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Caught in the Act of Kindness - April 2022

Celebrating individuals, groups and organizations that share their time, talent and treasure to meet the needs in our community.


“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. ~ Dalai Lama


For consideration in Caught in the Act of Kindness, email an example of how an individual, group or organization went above and beyond to help those in
need to
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With funds raised by the annual Swings For The Sox golf tournament, the Red Sox Foundation awarded $5,000 college scholarships to academically talented students, for a total of 15 scholarships worth $75,000.

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Community Cooperative raised $1 million+ at the 19th Annual Sam Galloway, Jr. & Friends Soup Kitchen Benefit.

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Supporters of Valerie’s House raised $1 million toward the building of a new home for the nonprofit during its capital campaign fundraiser. A total of $2.5 million has now been raised toward the $3 million goal.

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Collier’s Reserve Country Club's evening of wine and hors d’oeuvres raised more than $235,000 toward the construction of an affordable home in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Collier County.


The Bonita Springs YMCA raised more than $200,000 during its Why Cook annual fundraiser to support the Children and Families Scholarship Fun and programs at the Bonita Springs YMCA.

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Andrew Jones, Alex Di Pesquale, Marcus Mokowski, Stephanie Jones, Dr. Paul Jones, Susan Jones, Nathan Jones, Kady Jones


Neighborhood Health Clinic Services’ Celebration of Hope & Healing raised $1.6 million.


Piper’s annual meeting at Fiddlesticks Country Club


Bobby Nichols – Fiddlesticks Charity Foundation presented a record $1.7 million in grants to four local children’s charities: Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida, Abuse Counseling & Treatment, Blessings in a Backpack and Liberty Youth Ranch.

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Greg Mitchell, Joe Notarianni, Cindi Whithorn and Doug Campbell

Naples Auto Donation Center was the presenting sponsor of the Friends of Foster Children Forever 2022 Boogie Bash event, which raised a record-breaking $508,000.

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Matt Roepstorff, Robbie Roepstorff, Kim Nyberg and John Ammons

Hope Healthcare‘s second annual Shine fundraiser raised $477,000 for Hope Hospice and Hope Kids.

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Ian Norris, Randall Barber, Todd Swaney, Eliot Perez, Juan Santiago. Angela Katz, Marcia Ross, Jane Lane, Donna Lovejoy, Shavon Chester, Nicole Nunez. Photo by Mila Bridger


Lee Association of Remarkable Citizens’ (LARC) 2nd annual Born This Way fundraiser, benefiting The Lori Carroll-Collins Scholarship Fund, raised $250,000.

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The Isles Yacht club raised $155,000 during recent charity cup events to benefit Valerie’s House and Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity and the scholarship funding 16 local students studying hospitality, food and beverage or club management.

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Justin Thibaut shares the Builders Care mission

Lee BIA Builders Care, the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association, raised $170,000 at its Pull the Cork event.


Watch party guests at The Club at Pelican Bay

Guardian ad Litem Foundation raised $85,766 at its Voices of Hope Gala.

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Southwest Florida Symphony raised $148,100 at its annual Chair Affair 2022 to sponsor musicians.


Pace Center for Girls, Lee raised $67,000 at its Grande Dames Tea.


Cancer Alliance of Naples (CAN) was awarded $60,000 through United Way of Collier County and the Keys.

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Publix Super Markets Charities donated $45,000 to Habitat for Humanity.


Collier Community Foundation provided a $25,000 grant for improvements at Redlands Christian Migrant Association (RCMA) Immokalee Community Academy to support the two-phase renovation of its existing building.

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Avow received a $30,000 grant from Arthrex to support Avow Kids program. In addition, Avow’s Southwest Florida Antiques Appraisal fair raised $26,705.

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Cipora Levine,  Norm Wells, Robin Garcia and Eric Ganz

Shadow Wood Charitable Foundation, Inc. recently awarded a $25,000 grant to the Florida Lions Eye Clinic, Inc.

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Our Mother’s Home raised more than $20,000 at its sixth annual Women on the Rise.

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Naples Woman's Club president Valerie White presents a check to Baby Basics' President and Founder, Jean Ann Lynch

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Erika Aron with Books for Collier Kid’s accepts the check from Naples Woman’s Club President Valerie White, Philanthropy Committee Co-Chair Sharon Todd  & Kathy Peppe (Philanthropy Committee)

Naples Woman's Club recently donated $11,000 to Baby Basics and $3,000 to Books for Collier Kids to provide 1,700 kindergarten students a new, high-quality book.

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New Horizons was recently awarded a $7,000 grant from the Estero Elks Club to upgrade computers at two Super Kids Club sites.

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The United Way of Collier and the Keys has awarded Child's Path a $15,000 donation for its Bright Paths Scholarship Program.

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The Winn Dixie store on Marco Island donated $325 to For the Love of Cats through the store’s Community Bag Program.


A fashion show and private sale at Guadalupe Resale Shop raised $5,800 with proceeds supporting the accredited Early Childhood Education, After-school Tutoring & Summer Enrichment and college preparatory Tutor Corps programs at Guadalupe Center in Immokalee.

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Armando Hernandez, Geidy Lopez, Scott Burgess, Luis Chow, Nancy Dauphinais and Angela Lopez

Home Base Florida and David Lawrence Centers announced new mental health services for veterans and their families.

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Doug Seymour, Take A Stand Chair Dan Bennewitz, Bill Waltrip, Max Soper and Ted Fletcher

In partnership with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office and Naples Police Department, Gentle’men Against Domestic Violence hosted Take A Stand, distributing nearly 3,000 door hangers with information on The Shelter for Abused Women & Children’s services in various neighborhoods throughout Collier County.

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Insurance Source of Naples selected Youth Haven as the recipient of its April Act of Kindness.

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Suncoast Credit Union awarded a $10,000 grant to Charity for Change and a $7,500 grant to the Southwest Florida Symphony.


The 6th Annual MarineMax Yacht Gala raised more than $300,000 for Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, bringing the total raised since 2016 to more than $1 million.


Also benefiting Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, more than $700,000 was raised in 2021 by Children’s Miracle Network Partners, including Ace Hardware, Coca-Cola, Costco, Dairy Queen, IHOP, Kirkland Signature, Love’s Travel Stops, Marriott International, Marriott Vacations Worldwide, Panda Express, Phi Mu Fraternity, Publix, RE/MAX, Walmart & Sam’s Club and WaWa.

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