Caught in the Act of Kindness - December 2023
Celebrating individuals, groups and organizations that share their time, talent and treasure to meet the needs in our community.
To kindness and love, the things we need most. ~ Grinch
Karen Conley, founder and CEO of Charity for Change, in a GiverTV video
The dance floor was full at this lively gala benefiting children.
Children in a GiverTV educational video
Collier Community Foundation and Suncoast Credit Union awarded grants, and Arthrex is donating its Studio X to help Charity for Change create new GiverTV videos to benefit Collier students' mental well-being. In other Charity for Change news, its gala, Planting Seeds of Humanity, raised $300,000.
Iona McGregor Fire District and Lee County Sheriff’s Office SWAT teams dressed as elves and rappelled from the hospital roof for the 2023 Porsche Parade.
The 7th Annual Porsche & Friends parade raised nearly $300,000 for Golisano Children’s Hospital.
Richard M. Schulze (center) speaks to attendees. Photo Credit: Luxe Photography
The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation donated $1 million, with an additional $1.5 million community challenge grant, to the Bonita Health Center, part of the Lee Health Cancer Institute.
Deputy Justin Baxter helped a Shop with the Sheriff participant select holiday gifts. Photo credit: Priority Marketing
Jewish Federation of Greater Naples partnered with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office and Walmart to host Shop with a Sheriff, pairing 80 children with deputies for its annual shopping event.
Volunteers from Lowe’s and the community dedicated their time to support the renovations of a new transitional living home for Our Mother’s Home of Southwest Florida (OMH), as part of Lowe’s Hometowns.
Author, actor and mental health advocate Mariel Hemingway delivered the keynote address.
NAMI Collier County ‘Hope Shines’ luncheon raised $185,670.
Kathryn Bettis, Albert Girod, Kim Stephens, Rob Funderburg, Tom Leipzig, Mark Schwab and Kitty Keane
Greater Naples Leadership members kicked off its annual “Done in a Day” community volunteer series at Naples Botanical Garden.
Wayne Antworth, Dr. Jaclynn Faffer, Ruth Boyd, Tim Pellegrino, Ann Burgeson, Bill Welbourn, Tom Lynch, Dolly Howard and Chuck Brooke
The Bentley Village Foundation, Inc. awarded a $20,000 grant to Baker Senior Center Naples for its Creative Arts Program.
Homework Time at Lely Super Kids Club! Ms. Kelley, Jacob, Cavaan and Charlicia
The Collier Community Foundation awarded a $35,000 grant to STARability Foundation for a new wheelchair-accessible van and a $23,421 grant to New Horizons of SWFL.
Alissar Salman, Amy Frith and Emad Salman
Night of Miracles, sponsored by the Smiles for Children Foundation, Aeret Restoration – Golisano’s newest Children’s Miracle Network partner, Inova Building Company and Naples Grande Beach Resort, raised nearly $60,000 for Golisano Children’s Hospital’s planned new surgery center.
Foulds Foundation awarded a grant of over $20,000 to Southwest Florida Symphony for a music box truck to transport musical instruments from its Musical Sound Lab for the public to play and experiment with.
Avow Staff with Naples Browns Backers President, Rob Hamilton (fourth from right)
Naples Browns Backers provided gifts for children in Avow’s Palliative Care Program totaling nearly $4,500.
Home Base Karpus: Monique Hashimoto, General Ed Dyer, Armondo Hernandez and George Karpus
The Karpus Family Foundation awarded a $35,000 grant to Home Base Florida to bolster its outpatient therapy services.
Gulf Coast International Properties agents donated approximately $600 in essential items and holiday gifts to PACE Center for Girls.
Kohl’s National Giveback Initiative awarded a $25,000 grant to Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County.
10 Years performed at The Ranch for the show and auction to benefit Barbara's Friends
Barbara’s Friends raised $13,770 at its Not So Silent Night Show & Auction to benefit children with cancer at Golisano Children’s Hospital.
BNFCF and ACT board members with dedication plaque
Bobby Nichols — Fiddlesticks Charity Foundation was recognized by Abuse Counseling and Treatment for two decades of support.
United Fidelity Bank Officer Jessica Jimenez presented a check to Neighbors Network of Lee County President, Barbara Shearer. Also pictured are Patty Duncan, Vice President and Secretary, left and Bernice Kertavage, Treasurer, right.
United Fidelity Bank made a donation to Neighbors Network of Lee County.
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