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Caught in the Act of Kindness - October 2023

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


How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it. ~ George Elliston

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WellMed Charitable Foundation awarded a total of $690,600 to Hope Heroes ($400,000), Collier County Hunger & Homeless Coalition ($20,000), Community Cooperative ($20,000), Senior Friendship Centers ($20,000) and Jewish Family Services of the Suncoast ($15,000).

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Libbi LeDuff and “shavee" Thomas Aaron, and Thomas' mom, Amy Frith

Barbara’s Friends, including a Frank Haskell Endowment Fund match, raised more than $375,000 to benefit kids with cancer at Golisano Children’s Hospital.

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The Clark Family Foundation awarded a $65,000 grant to Kids’ Minds Matter to provide a special vehicle to transport children suffering from a mental health episode.

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Front row: Kay Duplantier, Fauzia Tahiry, Phyllis Sharp. Back row: Bart Sharp, Casey Duplantier and Bill Schmigle. Photo courtesy of Community Cooperative.

Community Cooperative’s 17th annual Becoming Cosmopolitan: “Gone Country” event raised $150,000, which will go toward supporting its mission of putting an end to hunger and homelessness in Southwest Florida.

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Collier Community Foundation awarded $30,000 each in grants to Baker Senior Center Naples to support its weekly Brain Joggers classes for older adults with early memory loss and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and to Child's Path to provide Collier County children with tuition assistance.


The Collier Community Foundation also awarded a $10,000 grant to Blessings in a Backpack Southwest Florida to aid in feeding over 500 children at Golden Gate Elementary.


Foundation of Collier County Medical Society’s “Docs & Duffers” charity golf tournament raised over $25,000.


Linda Oberhaus, CEO, The Shelter for Abused Women and Children; Blake Day, President of Day Adjusting & Consulting; and Jordan Stynda, Vice President of Day Adjusting & Consulting.

Day Adjusting & Consulting donated $5,000 to The Shelter for Abused Women & Children to support the Gentle’men Against Domestic Violence (or GADV) initiative.

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CRC client Marilyn

Moorings Park Foundation awarded $25,000 to the Collier Resource Center (CRC) to increase outreach to seniors.

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Bank of America awarded $25,000 to Our Mother’s Home for renovations of its future home.

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U.S. Bank Private Wealth Management awarded $20,000 to Immokalee Fair Housing Alliance to help build a rental community in Immokalee for farmworkers and other low-income families.

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Better Together volunteers provided supplies to families in need on the anniversary of Hurricane Ian.

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Habitat with Marcia, 66th homeowner for FY2022-2023

Habitat for Humanity served a record 1,687 families in Lee and Hendry counties during its 2022-2023 fiscal year.

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Veteran Greg, Habitat staff and volunteers at future homesite

Habitat for Humanity volunteers raised the walls of a future home for an Army veteran.


Bootstrap Boogie Barn Dance

Help Naples Therapeutic Riding Center improve lives one stride at a time

Participation supports renovations that will create more therapeutic areas to improve the lives of participants now and in the future.

Help NTRC “To Improve Lives, One Stride at a Time.” 


Bootstrap Boogie Barn Dance

Helping NTRC improve lives one stride at a time

When: Saturday, Nov. 11, 5-10 p.m.


Where: Naples Therapeutic Riding Center Arena, 206 Ridge Dr., Naples, 34108 

More Info: Visit:

Dress in your best western wear to support Naples Therapeutic Riding Center’s mission during an evening brimming with entertainment, from axe throwing, mechanical bull riding and a shooting gallery to live music. Relish refreshing drinks and dive into a buffet catered by Jimmy P’s Steaks.

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