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Caught in the Act of Kindness - March 2022

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


“A little help with a little smile gives meaning to human life.” ~ Abhijit Naskar



FPL volunteers spent a day revitalizing Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Naples as part of FPL’s Power to Care Week.

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Youth Haven recently hosted its Cherish the Children luncheon, raising over $800,000 to help "Create a Sanctuary Where Healing Begins." Youth Haven also received a quarter-million-dollar grant from The Schoen Foundation and critical funding from Naples Children & Education Foundation – Naples Winter Wine Festival.

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Preferred Travel of Naples hosted a Rediscover the World travel themed event that raised $15,000 to support college scholarships for local Collier County students.

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The Immokalee Foundation students and staff, Home Depot Foundation staff and Rotary members that attended the event to distribute 100 buckets to Foundation students and their families

100 Immokalee Foundation students and their families received disaster preparedness supplies through Home Depot’s Disaster Giving Program.

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Naples Children & Education Foundation has invested $22.6 million in local organizations supporting underprivileged and at-risk children in Collier County, including funding traditional grants of $5.6 million and $11.7 million for NCEF multi-year strategic initiatives, plus another $5.3 million in funding for future grants and strategic initiatives.


Larry & Dawn DeArmond recently awarded a $150,000 grant to the Florida Lions Eye Clinic (FLLEC).

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Legal Aid Service of Collier County (LASCC) received a $96,851 grant from the Community Foundation of Collier County’s Disaster Assistance Fund.

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Brett Stonesifer, Allie White, Dick Stonesifer, Curtis Strange, Noemi Perez, Greg McDonald, Alexandra McDonald, Dudley Hart

The Immokalee Foundation held its 14th Annual Charity Classic Pro-Am Tournament and raised a record-breaking $610,000 to support students and its groundbreaking programs to turn dreams of higher education into a reality.

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Bonita Springs YMCA, Wings of Shelter, Rotary InternationalMake A Wish, Bonita Concert Band recipients. Not pictured: Books for Kids and Tsering’s Fund recipients

Bonita Naples Rotary Foundation, Inc. awarded $48,000 in the 2021-22 grant cycle to benefit local and international charities.

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Community School of Naples Middle School students worked together with their teachers and school to provide gifts to the children and teens of Youth Haven. They raised $3,250, allowing them to purchase 130 $25 Walmart gift cards. Youth Haven also received a $25,000 grant from Arthrex Charitable Giving Program.


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Cars on 5th Concours held its 17th annual event, raising funds for hunger, homeless and addiction recovery operations at St. Matthew’s House.

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In January and February, Naples Woman's Club held “A Culinary Adventure That Gives Back,” chef table luncheons to raise funds for Meals of Hope, Meals on Wheels, St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry and the Judy Sullivan Resource Center. The remaining event is scheduled for March 23rd.


Zest Assistant Lillian Gomez and Executive Director Bill Diamond

This year’s recipient of Residents at The Carlisle Naples “From the Heart” campaign was the Guadalupe Center in Immokalee, receiving 50 boxes of school supplies, shoes, toys and clothing.

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Gulfshore Playhouse raised over $1 million in donations through its Immersive Theatrical Experience event this month. Co-chairs of the event, Patty and Jay Baker, matched every donation, totaling $2.5 million.

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Photo credit: New Frame Photography

Wonder Gardens 2022 Enchanted Gala raised more than $225,000 with approximately $170,000 for an Animal Care Center.

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Fritz Caraher and band

A Path For Hope Concert event was created by Fritz Caraher and a group of his friends and family, raising $50,000 for Valerie's House peer support groups.

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The Bay Water Boat Club founders donated $2,000 to the Naples Pride organization.

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Boys & Girls Club raised $550,000 at its ‘Youth of the Year’ event to support club initiatives, including member scholarships.

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Joanne Halstead, Kelley Aldrich, Ellie Witham, Jessica Campbell

Fun Time Early Childhood Academy (FTA) announced that its 2022 Let’s Get Wild . . . Join the Safari Gala raised a record-breaking gross total of over $450,000.

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