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Artist Dora Knuteson says that a lifelong love of animals has inspired her dedication to environmental conservation. She has donated proceeds of sales to nonprofits such as Friends of Rookery Bay, and her creations have been licensed by companies with aligned missions, including Leeward Look. A detail of her 36” x 48” acrylic on canvas painting, Let’s Go to South Beach II, featuring a flock of



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29 GIVING BACK: BY THE NUMBERS Highlights from a record-breaking season
Nonprofits focus on assuaging Collier County’s affordable housing crisis
34 GIVING WISELY Trends in charitable giving | By
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HEALTHY KIDS Local charities are making a lifetime of difference in young people’s lives By Gaylene Salomons and Cathy Chestnut 48 TROPICAL TRINKETS Usher in the social season with vibrant fine jewelry | By Mary Murray 55 CHARITY LISTINGS The ultimate guide to the area’s charitable ac tivities 91 CALENDAR OF EVENTS A compilation of major fundraisers taking place on the Paradise Coast 100 FINAL SCENE New nonprofits are addressing unmet needs | By Gaylene Salomons Contents 2022/ 2023 48
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Passion & Purpose

s I flip through this year’s issue of Naples Charity Register,

I am certain of one thing: Generosity will abound this season. It is wonderful to read that popular and cherished events have returned, particularly in light of the immense need Hurricane Ian left in its wake, and to learn about new nonprofits that have formed to address unmet needs, thanks to the many watchful eyes in our compassionate community.

Growing up in Baltimore, Maryland— one of five children—I was blessed and fortunate to have parents who raised me with unconditional love, a gift I treasure. In this year’s issue, we highlight several charities working to ensure Collier County youth want for naught. Charity is an act of love, and it warms me to know that local children are receiving a healthy dose.

My parents were people who gave with passion and purpose, and I learned at an early age how good it feels to help others. Since moving to Naples more than 17 years ago, I have attended numerous fundraising luncheons and events, and I am humbled to see all the time and talents committed, as well as all the paddles raised to benefit these many worthy causes. I am always in awe of the sincere generosity that exists among us.

I am honored to be a Neapolitan and to take the helm of Naples Charity Register from my highly capable predecessor, Kaleigh Grover, who was passionate about giving back to this community. I encourage you to give from the heart this season and to experience just how rewarding it is to contribute to a community that affords

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Meeting Community Needs

As Southwest Florida recovers from the devastating effects of Hurricane Ian, supporting our local charities is more impor tant than ever. Naples’ unparalleled philanthropic spirit has always been a beacon in dark days, and it has been truly touch ing to see this community come together to heal and rebuild. The Naples Charity Register is proud to support the efforts of local non profits so they can be there for our neighbors in need.

There are hundreds of nonprofits that serve as Collier County’s so cial safety net, working tirelessly to make this place—our home—stron ger and more vibrant. Each nonprofit relies on the gracious generos ity of Collier County residents to help them meet critical needs in this community, from basic needs and social services to art, the environ ment, animal welfare, historic preservation, and education.

The Naples Charity Register is a 22-year tradition introduced by the publishers of Naples Illustrated to showcase the effervescent events and invaluable impact of local charitable organizations and passion ate philanthropists.

This year, the Naples Charity Register showcases some of the re cord-breaking events of the past season (page 29), efforts to assuage the local affordable housing crisis (page 32), and recent successes in housing homeless military veterans (page 40). We also examine the many ways that nonprofits are lifting youth and teens (page 44), track the latest trends in charitable giving (page 34), and highlight a selection of new 501(c)(3) organizations that have arisen in the past few years to address unmet needs (page 100).

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by the Numbers

Naples’ charitable gala season has returned in full force with aplomb—in creativity, vibrance, and largesse. Here are select highlights from the robust season that experienced several record-breaking events.



Kudos to Gulfshore Playhouse, which raised a record $2.5 million during its annual gala with an "Under the Big Top" circus theme. Attendees pledged more than $1 million, which was matched by event chairs Patty and Jay Baker. This large-scale, immersive theatrical production featured Broadway actors Michael Halling and Carolann Sanita, and the cirque nouveau troupe Quixotic Fusion. All proceeds support the playhouse’s productions and educational programs. It is also working to open the $60 million Baker Theatre and Education Center in 2024. The Bakers have been its most significant benefactors, providing more than $20 million for the campus.

Left: Gulfshore Playhouse CEO and Producing Artistic Director Kristen Coury presided over the theater's immersive, record-setting "Under the Big Top" gala.


Terry and Bob Edwards chaired the Eighteenth Annual Magic Under the Mangroves, which netted a record $2.1 million to support the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s programs to protect the region’s water, land, and wildlife. Guests gathered for the American Southwest-themed event “A River Runs Through It” in the renovated nature and discovery center. An evening highlight was $98,000 raised during a surprise auction for the opportunity to win a $10,000 shopping spree at Ralph Lauren, offered by Waterside Shops.


The League Club’s signature fundraiser, Naples Tables, themed “The Goodness of Gathering,” invited 60 designers to create exquisite and whimsical tablescapes for the luncheon headlined by celebrated interior designer and author Bunny Williams. The March event raised a record $635,686 for The League Club’s Community Trust Fund, which has distributed $5.8 million to local charities to date. At its 2022 Briefcase Breakfast, The League Club awarded $464,325 in grants to local nonprofits. This Naples organization, founded 35 years ago, is open to women who have been, or still are, active members of a Junior League.


STAR Gala: Light the Night raised a record $3.2 million to support the STARability Foundation’s programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The night featured STAR participants performing alongside Pzazz on the dance floor and an anonymous $1 million match for the Fund-a-Need auction. Supporters’ and volunteers’ passion “will transform the lives of our STARs and their families,” says STARability CEO Karen Govern.



Youth Haven’s inaugural Starry Nights Gala raised more than $1 million for the children and teens who depend on Youth Haven, the only teen emergency and residential shelter in Collier County. “The event was an unparalleled success,” says Youth Haven Development Director Laura Lafakis.


Florida Gulf Coast University’s Community Autism Network received $1 million from the Golisano Foundation—one of the largest private foundations in the United States established by Paychex founder and philanthropist Tom Golisano, a seasonal Naples resident. The autism network is developing model programs through interdisciplinary research and training designed to facilitate inclusion, selfefficacy, and wellness for individuals with autism.


The Jewish Federation of Greater Naples’ annual campaign themed “Here for Good” raised $1.53 million in pledges— surpassing its goal by $550,000. The funds are used to meet the needs of Jewish people locally and overseas for education and children's programs, cultural events, senior programs, and other initiatives. Its Human Needs Award, a monetary award for small nonprofits serving disadvantaged populations, was given to Cultivate Abundance, which addresses food insecurity for Immokalee farmworkers, and the STARability Foundation.


The renowned Naples Automotive Experience 2022, presented by the Naples Chapter of the Ferrari Club of America, raised $1.025 million to support St. Matthew’s House’s work helping people experiencing homelessness, hunger, substance abuse, and poverty in Southwest Florida. The weekend that includes Cars on 5th Concours has expanded into a three-day event.


Several organizations have Collier County students’ higher education at heart. The Founders Scholarship Fund, comprised of Cub Pelican Bay members, awarded scholarships totaling $672,000—and its biennial fundraising tournament raised a record $1,075,245 this year. The Richard M. Schulze Foundation provided scholarships to 60 “Schulze College Scholars.” The Collier Community Foundation distributed a whopping $1.8 million in scholarships in its 2021 fiscal year. The Naples Woman’s Club provided 30 scholarships totaling $130,800 to high school students and mature women to further their education. Twenty-seven graduating seniors in Guadalupe Center’s Tutor Corps Class of 2022 earned a collective $3.8 million in scholarship offers and grants.


Finding Shelter


As communi leaders continue raising the alarm about the affordable housing crisis in Collier Coun , various nonpro ts are trying to tackle the issue head-on.

To afford the median Collier County home price of more than $750,000 requires a salary of at least $98,600 per year. However, the median household income in Collier County is $70,217, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The picture is bleak for renters, too. Between March 2020 and March 2022, rents experienced an increase of 48.6 percent, bringing a one-bedroom apartment to $2,054. That would cost $24,648 for the year—more than half the starting salary ($47,720) for a local public-school teacher with a bachelor’s degree.

The disparity between wages and housing costs has forced essential workers to live outside the county. Collier County officials have

estimated that more than 48,000 members of the local workforce live outside the county—forcing them to endure long, costly commutes.

The Salvation Army Captain Ben Bridges says that Collier County is in “the midst of a crisis of epic proportions.” Six months into this fiscal year, the charity had exceeded 75 percent of its budget for rental and utilities assistance.

“This is not a problem that a few nonprofits will be able to solve,”

Bridges says, adding that “the support of our city and county leaders” is imperative.

Like The Salvation Army, several organizations

Like The Salvation Army, several organizations are doing what they can to prevent homelessness or rehouse those already on the streets.

The Women’s Foundation of Collier County made it their mission to rehouse homeless senior women in conjunction with the Hunger

& Homeless Coalition of Collier County, which counted 74 homeless senior women in 2020. The Women’s Foundation has provided rehousing, support services, and case management to 14 of these women—at a cost of about $10,000 per person for a year.

Florence found herselfhomeless in CollierCounty at the age of 97.

The Women’s Foundation also has included this issue as one of three pillars of its “Women Lifting Women” capital campaign. It is encouraging supporters to host a girls’-night-out “Gather for Good” event to raise money for the cause. These small, customized gatherings have raised more than $130,000, which included $90,000 at a “cocktails and conversation” event co-hosted by Elizabeth A. Star and Melanie Sabelhaus at Marissa Collections. This additional funding will rehouse 10 senior women, which Star says is “hugely gratifying.”

A 97-year-old woman named Florence, whose granddaughter had kicked her out, was helped by a Women’s Foundation grant. After living in a rental car and receiving help from St. Matthew’s House, the coalition was able to get her into shared housing within 24 hours.



The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation provided Habitat for Humanity of Collier County a $300,000 matching challenge grant, which was matched by a second donor for a total of $600,000 raised to construct three townhomes in Naples.

• St. Matthew’s House, which runs the only two homeless shelters in Collier County, is planning to expand a Naples shelter by 50 beds to alleviate the waitlist—which stretched to 100. St. Matthew’s House has noted rising counts of seniors over the age of 60 and families in need of shelter.

• Avow, the nonprofit hospice, has endeavored to take the strain off its large workforce by compensating employees with above-market salaries and benefits.

It raised its hourly minimum wage before Florida voters approved a statewide increase in 2020. Florida’s minimum wage is $11; Avow’s is $16.50. The company provides free health care to employees and free, daily lunch to staff members. The company recently purchased a building for its Treasures resale store that has two apartments for workforce housing and land to explore the opportunity to build more.

Jaysen Roa, president/ CEO of Avow, says housing costs are “of great concern to our staff.” Even traveling nurses “find that it is too expensive for their

allowances, so they won’t consider assignments in Naples,” Roa says. The Avow-owned apartments “will be our first step as an individual entity addressing this growing issue.”

• The nonprofit Collier County Community Land Trust was formed in early 2020 to acquire land to develop or existing housing units to sell to qualifying low-to-moderateincome applicants. Collier County government provided initial funding, and the trust is working in partnership with the Housing Development Corporation of SW Florida, Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, and Legal Aid Services of Collier County.

• With a $96,851 grant from the Collier Community Foundation, Legal Aid Services of Collier assisted 473 low-income clients facing eviction or foreclosure and those in need of legal services to address other basic needs. Their work resulted in securing $580,882 in benefits for these clients and prevented 151 evictions.

Right: Habitat for Humanity of Collier County has constructed three Whitaker Woods triplexes with the aid of generous donations.


For the most part, Floridians kept their charitable dollars close to home in 2021, with 65 percent of their donations remaining in the state, according to a study by Florida Nonprofit Alliance, the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, and the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at the Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis. A front-row seat to the hardships resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic might have something to do with that, says Leah McDermott, program manager at Florida Nonprofit Alliance.

“I do think the compassion by donors and the drive toward informal and in-kind giving has to do with being home during the pandemic and seeing what went on in the community,” McDermott says. Nationally, there was a spike in overall charitable giving in 2020, when the country was deep into the pandemic, she notes. Although donations dropped again


in 2021 to below 2020 levels, they were still higher than in 2019.

Going forward, there is early evidence that donors may be returning to their prepandemic giving patterns, moving away from a hyper-local focus, says Jonathan Bergdoll, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy applied statistician. But for now, giving locally is still a common thread in Florida. “In many ways, the pandemic helped highlight or exacerbate the need that was already there, so donors could react to this by continuing to give more locally than previously.”

Moved by poverty and income inequality, more than eight in 10 Floridians report that they were driven to give by compassion to people in need, according to the study. The other top issues were health, climate change and environment, animal rights, and disaster relief.

In a peek into the future of giving, the report notes that donors under the age of 40 were less likely to make giving decisions based on tax deductions and more likely to give informally, by donating food, volunteering

at shelters, or putting cash directly into the hands of those in need. The high-net-worth and those over 65 are more likely to give formally to established institutions.

“Historically, people become more formal with their giving as they age; however, there are things working against that trend now,” says Bergdoll. “Under the current tax code, only about one in nine households is eligible to deduct their charitable contributions, so most people will never have a tax incentive to give their money to a formal charitable organization as compared to, say, a political party.”

The study brings to light the fact that formal giving is not the only way to help people, says McDermott. “We want to get a better idea of what informal giving looks like. It’s always been around, but over the past 10 years, technology that allows platforms like GoFundMe have made it even easier to give.”

There’s also a certain mistrust of large organizations, and McDermott says she’s counseling nonprofits to communicate better. “It brings to light that we have more work to do to overcome misconceptions about how money is spent. We find that by talking clearly about expenses and being more open results in a positive response from the public. They understand that the electric bill has to be paid to keep the organization running because they deal with that kind of thing in their own lives.”

Common Ground “
—Jonathan Bergdoll, applied statistician, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
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An estimated one in three veterans may experience invisible wounds such as post-traumatic stress, depression, and anxiety, according to Home Base Florida, a nonprofit dedicated to addressing these concerns through clinical care, wellness, training, and research.

“They deserve all these things,” says Armando Hernandez, Home Base Florida program senior director and a U.S. Marine veteran. A new partnership with David Law-

rence Centers for Behavioral Health means veterans and their families can access free, outpatient behavioral health services. “There’s a huge need in Southwest Florida to take care of our veterans with good mental health care in a timely manner that they don’t have to pay for,” says Hernandez.

Home Base Florida has trained David Lawrence Centers’ staff on its evidencebased cognitive processing therapy program. During approximately 12 weekly sessions

with a therapist plus out-of-session assignments, participants address the meaning of their traumatic event, identify their thoughts and feelings, and discuss issues such as safety, trust, esteem, and intimacy. The goals of the therapy are to reduce distress during memories of the trauma, decrease emotional numbing and avoidance, lessen depression and anxiety, and improve day-to-day living.

“Cognitive behavior therapy helps individuals change their thinking about the traumatic events they’ve experience and to manage their feelings and behaviors related to those experi-


ences,” says Nancy Dauphinais, chief operating officer for David Lawrence Centers. She calls the suicide rate among veterans “alarming” because they account for 20 percent of all suicides in the U.S.— and suicides among post-9/11 veterans are four times as high as combat deaths. This is one reason David Lawrence Centers wanted to offer the Home Base Florida program.

After the cognitive processing therapy program was launched this spring, 10 veterans and family members signed up. “People suffer and recover in a community and especially in a family,” Dauphinais says. “It’s important to recognize that families experience trauma as well as service members. By treating the entire family, it helps the entire family to heal.”

In the last year, David Lawrence Centers has provided services such as crisis stabilization, residential substance abuse treatment, and psychiatric medication management to more than 150 veterans. About 91 percent were male, and the age range was 22 to 88—with 44 percent under age 50.

Hernandez says it’s important for family and friends to reach out to veterans who appear depressed or isolated. “A lot of times, for the veteran, it’s hard to recognize that your normal isn’t normal,” he notes. “It’s important that we watch for these things and help our veterans get into care.”

Home Base Florida is a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital program that was expanded to Southwest Florida in 2014. Through philanthropic support and collaborations with Florida Gulf Coast University, Lee Health, David Lawrence Centers, and the YMCA, all services are provided at no cost regardless of ability to pay or discharge status.

Wounded Warriors of Collier County is making major strides in getting veterans into safe, comfortable homes—and off the streets—with the opening of three singlefamily homes and the July acquisition of a 10-unit, $2.77 million apartment.

With the new apartment, Wounded Warriors of Collier County Founder and President Dale Mullin and Hunger & Homeless Coalition of Collier County Executive Director Mike Overway believe they can effectively end the problem of veteran homelessness in Collier, where 22 homeless veterans were identified during the coalition’s annual survey in January 2022.

Before negotiating on the apartment,

Wounded Warriors opened three single-family homes, beginning in 2020 with its Alpha House on Fifth Avenue North for young vets struggling with mental health or substance abuse challenges. It was followed by the Bravo and Charlie houses for senior vets who pay 30 percent of their income, typically Social Security benefits, for monthly rent. The three houses put the roofs over the heads of 14 vets, and the new apartment on Gulfstream Drive has two-bedroom units to house up to 20.

The homes have been generously funded by donations from private donors, local businessowners, and foundations, such as the Home Depot Foundation, J. Aron Charitable Foundation, and Collier Community Foundation, which provided $247,500 for Bravo House. The local organization is not affiliated with the national Wounded Warriors Project.

“Thanks to our generous community donors, we now have the opportunity to serve more veterans, and fill needs within our community,” says Mullin. “Our veterans have served us and kept us safe and now it’s time for us as a community to return the favor.”


Once a month, up to 10 veterans and family members can participate in Operation Strides, a free, ground-based program (which means no riding) offered by the Naples Therapeutic Riding Center.

Participants brush horses, walk them around the arena, and pet or hold onto the horse as they work on their communication skills, redevelop feelings of caring, and build trust and self-confidence. “When you work with a horse on the ground, you form such an incredible bond. It’s like someone’s brushing your hair,” says Lea Haven, an advanced instructor credentialed through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International.

Haven says the program allows veterans with post-traumatic stress or anxiety to relax, stay in the moment, and find a quiet place in their mind.

Afterward, the participants usually mingle and enjoy refreshments provided by American Gold Star Mothers of Southwest Florida. “It’s a safe place where a lot of networking happens after we put the horses away,” Haven says.


Combat-wounded veterans are eligible to receive a free, skilled assistance dog to provide emotional and physical mobility support and give them independence through Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs, founded 10 years ago.

“Our dogs provide emotional support, physical mobility support, and for some of our recipients, assist the veteran if they’re having a nightmare,” says Arden Vorperian, annual giving manager.

The dogs can help a recipient get up from the ground or a chair and can retrieve items like a television remote control.

Training is specific to the veteran’s needs. Vorperian says some veterans have posttraumatic stress while others suffer physical symptoms such as mobility and speech is-

sues related to Agent Orange exposure or life-altering, duty-related injuries.

Most dogs are golden retrievers. Donors can sponsor and name a Golden PAWS dog for a gift of $40,000 or more to cover training and placement expenses, as well as food and veterinary care for the working life of the dog.

Pairing a veteran and a dog is heartwarming, she says. Several dogs are introduced to the veteran—yet one only inevitably goes to the right recipient and its forever home.

“You see that bond immediately,” says Vorperian. “It’s pretty incredible.”



The Freedom Waters Foundation helps veterans get out on a boat to fish or sightsee or join dozens of other veterans for a meet and greet aboard the Naples Princess and other sightseeing boats.

“Water has a natural healing property it—being on and around it,” says Debra Frenkel, a licensed clinical social worker and the founder and executive director of the Freedom Waters Foundation. “It has a natural therapeutic effect where people become relaxed.” Camaraderie with other veterans and with civilians they can trust is also important, she says.

Freedom Waters Foundation serves more than 1,500 veterans annually. Commercial and private boat owners lend their time and vessels so veterans can relax and leave their concerns back on the dock. Frenkel says veterans appreciate the programs.

“What I hear a lot is, ‘This is the nicest thing anyone has done for me since we’ve come back from the war.’ I hear that a lot from Vietnam veterans,” she says.


Naples philanthropist Brenda Melton founded the Celebrity Martini Glass Auction in 2008 and it went on to raise $5 million— mostly for veterans causes. Melton retired the event during a glamorous, invitationonly farewell celebration in November 2021 that included celebrities and veterans, live performances, and Yellow Ribbon Awards.

The Neapolitan first conceived the annual auction of artistdesigned martini glasses signed by celebrities or American heroes as a fundraiser for the Naples International Film Festival. During the festival, she saw two military-subject films “that impacted my life,” recalls Melton, who has vets in her family. “I decided to start raising money for veterans.” Monies raised have been distributed to local charities through the Veterans Support Fund at Collier Community Foundation. While the fund remains active, Melton has turned her attention to veteran programs at the Naples Senior Center.





When there is a murmur of a need among Collier County’s popula tion of 75,000 children, the calls for help are answered—evidenced by the large number of local charities focused on children. Large or small, these charities are making a lifetime of difference in the health and wellbeing of tomorrow’s leaders, teachers, and parents.

Youth Haven


Founded in Collier County in 1972, Youth Haven is the only emergency and residential shelter in Collier County for boys and girls ages 10 to 19 and the only emergency shelter for homeless teens in Southwest Florida. Located on an 18.5-acre campus in East Naples, it is the last resort for minors removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, abandonment, or homelessness. A de facto home, Youth Haven is an

oasis of compassion, counseling, emotional and educational support, and other vital services.

Because of the critical role it plays in young people's lives, Youth Haven received generous funding in 2022, including $300,000 from the Naples Children & Education Foundation for its foster care programs and Homeless Teen Transitional Living Program. The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation provided $75,000

for an enhanced security system, and its food and nutrition services program was supported by grants of $35,000 from the Collier Community Foundation and $10,000 from Empty Bowls Naples. A $10,000 grant from the West Bay Community Charitable Foundation will establish a therapeutic music program.

Local real estate broker Lee Willis learned about Youth Haven 10 years ago during a Greater


Naples Leadership Class and has been committed ever since. She serves on the board of directors and is a founding member of Youth Haven’s Ambassador Circle, which was established in 2021 to support the organization by inviting donors and potential supporters to volunteer one-on-one with the children. “Once you tour the campus, you want to become involved,” Willis says.

Above: A quiet spot on the Youth Haven campus. Right and below: Youth Haven Ambassador Circle members celebrate Merci Hyppolite's 2020 graduation from Golden Gate High School.


At only a year-and-a-half old, Merci Hyppolite became a resident at Youth Haven of Southwest Florida. Although her mom would try to remain in her life and provide care whenever she could, Hyppolite was frequently

in and out of foster homes.

A native Neapolitan, Hyppolite, now 21, is the youngest of five children with four older brothers. At 18, Hyppolite found herself once again living with her mom and stepdad in what she calls “a toxic situation.”

At the time, Hyppolite just wanted to finish high school but, as a couch surfer, on some days she had no clothes, no ride, and no place to shower.

That’s when Hyppolite discovered Rob’s Cottage. Opened in April 2018 on the Youth Haven campus, Rob’s Cottage is a voluntary transitional living environment that provides 24-hour care for young adults working toward self-sufficiency. The residents receive educational support, nutritious meals, and transportation, as well as medical and mental health services. Although there is no charge to live at Rob’s Cottage, the teens are expected

to work and save 40 percent of their earnings, says Youth Haven Director of Development Laura Lafakis.

Despite its strict rules, Hyppolite wasn’t apprehensive about moving into the cottage. “I had nothing to lose,” she remembers. “I was only interested in saving money.” Hyppolite worked as a barista at Starbucks and freelance hairstylist. She was able to buy a car. When she graduated from Golden Gate High School in 2020, she was one of six Youth Haven residents to graduate from high school that year. She earned her associate degree in nursing in spring 2022 from Florida SouthWestern State College and now lives in her own apartment. Hyppolite is planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing and perhaps one day becoming a traveling nurse. She is funding independent living and future academics by working as a Naples Community Hospital nutrition services supervisor.

Youth Haven is like a home to Hyppolite—a place where she is always welcome, especially on holidays. “Youth Haven helped me heal, grow, and flourish,” says Hyppolite. “I would not have been able to turn my dreams into reality without their support.”


Epic Festival

The Naples Winter Wine Festival— one of the most successful charity wine auctions in the world—was launched in 2001 to raise serious funds for the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF) to make a profound and sustaining difference in the lives of underserved and at-risk children in Collier Country. To date, the annual festival has raised $245 million. More than 50 local nonprofits are beneficiaries of its grants and 300,000 children have been impacted through NCEF’s program investments.

The foundation’s 2023 Fund a Need will support its suite of strategic health care initiatives, with a special emphasis on mental health. “Our goal is to ensure access to primary care, allowing early detection and treatment of disease, behavioral health issues, and other health concerns in local kids,” says 2023 Naples Winter Wine Festival Co-chair Libby Germain.

Generous attendees will no doubt return to shatter 2022’s record-breaking, $23 million success. As always, what is raised in Collier Country, stays in Collier County.

Kids’ Minds Matter

There is a critical shortage of pediatric mental and behavioral health services nationwide, and Southwest Florida children and families are certainly not exempt from this crisis.

Kids’ Minds Matter, an initiative of Lee Health and Golisano Children’s Hospital, is raising awareness and funds to ensure children receive a full continuum of mental and behavioral health at the right place and time. Through the Mental Health Navigator program, local families are getting help by receiving customized, one-on-one navigational support. It is funded by private donations through the Kids’ Minds Matter fund at Lee Health. The 2022 Kids’ Minds Matter gala raised more than $950,000 to support the services.

Mental Health Navigators work with struggling youth and their entire family typically identified through the Lee and

Collier school districts and in Golisano’s emergency department.

Since Kids’ Minds Matter was founded in 2016, the number of visits with Golisano providers (including psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers) has grown from 7,000 to nearly 24,000—with the time to get an appointment with a counselor dropping from 12 months to two months. Plans are also in the works to add three new clinics in Southwest Florida.





• Since it began as a grassroots effort in 2005, Laces of Love has provided more than 250,000 children in need in Collier and Lee counties with new shoes, ranging from toddlers through high school seniors. Children are selected by a school counselor or nurse, teacher, or principal, or by a staff member or director of a children’s nonprofit. Laces of Love has partnered with more than three dozen organizations.

• Books For Collier Kids is an all-volunteer organization in its second decade that provides free books to pre-kindergarten through second-grade students at Title 1 Collier County elementary schools, where 75 percent or more of the students’ families are financially disadvantaged. Literacy is one of the best predictors of a child’s future academic success, which can help break the cycle of poverty. Books for Collier Kids gives a new book each month—120,000 each year—to 10,000 children at 26 elementary schools and participants in two dozen organizations, including Head Start, Collier Habitat, Fun Time Early Childhood Academy, and Grace Place for Children & Families.

• Since 2008, 90,000 children have participated in the daily social-emotional learning program provided by Charity for Change, a nonprofit

dedicated to teaching the foundation of character and charitable habits through an academic curriculum. The charity’s ultimate goal is to create “a world free of hate, violence, bullying, and cruelty” by providing children with the tools needed to succeed in school and beyond.

• Since the COVID pandemic began in 2020, the 250-volunteer Christ Child Society of Naples has been serving more underprivileged children and expanding its services. Founded in 1997, Christ Child Society of Naples is one of 46 chapters nationwide. Locally, it focuses on four primary objectives: infant care, basic needs, literacy, and scholarships. The organization provides layettes to first-time mothers in need through social services agencies in Naples and Immokalee and donates beds and bedding for each child in new Habitat for Humanity of Collier County homes. In 2017, it began awarding Christ Child Habitat Scholarships for children in Habitat homes.

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Alliance for Florida’s National Parks

The Alliance for Florida’s National Parks is the official philanthropic part ner for four of Florida’s national parks: Everglades, Dry Tortugas, Biscayne National Park, and Big Cypress Nation al Preserve. The alliance raises financial support and awareness to fund more than 20 programs and projects in five key areas to ensure Florida’s greatest ecosystems are preserved and protected for generations to come.

Main Fundraising Event: Seventh Annual Wine and Wildlife

Date: February 28, 2023

Location: Naples Sailing & Yacht Club

Description of Event: Wine and Wildlife is the West Coast’s premier event to benefit educational projects at the Alliance for Florida’s National Parks. This exciting evening will include a presentation of the Clyde Butcher, A Better Florida Award. Chairperson: Fran Mainella

Ticket Price: $225

Contact: Juan Cueto Telephone: 305-665-4769 Website:

American Cancer Society

As the nation’s preeminent cancer-fight ing organization, the American Cancer Society funds and conducts research, shares expert information, supports people with cancer, spreads the word about prevention, and through its Cancer Action Network affiliate, advocates for public policy change. The American Cancer Society is committed to ensuring that all people have a fair and just opportunity to prevent, find, treat, and survive cancer.

Main Fundraising Event: Bucket List Bash

Date: February 18, 2023

Location: The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples

Description of Event: The Bucket List Bash is the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising gala in Naples. The thirteenth annual event will feature a cocktail hour, gourmet dinner, live auction, entertainment, and a few exciting surprises. All proceeds support the American Cancer Society’s lifesaving work.

Honorary Chairperson: Dave Gibbons Chairpersons: Beverly Fanning, Darlene and Don DeMichele

Major Sponsors: Richard Lublin and Christine Stahl Lublin Ticket Price: $750

Contact: Chanel McGregor  Telephone: 239-259-4242  Web:

American Cancer Society-Marco Island

The American Cancer Society funds and conducts research, supports people with cancer, spreads the word about prevention, and through its Cancer Action Network affiliate, advocates for public policy change. The mission of the American Cancer Society is to save and celebrate lives and lead the fight for a world without cancer.

Main Fundraising Event: Imagination Ball

Date: February 25, 2023

Location: JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort

Description of Event: The Imagination Ball will be a black-tie optional event featuring a cocktail hour, gourmet dinner, live and silent auctions, and entertainment. All proceeds support the American Cancer Society’s lifesaving work.

Chairperson: Debra Shanahan Ticket Price: $250 Contact: Sue Olszak Telephone: 239-610-3032 Website:





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Great Futures Grand Slam Luncheon
Baker Field at Boys & Girls Club of Collier County Nichols Campus Supports: Youth
scholarships 1. Albert Yabor 2. Amanda and Tim Schlief 3. Christine and Terry Flynn, Megan McCarthy Beauvais 4. David Wolff, Sharon Sheline 5. Natalie Harley, Laura Kendall 21 56 NAPLES CHARITY REGISTER 2

American Heart Association

The American Heart Association—one of the nation’s leading voluntary health organizations for 98 years—is making a difference in Southwest Florida communities. From connecting local families and programs with access to healthy food to providing CPR training and blood pressure checks to those in need, the American Heart Association is committed to helping Floridians live longer, healthier lives.

Main Fundraising Event: Southwest Florida

Heart Ball

Date: March 25, 2023

Location: Hyatt Regency Coconut Point, Estero

Description of Event: The forty-second annual Heart Ball celebrates the men, women, and children living with heart disease. Supporters and survivors will enjoy dinner, dancing, a live auction, and a celebration.

Chairperson: Tyler Kitson

Major Sponsors: DeAngelis Diamond, B&I Contractors, Kitson & Partners, Lee Health, Scotlynn, Southwest Waste, Stock Development

Ticket Price: $500

Contact: Kayla Garrison Telephone: 574-354-2370 Website:

American Heart Association


Main Fundraising Event: Go Red for Women Luncheon

Date: May 5, 2023

Location: Hyatt Regency Coconut Point, Estero

Description of Event: The Go Red for Women Luncheon will celebrate the ladies in our lives while gathering to educate the community about the No. 1 cause of death in women: heart disease. The celebration will honor survivors and spread awareness about the risks of heart disease and stroke.

Chairpersons: Deborah Antoine, Rebekah Barney

Major Sponsors: The Alzada Company, Busey Bank, Lee Health

Ticket Price: $149

Contact: Jessaca Rodriguez Telephone: 832-401-9300 Website:


As the premier organization for the visual and performing arts in Southwest Florida, Artis—Naples presents a unique range of world-class programs including music, film, dance, comedy, lectures, and exhibitions.

Main Fundraising Event: Friends of Artis— Naples Gala

Date: February 17, 2023

Location: Artis—Naples

Description of Event: Join Artis—Naples for a special evening in support of the organization’s educational programming. Enjoy cocktails, dinner, and an exciting live auction while experiencing the new and reimagined spaces on the Kimberly K. Querrey and Louis A. Simpson Cultural Campus including The Baker Museum.

Ticket Price: $1,000

Contact: Alice Van Arsdale

Telephone: 239-254-2703 Website:


Ave Maria School of Law

Ranked a Princeton Review “Best Law School,” a national military-friendly school, and the nation’s “Most Devout Law School,” Ave Maria Law offers a distinctive Catholic education char acterized by the harmony of faith and reason. Its mission is to educate future lawyers with impeccable technical skills and a firm commitment to the moral and ethical values that have made this country great.

Main Fundraising Event: Seventh Annual Veterans Memorial Event

Date: November 9, 2022

Location: Cancro Family Wellness Center, Ave Maria School of Law campus, Naples

Description of Event: Join Ave Maria School of Law as it honors the country’s veterans at this in-person event on the school’s campus located in the Vineyards. This event will also include a presentation of the St. Martin of Tours Heroes Awards.

Chairperson: Jackie Burke

Ticket Price: Free

Contact: Jackie Burke Telephone: 239-687-5341 Web:

Ave Maria University

Ava Maria University is committed to providing a liberal arts curriculum based on Catholic principles and thought. The university strives to enlighten students intellectually and spiritually to prepare them for a life well-lived.

Main Fundraising Event: The Jon Scharfenberger Pro-Life Luncheon

Date: November 12, 2022

Location: Ave Maria University, Ave Maria Description of Event: The Jon Schargenberger Pro-Life Luncheon honors the life and legacy of the late Jon Scharfenberger, a passionate pro-life advocate and pioneer. Proceeds from the luncheon will fund pro-life scholarships.

Ticket Price: $125

Contact: Katie Eads Telephone: 239-280-1565 Web:

Ave Maria University


Main Fundraising Event: Twelfth Annual Ave Maria University Scholarship Dinner

Date: February 23, 2023

Location: Arthrex One, Naples

Description of Event: Ave Maria University’s Scholarship Dinner will be an elegant event connecting supporters and friends of the university to AMU’s innovative and academically excellent students—the Catholic leaders of tomorrow. The proceeds from the scholarship dinner benefit the students and their education.

Ticket Price: $375

Contact: Katie Eads Telephone: 239-280-1565 Web:




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Keep on Truckin’ Where: Celebration Park, Naples
Financial aid, resources, and support for local children and adults battling cancer 1. Melissa Behm, Magge Camuti, Meli Neubek 2. Saman Freedman, Joel Waltzer 3. Sue Rokela, Claire Forte, Tracy Hill, Sandy Walker, Jayne Socotch, Patty Luppy, Laura Harvey, Chantal Cabral, Shelley Goins 4. Veronica Morley, Christina Shutter, Jodi Bisogno, Kristie Sammons, Linda Petit-Bien with Ben Allen 5. Wes and Judy Champion, Michelle and Walter Kopka 21

Ave Maria University


Main Fundraising Event: Sixth Annual Golf Tournament

Date: April 22, 2023

Location: The National Golf and Country Club and Panther Run Golf Club, Ave Maria

Description of Event: Ave Maria University’s Sixth Annual Golf Tournament supports all of AMU’s athletic programs. Students, alumni, and donors will come together to enjoy an engaging day of golf, a delicious luncheon, and enticing raffle prizes.

Ticket Price: $175

Contact: Katie Eads Telephone: 239-280-1565 Web:


Avow is a Collier County-based nonprofit health care organization providing hospice and palliative care and adult and children’s grief and loss support. Established in 1983 by volunteers and community members, Avow is the county’s first hospice and has grown to become one of the largest in the United States.

Main Fundraising Event: Avow Foundation Annual Butterfly Release

Date: April 1, 2023

Location: Cambier Park, Naples

Description of Event: Enjoy kids’ activities, music, and a butterfly exhibit from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. From 11 a.m. to noon, a public memorial service will be held. At noon, a kaleidoscope of butterflies will be released.

Major Sponsor: Gorlach Family

Ticket Price: Free to attend event; $50 to register name of loved one Contact: Tim Philbrick Telephone: 239-649-3683 Website:

Beverly’s Angels

Beverly’s Angel’s mission is to empower young, impoverished children to achieve their potential and to flourish by gifting basic essentials to young children and their families in need of a hand-up, not a handout.

Main Fundraising Event: Benny’s Toy DriveIn

Date: December 2, 2022

Location: Beverly’s Angels Boutique, Naples

Description of Event: Santa’s elves have set up a magical holiday drive-in. Drop off a new, wrapped toy to help fill Santa’s sleigh while enjoying the spirit of the holidays.

Honorary Chairperson: Ellie Kovach

Chairpersons: Madeline Rigsby, Caroline Kovach, Ben Asasic, Devon Sealy, Delaney Long, Brooklyn Long

Major Sponsors: Synergy Health, Moms of Naples, the StoneCreek community, Kiwanis Naples-on-the-Gulf, Mike Nelson, Collier County Sheriff’s Office

Ticket Price: $25 donation, Publix gift card, or new, wrapped toy

Contact: Faith Schwalback Telephone: 239-404-2082  Web:


Books for Collier Kids

Books for Collier Kids is a local nonprofit founded in 2005 that provides brand-new, top-quality, age-appropriate books to more than 10,000 disadvantaged prekindergarten through second-grade Collier students. Books for Collier Kids gives a book a month to each child, and to date, has given more than 1.5 million books to children in Collier County from low-income families.

Main Fundraising Event: Stay at Home and Celebrate Reading and Dr. Seuss’ Birthday

Date: March 2, 2023

Location: Private residences throughout Naples

Description of Event: The birthday of the renowned author of Dr. Seuss children’s books, Theodor Seuss Geisel, is March 2. Books for Collier Kids will celebrate his birthday along with the love of reading with its popular Stay at Home and Celebrate Reading event, where guests can enjoy a book with a child or loved one.

Honorary Chairpersons: Emily Watt, John Fallon

Chairpersons: Nora Kolmer, Gail Rothenberg, Deb Geller

Ticket Price: Donations welcome

Contact: Sallie Williams Telephone: 239-394-4062


Boys & Girls Club of Collier County

The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County is to enable local at-risk children and teens to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. This club serves more than 4,000 youth each year.

Main Fundraising Event: Youth of the Year

Date: February 21, 2023

Location: Club Pelican Bay, Naples

Description of Event: Youth of the Year is the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County’s premier youth recognition program celebrating the extraordinary achievements of club members. Candidates participate in a yearlong leadership program that fosters the next generation of leaders.

Major Sponsors: RaceTrac, Truist, JP Morgan, Lipman Family Farms, The Wellington Group at Morgan Stanley Ticket Price: $750

Contact: Amanda Curbelo Telephone: 239-325-1700  Web:

Cancer Alliance of Naples

Cancer Alliance of Naples provides nonmedical financial aid, resources, and support to children and adults battling cancer in Lee and Collier counties.

Main Fundraising Event: YogaCAN

Date: Spring 2023

Location: Baker Park, Naples

Description of Event: YogaCAN is an annual community yoga class and event that raises critical funds that go directly to local families in need of financial assistance as they battle cancer.

Honorary Chairperson: Joel Waltzer

Ticket Price: $65

Contact: Rebecca Hubbard Telephone: 239-643-4673  Web:

Social Seen CHAMPIONS FOR LEARNING Event: Night of Champions Where: Arthrex One Conference Center, Naples Supports: Student mentoring and scholarship programs 1. Dick Munro, Denise Murphy 2. Students in the Champions For Learning program 3. Lisa Spooner, Angie Joseph 4. Mihai and Laura Bidireanu, Jerry Camille 5. Yolanda Flores, Robert Breitbard, Roy Terry 21 60 NAPLES CHARITY REGISTER

Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

Founded in 1959, the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs are committed to enriching the culture of this diverse community by providing opportunities for artistic expression, education, and appreciation in a supportive and nurturing environment. With two campus locations dedicated to the visual and performing arts, the Centers seek to provide “arts for all” by offering innovative programming year-round.

Main Fundraising Event: Off the Walls!

Date: December 2, 2022

Location: Performing Arts Center, Bonita Springs

Description of Event: Off the Walls! is the center’s signature fundraiser. Enjoy the company of like-minded art aficionados and view an amazing selection of artwork, collections, and collectibles. When your number is drawn, take your chosen item off the wall and home with you. No auction. No bidding. Everyone is a winner!

Chairperson: Susan Bridges

Major Sponsors: Henderson Franklin Attorneys at Law, FineMark National Bank & Trust

Ticket Price: $175

Contact: Loretta Menuez Telephone: 239-495-8989 Web:

Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs


Main Fundraising Event: Bonita Springs

National Art Festival

Dates: January 14-15, February 11-12, March 4-5, 2023

Location: Riverside Park, Bonita Springs

Description of Event: The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs presents three national art festivals each year in Riverside Park on the Imperial River in downtown Bonita Springs. Meet and buy from hundreds of artists displaying a variety of fine arts and crafts during each two-day festival held on Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Chairperson: Susan Bridges

Major Sponsors: Florida Weekly, Spotlight Magazine, WGCU Public Media, City of Bonita Springs

Ticket Price: Free Contact: Susan Bridges Telephone: 239-495-8989 Web:

Champions For Learning

Champions For Learning is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) founded in 1990 and serves as the education foundation in Collier County. The organization exists to create life-changing learning experiences for every student. Working with a vision of a community that is 100 percent engaged in the support of student success, Champions For Learning serves a unique role in bringing the community together to support a culture of learning and innovation.

Main Fundraising Event: Night of Champions

Date: February 25, 2023

Location: Naples Grande Beach Resort

Description of Event: Night of Champions honors the community of champions that has changed the lives of thousands of Collier County students. Join the evening to support the student mentoring and scholarship programs that lift barriers and inspire students to achieve.

Ticket Price: $400

Contact: Heidi Overman Telephone: 239-643-4755 Website:


Champions For Learning


Main Fundraising Event: Golden Apple Celebration of Teachers Dinner

Date: Spring 2023

Location: TBA

Description of Event: This is the thirty-third Annual Golden Apple dinner recognizing teachers of distinction in Collier Country Public Schools. Golden Apple award recipients will be celebrated and their innovative teaching practices that are exciting students to learn will be showcased.

Major Sponsor: Suncoast Credit Union

Ticket Price: $300

Contact: Heidi Overman   Telephone: 239-643-4755  Website:

Champions For Learning


Main Fundraising Event: Glass Slipper Luncheon

Date: December 1, 2022

Location: The Club at Olde Cypress, Naples

Description of Event: The Glass Slipper Luncheon honors influential and inspiring women leaders supporting education, youth, and a commitment to the future of the community as they celebrate the young lady alumnae of Champions For Learning programs.

Chairpersons: Gina Lostracco, Dottie Whipple

Ticket Price: $75

Contact: Heidi Overman Telephone: 239-643-4755 Website:

Charity for Change

Charity for Change exists to educate the hearts and minds of children through a social-emotional learning curriculum that develops mental wellness, character, and charitable involvement through academics. Elementary school-age children learn to care about each other and the world around them by working together to complete the comprehensive curriculum and special projects to help others in need.

Main Fundraising Event: Planting Seeds of Humanity

Date: November 3, 2022

Location: Hilton Naples

Description of Event: This premier event will feature entertainment from the popular Ben Allen Band and will include a VIP reception, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, live auction, “call for change,” and dancing. Funds raised will support the organization’s mission and vision to end hate, violence, bullying, and cruelty.

Honorary Chairperson: Brigid SoldaviniClapper Chairperson: Debra Haley

Major Sponsors: Soldavini & Caldwell, Exteriors by Koby Kirwin, Westwood Interior Cleaning, Cowboy’s Concrete & Masonry, Diamond Drywall & Glass, John R. Wood Properties, Home-Tech

Contact: Karen Conley  Telephone: 239-592-6787 Website:


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Event: Next Stage Celebration Supports: The Next Stage Cap ital Campaign to develop the $60 million Gulfshore Playhouse Cultural Campus featuring the Baker Theatre and Education Center Where: Outdoors at the future campus site at the corner of First Avenue South and Goodlette-Frank Road 1. Don and Darlene DeMichele 2. Jason Korn 3. Izzy de Asla, Grayson de Asla, Jane and Steve Akin, Jay and Patty Baker 4. Nizar and Valerie Ghoussaini 5. Tyler Smith, Ashley Dewji 21 62 NAPLES CHARITY REGISTER

Child’s Path

Child’s Path is a nonprofit organization that strengthens and enriches the lives of working families and underserved children in Collier County through high-quality early childhood education. Approximately 75 percent of the 400 local children served annually receive tuition assistance through the nonprofit’s Bright Paths scholarships.

Main Fundraising Event: An Evening at Casino Royale: Bet on a Bright Future

Date: March 14, 2023

Location: Naples Sailing & Yacht Club

Description of Event: Child’s Path’s evening of high-rolling excitement will include casino games with professional dealers, fine dining, dancing, a live auction, wine wall, exciting raffles, and a few surprises. Plan to meet some of the children benefiting from Child’s Path.

Ticket Price: $350

Contact: William Allen Telephone: 239-776-1383


Christ Child Society of Naples

Christ Child Society of Naples was formed in 1998 as a chapter of the National Christ Child Society. The Naples chapter is multi-denominational, all-volunteer, and one of 45 nationwide. The organization focuses on four main areas to provide assistance to the underserved children of Collier County: infant care, literacy, basic needs, and the Habitat Scholars Fund.

Main Fundraising Event: Red Wagon Twentyfifth Anniversary Fundraiser

Dates: February 1-28, 2023

Location: Virtual

Description of Event: This virtual event will consist of an online auction and drawings for upscale specialty items.

Chairperson: Barbara Franks

Ticket Price: Free

Contact: Barbara Franks  Telephone: 239-404-4410


Collier Senior Center

Collier Senior Center—Golden Gate is dedicated to facilitating access to comprehensive services and resources that enhance the quality of life of older adults and their caregivers, empowering them to maintain independent and meaningful lives. With more than 1,500 members, Collier Senior Center provides a daily hot lunch, food pantry, and dozens of activities—all at no charge.

Main Fundraising Event: Celebrate Our Seniors Dinner and Conversation

Date: November 8, 2022

Location: Naples Sailing & Yacht Club

Description of Event: Join the Collier Senior Center—Golden Gate in celebrating the eighth anniversary of the senior center with lively conversation, an excellent dinner, wine, and compelling speakers. The event is by invitation only due to limited seating. Business attire is suggested.

Donations are welcome.

Honorary Chairpersons: Michele and Dan Lavender

Chairpersons: Kris Fishman, Betsy and Jim Barton

Ticket Price: By invitation only Contact: Kris Fishman Telephone: 239-252-4541 Web:


Community Pregnancy Clinics, Inc.

Community Pregnancy Clinics, Inc. is a life-affirming, nonprofit medical organization providing free services to women in crisis pregnancies. Services include pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, material assistance, sexually transmitted infections screening, and more.

Main Fundraising Event: Your Community for Life Event

Date: February 25, 2023

Location: The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples

Description of Event: Guests will enjoy an elegant dinner at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, along with an inspiring keynote address by former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany. The event will celebrate the work of Community Pregnancy Clinics, Inc. throughout Florida.

Chairperson: David Joyce

Ticket Price: Starting at $250

Contact: Scott Baier Telephone: 239-262-6381 Web:

Community School of Naples

Community School of Naples, an independent, PreK3-12 collegepreparatory day school, is driven by a commitment to excellence in teaching and learning, which are shaped by a spirit of community and collaboration. One hundred percent of CSN graduates attend four-year colleges and universities, with many attending the most selective and highly competitive schools in the nation.

Main Fundraising Event: Angel Ball

Date: March 25, 2023

Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Naples

Description of Event: For the past four decades, with the help of individual patrons and corporate sponsors, the annual Angel Ball has helped support and sustain robust academic and rich extracurricular opportunities and programs for all deserving students at CSN.

Chairpersons: Charles and Kristie Hale

Ticket Price: By invitation only Contact: Kari Greer Telephone: 239-597-7575, ext. 183 Web:

Conservancy of Southwest Florida

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is a nonprofit environmental protection organization with a 59-year history focused on issues impacting the water, land, wildlife, and future of the five-county region. The conservancy accomplishes this mission through the combined efforts of experts in the areas of environmental science, policy, education, and wildlife rehabilitation.

Main Fundraising Event: Magic Under the Mangroves

Date: March 2, 2023

Location: Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Naples

Description of Event: The annual Magic Under the Mangroves gala—one of Naples’ top annual charitable events—will feature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music, live and silent auctions, and a seated dinner. All proceeds benefit the conservancy’s mission to protect the region’s natural assets.

Chairpersons: Toni and Charlie Mueller

Major Sponsors: Northern Trust, William Raveis  Ticket Price: $750 Contact: Amy Tantillo  Telephone: 239-262-0304 Web:

Social Seen JEWISH FEDERATION OF GREATER NAPLES Event: Jewish Federation of Greater Naples Fed Cup 2021 Where: Lely Classics Golf Course, Naples Supports: Partial scholarships for local youth to attend Jewish camps and programs around the country and the world 1. Alan Ziskin, Howard Zack, Jeff Zalasky, Stan Jaffy 2. Harry Fischman, Bob Maisel, Franklin Paulson, Adam Miller 3. Kirk Wisemayer, Elaine Gilman, Claudia and Bob Mills 4. Les Nizin, Bob Maisel, Len Schuman, Phyllis Strome, Jane Schiff, Jeffrey Feld 5. Sam Semaan, Michael Clayman, Gordon Blewis, Mitch Mclendon 21 64 NAPLES CHARITY REGISTER

The Everglades Foundation

The Everglades Foundation works to protect and restore America’s Everglades through science, advocacy, and education. Its vision is for an Everglades with abundant freshwater for consumption, enjoyment, ecological health, and economic growth for future generations. By coupling science with policy, the foundation is one of the most influential players in the fight to preserve and restore this unique wetland.

Main Fundraising Event: ForEverglades Naples

Date: March 30, 2023

Location: Arthrex One, Naples

Description of Event: At this tenth annual Naples event, the foundation will celebrate 30 years of working to restore and protect America’s Everglades. Guests will enjoy cocktails and live music on the lawn followed by a fun evening with friends over a gourmet dinner, program, and live auction in Arthrex’s new ballroom.

Honorary Chairpersons: Clyde and Niki Butcher

Ticket Price: $750

Contact: Nikkie Dvorchak  Telephone: 239-206-1685


Freedom Waters Foundation

Freedom Waters Foundation is a nonprofit serving Lee and Collier counties and Florida’s East Coast.

Its mission is to enhance the lives of children, individuals with special needs, and veterans by providing therapeutic on-the-water experiences.

Main Fundraising Event: Ninth Annual Kind Mariners Ball ”Anchored by Love”

Date: February 23, 2023

Location: Naples Sailing & Yacht Club

Description of Event: The Ninth Annual Kind Mariners Ball will be a celebration of love, life, and community in a fun “Anchored by Love” theme. This premier gala fundraiser will feature a buoyant cocktail reception, lavish dinner, live entertainment, dancing, and a live auction.

Chairpersons: Brodie Hall, Elizabeth Huizinga, Dan Lane

Major Sponsors: N2N Homes, The Dock Restaurant at Crayton Cove Ticket Price: $450

Contact: Kelly Apfel  Telephone: 239-263-2377 Web:

Friends of Foster Children Forever

Friends of Foster Children Forever strives to fulfill the needs of children who are or were in foster care. Friends of Foster Children Forever provides foster children with academic and enrichment activities including: tutoring; scholarships, camps, sports, music, and arts.

Main Fundraising Event: Boogie Bash

Date: March 3, 2023

Location: The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples

Description of Event: During this highenergy evening, guests dressed in all white will enjoy a cocktail reception with unique silent auction items, a delectable dinner with a live auction, music, and dancing. All net proceeds from this annual event directly benefit foster children.

Ticket Prices: $500

Contact: Andrea Testa Telephone: 239-262-1808  Web:


Friends of Foster Children Forever


Main Fundraising Event: Friends of Foster Children Forever Labor Day 5K

Date: September 4, 2023

Location: Lowdermilk Park, Naples

Description of Event: Start your Labor Day with a great 5K at Lowdermilk! The Labor Day 5K Run/Walk is open to individuals and families. There is also a free 1K for kids. The 5K starts at beautiful Lowdermilk Park and meanders along the majestic tree-lined Banyan and Gulf Shore boulevards. Overall winners of the race will be presented with a trophy, and everyone gets a medal during this fun way to benefit foster kids.

Ticket Prices: $30

Contact: Andrea Testa Telephone: 239-262-1808


Friends of the Library of Collier County

Friends of the Library of Collier County supports the 10-branch Collier County Public Library by major funding for e-books; providing return postage on library lending services to homebound patrons; branch enhancements for tangible items not covered in the library budget; sponsoring events for children, teens, and adults; and funding genealogy software and research material.

Main Fundraising Event: The Nick Linn Lecture Series

Dates: January 16, February 20, March 13, and March 27, 2023

Location: The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples

Description of Event: The Nick Linn Lecture Series consists of four luncheons and lectures by nationally known authors: Fiona Davis; Delia Owens and Mary Alice Monroe; Robert Dugoni; and David Baldacci. The Friends of the Library is celebrating the lecture series’ twentieth anniversary.  Honorary Chairperson: Nick Linn Chairperson: Trish Benisch

Major Sponsors: Books-A-Million; Publix Super Markets Charities; Vi at Bentley Village

Ticket Prices: $500

Contact: Marlene Haywood Telephone: 239-262-8135


Friends of Rookery Bay

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve stretches across 110,000 acres of pristine mangrove forest, uplands, and protected waters, encompassing 40 percent of the Collier County coastline. Friends of Rookery Bay connects people with the dynamic Southwest Florida coastal environment and supports the reserve’s commitment to preservation through research, education, and land protection.

Main Fundraising Event: Bash for the Bay Date: March 9, 2023

Location: The Players Club & Spa, Naples Description of Event: Participate in a fun evening featuring dinner, auctions, and dancing to the CTO High Voltage Band.

Ticket Price: $250 Contact: Athan Barkoukis Telephone: 239-530-5972 Website:

Social Seen MAKE-A-WISH SOUTHERN FLORIDA Event: Wishmaker’s Starfishes & Wishes Party Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Naples Supports: Life-changing wishes for Southwest Florida children diagnosed with a critical illness 1. Bich-ly Ludwig, Erin Dever, Jennifer Colantonio, Daniela Malo 2. Bryan and Cassandra Simmering 3. Jeff and Kathy Beuttel, Michael and Kaleigh Grover 4. Lisa and Patrick Dearborn 5. Tangela Mobley, Dominique Mobley Stallings, Francina Tolbert 21

Fun Time Early Childhood Academy

The Fun Time Early Childhood Academy provides safe, quality, affordable education and care for children and parents from low-income, working families with the mission to prepare children for kindergarten, ready to read and ready to learn.

Main Fundraising Event: Annual Fundraising Gala

Date: February 16, 2023

Location: An exclusive golf club in Naples

Description of Event: Guests will spend an evening on Broadway. The event will feature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live and silent auctions, and a seated dinner. All proceeds will benefit Fun Time Early Childhood Academy.

Honorary Chairpersons: Faye and Jim Derham

Chairpersons: Robin Larkin, Pam Heffernan

Ticket Prices: $400

Contact: Becca Mysels Telephone: 239-261-8284


Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs

Founded in 2012, Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs is a nonprofit organization that promotes independence for combat-wounded veterans and children with lifechanging disabilities through partnerships with skilled assistance dogs. Golden PAWS places dogs at no cost with those they serve.

Main Fundraising Event: Santa PAWS

Date: November 16, 2022

Location: The Ken & Susan Meyer Center for Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs, Naples

Description of Event: Santa PAWS is the annual signature fundraising event of Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs. Members of the nonprofit’s family enjoy a night of hospitality and giving; this year’s event will be hosted at the new Ken & Susan Meyer Center for Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs.

Contact: Arden Vorperian Telephone: 239-276-7297 Web:

Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples

A 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization founded in 2002, the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (CMON) is a brain-building powerhouse and Southwest Florida’s first museum devoted to children and families. Its mission is to provide an exciting, inspiring environment where children and their families play, learn, and dream together.

Main Fundraising Event: Night at the Museum: Saturday Night Fever

Date: January 28, 2023

Location: Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples

Description of Event: The grooviest gala in Naples will feature an elevated culinary experience. Night at the Museum: Saturday Night Fever will be a playful event for a serious reason—helping children grow through play-based learning. The gala will include live music, fabulous auction packages, and more.

Chairpersons: Dena Rae Hancock, P. Robert Caito

Ticket Price: $1,000

Contact: Laura Richardson Bright Telephone: 239-514-0084  Web:


Guadalupe Center

Guadalupe Center is a purpose-driven, mission-forward nonprofit organization with a mission of breaking the cycle of poverty through education for the children of Immokalee.

Main Fundraising Event: Guadalupe Center Gala

Date: January 19, 2023

Location: The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples

Description of Event: The gala will feature dinner, dancing, and a lively auction to benefit the nonprofit’s educational programs serving the children of Immokalee. Guests will meet the students of Guadalupe Center and learn about the life-changing impact of the successful programs.

Chairpersons: Debbie and Bill Toler

Major Sponsor: London Bay Homes

Ticket Price: $750

Contact: Tammy Richelieu  Telephone: 239-963-3668


Gulfshore Opera

Gulfshore Opera is Southwest Florida’s touring opera company. From grand opera productions at major venues to community concerts, Gulfshore Opera enriches the community by presenting accessible, high-quality vocal performances with classically trained artists. It also brings together a diverse cross section of the community through social programs including the Harmony Choir, an after-school program for at-risk youth.

Main Fundraising Event: Gulfshore Opera Gala

Date: March 12, 2023

Concert Location: Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church, Naples

Dinner Location: The Club at the Strand, Naples

Description of Event: Gulfshore Opera’s signature fundraising event will begin with the “Bel Canto to Bernstein” concert of famous Italian opera arias and ensembles, followed by a tribute to Leonard Bernstein. Following the concert, a Meet the Artists reception and elegant dinner will take place at The Club at the Strand. Chairpersons: Stephanie Schwetz, Becky Wilder

Ticket Price: $300

Contact: Michelle Westley  Telephone: 239-529-3925  Web:

Gulfshore Playhouse

Naples’ premier professional theatre is committed to enriching the region’s cultural landscape through world-class productions and impactful education programs that are elegant, inspiring, uplifting, and thought-provoking.

Main Fundraising Event: Masquerade—The Gulfshore Playhouse Gala

Date: March 6, 2023

Location: The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples

Description of Event: Don your best disguise for this masquerade ball—a spectacle guaranteed to astound participants. Support a great cause while enjoying a remarkable evening featuring Broadway entertainment, exceptional food and drinks, and fine company. Make sure to get this not-to-be-missed event on your calendar!

Honorary Chairpersons: Sandi and Tom Moran

Ticket Price: $600

Contact: Dave Blount Telephone: 239-261-7529 Web:

Social Seen NAPLES ART Event: Scene to be Seen Where: Grey Oaks Country Club, Naples Supports: Art exhibitions, classes, and programming for underprivileged children 1. Adam and Abby Trexler 2. Darlene DeMichele, Thom Filicia 3. Teri Fisher, Rasit Turk, Frank Verpoorten, Lauren Iorizzo, Rich Cacace 4. Frank and Rachel Verpoorten 5. Ben and Leonza Machielse 21

Heil Luthringer Foundation, Inc.

The Heil Luthringer Foundation provides education about multiple sclerosis (MS) to afflicted individuals and their families, caregivers, the community, and health care professionals. HLF awards scholarships to students of parents who have MS and establishes local support groups led by MS experts.

Main Fundraising Event: MS GAL Adventures

Date: March 8, 2023

Location: Collier’s Reserve Country Club, Naples

Description of Event: Experience an inspirational and interactive gourmet luncheon detailing the adventures of “two disabled chicks” who have embraced multiple sclerosis. These two chicks will share how they have dedicated two decades to serving the local MS community, founded two charities, and raised $2 million. Don’t miss this story of triumph over tragedy.

Honorary Chairperson: Elizabeth Galbut Chairpersons: Debbie Heil, Lisa Luthringer

Major Sponsors: Sogal Ventures, Millennium Physician Group

Ticket Price: $100

Contact: Debbie Heil Telephone: 239-595-7179  Web:

Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center

The museum teaches the lessons of the Holocaust to inspire action against bigotry, hatred, and violence. Museum programs, exhibits, and events inform students, educators, and museum visitors about historic and current injustices based on religious, racial, and gender discrimination, and how everyone can take steps to help others in need.

Main Fundraising Event: Triumph 2023

Date: March 15, 2023

Location: Arthrex One, Naples

Description of Event: Triumph 2023 is the museum’s annual fundraising event benefitting the museum’s education programs. The evening will feature a VIP reception, wine and cocktails, dinner, and a special program.

Chairpersons: Maureen Lerner, Estelle Price, Nancy White, Diane McGinty, Sandy Roth

Ticket Price: $300

Contact: Tim Morrison Telephone: 239-263-9200 Web:


Main Fundraising Event: The Luncheon

Date: December 7, 2022

Location: A private club, Naples

Description of Event: The museum’s winter fundraising luncheon will include a VIP reception, wine, and lunch. Author and playwright Tom Dugan will perform excerpts from his award-winning one-man play, Wiesenthal. Proceeds benefit the museum’s education programs.

Ticket Price: $150

Chairpersons: Maureen Lerner, Estelle Price, Nancy White, Diane McGinty, Sandy Roth

Contact: Tim Morrison Telephone: 239-263-9200 Web:


Humane Society Naples

The Humane Society Naples is an independent nonprofit, solely supported by private donations. Their mission is to shelter animals in times of need, to locate life-long homes, and to advocate for responsible pet ownership. There is no time limit on how long pets stay at the facility.

Main Fundraising Event: My Rescue Rescued Me

Date: November 10, 2022

Location: Baker Park, Naples

Description of Event: This is an evening in celebration of the pets who enrich their families’ lives. The night will start with a plated dinner for VIP guests at Baker Park’s Eva Sugden-Gomez Center. After dinner, more guests will join for a dance party, including plenty of food and cocktails.

Ticket Prices: $250

Contact: Melissa Demkovich Telephone: 239-643-1555


The Immokalee Foundation

The Immokalee Foundation provides a range of education programs that focus on building pathways to professional careers through support, mentoring, tutoring, and life-skills development leading to economic independence.

Main Fundraising Event: CEO Leadership Summit

Date: April 17, 2023

Location: TBA

Description of Event: Local executives and CEOs will share their stories and career paths with the graduating seniors from The Immokalee Foundation to show that anything is possible through hard work and dedication.

Ticket Price: $100

Contact: Marie Rubenstein  Telephone: 239-430-9122


JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation)

JDRF is a leading global organization dedicated to funding Type 1 (juvenile) diabetes research. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes both children and adults. It is not connected to diet or lifestyle and there is no cure. JDRF’s mission is to improve lives by accelerating life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent, and treat Type 1 diabetes and its complications.

Main Fundraising Event: 2023 Hope Gala

Date: March 4, 2023

Location: The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples

Description of Event: Join JDRF for the greatest show in Naples. Hope Gala guests will enjoy cocktails, dinner, live entertainment, and silent and live auctions in support of turning Type 1 diabetes into “type none.”

Chairperson: Jessica Shwedel Ticket Price: $500

Contact: Julianne Perrone Telephone: 239-591-2825 Web:


Event: Building site dedication ceremony for the future, permanent home of the nonprofit Naples

Center Where: 13.7-acre site on Autumn Oaks Lane, North Naples Details: A 30,000-square-foot facility will provide comprehensive services to 1,400 seniors.

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Jingled Elves

Jingled Elves is a charity established in 2017 that is dedicated to raising funds for initiatives for women and children. Annual holiday trolley tours raise funds for charities focusing on specific programs that enhance the lives of women and children. In 2021, proceeds benefitted The Shelter for Abused Women & Children, Pathways Early Education Center of Immokalee, Laces of Love, and Youth Haven.

Main Fundraising Event: Trolley Tour

Date: December 6, 2022

Locations: Mercato, Venetian Village, and downtown Naples

Description of Event: The Jingled Elves Trolley Tour will begin at Mercato with a flash mob on the green, tour of Naples holiday lights, and three impromptu flash mob performances in different locations near downtown Naples, culminating in a party with a DJ and light show at Mercato.

Chairpersons: Donna Issenmann, Linda Sims, Laura Donovan, Harleigh Kehoe

Major Sponsors: Lilly Pulitzer Waterside, J.McLaughlin, Stock Development, Seminole Casino, Wynn’s Market, Alexander’s Restaurant, Naples Wine Collection, TruGlo MedSpa, Mercato, Allini Water Filters, The Village Shops on Venetian Bay, High Tide Studio & Gallery, The Wellington Group at Morgan Stanley, WINK News, Naples Illustrated

Ticket Price: $175

Contact: Donna Issenmann

Telephone: 239-431-6524


The League Club

The League Club is a 501(c)(3) organization of women in Southwest Florida strengthening communities through fellowship, education, volunteerism, and philanthropy. The League Club is open to women who have been, or still are active, members of a Junior League that is a member of the Association of Junior Leagues International.

Main Fundraising Event: Naples Tables 2023 “Fun Fabulous Festive!” Luncheon & An Evening at Naples Tables

Date: March 7-8, 2023

Location: The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples

Description of Event: This annual luncheon showcasing spectacular tablescapes has expanded to include an evening event. The “Fun Fabulous Festive!” luncheon will be a lavish celebration with guest of honor and keynote speaker Charlotte Moss, awardwinning interior designer, author, and philanthropist. An Evening at Naples Tables is an added opportunity to meet Charlotte Moss and view the tablescapes while enjoying cocktails and appetizers. Chairperson: Andrea Stewart Media Sponsor: Naples Illustrated  Ticket Prices: $450 luncheon, $375 evening

Contact: Denise Hadley  Telephone: 239-353-3100  Web:

Make-A-Wish Southern Florida

Together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. The Southwest Florida regional office serves children who reside or are treated in Collier, Glades, Hendry, and Lee counties. We rely 100 percent on community support and volunteerism to fulfill our mission. In a typical year, we grant a wish every 14 hours at a $0 cost to the wish family to experience the child’s wish.

Main Fundraising Event: Wishmaker’s Wish Upon a Star Party

Date: January 21, 2023

Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Naples Description of Event: The Wishmaker’s Wish Upon a Star Party, presented by First Horizon Foundation, will host more than 250 guests for dinner and a wish celebration. The event will include a silent auction, entertainment, and the opportunity to Adopt-A-Wish and witness the impact wishes have on local children.  Honorary Chairperson: Lianne Caruso Major Sponsor: First Horizon Foundation Ticket Price: $475

Contact: Alexa Bowman  Telephone: 239-992-9474  Web:


MS Center of Southwest Florida

The mission of the Multiple Sclerosis Center of Southwest Florida is to provide comprehensive care to support the body, mind, and spirit for those living with multiple sclerosis. The MS center has served Southwest Florida for more than 20 years and is an independent organization.

Main Fundraising Event: Be Part of the Magic—April Fools & Folly

Date: April 1, 2023

Location: Vineyards Country Club, Naples

Description of Event: The annual gala evening will include a cocktail reception, seated dinner, and live auction followed by music and dancing. The magic-themed evening will feature jesters, jugglers, fortune tellers, and palm readers.

Chairpersons: Samantha Bloom, Rachel Keller, Cindy Lightner, Linda Rezek

Major Sponsors: Stock Development, Collier Neurologic Specialists, UBS Private Wealth Management—The Stephens Group

Ticket Price: $400

Contact: Kay Jasso Telephone: 239-319-0904 Web:

NAMI Collier County

NAMI Collier County provides mental health support, advocacy, and education that inspires resilience and strengthens communities.

Main Fundraising Event: Hope Shines Luncheon

Date: December 9, 2022

Location: Arthrex One, Naples

Description of Event: The Hope Shines Luncheon brings the community together to raise support and awareness for mental health, in addition to honoring local crisis intervention team officers. This year’s guest speaker will be actor Richard Dreyfus. Individual tickets, table sponsors, and corporate sponsors are welcome.

Ticket Price: $300

Contact: Kristin Long  Telephone: 239-260-7300 Web:

Naples Art

Naples Art is a nonprofit, contemporary visual arts organization started in 1954.

Its mission is to enlighten, engage, educate, and enrich the community by fostering creativity through art exhibitions, art classes, programs for kids, and more.

Main Fundraising Event: Scene to be Seen

Date: January 14, 2023

Location: The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples

Description of Event: Scene to be Seen is Naples Art’s annual signature fundraising event. A dynamic, live wearable art runway fashion show showcasing original designs will take center stage this year. Proceeds from the event will fund exhibitions and educational programs for adults, youth, and underprivileged children in Southwest Florida.

Chairpersons: Valerie and Nizar Ghoussaini

Ticket Price: $125

Contact: Frank Verpoorten Telephone: 239-262-6517  Web:


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CLUB Event: A Culinary Adventure That Gives Back Where: Eighteen premier restaurants, Naples Supports: Meals of Hope, Meals on Wheels, St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry, and Judy Sullivan Resource Center of Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice 1. Carol Chiu 2. Caroline Carnuccio, Patti DeBone, Vicki Hill, Diana Richter 3. Laurie McClester, Dona Brown, Diana Hurley, Mary Melhorn 4. Linda Snyder, Gina McClellan, Bata Milosh, Lori Vollerthum 5. Mary Mehorn, Ursula Pfahl 21

Naples Botanical Garden

Naples Botanical Garden is a 170acre, world-class garden paradise that features plants from around the world. From its commitment to local communities to awardwinning horticultural design and a comprehensive approach to sustainability, Naples Botanical Garden is truly a special place.

Main Fundraising Event: Hats in the Garden

Date: March 29, 2023

Location: Naples Botanical Garden

Description of Event: Hats in the Garden, chaired by Shelly Stayer, will celebrate its nineteenth anniversary. After a champagne stroll through the garden, guests will don their finest millinery and cocktail attire while enjoying a world-class runway show and luncheon served by The Ritz-Carlton, Naples.

Chairperson: Shelly Stayer

Major Sponsor: William Raveis Real Estate

Ticket Price: $850

Contact: Rhea Merrill

Telephone: 239-315-728  Web:

Naples Charity Clays

Naples Charity Clays is an annual fundraising “skeet shooting” event to help fight Parkinson’s disease. Novice shooters are welcome.

Main Fundraising Event: Sporting Clays Competition

Date: January 14, 2023

Location: Gulf Coast Clays, Naples

Description of Event: A fun and friendly competition consisting of teams and individuals who will shoot 75 targets on a sporting clays course. Targets, shells, breakfast, and a bar-b-que lunch are included. Gun rental will be available, and each stand will be supervised with experienced shooters and safety personnel.

Chairpersons: Anthony Dwyer, Adrienne Gilhart, Laura Criswell, Dionne Fleming, Pamela Wascher

Ticket Price: $250

Contact: Anthony Dwyer Telephone: 239-261-2020  Web:

Naples Children & Education Foundation

The Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF) is improving the educational, emotional, and health outcomes of underprivileged and at-risk children in Collier County. Since its inception, NCEF has benefitted more than 50 of the most effective nonprofit organizations in the community, providing over 300,000 children with the services and resources they need to excel.

Main Fundraising Event: 2023 Naples Winter Wine Festival

Date: February 3-5, 2023

Location: The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples

Description of Event: One of the world’s premier charity wine auctions, the Naples Winter Wine Festival offers a weekend of unforgettable memories. Guests will enjoy world-class food and wine at intimate private dinners and are invited to bid on incredible travel and wine experiences during an electrifying live auction.

Chairpersons: Nena and Bill Beynon, Libby and Rick Germain, Julia and Robert Heidt Jr.  Ticket Price: Starting at $15,000 per couple

Contact: Lisa Juliano  Telephone: 239-514-2239 Web:


Naples Garden Club

Naples Garden Club is a communityoriented charitable and educational organization fostering appreciation and understanding of horticulture, design, and the environment by providing opportunities for learning and sharing.

Main Fundraising Event: House & Garden Tour

Date: January 28, 2023

Location: Welcome Event Plaza, Naples Botanical Garden

Description of Event: This is the inaugural event for the seventieth anniversary year of the Naples Garden Club. Attendees will visit four inspiring homes in Old Naples, Port Royal, and Aqualane Shores via motor coach. The day will include light refreshments, a tote bag, and discount at Naples Botanical Garden’s Jane and Chuck Berger Shop.

Chairpersons: Sondra Quinn, Raynelle Perkins

Major Sponsor: Bo Maher

Ticket Price: $150

Contact: Holly Lonsdale Telephone: 626-390-5264


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Main Fundraising Event: Naples Flower Show—”Just Imagine”

Dates: March 17-18, 2023

Location: Welcome Event Plaza, Naples Botanical Garden

Description of Event: Naples Garden Club and Naples Botanical Garden are partnering to present the largest flower show in Southwest Florida. This juried show will include spectacular floral designs and photography, beautiful horticulture, guest lecturers, and shopping opportunities.

Chairperson: Melinda Earle

Ticket Price: Free with garden admission

Contact: Melinda Earle Telephone: 239-529-3808


Naples Historical Society

Naples Historical Society is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the history of Naples for the community and future generations to enjoy. The society is recognized as the central voice of Naples history, and Historic Palm Cottage—a 3,500-square-foot museum built in 1895—is the city’s portal to Naples history.

Main Fundraising Event: Christmas Gala at Historic Palm Cottage

Date: December 2, 2022

Location: Historic Palm Cottage, Naples

Description of Event: Ring in the season and support local history at this blacktie holiday gathering. Guests will begin the evening with cocktails and mingle in Naples’ oldest house, Historic Palm Cottage, and then stroll into The Norris Gardens for delicious dining under a gorgeous tent.

Honorary Chairpersons: Nancy and Tom Gallagher

Chairpersons: Sharon von Arx, Elaine Reed Major Sponsors: Northern Trust, Stephanie and Richard Prebish Ticket Price: $550

Contact: Rita Tagliasacchi Telephone: 239-261-8164 Web:

Social Seen NAPLES THERAPEUTIC RIDING CENTER Event: Gala of the Royal Horses Traveling Horse Performance Where: Naples Therapeutic Riding Center Supports: The nonprofit riding center’s equine-facilitated programs for children and adults with physical, social, and mental health needs 1. Carol Larezzi, Lola Larezzi, Addy Ely 2. Michael and Nancy Dauphinias 3. Stephanie Maxwell, Aubrey Maxwell, Sharon Burton, Dawn King 4. Sue Lottridge, Diane Simmons 5. Valentina Alikaj, Enzo Alikaj, Mary Fellenz 21 74 NAPLES CHARITY REGISTER

Naples Pathways Coalition

Naples Pathway Coalition is a nonprofit advocacy group working to create a safe, bikeable, and walkable Collier County. The keystone project is the Paradise Coast Trail, a 70-mile paved trail connecting Naples to Bonita Springs, Collier Seminole Park, Ave Maria, and other areas in Collier County.

Main Fundraising Event: Eighteenth Annual Iron Joe Turkey Ride

Date: November 27, 2022

Location: Eagle Lakes Community Park, Naples

Description of Event: This afterThanksgiving tradition will start with breakfast. Participants will then head out on a well-marked route on their bikes (from 5 to 62 miles). There will be an after-party with music, food, beer, soft drinks, raffles, and more. Children ages 12 and under ride free.

Honorary Chairpersons: Cathy Faerber, Sean Nolan, Alan Ryker, Teddy Wallingford, Jim Bennett

Chairpersons: Craig Manchen, Joe Bonness, Rob Vigorito, Susan Sonnenshein, Sundi Faith, George Dondanville, Nat Smith

Ticket Price: $50

Contact: Michelle Avola-Brown Telephone: 239-777-7718 Web:

Naples Performing Arts Center

The Naples Performing Arts Center provides excellence in arts education through a diverse curriculum while fostering creativity, building self-esteem, developing students’ love for the arts, and equipping them with life skills. Naples Performing Arts Center believes all students, regardless of ethnicity, intellectual capabilities, and/or financial status, should have the opportunity to participate in the arts.

Main Fundraising Event: Bets & Broadway

Date: February 10, 2023

Location: TBA

Description of Event: The annual Bets & Broadway fundraiser will feature casino games, live performances, a poker tournament, silent auction, raffles, hors d’oeuvres, and more. All proceeds benefit children in the arts at the center.

Ticket Price: $175

Contact: Lily Jano Telephone: 239-325-8789  Web:

The Naples Players

The Naples Players continually seeks to enrich, educate, and entertain our community through a superior theatre experience. This premier community theatre seeks to inspire passion for the performing arts through unparalleled access to the process, experience, and conversations surrounding the arts and our community.

Main Fundraising Event: Front & Center Gala

Date: February 7, 2023

Location: Sugden Community Theatre, Sugden Plaza, Naples

Description of Event: The Front & Center Gala, benefitting The Naples Players, is held annually in Sugden Plaza and on the outdoor Baker Stage. The evening will include dinner by Ocean Prime and a lively musical program featuring highlights from the sixty-ninth season. Guests will have an opportunity to support the theater’s programs through a paddle-raise initiative that is the fundraising focus of the event. Live music and dancing under the stars will conclude this one-of-a-kind event in the heart of downtown Naples.

Major Sponsor: Porsche Naples

Ticket Price: $750

Contact: Candace Johnson Telephone: 239-434-7340 Web:


Naples Senior Center at JFCS

Naples Senior Center enriches the lives of people 60 and older with comprehensive programs and services that support and strengthen them and their families, often at times of vulnerability and crisis.

Main Fundraising Event: Eleventh Annual Evening for Better Tomorrows

Date: January 14, 2023

Location: Royal Poinciana Golf Club, Naples

Description of Event: This eleventh annual evening event will feature a lavish dinner followed by entertainment by Shadows of the 60’s performing Motown hits. The fourth annual Volunteer of the Year Award will be presented.

Ticket Price: $450

Contact: Jaclynn Faffer

Major Sponsor: Waterside Shops

Telephone: 239-325-4444


Naples Therapeutic Riding Center

Naples Therapeutic Riding Center (NTRC) improves the lives of children and adults with physical, social, and mental health needs through therapeutic riding and other equine-related programs. With a dedicated staff, herd of 14 horses, and the assistance of nearly 400 volunteers, NTRC provides equineassisted therapies to more than 800 participants each year.

Main Fundraising Event: Seventeenth Annual Bootstrap Boogie Barn Dance

Date: November 12, 2022

Location: Naples Therapeutic Riding Center

Description of Event: The Bootstrap Boogie Barn Dance is NTRC’s signature event that funds annual operating costs as well as an expansion needed to eliminate its waiting list. Guests will enjoy live music, tasty vittles, Pony Pie Bingo with mini horses, other fun fundraising activities, and a silent auction.

Ticket Price: $500

Contact: Cathy Chickerell Telephone: 239-596-2988


Naples Therapeutic Riding Center


Main Fundraising Event: Kentucky Derby

Date: May 6, 2023

Location: Naples Therapeutic Riding Center

Description of Event: Watch the Kentucky Derby live on the big screen while enjoying hors d’oeuvres, mint juleps, a cash bar, live auction, and a crazy pants and best hat contest. This event will support the purchase of new therapy horses.

Ticket Price: $200

Contact: Cathy Chickerell Telephone: 239-596-2988


Social Seen PATH2FREEDOM Event: Sixth Annual Red Gala Where: Hilton Naples Supports: Providing a safe environment and long-term recovery programs for adolescent girls rescued from human trafficking 1. Byron and Erica Donalds, Demi-Leigh Tebow, Ana and Jon Stevenson 2. Vladi and Jonathan Kling, Jay and Stephanie Waltbillig, Christy and Brian Hood 3. Kristie and Jon Tapper, Kristy Klimaitas, Nathan Wigley, Kitsi and Colin Estrem, Rebecca and Kolby Jones, Sara and Mike Mueller 4. Cee Cee Marinelli Hankins, Lauren Hankins 5. Ty and Maddy Vigil, Samreen and Robert Mongillo, Courtney and Tom Jones 21

Naples Woman’s Club

The Naples Woman’s Club is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the greater Naples community through philanthropic activities and volunteer service. The club has 300 members and monthly meetings are held October through April of each year. The club hosts several educational and charitable events during the year and promotes friendship among women, in addition to philanthropic and volunteer programs.

Main Fundraising Event: A Culinary

Adventure That Gives Back

Dates: January 25, February 23, and March 22, 2023

Location: A variety of premier Naples-area restaurants

Description of Event: A series of chef table luncheons at the finest restaurants in Naples. Treat yourself and your friends to a culinary demonstration by chefs at these restaurants while enjoying a special three-course meal created for the event. Net proceeds benefit those facing food insecurity.

Chairperson: Susan Schiraldi

Major Sponsors: Naples Illustrated, Bigham Jewelers, Gulf Coast International Properties, Moran Wealth Management

Ticket Price: $165

Contact: Susan Schiraldi Telephone: 239-262-6331  Web:

Naples Woman’s Club


Main Fundraising Event: An Afternoon with Authors

Date: March 9, 2023

Location: Naples Woman’s Club

Description of Event: Join three New York Times bestselling authors—Kristin Harmel, Meg Waite Clayton, and Kristy Woodson Harvey—for a panel discussion about their books. The event includes a silent auction, refreshments, book sale and signing, and a chance to meet the authors. Proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity.

Chairpersons: Pam Wendell, Wendy Davis

Major Sponsor: McIntosh Books

Ticket Price: $150

Contact: Leah Rivers Telephone: 239-262-6331  Web:

Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens

The mission of Naples Zoo is to inspire people of all ages to respect, value, and help conserve wildlife and our natural world.

Main Fundraising Event: Zoo Gala 2022 “Moonlight in Malaysia”

Date: November 17, 2022

Location: Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens

Description of Event: This exclusive, sold-out event will be held at Naples Zoo. Guests will enjoy animal encounters, elaborate table designs, a seated dinner, and entertainment. Proceeds will support Naples Zoo’s work with endangered species and the zoo’s efforts to inspire young hearts to love animals and nature.

Chairpersons: Sheliah Wall, Jennifer McCurry, Anita Lovse, Nina Van Arsdale

Major Sponsor: Northern Trust Ticket Price: $10,000

Contact: Tina Jaquess

Telephone: 239-262-5409, ext. 149 Web:


Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens


Main Fundraising Event: ZOObilee 2023

Date: February 10, 2023

Location: Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens

Description of Event: ZOObilee attendees will enjoy delicious cuisine from more than 25 local restaurants and caterers at twilight. Event highlights will include upclose animal encounters, live entertainment, and a chance to win an African safari for two.

Chairpersons: Nikkie Dvorchak, David Ruben

Major Sponsor: FPL Solar Now

Ticket Price: $125

Contact: Savannah Perry Telephone: 239-262-5409, ext. 145


National MS Society

The National MS Society is a movement by and for people living with multiple sclerosis (MS). The society funds promising research. In addition, the society provides assistance through the MS Navigator service and advocates for public policies that improve the lives of those affected by MS. The Southwest Florida Community Council serves Naples and the surrounding area by bringing awareness to the disease, treatments, and resources.

Main Fundraising Event: The Orange Blossom Evening

Date: December 3, 2022

Location: Talis Park, Naples

Description of Event: This magical evening under the stars will include a cocktail reception, buffet stations, and a live auction, featuring internationally acclaimed tenor Aaron Caruso accompanied by a full orchestra.

Chairperson: Ian Russell

Major Sponsors: Matthew Baker, Collier Neurologic Specialists; Ian and Ginger Russell; Steve and Joanne Rasnick; The Leppo Group of Wells Fargo Advisors; Ferrari of Naples Ticket Price: $350

Contact: Robin Nunley Telephone: 772-260-6701 Web:

Neighborhood Health Clinic

“Hope and healing for those in need” is the life-saving mission of Neighborhood Health Clinic. Through a professional volunteer staff, and made possible by private philanthropy without government funding, the clinic provides comprehensive, quality medical and dental care, coupled with education and wellness programs, for low-income, working but uninsured Collier County adults.

Main Fundraising Event: Celebration of Hope and Healing

Date: March 10, 2023

Location: Van Domelen Education and Wellness Building at Neighborhood Health Clinic, Naples

Description of Event: The Celebration of Hope and Healing is the Neighborhood Health Clinic’s signature event celebrating the unique care provided to those in need in Naples. This elegant evening promises guests a celebration with cocktails, dinner, dancing, and the Save-A-Life program, benefitting patient services at the clinic.

Honorary Chairpersons: Pat and Vince Foglia

Chairperson: Susan Jones Ticket Price: $200 Contact: Marcie Burland  Telephone: 239-261-6600  Web:


Event: Naples Auto Experience—Jetport Reception and Cars on Fifth Where: Reception at Elite Jets hangar, car show on Fifth Avenue South Supports: Programs providing solutions to homelessness, hunger, substance abuse, and poverty in Southwest Florida

Social Seen
1. Bob Irzyk 2. Tom and Ruth O’Riordan 3. Hillary Lemaster, Odell and Mary Bailey, Michael and Anna Lopez, Rachael and John Loukonen 4. Nick Porter, Mike Miller, Renee Beckner, Bob Irzyk 5. The scene on Fifth Avenue South 21 78 NAPLES CHARITY REGISTER

Opera Naples

Opera Naples is dedicated to presenting high-quality opera productions and concerts featuring internationally renowned performers and directors. As an advocate of community service and education outreach, Opera Naples prides itself on nurturing the region’s promising young talent. To date, more than 60,000 children have been introduced to opera since its inception through various programs.

Main Fundraising Event: Seville Soirée Gala…Por Amor a la Música

Date: February 28, 2023

Location: Arthrex One, Naples

Description of Event: This annual signature fundraiser will celebrate the complex music and culture of Seville, Spain. Guests will be transported to a sultry Spanish outdoor plaza and gardens featuring cocktails and fine dining, operatic performances, and silent and live auctions.

Honorary Chairperson: Teresa Heitmann Chairpersons: Louise Ost, Cindy Stegemann

Ticket Price: $500

Contact: Kent Kyle Telephone: 239-963-9050


Pace Center for Girls, Collier at Immokalee

Pace provides girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training, and advocacy. Pace envisions a future where all girls and young women, regardless of race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status, are cared for, supported, and encouraged to become the best versions of themselves.

Main Fundraising Event: Twenty-fifth Anniversary Believing in Girls Luncheon

Date: March 30, 2023

Location: The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples

Description of Event: Celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of Pace Collier with a luncheon featuring remarkable stories from Pace girls and alumnae.

Chairperson: Erin Otterbeck Ticket Price: $200

Contact: Sharon Tolnai Telephone: 239-470-3104


Pan-Florida Challenge

Pan-Florida Challenge supports cancer prevention research at Moffitt Cancer Center and patients and hungry children throughout the state of Florida, as malnutrition has been shown to increase the risk of cancer.

Main Fundraising Event: Pan-Florida Challenge Cancer Ride

Dates: March 25-26, 2023

Location: Paradise Coast Sports Complex, Naples

Description of Event: The Pan-Florida Challenge Cancer Ride is an annual charity bike ride offering multiple routes for cyclists of all ages and skill levels. Every route is fully supported along the way with food and water stops, mechanical support, a finisher’s medal, finish line party, and PanFlorida Challenge gear.

Honorary Chairpersons: Sue and Ed Mullen

Chairpersons: Jim and Tina Gula, Robert Vigorito, Craig Manchen

Major Sponsors: Beacon Real Estate Partners, Soldavini & Caldwell, ESPN Southwest Florida, Waterside Builders, Frank Sajtar, William Penn Realty, United Way of Palm Beach County

Ticket Price: $50

Contact: Jeri Goetz Telephone: 239-298-1620 Web:


Parkinson’s Association of SWFL, Inc.

For more than 25 years, Parkinson’s Association of SWFL has provided front-line, evidence-based, effective programs and services that improve the quality of life, educate, enrich, and empower community members affected by Parkinson’s and related neurological diseases. Each week, more than 20 programs and support groups are offered.

Main Fundraising Event: A Step Forward: Overcoming Obstacles Luncheon

Date: March 31, 2023

Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Naples

Description of Event: Fox & Friends weekend news anchor, Army National Guard veteran, and former CEO of Concerned Veterans for America Pete Hegseth will present his inspirational story at the signature fundraising luncheon in support of the Parkinson’s Association of Southwest Florida.

Chairpersons: Merrill Fox, Beth Poorman

Honorary Chairperson: Adria D. Starkey

Major Sponsors: BrightStar Care, FineMark National Bank & Trust, The Wellington Group at Morgan Stanley, George and Helen Fox Family Foundation, Bill and Sandy Garrett, Ellen Mazzucco and Bill Morgan, Brad and Beth Poorman

Ticket Price: $300

Contact: Mary Schoeffel Telephone: 239-417-3465


Path 2 Freedom

Path 2 Freedom’s mission is to create hope and healing for child survivors of human trafficking by providing safe environments and long-term programs for recovery.

Main Fundraising Event: Red Gala

Date: November 12, 2022

Location: Elite Jets, Naples Airport

Description of Event: Guests will enjoy cocktails, dinner, dancing, and silent and live auctions during this beautiful night of raising funds to benefit child survivors of human trafficking and their journeys from rescue to restoration.

Honorary Chairperson: Jennifer Parisi Chairpersons: Barb Bollinger, Amie Fanta, Lauren Picascio

Major Sponsors: Mercedes-Benz, Paradise Found Restaurant and Bar Ticket Price: $275

Contact: Lauren Picascio  Telephone: 239-331-4216  Web:

Pathways Early Education Center of Immokalee

Pathways is a nationally accredited early education center and a leader in Naples Children & Education Foundation’s Early Learning Initiative, collaborating to implement groundbreaking programs that close education gaps by delivering highquality early learning programs. In its 57-year history, the center has been changing the path for Immokalee’s most vulnerable children by preparing them for a lifetime of learning.

Main Fundraising Event: Star Light, Star Bright

Date: January 28, 2023

Location: Royal Poinciana Golf Club, Naples

Description of Event: Guests will enjoy an elegant evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a seated dinner, and special guest speaker.

Chairperson: Sue Sherwin Ticket Price: $350

Contact: Brandon Dowdy  Telephone: 239-261-1774  Web:


Event: Dining for the STARs Supports: Programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities Details: Small dinner gatherings were held in 19 local homes and restaurants while a live virtual program connected nearly 700 participants near and far 1. John and Carrie Cooney 2. Joe and Mary Smallwood 3. Sue Bieker, Radka Mogul 4. Matt and Hanna Riley 5. Lisa Ficarra and Dave Soulliere 21 VICKI BAKER VALERIE FYKE PHOTOGRAPHY/LAUREN MARIE


Providence House is a faith-based, transitional housing and self-sufficiency program for women with young children who are homeless or at-risk of being homeless. It offers the opportunity to overcome the barriers that contribute to homelessness and hinder earning a living wage. Services include life skills, money management, counseling referrals, and more in a safe and secure environment.

Main Fundraising Event: Seventeenth Annual Luncheon

Date: November 12, 2022

Location: St. Ann Jubilee Center, Naples

Description of Event: Expect fabulous, fun, and unique tablescapes created by champions of Providence House. Hear from a young mother about how Providence House’s program is changing her life. Take a chance on a raffle for adventurous trips and more surprises!

Chairperson: MaryZoe Bowden

Ticket Price: $76

Contact: Carol Hollander  Telephone: 239-692-8779 Web:


RCMA directly funds quality child care, education, and resources for some of Florida’s most vulnerable children and their families.

Main Fundraising Event: Twenty-third Annual Lipman Family Farms Golf Classic

Date: May 20, 2023

Location: Naples Heritage Golf & Country Club

Description of Event: The tournament will include 18 holes of golf on a private championship golf course, continental breakfast, hot buffet lunch, bloody Mary bar, beer and soft drinks, door prizes, awards, and on-course tournament games.

Honorary Chairpersons: Jaime Weisinger, Mike Foley

Major Sponsors: Lipman Family Farms, Food and Supply Source

Ticket Price: TBA

Contact: Gloria Padilla Telephone: 239-658-3560 Web:

Relief Through Art Foundation

Inspired to take action after the Ukrainian war and the resulting global refugee crisis, Relief Through Art Foundation aims to empower creative people who were displaced or come from challenging environments with low incomes. The foundation helps creatives to pursue their dreams and achieve economic independence by cultivating their skills and crafts. Donors and artists help families by contributing to the Helping With Art Fund.

Main Fundraising Event: Series of Soirees

Dates: October 2 and December 11, 2022, January 15, 2023

Location: Private art studio, Naples Description of Event: Throughout the season, individuals and companies are invited to view a unique collection of portrait paintings of people around the world on repurposed fabrics by artist Nancy Iannitelli. Up to 15 guests per soiree will visit Nancy’s studio/garden and have an opportunity to donate to the Helping With Art Fund. Private showings on other dates can also be booked.

Chairpersons: Nancy Farris Dagher, Nancy Iannitelli

Ticket Price: $150

Contact: Nancy Dagher  Telephone: 239-571-9075 Web:


Ricky King Children’s Fund

Ricky King Children’s Fund empowers the families of sick, dying, and disabled children by providing support so their children can receive essential services and medical equipment that they otherwise could not afford and that insurance won’t cover. All boys and girls deserve a happy and healthy childhood, including those with special needs. This organization is the last hope for many families in need.

Main Fundraising Event: Wines Around the World “Taste and Discover”

Date: April 20, 2023

Location: Shula’s Steak House, Naples

Description of Event: The Tenth Annual Wines Around the World “Taste and Discover” presented by First Foundation Bank will include a wine reception, threecourse dinner perfectly paired with wines, and live and silent auctions.

Honorary Chairperson: Heather Tice

Major Sponsor: First Foundation Bank

Ticket Price: $250

Contact: Jennifer Weidenbruch  Telephone: 239-449-0209  Web:

Royal Palm Academy

Founded in 1998, Royal Palm Academy is a pre-K-8 independent Catholic school in Southwest Florida committed to providing an extraordinary Catholic education with rich academics, strong character formation, spiritual growth, and an apostolic focus. The school teaches the mind, educates the heart, and forms the character of tomorrow’s leaders.

Main Fundraising Event: Ninth Annual Lilly Pulitzer Fashion Show

Date: November 18, 2022

Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Naples

Description of Event: This Ninth Annual Lilly Pulitzer Fashion Show benefits Royal Palm Academy’s Saint John Bosco Scholarships. Funds raised at the event will go directly to support the scholarships, helping to bridge the gap for middleincome families toward private school education.

Chairpersons: Afshan Hussain, Kerry Nulf

Major Sponsors: Lilly Pulitzer, Waterside Shops

Ticket Price: $175

Contact: Sherri Waller Telephone: 239-594-9888


Saint Ann School Foundation

The Saint Ann School Foundation is an independent, nonprofit foundation dedicated to ensuring that a faith-based education remains accessible to all families desiring it for their children, regardless of income. Generous donations help provide need-based scholarships, teacher incentives, and enrichment programs for students.

Main Fundraising Event: Heart for Education—Fabulous ‘50s Gala

Date: February 11, 2023

Location: Wasmer Athletic Field, Saint Ann School campus, Naples

Description of Event: Get ready to “Rock Around the Clock” at the school’s campus field during this spectacular evening of dinner, dancing, and an exciting live auction.

Major Sponsors: Saint Ann School Foundation Board of Trustees Ticket Price: $250 Contact: Pamela Macia Telephone: 239-262-4110 Web:


Event: Bags & Bow Ties Kick-Off Party Where: Ferrari of Naples

Details: A kick-off for the fashion-forward designer handbag auction at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, to support The Shelter’s programs for victims of domestic violence

1. Cyndi Fields, JoAnn Remington, Judi Embrescia 2. Roz Travis 3. Bill and Chris Barnett, Tom Weschler, Kevin Rambosk 4. Diane McCaw, Barbara Jordan, Donna Issenmann, Linda Meak 5. Karla Mott, Mercedes Fonte, Anna McKinnon 21

Scripps Research

Scripps Research advances scientific understanding, educates the scientists of tomorrow, and impacts human health around the globe.

Main Fundraising Event: Front Row Lecture Series

Date: November 16, 2022

Location: Virtual

Description of Event: Scientists at Scripps Research will share their most recent discoveries in a series of virtual lectures. From the comfort of your home, enjoy compelling presentations and get an inside look at upcoming life-changing advancements.

Ticket Price: Free; register online

Contact: Tara Holcomb Telephone: 800-788-4931 Web:

Seacrest Country Day School

Seacrest Country Day School is an early-learning through grade 12 mission-driven, college-preparatory school. In a supportive, innovative, and vibrant culture of learners, Seacrest is committed to fueling intellectual engagement, teaching ownership of the educational experience, cultivating quality of character, and inspiring students to lead lives of significance.

Main Fundraising Event: Seacrest Gala Thirty-fifth Celebration: “Sea of Dreams”

Date: March 18, 2023

Location: Vineyards Country Club, Naples  Description of Event: “Sea of Dreams” will be a night of enchantment and wonderous surprises. The event will include live and silent auctions, cocktail hour, a plated dinner, music, performances, interactive entertainment, and dancing! Join us in benefitting a Naples hidden gem that is Seacrest!

Ticket Price: $300

Contact: Aga Edwards Telephone: 239-793-1986  Web:

The Shelter for Abused Women & Children

The Shelter for Abused Women & Children leads and collaborates with the community to prevent, protect, and prevail over domestic violence and human trafficking with two emergency shelters, nine transitional living cottages, and more than 30 programs and services. All services are provided free of charge.

Main Fundraising Event: Mending Broken Hearts with Hope Luncheon

Date: February 21, 2023

Location: The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples

Description of Event: The 2023 Mending Broken Hearts with Hope Luncheon will include a silent auction, prize drawings, a luncheon with speaker, and a two-day designer boutique, February 20-21. The boutique is free of charge and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Chairpersons: Shari Kapelina, Patti Erwood  Ticket Price: $400 Contact: Susan Utz Telephone: 239-775-3862 Web:


The Shelter for Abused Women & Children


Main Fundraising Event: Gentle’men Against Domestic Violence

Date: January 12, 2023

Location: Grey Oaks Country Club, Naples

Description of Event: This men’s-only event will feature a cocktail reception, dinner, and speaker followed by cigars and whiskey.

Chairpersons: Tom Butz, Bill Calfee, Paul Kuveke

Ticket Price: $350

Contact: Jan Fernandez  Telephone: 239-775-3862 Web:

SWFL Children’s Charities

SWFL Children’s Charities is dedicated to saving children’s lives by supporting the region’s growing pediatric health care system through its annual signature fundraiser—the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest. The nonprofit supports organizations serving children in the five-county region in health care, hunger, mental health, and education. It has provided more than $23 million to Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

Main Fundraising Event: SWFL Wine & Food Fest

Date: January 20-21, 2023

Location: Various venues, Lee County Description of Event: Chef Vintner Dinners will take place on Friday, January 20, when dinner hosts invite guests to enjoy exclusively themed dinners with distinguished vintners and local chefs. The Grand Tasting will take place on Saturday, January 21, followed by a spirited live auction featuring exclusive travel packages and more.

Major Sponsors: Herc Rentals. Storm Smart, Estero Bay Chevrolet California Closets, Stock Development  Ticket Price: $1,500

Contact: Heidi Davis  Telephone: 239-433-4260 Web:

St. Matthew’s House

St. Matthew’s House serves those experiencing hunger, homelessness, addiction, and poverty in Southwest Florida. St. Matthew’s House operates a soup kitchen, mobile food pantry, two emergency housing shelters, transitional and permanent supportive housing, substance abuse recovery programs, and job training in a caring environment where people grow from personal crisis to community contributor.

Main Fundraising Event: Naples Automotive Experience—Jetport Reception

Date: February 2, 2023

Location: Jetport, Naples Airport

Description of Event: The exclusive Jetport Reception is the official kickoff to the 2023 Naples Automotive Experience. The event will feature a fun, futuristic theme showcasing exotic cars, private jets, and helicopters. Guests will enjoy fine food, wine and drinks, a cigar lounge, live music and more, all benefiting the work of St. Matthew’s House.

Chairpersons: Tom O’Riordan, Dennis Flint Major Sponsors: Ferrari Club of America–Naples Chapter, Bank of America, Key Bank, Saratoga Automobile Museum, Ultimate Garages, Ferrari of Naples, JetIt Ticket Price: $500

Contact: Nick Porter Web:


Event: Nashville Knight Under the Stars Where: Naples Beach Hotel &

Club Supports: The private school’s

athletics, and


1. Brooke and Dennis Chapman 2. Gary Tice 3. Jenny Urness 4. Joe and Nikki Sweeney 5. Tracy Stuben, Sara DeLeo 21 Social Seen

St. Matthew’s House


Main Fundraising Event: Naples Automotive Experience—Cars on 5th Concours

Date: February 4, 2023

Location: Fifth Avenue South, Naples

Description of Event: Cars on 5th Concours, the largest one-day event in Naples, returns for its nineteenth year, raising critically important funds for St. Matthew’s House. The event will feature 700 cars, including more than 150 Ferraris, and other exotic and vintage cars, including muscle cars—a must-attend event for car enthusiasts.

Chairpersons: Tom O’Riordan, Dennis Flint

Major Sponsors: Ferrari Club of America–Naples Chapter, Bank of America, Key Bank, Saratoga Automobile Museum, Ultimate Garages, Ferrari of Naples

Ticket Price: $30

Contact: Nick Porter

Telephone: 239-774-0500


St. Matthew’s House


Main Fundraising Event: Twenty-fifth Annual Dean Lind Memorial Golf Classic

Date: April 3, 2023

Location: Tiburón Golf Club, Naples

Description of Event: Find your foursome and tee up with St. Matthew’s House at one of Florida’s top golf courses. Celebrating 25 years, the Dean Lind Memorial Golf Classic is one of the longest-running charity golf outings in Southwest Florida, raising critically important funds for St. Matthew’s House.

Major Sponsors: Mind Genomics Advisors, Beverly B. Fanning Foundation, William E. Cross Foundation

Ticket Price: $1,000

Contact: Nick Porter Telephone: 239-774-0500


St. Matthew’s House


Main Fundraising Event: Journey. Together.

Date: December 2, 2022

Location: Arthrex One, Naples

Description of Event: This inaugural December fundraising dinner will reflect on where St. Matthew’s has been, where it is now, and where it is headed as an organization.

Ticket Price: TBA

Contact: Nick Porter

Telephone: 239-774-0500



STARability Foundation

For nearly four decades, STARability Foundation has been shining a light on abilities, not disabilities. STARability offers a variety of inclusive programs for hundreds of individuals ages 14 and older focused on vocational training, continuing education, teamwork, social engagement, and community involvement, while strengthening awareness and respect for individual abilities.

Main Fundraising Event: STAR Gala

Date: February 11, 2023

Location: The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples

Description of Event: STARability Foundation’s largest fundraising event will include lively entertainment, high-end silent and live auction items, and unforgettable red carpet moments. Proceeds from the STAR Gala ensure STARability can preserve and expand its innovative programs and services for hundreds of participants and their families.

Chairpersons: Allison Rainey, Jana Seaman

Major Sponsor: Solas Wealth

Ticket Price: $750

Contact: Miriam Pereira Telephone: 239-594-9007


Storytellers Creative Arts

This faith-based organization heals and transforms lives through the arts. By combining faith and the arts, artists help bring healing to broken lives, reaching underprivileged children and families, and people battling addiction in Southwest Florida.

Main Fundraising Event: Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs Benefit Concert

Date: November 6, 2022

Location: First Presbyterian Church, Bonita Springs

Description of Event: Experience a concert featuring a 100-plus mass choir and various musical genres, 30-piece orchestra, guest vocalists, pianist, violinist, and percussionist. Enjoy a special tribute to veterans.

Chairperson: Susan Clayton Ticket Price: Free, donations suggested Contact: Susan Clayton Telephone: 239-287-7331  Web: psalms-hymns-and-spiritual-songs

Sunlight Home of Collier County

Sunlight Home is a residential mater nity home for at-risk homeless women, providing a safe, loving, family atmos phere for mothers and their children who are most in need. These women are guided through emotional, physical, and spiritual healing through the compre hensive Ray of Hope healing program. Sunlight Home extends love, offers hope, and provides a foundation for women who are at rock-bottom.

Main Fundraising Event: Annual Dinner

Date: November 5, 2022

Location: The Players Club & Spa, Naples Description of Event: The Sunlight Home’s Annual Dinner will be a formal evening of cocktails, dining, and inspiration as a keynote speaker gives an address and current and previous residents share their experiences of healing at Sunlight Home.

Chairperson: Diane I. Zingali Ticket Price: $150 Contact: Katie Connell Telephone: 239-352-0251 Web:



Women Rock Philanthropy Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Naples Supports: Helping to meet the needs of local at-risk women and girls through Women’s Foundation grants De tails: Twelve local, inspiring women leaders were honored 1. Lauren Cox, Anne Fleming, Melanie Miller, Barrie Murray 2. Brenda O’Connor, Fran Reiss 3. Lisa Nakfoor, Vicki Tracy, Tim and Stephanie Savage 4. Trisha Hare, Stacey Herring 5. Morgan Corts, Amy Hale, Crystal Tobe 21

Sunlight Home of Collier County


Main Fundraising Event: Twenty-ninth Annual Fashion Show

Date: March 4, 2023

Location: Naples Grande Beach Resort

Description of Event: The Twenty-ninth Annual Fashion Show will be a fun and inspiring morning of socializing, silent auction bidding, a lovely luncheon, fabulous fashion show, and the moving testimonies of previous and current residents who speak to the transformative work of Sunlight Home that happens day in and day out.

Chairperson: Diane I. Zingali

Ticket Price: $155

Contact: Katie Connell Telephone: 239-352-0251 Web:

The Village School of Naples

The Village School of Naples is an independent, faith-based PreK-12 school whose mission is to “provide an environment that empowers and inspires students to think and create solutions to challenges in an ever-changing world.”

Main Fundraising Event: Knights on Broadway

Date: March 31, 2023

Location: Private country club, Naples

Description of Event: An annual fundraising event, the Knight Gala promises worldclass dining, fine wine, music, and dancing in celebration and support of The Village School of Naples. Knights on Broadway will also feature silent and live auctions, student artwork, and spectacular performances.

Chairpersons: Sarah Germain, Samantha Moran, Maggie Talford

Ticket Price: $350

Contact: Jane Badger Telephone: 239-593-7686 Web:

Women’s Foundation of Collier County

The Women’s Foundation of Collier County, established in 1996, is a fund administered by the Collier Community Foundation. The mission of the Women’s Foundation of Collier County is to be a catalyst for change in the lives of women and girls in Collier County through grantmaking, advocacy, and education.

Main Fundraising Event: Women Rock Philanthropy

Date: December 6, 2022

Location: Naples Grande Beach Resort

Description of Event: This rockin’ event rolls out the red carpet to recognize and celebrate the Women of Initiative, an inspiring group of local women selected annually for their philanthropy and civic engagement who go above and beyond to make a positive impact in Collier County.

Chairpersons: Brenda O’Connor, Jenny Haire, Rochelle Shucart, Vicki Tracy

Major Sponsors: BMO Wealth Management, Gulf Coast International Properties, Waterside Shops, Gulfshore Life/WINK

Ticket Price: $275

Contact: Fran Reiss Telephone: 239-649-5000 Web:


YMCA of Collier County – South (Marco)

The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy liv ing, and social responsibility. Every day, the Y works side-by-side with our neigh bors to make sure everyone, regardless of age, income, or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive.

Main Fundraising Event: YMCA of Collier County Gala

Date: January 28, 2023

Location: Hideaway Beach Club, Marco Island

Description of Event: This Florida-chic event promises an evening of music, food, and fun. Make new friends and help change lives while raising money to support children’s programs including early learning, after-school, summer camps, and water safety.

Ticket Price: $250

Contact: Steve Lampar Telephone: 239-394-9622


YMCA of Collier County – North (Naples)


Main Fundraising Event: Sneaker Ball Gala

Date: April 1, 2023

Location: YMCA of Collier County North Naples campus

Description of Event: Lace up your sneakers for an exciting night of fun, friends, and fundraising in support of the YMCA of Collier County.

Chairperson: Heather Henning

Ticket Price: $150

Contact: Steve Lampar Telephone: 239-597-3148


Youth Haven

Founded in 1972, Youth Haven supports children and teens who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. Its therapeutic campus in Naples meets the growing needs of the community of youth removed from their homes through no fault of their own. Youth Haven is an immediate lifeline of safety, love, and compassion.

Main Fundraising Event: Starry Nights Gala

Date: March 25, 2023

Location: The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples

Description of Event: The Starry Nights Gala promises a mesmerizing evening featuring a cocktail reception, dinner, live entertainment, dancing, and a silent auction.

Honorary Chairpersons: Jill and Steve Miller Chairpersons: Ingrid Aielli, Beverly Fanning, Rufino Hernandez Ticket Price: $500 Contact: Michele Rubin Telephone: 239-774-2904 Web:

Social Seen YOUTH HAVEN Event: Healing Youth Where: Sea Salt Details: Luncheon to raise funds for, and awareness about, Youth Haven’s residential campus and programs for abused and neglected teens in Southwest Florida with keynote speaker Josh Shipp, a former at-risk foster child and youth advocate, hosted by chef Fabrizio and Ingrid Aielli 1. Deborah Shobe, Colin O’Higgins, Timothy Nash 2. Carole Teschke, Robert Bernard 3. Nita Max, Jennifer Gebeau, Ashley Dewji 4. Silvia Paulos, Zemen Paulos, Jewel Paulos 5. Bev and Art Cherry 21

Youth Haven


Main Fundraising Event: Cherish the Children Luncheon

Date: January 18, 2023

Location: The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples

Description of Event: This year’s Cherish the Children Luncheon will feature New York Times bestselling author Ashley Rhodes-Courter. This memorable luncheon helps Youth Haven provide a sanctuary where healing begins for abused and homeless children and teens.

Chairpersons: Trina Mostyn, Jennifer Porter

Ticket Price: $300

Contact: Michele Rubin Telephone: 239-774-2904 Web:

Youth Haven


Main Fundraising Event: Healing Youth Luncheon

Date: November 2, 2022

Location: Sea Salt, Naples

Description of Event: This luncheon at the Sea Salt restaurant in downtown Naples will support local youth who have been removed from their homes due to traumatic situations and depend on Youth Haven for home, hope, and healing. The event will feature keynote speaker Rob Scheer.

Chairpersons: Ingrid and Fabrizio Aielli

Ticket Price: $150

Contact: Michele Rubin Telephone: 239-774-2904 Web:

Youth Haven


Main Fundraising Event: Uncorked: Sunset at the Beach

Date: November 18, 2022

Location: Mediterra Beach Club, Bonita Springs

Description of Event: This seventh annual wine pairing event matches a beautiful sunset at the beach with delicious food, drinks, music, and a silent auction. Put on your beach chic and help support local youth who depend on Youth Haven for home, hope, and healing.

Chairpersons: Erin Brahms, Evelyn McKoan

Ticket Price: $250

Contact: Michele Rubin Telephone: 239-774-2904 Web:


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NAPLES CHARITY REGISTER 91 October 2022 2 Relief Through Art Foundation, Series of Soirées November 2022 2 Youth Haven, Healing Youth Luncheon 3 Charity for Change, Planting Seeds of Humanity 5 Sunlight Home of Collier County, Annual Dinner 6 Storytellers Creative Arts, Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs Benefit Concert 8 Collier Senior Center, Celebrate Our Seniors Dinner and Conversation 9 Ave Maria School of Law, Seventh Annual Veterans Memorial Event CONSULT NAPLES ILLUSTRATED AND NAPLESILLUSTRATED.COM FOR THE MOST CURRENT INFORMATION ON THESE AND OTHER NONPROFIT EVENTS. THE MONTHLY CALENDAR DEPARTMENT IN NIINCLUDES A ROUNDUP OF CHARITY GA S, CONCERTS, STAGE PERFORMANCES, ART EXHIBITIONS, AND MUCH MORE Calendar
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10 Humane Society Naples, My Rescue Rescued Me

12 Ave Maria University, The JonScharfenberger Pro-Life Luncheon; Naples Therapeutic Riding Center, The Bootstrap Boogie Bard Dance; Path2Freedom, Red Gala; Providence House, Seventeenth Annual Luncheon

16 Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs, Santa PAWS; Scripps Research, Front Row Lecture Series

17 Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, Zoo Gala 2022—Moonlight in Malaysia

18 Royal Palm Academy, Ninth Annual Lilly Pulitzer Fashion Show; Youth Haven, Uncorked: Sunset at the Beach

27 Naples Pathway Coalition, Eighteenth Annual Iron Joe Turkey Ride

Champions For Learning, Glass Slipper Luncheon

Beverly’s Angels, Benny's Toy Drive-In; Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs, Off the Walls!; Naples Historical Society, Christmas Gala at Historic Palm Cottage; St. Matthew’s House, Journey. Together.


National MS Society, Orange Blossom Evening

Jingled Elves, Trolley Tour; Women’s Foundation of Collier County, Women Rock Philanthropy

Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center, The Luncheon

NAMI Collier County, Hope Shines Luncheon

Relief Through Art Foundation, Series of Soirées

December 2022 1

Shelter for Abused Women & Children, Gentle’men

Art, Scene to be Seen; Naples Charity Clays, Sporting Clays Competition; Naples Senior Center at JFCS, Eleventh Annual Evening for Better Tomorrows

for the Arts Bonita Springs, Bonita Springs National Art Festival

Through Art Foundation, Series of Soirées

of the Library of Collier County, The Nick Linn Lecture Series

Youth Haven, Cherish the Children

Guadalupe Center, Guadalupe Center Gala

Children’s Charities, SWFL Wine & Food Fest

Make-A-Wish Southern Florida, Wishmaker’s Wish Upon a Star Party

Naples Woman’s Club, A Culinary Adventure That Gives Back

Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, Night at the Museum: Saturday Night Fever; Naples Garden Club, House & Garden Tour; Pathways Early Education Center of Immokalee, Star Light, Star Bright; YMCA of Collier County– South (Marco), YMCA of Collier County Gala

NAPLES CHARITY REGISTER 93 January 2023 12 The
Against Domestic Violence 14 Naples
14-15 Centers
15 Relief
16 Friends
Luncheon 19
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94 NAPLES CHARITY REGISTER February 2023 1-28 Christ Child Society of Naples, Red Wagon Twenty-fifth Anniversary Fundraiser 2 St. Matthew’s House, Naples Automotive Experience— Jetport Reception 3-5 Naples Children & Education Foundation, 2023 Naples Winter Wine Festival 4 St. Matthew’s House, Naples Automotive Experience— Cars on 5th Concours 7 The Naples Players, Front & Center Gala Calendar of Events 2022-2023 oceantoTable Lunch - HappyHour - Dinner 600 Neapolitan Way | Naples, FL 34103 239-776-7623 | We welcome you to enjoy eclectic coastal delights, refined seafood creations and the day’s freshest catch in our vibrant, relaxing dining room and island inspired-bar. Dressed to the nines
NAPLES CHARITY REGISTER 95 10 Naples Performing Arts Center, Bets & Broadway; Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, ZOObilee 2023 11 Saint Ann School Foundation, Heart for Education—Fabulous ‘50s Gala; STARability Foundation, STAR Gala 11-12 Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs, Bonita Springs National Art Festival 16 Fun Time Early Childhood Academy, Annual Fundraising Gala 17 Artis—Naples, Friends of Artis—Naples Gala 18 American Cancer Society, Bucket List Bash 20 Friends of the Library of Collier County, The Nick Linn Lecture Series Cheers to charity! Musical memories


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Foster Children Forever, Boogie Bash
NAPLES CHARITY REGISTER 97 4 JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), 2023 Hope Gala; Sunlight Home of Collier County, Twenty-ninth Annual Fashion Show 4-5 Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs, Bonita Springs National Art Festival 6 Gulfshore Playhouse, Masquerade—The Gulfshore Playhouse Gala 7 The League Club, An Evening at Naples Tables 8 Heil Luthringer Foundation, Inc., MS GAL Adventures; The League Club, Naples Tables 2023—“Fun Fabulous Festive!” Luncheon 9 Friends of Rookery Bay, Bash for the Bay; Naples Woman’s Club, An Afternoon with Authors 10 Neighborhood Health Clinic, Celebration of Hope and Healing 12 Gulfshore Opera, Gulfshore Opera Gala 13 Friends of the Library of Collier County, The Nick Linn Lecture Series Shining and dining ArabesquE ArabesquE Bell’INVITO Delicious Deli Grab & Go Foods Imported & American Artisan Cheese Fresh Local & Cold Water Seafood Natural & Organic Poultry European-Style Bakery Farm Fresh Produce & Organic Produce Fresh Made Juice Bar Great Selection of Gluten Free, Organic, Vegan, & Gourmet Products WHETHER YOU ARE PLANNING FOR A FUN DAY OUT, SHOPPING FOR A MEAL, OR STOCKING UP ON YOUR VACATION RENTAL, WYNN'S MARKET HAS ALL YOUR NEEDS 141 NINTH ST. N., NAPLES, FL 34102 WYNNSMARKET.COM MONDAY - SATURDAY 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM | SUNDAY 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM

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2022-2023 14 Child’s Path, An Evening at Casino Royale: Bet on a Bright Future 15 Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center, Triumph 2023 17-18 Naples Garden Club, Naples Flower Show—“Just Imagine” 18 Seacrest Country Day School, Seacrest Gala Thirtieth Celebration: Sea of Dreams 22 Naples Woman’s Club, A Culinary Adventure That Gives Back 25 American Heart Association, Southwest Florida Heart Ball; Community School of Naples, Angel Ball; Youth Haven, Starry Nights Gala 25-26 Pan-Florida Challenge, Pan-Florida Challenge Cancer Ride 27 Friends of the Library of Collier County, The Nick Linn Lecture Series 29 Naples Botanical Garden, Hats in the Garden Great Futures Start Here The joy of giving






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Twenty-fifth Anniversary Believing in Girls Luncheon 31 Parkinson’s Association of SWFL, Inc., A Step Forward: Overcoming Obstacles; The Village School of Naples, Knights on Broadway April 2023 1 Avow
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Be Part of the Magic – April Fools & Folly; YMCA of Collier County – North (Naples), Sneaker Ball Gala 3 St.
Twenty-fifth Annual Dean Lind Memorial Golf Classic 17 The
Foundation, CEO Leadership Summit 22 Ave Maria University, Sixth Annual Golf Tournament May 2023 5 American
Go Red for Women Luncheon 6 Naples
Center, Kentucky Derby 13 RCMA,
Lipman Family Farms Golf Classic September 2023 4 Friends of Foster
Forever, Friends
Foster Children Forever Labor Day 5K Time to play!

New nonprofits are steeping up to aid the LGBTQ+ community, financially challenged girls and women, hospitality workers, animal welfare, and neurodivergent students.

Benevolent Community

Find out about new charitable organizations that are addressing unmet needs

Alliance for Period Supplies of SWFL

Mission: To provide free, monthly period products to financially challenged women and girls so they may participate fully in daily life. “A period should end a sentence, not a girl’s opportunity to get an education, or a woman’s ability to put food on the table,” says organization president Dusti Beaubien. Established in 2019, the group operates through 200-plus partner sites in Collier and Lee counties. (apsofswfl .org)

Sage House

Mission: To provide shelter, services, and unconditional love and support to all LGBTQ+ adolescents and young adults. As a mom of children who identify as LGBTQ+, Marianne Lambertson was shocked that parents kick kids out of their home for identifying or coming out as LGBTQ+. She founded SAGE (sexuality and gender equality) House, an accepting community that provides meals, clothing, and mental health and counseling support. (

SNIP Collier

Mission: To provide spay and neuter services, vaccinations, and basic medical care for the dogs and cats of Collier County who live in low-income families. Tom Kepp, a native Neapolitan, started a spay and neuter pet project in the Bayshore area of Naples in 2013, knowing that pet adoption would not end pet overpopulation. In 2019, SNIP (spaying and neutering initiative program) became a 501(c)(3). A SNIP low-cost clinic and education center is planned in Immokalee. (

Southwest Florida Music Education Center

Mission: To create a world-class music education center where neurodivergent students receive education in music and life skills, preparing them for meaningful growth opportunities that enrich their lives and the community as a whole. Founded in 2019 by Robert and Sandra Moher in partnership with the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs in Boston, the local center is one of only a few music education programs available to neurodivergent students in the United States. The center is offering training for postsecondary music certificates at Artis— Naples until fall 2024, when it will shift to its new facilities on the Hodges University campus. (

Think Pineapple Foundation

Mission: A socially focused, mission-driven organization established to support local hospitality businesses and industry employees during times of crisis. It was created in response to the 2020 pandemic shutdown and provides temporary financial support for basic necessities and health care. (

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