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Caught in the Act of Kindness - December 2021

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


Ask yourself: Have you been kind today? Make kindness your daily modus operandi and change your world. ~ Annie Lennox

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
If you have a related high-resolution photo, please include that as well.



South Florida Hooters presented $15,000 to the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida.

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Swinging With Purpose® (SWP) received a $5,000 grant from the PGATSS/Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation to continue COVID-19 relief efforts being provided to its family of beneficiaries, both past and present.

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Charity for Change has received a $1,500 grant from State Farm for expanded social-emotional learning curriculum.

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Marc Devisse utilized his companies during the month of October to partner with the American Cancer Society to donate $1,000 from each new project signed with Tri-Town Construction. He also donated 100% of the "Real Men Wear Pink" fundraiser ticket sales.

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Participating local Dairy Queen locations gave $1 or more for every Blizzard Treat to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, including Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

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When Dale Mullin of Wounded Warriors told Hannah Vogel he was having trouble finding a roofer for his Bravo House project, he didn’t know she owned a roofing company. The outcome was a new roof by Vogel Construction for the veterans who reside at Bravo House. Pictured are Mullin and Vogel.


ContentClix partnered with local businesses to launch The Immokalee Foundation’s first annual bike and gift drive benefiting the Foundation’s children in Immokalee.

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The Bonita Quilters donated lovingly made works of art to Collier Resource Center for distribution to local charities. Pictured is Lynn Selig.

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Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s 2021 RedSnook Catch and Release Charity Tournament netted almost $140,000. Pictured is Jon Kukk with his catch.


Charlie and Angie Sunderland donated $100,000 in support of Engineering & Construction Management Pathway, one of The Immokalee Foundation's Career Pathways Program.

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At the Chip in for DLC Golf Tournament, 140 golfers raised $63,000 for David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health’s mental health and addiction treatment services. First place winners include Andy Beights, Allison Christensen, Kyle Mordew and Phoebe Wise.

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The David Lawrence Center received a $30,000 Collier Comes Together Grant for education and wellness from Community Foundation of Collier County Your Passion. Your Collier. Campaign. Community Foundation leaders Tom McCann and Dottie Gerrity presented the award to DLC CEO Scott Burgess

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Youth Haven raised more than $55,000 at its Healing Youth luncheon. It also received a $40,000 grant from the McCune Family Foundation to support its Homeless Teen Transitional Living Program.

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Naples Senior Center has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Bentley Village Foundation, Inc. to provide staffing and supplies to enhance Naples Senior Center’s Creative Arts Program. Pictured are Brian Kitch, Dr. Jaclynn Faffer, Tom Lynch, Bill Grafstrom and Wayne Antworth.

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Jewish Federation of Greater Naples Fed Cup Charity Golf tournament raised $20,000 for Jewish youth camp scholarships. Golfers line up at the start of the tournament.

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The Southwest Florida Physicians Association (SWFPA) contributed $20,000 to support the Collier County Medical Society (CCMS) Physician Wellness Program to help sustain the health and well-being of community physicians, and Naples Community Hospital provided CCMS with a $10,000 grant. Pictured are Dr James Talano - Chair, Southwest Florida Physicians Association board of directors; Mr. Paul Hiltz - CEO, NCH Healthcare System; and Dr Rebekah Bernard - Immediate Past President of CCMS and chair, CCMS Physician Wellness Committee.

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In addition to other community support, earlier this year, Moorings Park Foundation board members answered a need to house 17 homeless senior women, who were helped through a grant to the Hunger & Homeless Coalition — likely one of the many reasons The Moorings Park Foundation received AFP’s 2021 Outstanding Philanthropic Organization Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals Florida, Collier and Lee Chapter.

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Class members of Leadership Collier 2022, including E.B. Yarnell, Phyllis Hall, Holly Salvatore, Lisa Lefkow, AJ Attavar Back Row Jen Mitchell, Katie Laakkonen and Hector Sanchez, volunteered for Habitat for Humanity of Collier County.

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For the Love of Cats presented more than 100 stuffed animals to the Marco Island Police Department to provide comfort to children involved in a family crisis. Pictured is Jan Rich, founder of For the Love of Cats, with Marco Island Police Officers.

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Greater Naples Leadership (GNL) members and their families worked to clear trash and help preserve the cleanliness of the pristine Lowdermilk Beach shoreline at their Lowdermilk Beach Cleanup Day.

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The Southwest Florida Symphony Jazz Trio in partnership with Artsemble and Bell Tower, presented free community concerts every month January through November, 2021.

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