person of the Year

For the past 15 years, Sandy Stilwell Youngquist has been an accomplished entrepreneur in the Southwest Florida restaurant industry. However, it’s Sandy’s commitment and devotion towards serving the community that gives her the most sense of pride. As a chair and board member for PACE Center for Girls, Sandy has offered many impactful contributions to the development and evolution of the organization’s programs. Most notably, she helped the organization open an elementary school and pay off the construction debt on the school.

Sandy’s latest challenge in the community is working to put more beds into Hope Hospice to provide comfort and care to their sick and dying patients.  One of her key contributions to jumpstart her activism was organizing a fundraising event, called Yachts of Hope. So far, Sandy is off to a great start in making her dreams for improvement in hospice care a reality. Yachts of Hope kicked off with their first fundraiser on January 12th by raising more than $500,000 which will be put towards building a new hospice house and senior care facility at the corner of Six Mile Cypress and Metro Parkway in Fort Myers. As you can see, the Southwest Florida community is lucky to have Sandy in their corner, and we can’t wait to see what she accomplishes next.