The South Southwest District Army of Hope was held at Punta Gorda Lodge Feb. 23 and raised more than $17,200 for deployed military families and disabled veterans. Funds were raised in several ways. Food and beverages that were donated were sold to attendees. They also held a Chinese auction and 50/50 and lottery boards. Donations were also received. There were approximately 1,500 members and guests as this was open to the public. The local American Legion and JROTC were in attendance to present the colors. Six bands donated their time to play throughout the day.