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FROM THE PUBLISHER

SEASON SNAPSHOTS

A photographic

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look at last season’s events

SHOP FOR A CAUSE

Feel good about retail therapy by purchasing items that give back | By Paige Cushman

PARTIES WITH A PURPOSE

Shining a spotlight on four events that led guests through space and time, all for a good cause | By Paige Cushman

30 GIVING WISELY

The do’s and don’ts of donating real estate | By Judy Martel

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GIVING BACK

Profiles of local philanthropists | By Anna Welch

34 HELPING HANDS

Active volunteer opportunities for animal lovers

| By Anna Welch

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FOODIE FÊTE Four charitable events themed around epicu- rean experiences | By Anna Bjorlin

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CHARITY LISTINGS

The ultimate guide to the area’s social happenings

87 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

A listing of major fundraisers for 2017-18

96 FINAL SCENES

Elegant dining at the Naples Winter Wine Festi- val’s Hearts of Gold vintner dinner 8

On the cover For the fourth year, we asked the community to help us select the cover for the Naples Charity Register. In a robust online contest, local artists submitted their work, and readers voted on their choice. The winning piece, Hearts of Palm, was created by Florida artist Leoma Lovegrove (leoma lovegrove.com), who hails from a family of artists and whose paintings are known for their vibrant tropical colors. “Everything I paint right now is Florida-inspired,” says Lovegrove. “I’m an artist of environment; I paint what’s around me, and my love is Florida.” Hearts of Palm was inspired by a photograph of a palm tree in the artist’s backyard, on which she affixed wooden hearts of her own creation. –Savannah Christensen

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Publisher Kaleigh Grover EDITORIAL Editor Anna Bjorlin Editorial Interns Savannah Christensen, Paige Cushman Editor in Chief, Naples Illustrated Teri Evans DESIGN Creative Director Olga M. Gustine Art Directors Airielle Farley, Jenny Fernandez-Prieto, Ashley Meyer Digital Imaging Specialist Leonor Alvarez-Maza CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Judy Martel, Anna Welch CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS/ARTISTS Michael Caronchi, Leoma Lovegrove SOCIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS Vicki Baker, Mila Bridger, John Buck, Christine Elzinga, E. Sue Huff, Jim Jett, Erik Kellar, Gail Klein, Charlie McDonald, Michael McVey, Nick Shirghio, Louis Venne, Helen Werner, Lane Wilkinson, Steven Wright, Red Door Photography ADVERTISING National Account Manager Michelle Farina, 561-472-1906, mfarina@palmbeachmedia.com Account Managers Kathleen Beuttel, 239-298-7506, kbeuttel@naplesillustrated.com; Linda Sciuto, 239-298-7511, lsciuto@naplesillustrated.com; Alison Whalen, 239-298-7510, awhalen@naplesillustrated.com Sales and Marketing Integration Manager Shalyn Ormsby, 239-298-7512, sormsby@naplesillustrated.com PRODUCTION Production Manager Selene M. Ceballo Advertising Design Coordinator Jeffrey Rey Digital Production Coordinator Dallas Holland OPERATIONS Chief Operating Officer Todd Schmidt Process Integration Manager Sue Martel Circulation/Subscriptions Administrator Marjorie Leiva Distribution Manager Judy Heflin IT Technician Josh Copcutt Accounts Receivable Specialist Lourdes Linares CUSTOM PUBLISHING Editor and Project Director, Custom Content Michelle Lee Ribeiro

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I encourage others in our community to think about gifting currently, during their lifetime. Whatever your passion, you can get more accomplished by donating to the Community Foundation and do a lot more good instead of waiting. —Jerry F. Nichols, Community Foundation Professional Advisor Committee


FROM THE PUBLISHER

Thankful

MEGAN DIPIERO

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know we are all ready to move on and not have every conversation start with “How did you fare with the storm?” But there is no way to avoid the elephant in the room when this publication is entirely about philanthropy and the art of giving. Our community and most of our state was ravaged by Irma, but thanks to so many selfless heroes and first responders, we have bounced back in inspirational fashion. Governor Rick Scott, Florida Power & Light, and Publix Supermarkets are impressive standouts to me. With the threat of potentially catastrophic damage to his entire state, Governor Scott continuously updated everyone on evacuation and emergency procedures with the precision of an obviously well-rehearsed and well-orchestrated disaster plan. He conveyed a level of comfort and made me feel “He’s got this!” Florida Power & Light employees are probably still bleary-eyed. While servicing half of Florida, and faced with nearly 15 million people without power statewide, they recruited more than 30,000 people from out of state to assist in this daunting task. Yes, Floridians were inconvenienced with no power for longer than they wanted, and there were some tragic causalities not to be ignored, but the reality of the magnitude of the situation is staggering and the worst the company has ever dealt with. I commend them for their monumental efforts. Publix obviously had done their training, too. With no power and spotty cell service to communicate with employees, they managed to get most of their stores up and running with generators within a couple of days post-storm, providing food and water when we needed it most. Yes, I understand they were all just doing their jobs, but they were doing them while also dealing with their own personal loss situations and were asked to exceed expectations so the rest of us could be comfortable and return to our daily routines. I am not intentionally ignoring the local community humanitarians, but at the time of this letter I have not been “connected” with the local media long enough to know who to recognize, so I didn’t want to miss anyone. I keep reminding myself it’s not what we lost but what we didn’t lose. We need only look at Houston, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico to remind ourselves. A big bright spot for our team at Naples Illustrated is a new name on the masthead as we welcome Anna Bjorlin as our new editor of the Naples Charity Register and associate editor of Naples Illustrated. Anna is a breath of fresh air and I can’t wait for you to meet her, if you have not yet had the pleasure. You will see as you turn the pages of this beautiful issue that she is a talented and wonderful addition. Welcome, Anna!

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DRESSED TO IMPRESS

No question about it: Naples is a fashionable town. Fashion-forward locals consistently dazzle with looks that range from understated elegance to all-out glamour. PHOTOGRAPHERS: MILA BRIDGER, CHRISTINE ELZINGA, GAIL KLEIN, CHARLIE MCDONALD, LANE WILKINSON

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SPECTACULAR SCENES

From feather boas at the season’s daring new masquerade balls to aerial performers at the ever-popular Western bashes, Naples’ charitable events seem to get bigger and bolder each year. PHOTOGRAPHERS: JOHN BUCK, ERIK KELLAR, CHARLIE MCDONALD, MICHAEL MCVEY, NICK SHIRGHIO, LOUIS VENNE, LANE WILKINSON, STEVEN WRIGHT, RED DOOR PHOTOGRAPHY

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It’s no secret Neapolitans love their pets. Pampered pooches and other four-legged friends graced the red carpet at many of the season’s parties, including the Humane Society Naples’ annual Pets on Third Parade and fundraisers benefiting PAWS Assistance Dogs. PHOTOGRAPHERS: VICKI BAKER, MILA BRIDGER, E. SUE HUFF, CHARLIE MCDONALD, LANE WILKINSON

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GIVING BACK KEY WORD

A self-proclaimed “pay it forward” company, The Giving Keys employs more than 70 people transitioning out of homelessness in Los Angeles. Inspirational key-themed jewelry like the Classic Love necklace ($42) helps the organization break the cycle of poverty and homelessness. (thegivingkeys.com)

BENEVOLENT BAGS

Each of Banda Bags’ colorful handbags is made of animal-free fabrics to maintain the smallest carbon footprint possible. Items like this Jacaranda Weekender ($355) are created by artisans in Indonesia who have been given economic opportunities and fair wages for their work. (bandabags.com)

HEART OF GOLD

Shop

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Proceeds from local jewelry designer Amanda Jaron’s Charitable Creations collection go to area charities. Fifteen percent of profits from this Golden Apple ring ($3,500), with diamond leaf and ruby core, are donated to Champions for Learning, which supports educational programs in Collier County. (ajaron.com)

FEEL GOOD ABOUT RETAIL THERAPY BY PURCHASING UNIQUE PRODUCTS THAT GIVE BACK By Paige Cushman

SWEET DREAMS

Sleepwear company Pour Les Femmes is sharing its profits with ABFEK, an organization in Congo that teaches women to sew and provides them with supplies to carry out their work. This cotton long nightdress ($235) is comfortable and charitable. (plfdreams.com)

SEED OF POWER

The Tory Burch Foundation Seed Box ($98) features a curated selection of products from women entrepreneurs, such as lip balm, soap, a cosmetics case, and performance socks. Proceeds go toward helping other businesswomen by providing them with resources to grow their brands. (toryburch.com)

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LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE

Starling candles ($55) help provide solar energy to communities without electricity. The Starling Project has raised more than $100,000 by selling hand-poured candles that come in a variety of unique scents like Vanilla + Hemlock and Hyacinth + Bamboo. (starlingproject.org)

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HELPING HANDS

For every product purchased, like this all-natural, sustainable Orange Blossom bar soap ($6), Hand in Hand provides a bar of soap and clean water for a month to a child in need. Since 2011, Hand in Hand has donated more than 430,000 bars of soap and has built four wells in Haiti. (handinhandsoap.com)

UNDER LOCK AND KEY

BEAR NECESSITIES

Every purchase made from Bears for Humanity results in one of the company’s snuggly teddy bears going to a child in need. Each bear, like this new organic Cream Sherpa bear ($45), is handstuffed and sewn by at-risk women in the United States. (bearsforhumanity.com)

For every Silver Lockit bracelet or pendant ($500-$600) sold, Louis Vuitton will donate $200 to UNICEF. The lock symbolizes a commitment to help care for children around the world. (louisvuitton.com)

SOCK AND AWE

Select pairs of performance socks by local company Lola Gams benefit charities and organizations in the Naples area. The inspiration behind the company’s Supergirl socks ($20) was the Girls on the Run Superhero 5K, which supports the wellbeing of pre-teen girls. (lolagams.com)

FEED THE SOUL

Each FEED product comes stamped with a number showing how many meals or micronutrient packets the purchase will provide. The Harriet tote in russet ($195) provides 100 school meals for children around the world. (feedprojects.com)

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AHEAD OF THE PACK

For each bag purchased, State Bags will handdeliver a brand new, fully stocked backpack to an American child in need. The signature Kane backpack ($65) comes in multiple colors, prints, and sizes. (statebags.com)

One Hope Wine has partnered with multiple nonprofits, using its wine sales to make an impact on society. One purchase of this Gold Glitter Edition Brut Sparkling Wine ($59) provides 15 meals to a child in need. (onehopewine.com)

GOOD VIBES

Vibes’ innovative ear plugs ($24) are designed to filter acoustics to prevent hearing damage while listening to music. Each purchase helps fund projects that provide hearing aids, funding, and education to those in need through the company’s partnership with the Hear The World Foundation. (discovervibes.com)

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The CACCC’s annual Beach Ball, known as one of the more colorful parties of the season, touted a Fijian theme, using the Naples Botanical Garden’s Asian Garden as its backdrop.

Parties

A well-executed party can transport guests to worlds near and far, real and fantastical. We shine a spotlight on four events that led guests through space and time, all for a good cause. By Paige Cushman

KAREN BARTLETT

with a Purpose

Good Time: The Children’s Advocacy Center of Collier County’s Beach Ball Good Deed: Preventing and treating child abuse

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Collier County, which protects, educates, and advocates for abused children, encouraged guests to imagine the world’s most exotic shores for its annual Beach Ball. This year, the Naples Botanical Garden’s Asian Garden set the scene for the Fijianthemed event, which raised awareness and funds for the prevention and treatment of child abuse in Collier County. While the center has held a fundraising gala for the past 21 years, the Beach Ball was first created in 2010, and its casual vibe and fun themes have been a consistent success since its inception. “It’s one of the few galas that’s laid back,” says Bryan Lee, development director. “It’s casual and fun, and there’s no need to dress up. We encourage people to wear their Tommy Bahama clothes.” At the 2017 ball, festivities kicked off with a raffle—several guests won artwork and travel packages, including a trip to New Orleans—and progressed into a live auction for exciting lots like tickets to a Lady Gaga 24

concert. This year, the CACCC also added a special event to top off the evening: Naples City Live, a benefit concert. After enjoying rum punch, Peruvian short ribs, and Fijian-themed desserts, guests headed to the garden’s performance lawn for live music from big names such as The Good Bad Kids and Shane Smith & The Saints. “It was very exciting to create this opportunity for our guests to experience live music as part of our party,” says Lee. While more than 600 people attended the concert, gala attendees received VIP tickets that included reserved seating and an open bar. In the future, Lee hopes to separate the events so guests have two outings to look forward to. Both help promote the mission of the center, which is in the process of expanding its line of advocacy programs and services. These range from a child protection team, which provides forensic interviews and medical examinations, to counseling, parenting education, and a family safety program.

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Groovy retro tunes and themed decor made the David Lawrence Center’s Magical Musical Tour–Dancing Through the Decades Gala a rousing success, bringing in $277,000 for children’s programs.

Good Time: Magical Musical Tour– Dancing Through the Decades Gala

Good Deed: Raising funds for local children’s services Naples residents have long celebrated their community and good fortune with music and dance, and this was especially the case at the David Lawrence Center’s annual Magical Musical Tour–Dancing Through the Decades Gala. This year, the center, which serves children and adults struggling with mental health challenges and substance abuse issues, hosted its signature event at the Ritz-Carlton, Naples. More than 300 guests decked out in decade-inspired cocktail attire enjoyed dinner, dancing, and entertainment celebrating American music and culture from the 1960s to present day. “It was a unique and refreshing concept, and the dancing was a big hit,” says Trista Meister, communications director. “We wanted to make the event more celebratory and fun. People get kind of tired of the ball 26

gown thing by the time we’re in the thick of season.” After dinner, music from everyone’s favorite decades filled the venue as guests danced and bid on auction items to benefit the center. Glitzy decor and the 13-piece band, Big Swing and The Ballroom Blasters, completed the retro ambience. “We knew the music was important for this theme, and the band made a big impact,” says Meister. The band will also be back for next year’s gala, “Putting on the Ritz,” to celebrate the center’s fiftieth anniversary. The gala raised $277,000 for its children’s programs, which include inpatient crisis stabilizations, court-related services, and holistic therapies, such as art therapy, equine-facilitated psychotherapy, and pet therapy. The programs help lower children’s anxiety and improve communication skills.

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CAUSE&EFFECT

A vintage theme full of the glamour of Old Hollywood was the highlight of the Foundation for the Developmentally Disabled’s Hollywood Swing Through Time Gala. Guests received star treatment and raised funds for the foundation’s new Trailblazer Academy program.

Good Time: The FDD’s Hollywood Swing Through Time Gala

Good Deed: Raising funds for a new outreach program Few stars shine as bright as the members and guests did at the Foundation for the Developmentally Disabled’s Hollywood Swing Through Time Gala at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club. The foundation, which supports and advocates for adults with developmental disabilities such as Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, and autism, hosts a fundraising event every year to raise awareness and expand its programs. This year’s gala exceeded everyone’s expectations. The vintage Hollywood theme informed the glamorous cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing. A lucky guest won a pair of diamond earrings in the Diamond Drop Raffle, and several bid on lavish prizes, such as a trip to Tuscany or a glass wine cellar, during a live auction. “We had never had a theme like this one before,” says Karen Govern, FDD executive director. “We wanted a wow factor to get people’s attention to raise awareness for 28

our cause, and I got nothing but positive feedback.” The gala kicked off Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and brought in more than 300 guests, netting $233,000 and surpassing the annual average of $150,000. The glamorous decorations featured photos of classic Hollywood celebrities, and guests received star treatment. “The generosity of our guests was really overwhelming,” says Govern. “We consider them our stars and we thought this would feature them that way.” Proceeds raised from the event will go toward funding educational, social, and recreational programs, with an emphasis on a new full-time outreach program called The Trailblazer Academy that helps young adults finish their education and provides vocational training and connections with employers. The success of this year’s gala has fueled next year’s plans: The theme will be “Dancing Under the Stars.”

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oward the end of her life, when cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post began to plot a legacy for the palatial, 1920s Palm Beach estate she built and named Mar-a-Lago, she probably never could have predicted the circuitous and complicated route it would take. Initially, Post offered the home to the state of Florida, which refused it due to the high cost of annual maintenance. Undaunted, she convinced the federal government to accept it in 1972—a year before her death—and realize her vision of the mansion as a “winter White House.” But less than a decade later, the government returned the gift to her foundation, again blaming high operating costs. After languishing for a few more years, real estate mogul and eventual United States president Donald Trump snapped it up in 1985 for a fraction of its value. In a strange twist, the mansion has now become an unofficial winter White House—at least for the current president.

Mar-a-Lago, 1967

Forty years on, donating a home to charity is still not a smooth path. But for the wealthy, it can be a smart way to make a sizeable charitable impact without raiding cash or investment portfolios, while potentially reaping a slew of tax benefits at the same time. The key is to have the professionals in place who can navigate through the tax and legal strategies of the various donation methods. Donors have a few options for making a charitable gift of their home: an outright donation

At Home

With careful consideration, gifting a property can ensure its perpetuity and make a big charitable impact By Judy Martel during life; a gift of a remainder interest; an irrevocable trust that removes the home from their taxable estate; or through a will. The legal and tax implications will vary, depending on the choice, according to Grayson McCouch, professor of law at University of Florida. To receive the maximum tax deduction, you'll want to donate the home to an IRS-qualified charity. And the IRS will always require a professional home appraisal.

Do’s and Don’ts of Donating There are tax advantages to donating a home to charity no matter how you choose to do it, but you’ll get more if you give during life rather than bequeathing at death, according to McCouch.“If you give during your life, you’ll get the income tax deduction,” he says. Depending on the type of charity, a donation could mean an immediate deduction of the fair market value of the property, up to 20 percent or 30 percent of your adjusted gross income. Beyond the income tax deduction, there are other tax benefits. If your estate exceeds the federal estate tax exemption ($5.49 million per person in 2017), a charitable donation will remove a major asset from your taxable estate, allowing you to avoid or minimize death taxes. Owners of highly appreciated mansions can avoid the capital gains taxes that would be incurred on a sale, which could be a significant savings if gains exceed the current exclusion of $250,000 per person or $500,000 per couple on primary residences that meet the eligibility requirements. But beware that if the home comes with a mortgage, “it could complicate things and the charity

may not want to accept your gift,” says McCouch. “You might want to get rid of the mortgage before donating the property.”

It’s Complicated With sophisticated strategies, donors can make a future gift and retain the right to live in the home, though they’ll have a reduced upfront tax deduction and are still responsible for the home’s expenses. Another more complex option is a charitable remainder trust: Because the trust is irrevocable, the assets placed in it are removed from the taxable estate. Finally, there is a specific and previously little-used type of charitable donation for real property—conservation and historic preservation easements—that has piqued the interest of the wealthy due to a number of fairly high-profile cases, says McCouch. This strategy helps owners preserve the heritage of the property forever. In fact, the strategy is one Donald Trump employed for Mar-a-Lago, after he turned the property into an exclusive country club. By placing conservation and historic preservation easements on it and then donating the easement to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, he gives up his right to ever develop the property for any other purpose. But these restrictions come with tax benefits that have become more generous over the past decade, McCouch says. “Conservation and historic preservation easements are subject to different sets of restrictions,” says McCouch. “You need professional advice. But if you find a charity that will accept the home, it gives them the right to protect it in perpetuity.”

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Giving Back BY ANNA WELCH

The generous residents of the Paradise Coast take pride in enhancing the lives of undeserved individuals in their own community

Dale and Barbara Morrison

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Dale and Barbara Morrison

Dale and Barbara Morrison moved to Naples in the fall of 2011, and the next year attended the gala for The Immokalee Foundation, which provides programs on education and life skills for local children. They were so impressed with the event that they made the foundation the primary focus of their philanthropic efforts in Naples. “The gala was so different than others we had attended,” says Barbara, who is also actively involved with the Naples Botanical Garden. “We could buy experiences to benefit the youth of Immokalee, and we knew what our money would buy. Also, we were inspired by the young people who got up and spoke.” Dale has helped build an internship program between the foundation and the Intercontinental Group, and was instrumental in securing a grant from Hertz in 2016. This year, Barbara joined the foundation’s board of directors and plans to call upon personal connections with captains of industry to bring in as many new supporters as possible. “There are so many causes to help, but we see the need to give back and help in our own backyard,” she says.

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“ MICHAEL CARONCHI

NOT ONLY DID THEY SAVE THEIR LIVES, BUT WE HAVE TWO 6-YEAR-OLDS WHO ARE LIVING HAPPILY BECAUSE OF THEIR HELP.” —Matthew Grabinski

Local couple Matthew and Laura Grabinski know firsthand the importance of this new addition. In 2011, Laura gave birth to premature twins Leo and Lola, who spent 98 days in the NICU at the original Golisano hospital in Lee County. During their experience, Matthew and Laura got to know the hospital’s staff and leaders. Since their twins were discharged, happy and healthy, the Grabinskis have served as advocates for children’s hospitals, and this one in particular. “The only way for these hospitals to get help and donations is through their patients,” says Matthew. “It’s impossible to understand unless you have been through it.” During the capital campaign for the new facility, naming rights were offered to major donors. The Grabinskis took this opportunity to name the NICU staff respite room in honor of their parents, who Matthew says provided extensive emotional support during that difficult time. “I’m passionate about Golisano because of what they did for our children,” says Matthew. “Not only did they save their lives, but we have two 6-year-olds who are living happily because of their help.”

Rosemary and Walter Blankley

Walter and Rosemary Blankley

Full-time residents of Naples and longtime supporters of the Guadalupe Center in Immokalee, Walter and Rosemary Blankley are passionate about education in their community. After his retirement, Walter received a notice from the Guadalupe Center that immediately piqued his interest. Having previously directed a foundation focusing on early childhood education, the couple appreciated the Guadalupe Center’s mission of breaking the cycle of poverty through education. To that end, they donated $25,000 to support the center’s academic programs. Since then, the Blankleys’ relationship with Guadalupe has blossomed, and the two have become close to not only the center’s team, but to its students as well. Their most recent gift to Guadalupe was $1 million to match the funds raised for endowment. The full sum will go toward the center’s college scholarship program. “We both went to college on scholarships,” says Walter, a graduate of Princeton University. “Neither of us would have been able to go to the colleges of our choice without them. All the support we received had an impact on us, and it is appropriate and important for us to pay that back.” Rosemary has been a trustee of her alma mater, Philadelphia’s Arcadia University, for 17 years. Each year, the couple sends three Guadalupe Center seniors to Arcadia with a full ride and all expenses paid. Walter and Barbara also chip in a little extra to fly the seniors’ parents up for parents’ weekend on campus.

The new Golisano Children’s Hospital, the first of its kind in Southwest Florida, opened in Fort Myers in April. The hospital provides family-centered, lifesaving treatment and care in a facility filled with cheerful decor and private rooms.

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Matthew and Laura Grabinski

Matthew and Laura Grabinski with their children, Leo and Lola

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VOLUNTEERING

Helping

Hands These local organizations offer active volunteer opportunities for every animal lover By Anna Welch

While a generous donation is always appreciated, philanthropy extends beyond the check. Volunteering, for example, is an excellent way to understand a charity’s mission and have a direct impact on the constituents it serves—particularly those who don’t have their own voice. Not sure where to begin? Here are three local organizations offering exciting volunteer experiences for animal lovers.

Forever Friends

From assisting with the adoption process to working directly with the animals or providing foster care for animals not yet ready for adoption, Humane Society Naples (hsnaples.org) offers many opportunities for the community to help the nonprofit. Volunteers at the no-kill shelter may start as young as 12, though individuals must be at least 18 years old before working with the shelter’s dogs. If you or your child is interested in lending a hand, mandatory recruitment orientaVolunteer contact: volunteers@ tions are held on the second Saturday of each month. Applihsnaples.org. Walk-ins are also cations can be filled out at the orientations, and volunteers welcome. over 16 will be invited back for individual interviews to be Volunteer opportunities: Canine placed in the volunteer area deemed their best fit. coach (proper care and handling While the core concept of volunteering is to help othof dogs in kennels and off-site); ers, the act can also do wonders for the service giver. “Voldaily operations, education, and unteering at HSN provides people with a non-judgmental outreach (provide shelter tours place where they can get unconditional love from a pet who and social enrichment opportuniis waiting for a home,” says Catherine Branwood, volunties); feline ambassador; Feline teer manager at the society. “Many volunteers come here to Fan Club (for 12-16-year-olds); and work away the stress of their everyday lives, and a friendly foster program. volunteer makes the animal calmer and far more likely to find a wonderful forever home.”

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Volunteer contact: 239-596-2988 Volunteer opportunities: Grooming, leading, sidewalking, and tacking.

Engaging Equestrians

With a team of more than 400 volunteers, Naples Therapeutic Riding Center (naplestherapeuticridingcenter.org) offers something for everyone. Individuals must be at least 14 years old to assist at the center, which offers therapeutic riding and other equine-related programs for local children and adults with special needs. An orientation is hosted each month for new volunteers. After a background screening, volunteers begin with sidewalker training, where they walk next to riders to get familiar with both the organization’s children and horses. Later, they can help with barn work or office work, depending on preference. Missy Saracino, the program director, says many volunteers come to the center because of their love for horses but soon fall in love with the children as well. “Volunteering is therapeutic, not only for the kids and horses, but for the volunteers,” says Saracino. “They get to be around the animals, they’re outside, and they’re doing something to help someone else.” Connie Sharpe, who has been a volunteer at the center for more than 15 years, is now serving her second year as president of the board. She began working as a volunteer to fill her days after retirement. Since she had no interest in golf, mahjong, or bridge, she looked to something she was passionate about: horses and kids. “All the sweat and muscle aches are worth it when I hear a new rider giggle when she first trots with her horse,” says Sharpe. “Parents are so proud of the accomplishments of their children. It’s not just the physicality of riding, but the interactions with volunteers and other riders that help participants meet and exceed goals.”

panthers, and foxes—some of which are up for adoption. Volunteers can take on a number of roles ranging from office jobs and fundraising to assisting with the animals. Following approval and orientation, volunteers are placed with experienced handlers to learn their tasks. Each individual begins at level zero and can advance as high as level five, where they’ll be able to work with potentially aggressive animals. Advancement requires completing a certain number of hours, checklists, and quizzes. In the end, it’s work, time, and energy well-spent, explains Deanna Deppen, president of the organization. “[We’ve had] people whose last wish [was] to come see the animals,” she says. “One woman wanted to hug a wolf, and to be able to give her and her family that memory was a tremendous gift.”

Volunteer contact: volunteer@shywolf​ sanctuary.org Volunteer opportunities: Animal assistance, data entry, educational outings, event planning, filing, grant writing.

Exotic Endeavors

An organization run entirely by volunteers, Shy Wolf Sanctuary (shywolfsanctuary.org) provides a haven for injured, abandoned, or neglected wild and captive-bred exotic animals such as wolves, wolfdogs,

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Foodie Fête

A sampling of some of the treats offered at Waterside Shops’ Craving Fashion event

It’s no secret: Naples is a foodie town. We take a look at four charitable events themed around the epicurean experience. By Anna Bjorlin

SIP, SAMPLE, AND SHOP

The perfect opportunity for Naples’ yearround residents to enjoy a night on the town, Craving Fashion began as a way to draw locals to Waterside Shops during the slower summer months. Anna Wintour, editor of Vogue magazine, originally founded a similar concept, Fashion’s Night Out, as an international affair to boost retail sales in September. “She created the event when there was a little slump in retail in 2008,” says Kellie Jacoby, public relations representative for Waterside Shops. Though Wintour’s initiative eventually phased out, Waterside recognized the need to continue honoring full-time residents in Naples. Craving Fashion was born. “We kept the event in September because the social scene is still a little quieter, so the local

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restaurants have time to participate before they get super busy,” says Jacoby. Over the past five years, Craving Fashion has grown to attract more than 1,500 guests who dress to the nines and engage in retail therapy while enjoying live music and entertainment, sipping cocktails, and sampling food from more than 30 eateries. Though past years also featured fashion shows, going forward the spotlight will be on the culinary offerings. “It’s a food event,” says Jacoby. “People want to come taste the food from their favorite restaurants or sample a new restaurant they haven’t had a chance to try yet.”

Though the 2017 celebration was cancelled due to Hurricane Irma, the shops will not be deterred; Jacoby is already planning next year’s festivities. Previous Craving Fashion beneficiaries have included Make-A-Wish Southern Florida, St. Matthew’s House, and the United Way of Collier County. (watersideshops.com)

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Wining and dining for a cause is the foundation of the annual Naples Winter Wine Festival. an entire weekend is dedicated to fine wines and delicious cuisine for guests to indulge in, while supporting the Naples Children & Education Foundation.

FEEDING A NEED

One of the season’s most highly-anticipated events, the Naples Winter Wine Festival is an oenophile’s dream. The signature fundraiser of the Naples Children & Education Foundation, the internationally acclaimed three-day festival has raised more than $161 million for children in need since its inception in 2001. It kicks off with Meet the Kids Day, where guests can interact with the children benefiting from the foundation’s services and taste some fabulous wines at a luncheon following the tour. Next up is a variety of exclusive, elaborately themed vintner dinners hosted in private homes around Naples and prepared by award-winning chefs and celebrated vintners. The live auction on the following day is another highlight of the festival; guests can bid on exceptional wines, exciting international trips, and one-of-a-kind experiences. Each year, funds raised from the festival go toward NCEF’s initiatives and programs, which are designed to improve the educational, emotional, and physical lives of underprivileged and at-risk children in Collier County through grants to local nonprofits. “Children are the key to our future, and

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we’re passionate about our work to help support and educate the children in our community who might not have the guidance needed to live a healthier life,” says Valerie Gargiulo, one of the founders of the festival and vice chair of the NCEF grant committee. The 2017 festival raised $15.1 million, which was distributed across five long-term strategic initiatives, the NCEF’s Fund-A-Need endeavor supporting children’s healthcare, and 34 local organizations including the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County, Grace Place for Children and Families, and Immokalee Child Care. The 2018 festival, themed “All We Need is Love,” is set for January 26-28, 2018. Guests

can expect a brand new lineup of nationally and internationally recognized chefs, sommeliers, and vintners, along with exciting lots for both the live and online auctions. According to Gargiulo, this year’s Fund-A-Need will benefit hunger, nutrition, and oral health programming, with an emphasis on prevention and intervention services to help children develop lifelong healthy behaviors. “Good health is vital to every child’s future,” says Susie McCurry, one of the 2018 festival chairs. “If a child isn’t healthy, he or she cannot learn, grow, or succeed. Through the NWWF, we have the opportunity to help fragile and underserved children, and we are humbled by all those who attend the festival and support the foundation.” (napleswinefestival.com) NAPLES CHARITY REGISTER

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The 2017 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Festival treated guests to two days of vintner dinners, tastings, and auction opportunities, raising $3.2 million for a variety of local health care initiatives.

A FEAST FOR HEALTH CARE

What began over a decade ago as a local Rotary Club event, the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Festival now draws an enormous crowd. The signature fundraising event of Southwest Florida Children’s Charities, the two-day festival has raised over $18.4 million for its three main beneficiaries: Golisano Children’s Hospital, Florida Gulf Coast University, and Florida SouthWestern State College. The weekend’s festivities kick off with an evening of vintner dinners held at local homes throughout the 38

community. “The dinners are a time for [guests] to meet and get to know each other,” says Holly Boldrin, public relations representative for the festival. “In fact, a lot of them end up going in on [auction] lots together, so it’s really wonderful to see the friendships that develop.” The following day’s grand tasting event brings in local chefs and nationally known chefs and vintners. “We really work with the chefs to make sure there’s a variety of dishes and that we’re meeting dietary restrictions,” says Boldrin. After guests have sampled the epicurean options, they can bid on winefocused trips during the live auction. A cus-

tom six-night yachting adventure along the New England coast and a once-in-a-lifetime cultural and culinary tour of Cuba with a local chef were among the favorite lots offered at the 2017 festival, which raised $3.2 million. Funds benefited pediatric initiatives at the Golisano Children’s Hospital and health care scholarships at FGCU and FSW. “We really focus on full-circle giving by supporting college scholarships that educate students to become the next generation of pediatric healthcare professionals,” says Boldrin. “And with the new hospital, hopefully they’ll stay in our community after graduation.” The 2018 festival will be held the first week in March to create more possibilities for vintner participation. A new after-party event, The Dessert Afterglow, will feature the decadent creations of local chocolatier Norman Love. (swflwinefest.org)

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A 10-day African safari auction lot was one of the highlights of the Naples Zoo’s 2017 Zoobilee: Feast with the Beasts soiree, which also featured food and beverages from more than 20 local restaurants and caterers.

CULINARY ADVENTURES

If you prefer to keep your nights out casual and fun, the Naples Zoo’s premier annual fundraising event, Zoobilee: Feast with the Beasts, is known as the wildest party in town. What began as a formal seated dinner at the zoo has evolved with the times to become a safaricasual event where guests can explore the zoo while enjoying live music and sampling culinary delights from local caterers and more than 20 restaurants, including The Bowl, Delicious Raw Juice Bar, Jimmy P’s Charred, and Teatro. “We’ve always hosted some kind of fundraiser, but we wanted it to be a little more fun for people,” says Courtney Jolly, director of marketing and public relations at the zoo. “Now it’s an immersive experience where you get to try a little bit of everything.” Guests are encouraged to dress casually for this adults-only event, which provides an up-close look at the zoo’s enduring beauty—

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from leisurely nighttime strolls past the tropical flowers of the historic botanical gardens to encounters with the zoo’s beloved animal family. One of the highlights of the 2017 Zoobilee festivities was the auction of an exotic African safari, a 10-day luxury adventure to East Africa’s Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Mount Kilimanjaro, and more. Proceeds raised from the 2017 event supported the zoo’s facility improvements, environmental education programs, and conservation initiatives for threatened and endangered species. Next year’s event is scheduled for February 9, 2018. Entertainment will include two types of live music: on one side of the zoo, a high-energy band for dancing; on the other, softer music for a quieter, more relaxing atmosphere. (napleszoo.org) NAPLES CHARITY REGISTER

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Action For Life, Inc.

Agape Charities

Action for Life is a 100 percent volunteer organization. It is dedicated to protecting and fostering the most basic value of society, human life itself. The council promotes, upholds, and supports respect for human life without regard to age, race, creed, or color, from conception to natural death.

A nonprofit ministry of St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church in Naples, Agape Charities helps people in need by uniting loving hearts throughout Naples under the banner of God’s pure “Agape” love. Its purpose is to share the love of Christ, by supporting charitable causes and needs in Southwest Florida, and extending it wherever it may be needed.

Main Fundraising Event: Celebration for Life– A Night to Remember Date: January 13, 2018 Location: St. John the Evangelist Church, Naples Description of Event: This event is a social and fundraising event for people of like interests. The night will consist of music and dancing, with food and a comedian. Please call Action for Life, Inc.’s office for further details. Honorary Chairpersons: Action for Life, Inc. Board of Directors Ticket Price: $75 per person, $125 per couple Contact: Laura Mara Telephone: 239-262-5433 Web: actionforlife.net

Main Fundraising Event: Naples Loves: An Evening of Charity and Compassion Date: February 8, 2018 Location: St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, Naples Description of Event: St. Katherine’s Annual Greek Festival starts one night early this year to endow the Agape Charities Fund, and to benefit three worthy local charities: Habitat for Humanity of Collier County, Barbara’s Friends–Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Cancer Fund, and St. Matthew’s House. The evening will feature live music, dancing, and plenty of Greek food. Ticket sales are limited. Tickets start at $100 per person. All net proceeds will go to charity. Chairpersons: Romey Terezi, Art Katsaros, Kim Sharan Ticket Price: $100 Contact: Kim Sharan Telephone: 239-228-3275 Web: stkatherine.net

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American Cancer Society The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2 million volunteers saving lives in every community. The organization finds cures as the nation’s largest private, notfor-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need when they need it. The organization’s mission is to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer. Main Fundraising Event: Bucket List Bash Date: March 16, 2018 Location: The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples Description of Event: The American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event, the Bucket List Bash, will feature a cocktail hour, gourmet dinner, headline entertainment, and more. This signature event has been named the Bucket List Bash because each year it is themed after a once-in-a-lifetime experience that is sure to be on everyone’s bucket list. The event is a tribute to cancer survivors, raising funds for critical cancer research and local patient services. Chairperson: Richard Lublin Ticket Price: $1,000 Contact: Mackenzie Herrick Telephone: 239-261-0337 Web: acsbucketlistbash.com

NAPLES ILLUSTRATED SUPER MEN CELEBRATION Event: NI’s annual Super Men celebration, honoring the seven men featured in the September issue Venue: Paradise Wine. The event was sponsored by Naples Illustrated. 1. Seth Fogelman, Jacquelynn Olson 2. Brien and Tracy Spina 3. Vicki Baker, Scott Sherman, Beth Heinzel 4. Carla Bogart, Trista Meister 5. Eric and Kimberly Hochman

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American Cancer Society–Marco Island The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2 million volunteers saving lives in every community. The organization finds cures as the nation’s largest private, notfor-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need when they need it. The organization’s mission is to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer. Main Fundraising Event: Imagination Ball Date: February 10, 2018 Location: JW Marco Island Marriott Description of Event: Enjoy an evening to “Reach for the Stars to Find a Cure,” honoring Ray and Louise Jean. This annual blacktie optional gala will feature an open bar, a fabulous full-course dinner, dancing, and both silent and live auctions. Chairperson: Debra Shanahan Major Sponsors: Presented by: Corrie Grado, Condee Heating and Cooling, First Florida Integrity Bank, John R. Wood Properties, Rose Marina, Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise, Seminole Casino, Siegel Dentistry, The SpeakEasy of Marco Island Ticket Price: $250 Contact: Sue Olszak Telephone: 239-642-6217 Web: acsimaginationball.com

The American Heart Association’s mission is to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, America’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers. Main Fundraising Event: Southwest Florida Heart Ball Date: March 10, 2018 Location: Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa, Bonita Springs Description of Event: The annual event will feature gourmet dining, silent and live auctions, and entertainment with Kellie Burns as emcee. Funds raised from the event will provide the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association resources for education, awareness, research, and prevention of heart disease and stroke. Chairpersons: Nicole and Mark Stevens Major Sponsors: Stevens Construction, Arthrex Ticket Price: $500 Contact: Kaleigh Rodden Telephone: 239-495-4912 Web: swflheartball.ahaevents.org

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Main Fundraising Event: Southwest Go Red for Women Luncheon Date: April 27, 2018 Location: Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa, Bonita Springs Description of Event: The luncheon will address the No. 1 killer of women in the United States—heart disease—through education, awareness, and fundraising. In its tenth year, the annual event will feature a gourmet, hearthealthy lunch, silent auction, keynote speaker, Stacey Deffenbaugh as emcee, and more. Chairpersons: Amy Sanford, Cathy Canterna, Lauren Canterna Major Sponsors: Arthrex, Lee Memorial Health System, and the generous support of the Canterna family in loving memory of Dorothy Paffrath and Margaret Teixeira Ticket Price: $150 Contact: Monica Seif Telephone: 239-495-4903 Web: swflgored.ahaevents.org

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American Red Cross

The Archangel Fund

Artis–Naples

Celebrating 100 years of service in the community, the American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power and generosity of volunteers. Services include: Disaster Relief; Health and Safety; Service to the Armed Forces; and International Relief.

The Archangel Fund assists Collier County charities so others can find the ingredients to life they need to grow out of challenging circumstances–necessities like food, shelter, and treatment for illness. The Art of Giving, a name chosen to reflect the beauty of human generosity, raises funds for The Archangel Fund.

Main Fundraising Event: Centennial Celebration & Gala Date: March 9, 2018 Location: The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples Description of Event: The Centennial Celebration & Gala will be a wonderful, meaningful evening filled with dinner, dancing, and celebration recognizing Florida’s Southern Gulf Chapter of the American Red Cross and 100 years of service and excellence in Collier, Lee, Hendry, and Glades counties. Chairperson: Elizabeth Star Major Sponsors: Elizabeth and Stanley Star, Ron and Beverly Nordmann, Naples Illustrated Ticket Price: $750 Contact: Susan Solomon Telephone: 239-785-3654 Web: redcross.org/FSGcentennialgala

Main Fundraising Event: The Art of Giving Date: January 31, 2018 Location: The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples Description of Event: Join The Archangel Fund for lunch at the Ritz to hear from New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author and noted historian, Sally Bedell Smith. Smith’s bestsellers are Diana in Search of Herself, Grace and Power, and Elizabeth the Queen. Her latest is Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life. Smith was a consultant to playwright Peter Morgan on The Audience, a drama about Queen Elizabeth II that led to his hit Netflix series The Crown. Chairpersons: Laurie Blatt, Patsy Zalokar Ticket Price: $300 Contact: Patsy Zalokar Telephone: 239-262-0353 Web: artofgivingnaples.org

One of Florida’s premier cultural campuses, Artis—Naples, home of The Baker Museum and the Naples Philharmonic, creates and presents 450+ free and paid world-class concerts, events, and exhibitions annually, including 140 orchestra and chamber music concerts, 15+ museum programs, and 100+ educational events. Artis–Naples serves more than 300,000 people and 45,000 local-area students each year through performances, exhibitions, and educational programming. Main Fundraising Event: A Gala Evening Date: March 18, 2018 Location: Hayes Hall, Artis–Naples Description of Event: Join Artis–Naples on the stage of Hayes Hall for a blacktie optional celebration of the Naples Philharmonic, The Baker Museum, and broad-based educational programming. Chairpersons: Alan Einhorn and Vicki Cooper, Nancy and George Woltz Ticket Price: $1,000 Contact: Jan Fernandez Telephone: 239-254-2719 Web: artisnaples.org

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CRAVING FASHION Event: Fourth annual food and fashion event presented by Waterside Shops to benefit Make-A-Wish Southern Florida and United Way of Collier County Venue: Waterside Shops. The event was sponsored by Naples Illustrated. 1. Jacquelynn Olson, Camilla Caroline, Tatiana Lauricella 2. Terrilyn VanGorder, Jenny Gezella, Susan Joyce 3. Wilfredo Emanuel, Rhett Josey 4. Emily Sumpmann, Janey Cooka 5. Kaleigh Grover, Katherine Lande, Shalyn Ormsby, Danielle Vigliotti

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Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Avow Foundation, Inc.

Baby Basics Of Collier County

Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary protects the natural resources of the Western Everglades and influences restoration for the benefit of wildlife and people through land management, science, education, restoration, and advocacy.​​

Founded in 1983 as Collier County’s original, nonprofit hospice, Avow companies provide palliative care consultations for adults facing chronic or serious illness, palliative care services for children, and hospice care and bereavement support services for children and adults. Avow Foundation develops and stewards resources that support Avow’s nonprofit, missiondriven services.

Baby Basics of Collier County is an all-volunteer organization that has provided over 6 million diapers to babies from hardworking, low-income families in Collier County and Bonita Springs who do not receive any federal or state cash assistance since its inception in 2004.

Main Fundraising Event: Cypress Celebration Date: January 18, 2018 Location: Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples Description of Event: The Cypress Celebration is an invitation-only celebration of the people and organizations that bring the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary’s mission to life for the benefit of the Western Everglades. Ticket Price: By invitation only Contact: Tabitha Stadler Telephone: 239-348-9151, ext. 114 Web: corkscrew.audubon.org

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Main Fundraising Event: Butterfly Ball Date: February 10, 2018 Location: Naples Municipal Airport Description of Event: The Butterfly Ball is Avow’s signature annual fundraising event, inspired by the journey of the butterfly, drawing philanthropists together in support of Avow’s mission. The 2018 vintage military theme ball will highlight Avow’s “We Honor Veterans” program, supporting those who have served our nation and the families who support them. Join Avow Foundation for a patriotic and military appreciation event as it sends guests back to the era of the country’s “Greatest Generation.” Honorary Chairpersons: Capt. Wayne Smith and PFC Jessica Lynch Ticket Price: $500 Contact: Angela Manley Telephone: 239-261-4404 Web: avowcares.org

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Main Fundraising Event: Baby Basics’ Ninth Annual Walking/5K Challenge Date: January 20, 2018 Location: North Collier Regional Park, Naples Description of Event: Baby Basics’ Walking Challenge is a popular, family-friendly event open to all ages that includes a 1.5 to 6-mile walk and, new this year, a 5K run in the park to increase public awareness about Baby Basics of Collier County. Last year, more than 200 people attended the challenge and raised over $20,000 for the organization. The Walking Challenge will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. and the kickoff at 9:30 a.m. Chairpersons: Dick Lynch, Tom Mann Ticket Price: $25 Contact: Jean Ann Lynch Telephone: 617-510-4468 Web: babybasicscollier.org

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Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Naples

Bentley Village Foundation

Books For Collier Kids

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute is the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. As part of U Health–The University of Miami Health System, BPEI is a not-for-profit medical research and academic institution. Its mission is to lessen the burden of blinding diseases by offering compassionate clinical care to patients, conducting forward-thinking research, and training the ophthalmologists of the future.

The Bentley Village Foundation is a resident-created and managed, notfor-profit philanthropic organization dedicated to enriching the lives of residents, staff, and others in Collier County and Southwest Florida. It strives to enhance cultural, intellectual, emotional, and physical wellbeing through philanthropic programs and educational scholarships.

Books for Collier Kids, formerly First Book–Collier County, is a local nonprofit founded in 2005 that provides brand new, top-quality, age-appropriate books throughout the school year to 7,400 disadvantaged Collier Pre-K, Kindergarten, first, and second graders. BCK is projecting to reach a million book milestone this year.

Main Fundraising Event: Art and the Eye–An Evening of Vision Gala Date: February 9, 2018 Location: Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Naples Description of Event: Art and the Eye is a fun and interactive fundraising event benefiting Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Naples. Guests are invited to join the institute in celebration of the world-renowned vision research the institution is doing, as well as the specialized care it offers to prevent blindness and restore lost vision in the community. Chairpersons: Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Beauchamp Ticket Price: $250 Contact: Amy Lane Telephone: 239-659-3986 Web: bascompalmer.org

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Main Fundraising Event: Moonlight Serenade Scholarship Ball Date: January 19, 2018 Location: Palmetto Room, Bentley Village, Naples Description of Event: For the second year, this gala event will feature the music of the world-famous Glenn Miller Orchestra for the listening and dancing pleasure of residents and friends of the Bentley Village Foundation. The proceeds will enhance the foundation’s educational scholarship program for employees and employee dependents. Chairpersons: Karin Moe, Karen Rosenstein, Joan Geoghegan, Harlan Parrish, Stacy Ross Major Sponsor: TBD Ticket Price: $125 Contact: Diane V. Halas Telephone: 239-592-9969 Web: bentleyvillagefoundation.org

Main Fundraising Event: Thanks a Million! Date: February 28, 2018 Location: Private club in Naples Description of Event: Thanks a Million! celebrates a million books donated to children in need in Collier County. Guests will join the organization at 6 p.m. for cocktails, dinner, and a speaker to celebrate the donors whose support made it possible for Books for Collier Kids to provide a million books since 2005. Sponsorships are available for $500 per classroom to provide 10 new books to each child in a Pre-K, K, first-, or second-grade classroom, with a ratio of one book a month per student. Dress code is business attire, jackets for men. Honorary Chairpersons: Dick and Marie Stonesifer Chairpersons: Nora Kolmer, Donna Eskra Major Sponsor: TBD Ticket Price: $300 Contact: Nora Kolmer Telephone: 239-598-9598 Web: booksforcollierkids.org

HUMANE SOCIETY NAPLES Event: Rock for the Paws Fashion Show & Luncheon Venue: The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. The event was sponsored by Naples Illustrated. 1. Sonya Sawyer with Paris 2. Anne Scott, Genai Corban, Anne Fleming 3. Nancy Waterworth, Michael Wynn, Karen Norte 4. Kirsten Ferrara, Al Rupp 5. Tracy Boykin, Stan Whitcomb, Sandra Hudson Donatelli

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Boys & Girls Club of Collier County

Boys & Girls Club of Collier County

Boys & Girls Club of Collier County

The Boys & Girls Club of Collier County is a nonprofit youth development organization that annually serves more than 3,500 of the most at-risk children and teens in Collier County. The Club provides a safe, positive place where local youth acquire academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles.

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Main Fundraising Event: “Faces of the Future” Annual Great Futures Start Here Breakfast Date: November 14, 2017 Location: Hilton Naples Description of Event: This annual breakfast event with a guest speaker benefits the club’s Great Future Campaign, which provides 80 percent of members’ full or partial scholarships to attend the after school and summer program. Many area youth do not have the opportunity to receive even the most basic tools necessary to build a productive and successful future. The Great Futures Campaign ensures these children have a fair chance at reaching their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. Chairperson: Dr. Manuel Peña Major Sponsors: Boys & Girls Clubs of America Ticket Price: Donations are accepted Contact: Alisa Coccari Telephone: 239-325-1700 Web: bgccc.com

Main Fundraising Event: Paragon Awards Date: January 17, 2018 Location: Naples Botanical Garden Description of Event: This annual luncheon event honors those in the community who consistently exemplify the attributes of monumental impact on youth over the past year and continue to help provide great futures for more than 3,500 at-risk youth. Award recipients have emerged as leaders based on their outstanding accomplishments, behavior, and character within the Boys & Girls Club movement and have inspired others. Award winners will be announced by a special guest. Ticket Price: TBD Contact: Alisa Coccari Telephone: 239-325-1700 Web: bgccc.com

Main Fundraising Event: Fourteenth Annual FORE-the-Kids Golf Tournament Date: November 4, 2017 Location: The Golf Club at Fiddler’s Creek, Naples Description of Event: This annual golf tournament will include putting with the kids, a cocktail reception, silent/live auctions, and dinner. This tournament will provide support for children and families who rely on the Boys & Girls Club to enhance and enrich their lives now and in the future, and offers interaction with Boys & Girls Club members (players will be paired with children in the Putting Tournament), all while being a part of a quality golf competition and social experience. Chairpersons: Mary Osborn, Lea Smith, Jane Kerr, Ann Lee Levitt, Greg Faulkner Major Sponsor: An anonymous donor, “a true friend of the Club” Ticket Price: $1,000 per player Contact: Audra DiNanno Telephone: 239-325-1700 Web: bgccc.com

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CAPA Cultural And Performing Arts Center

Boys & Girls Club of Collier County Additional listing. Main Fundraising Event: Eighth Annual Crawfish Boil Date: April 21, 2018 Location: Walker’s Hideaway Marina, Naples Description of Event: Arguably the greatest crawfish boil this side of the “Big Easy,” this event will be packed with fun-filled games, activities, raffles, delicious crawfish flown in from Louisiana with all the southern fixings, and lots of live music. This event will help the Boys & Girls Club continue with its mission to serve youth and teens throughout Collier County. Major Sponsor: Peña Plastic Surgery Ticket Price: TBD Contact: Alisa Coccari Telephone: 239-325-1700 Web: bgccc.com

CAPA’s mission is to provide the community affordable cultural, educational, and performance opportunities while developing a new arts center to better serve the audiences and artists of Collier County. The 2017-18 season includes the Spectrum Series of edgy, up-close performances, Rising Stars Series with young stars who excel in their field, and Jazz & Blues Series with musicians who cover the genre from blues to classic to Latin. Main Fundraising Event: CAPA Gala–Hitting the Right Note Date: January 8, 2018 Location: Naples Sailing & Yacht Club Description of Event: The CAPA Gala will include a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, dinner, and entertainment, with proceeds supporting CAPA programs. Honorary Chairperson: Susan Gibbons Major Sponsor: Life in Naples Ticket Price: $295 Contact: Susan Gibbons Telephone: 239-775-2800 Web: capacenter.org

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Catholic Charities, Diocese Of Venice, Inc. Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, Inc. annually moves about 40,000 people in Southwest Florida toward self-sufficiency through programs and services that serve all in need regardless of race, nationality, or creed. In 2018, Catholic Charities will celebrate 50 years of serving Collier County. Catholic Charities strives to fight poverty, strengthen families, and build communities through four service locations in Naples and Immokalee. Main Fundraising Event: Emerald Ball Date: March 24, 2018 Location: Ritz-Carlton, Naples Description of Event: The 2018 Emerald Ball will celebrate 50 years of Catholic Charities changing lives in Collier County. The evening will include a cocktail hour, auctions, dinner, and dancing. Proceeds benefit financial assistance, professional counseling, food pantries and programs, empowerment program, refugee services, senior services, immigration services, soup kitchen, clothing room and shower program, and English classes for mothers. Chairperson: Mary Shaughnessy Ticket Price: $400 Contact: Brenda Anderson Telephone: 239-455-2655 Web: catholiccharitiesdov.org

NAPLES BOTANICAL GARDEN Event: Thirteenth Annual Hats in the Garden Luncheon, “The Faces of Naples” Venue: Naples Botanical Garden. The event was sponsored by Naples Illustrated. 1. Mary Ann Bindley, Shelly Stayer 2. Jay and Patty Baker, Kirsten Ferrara 3. Terry Edwards, Jody Lippes 4. Jennifer Parisi, Ashley Gerry 5. Amy Hills Baier, Madeline Hills, Barby Hills, Darby Hills

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Catholic Charities, Diocese Of Venice, Inc.

Champions For Learning

Champions For Learning

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Champions for Learning makes it possible for the community to impact lives by enriching the environment for learning through educators and directly with students.

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Main Fundraising Event: Venetian Charity Ball Date: February 3, 2018 Location: Hyatt Regency Coconut Point, Bonita Springs Description of Event: The 2018 Venetian Charity Ball will benefit programs and services including Positive Youth Development, Senior Support Coordination, Human Trafficking Victim Assistance, Immigration Services, food assistance and pantries, and direct assistance. The evening will include a cocktail hour, auctions, a raffle for a car and other exciting items, dinner, and dancing. Chairperson: Charles Anderson Ticket Price: $250 Contact: Chuck Anderson Telephone: 239-334-4007 Web: catholiccharitiesdov.org

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Main Fundraising Event: Night of Champions Date: January 31, 2018 Location: The Naples Grande Beach Resort Description of Event: The fourth Annual Night of Champions will honor community leaders for impacting the lives of students. Proceeds from the event will support the organization’s student programs, Take Stock in Children and the Real World Learning Model. Chairpersons: William Beynon and Barbara Melvin Major Sponsors: Capital Wealth Advisors, Naples Illustrated Ticket Price: $300 Contact: Heather Noel Telephone: 239-643-4755 Web: championsforlearning.org

Main Fundraising Event: Glass Slipper Event Date: March 7, 2018 Location: Custom Model Residence in Quail West, Naples Description of Event: Each year this event is held to honor women leaders for their dedication and service to the children of Collier County. Proceeds from this event will help support college girls through their third and fourth year of college. This will be a fun, casual evening with a cocktail reception and hors d’oeuvres. Chairperson: Claudine Leger-Wetzel Major Sponsors: Stock Development, Naples Illustrated Ticket Price: $50 Contact: Heather Noel Telephone: 239-643-4755 Web: championsforlearning.org

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Champions For Learning Additional listing. Main Fundraising Event: Golden Apple Celebration of Teachers Dinner Date: April 6, 2018 Location: The Naples Grande Beach Resort Description of Event: The Golden Apple Celebration of Teachers Dinner recognizes innovative teachings, and will feature video vignettes on each of the Golden Apple teachers to give guests a glimpse into Collier classrooms. Teachers of Distinction and this year’s Heart of the Apple recipient, Tom Riley, will also be honored. Proceeds from this event will help support the organization’s educator programs, Golden Apple, and classroom grants. Chairpersons: William Burke and Martha Rozman Major Sponsor: Suncoast Credit Union Ticket Price: $250 Contact: Heather Noel Telephone: 239-643-4755 Web: championsforlearning.org

Children’s Advocacy Center Of Collier County

The CAC is committed to improving the lives of abused children and creating a community that does not tolerate child abuse. The CAC is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) agency that provides a coordinated, multi-agency approach to the investigation, intervention, and treatment of child sexual and physical abuse. The CAC provides a friendly atmosphere designed to minimize a child’s trauma during the investigation and throughout the healing process. Main Fundraising Event: Beach Ball Date: March 3, 2018 Location: Naples Botanical Garden Description of Event: The Beach Ball is a fundraising event like no other in all of Naples. It is a casual, themed event that takes into account the greatest asset Florida has to offer—the beach. Each year, the CAC transports its guests to different beaches all over the world to enjoy the culture and cuisine from the comforts of home. The Beach Ball has become known as the “fun” gala of the Naples philanthropic scene. Honorary Chairperson: Pia Myers Ticket Price: $300 Contact: Bryan Lee Telephone: 239-263-8383 Web: caccollier.org

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Children’s Advocacy Center Of Collier County Additional listing.

Main Fundraising Event: Naples City Live: Music Festival Date: March 2, 2018 Location: Naples Botanical Garden Description of Event: Guests are invited to join the CAC for an incredible musical experience as the organization embarks on bringing a little bit of live music to Naples for the second annual Naples City Live Music Festival 2018. Those who have experienced the magic of an intimate outdoor music festival, from Bonnaroo to Lollapalooza, will enjoy the thrill of Naples City Live Music Festival. The CAC will bring in some of America’s hottest emerging talent, without the high ticket prices and overwhelming mega-crowds. Ticket Price: $22.50-$125 Contact: Bryan Lee Telephone: 239-263-8383 Web: nclfestival.com

THE IMMOKALEE FOUNDATION Event: 2017 Charity Classic Celebration, “25 Years of We Are Immokalee” Venue: The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. The event was sponsored by Naples Illustrated. 1. Kamela Patton, Reg and Sandra Buxton, Sandra and Bob Rommel 2. Jim and Laura Dixon 3. Linda Malone, Jay Spiller 4. Sandra Edwards, Teri Evans 5. Don and Ellen O’Neill

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Christ Child Society Of Naples

Collier Child Care Resources (CCCR)

The Christ Child Society of Naples, an allvolunteer organization, was founded in 1997 to improve infant care, provide basic needs, and promote literacy for underprivileged children in Collier County.

Collier Child Care Resources (CCCR) is a nonprofit organization that focuses on the education of children from birth to five years. Serving Collier County exclusively, it is devoted to providing exceptional child care services to the children and families who need them most. At CCCR, the mission is to provide high quality early childhood care, education, and resources to children, families, and early learning professionals in Collier County.

Main Fundraising Event: Keep the Wheels Rolling Date: February 1, 2018 Location: Christ Child Society of Naples Description of Event: Keep the Wheels Rolling is a request sent to all members seeking contributions for the funding of the programs supported by the Christ Child Society. The Red Wagon Gala, the main fundraiser, is held every two years. The next gala will be in 2019. Chairperson: Gail Garratt Ticket Price: Donations are accepted Contact: Jane Austermiller Telephone: 410-207-3431 Web: christchildnaples.org

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Main Fundraising Event: Big Impressions by Little Artists Date: March 9, 2018 Location: Hilton Naples Description of Event: Collier Child Care Resources is hosting the sixth annual “Big Impressions by Little Artists” event to raise funds for the arts program and tuition assistance for the children of low-income working families. The luncheon will be held at the Hilton Naples on March 9, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will feature art created by the children in CCCR’s programs, the works of local artists, plus other items, in live and silent auctions. Ticket Price: $75 Contact: JoAnn Lawrence Telephone: 239-643-3908 Web: collierchildcare.org

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Collier Harvest Foundation Collier Harvest Foundation provides healthy and nutritious foods to its hungry neighbors in Collier County. Since 1992, the organization has distributed 18 million pounds of food at no cost to the agencies it serves. Collier Harvest Foundation develops personal relationships with its partner agencies to understand their mission and the individuals and families they assist, which allows the organization to reach those who are most in need in the community. Main Fundraising Event: National Association of Letter Carriers–Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Date: May 12, 2018 Location: 4551 Mercantile Avenue, Naples Description of Event: For 26 years, volunteers from civic groups, high schools, businesses, family, and friends come together to sort and box hundreds of thousands of pounds of food donated by Collier residents and collected by the county’s mail carriers. A local band will play music throughout the day while volunteers work together to help feed those in need in the community. The food donated will help stock the shelves of Collier Harvest Foundation’s partner agencies through the long summer months. Chairperson: Connie Preu Major Sponsors: John R. Wood Properties, Gargiulo, Inc. Ticket Price: Free Contact: Connie Preu Telephone: 239-455-3663 Web: collierharvest.org

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Community Foundation Of Collier County

Collier Senior Resources Collier Senior Resources operates the Golden Gate Senior Center and 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. Since opening in November 2014, CSR now has over 900 members at the Golden Gate Senior Center and provides a daily hot lunch, programs, classes, socialization, and food pantry.

The Community Foundation of Collier County was established in 1985 to increase and focus private philanthropy in the area. The foundation manages more than 510 funds, collaborates with more than 400 nonprofits, holds over $150 million in assets, and has distributed nearly $112 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and community programs.

Main Fundraising Event: Celebrating Our Seniors Date: November 1, 2017 Location: Golden Gate Senior Center, Naples Description of Event: Celebrating Our Seniors will be an evening to relax, converse, and celebrate the center’s seniors and caregivers. Cocktails start at 6 p.m. Dress code is business attire, jacket preferred. Honorary Chairperson: Lavern Gaynor Chairpersons: Jim Barton, Tom Gleason Major Sponsor: Barton Family Foundation Ticket Price: $150 Contact: Jim Barton Telephone: 239-252-4534 Web: collierseniorresources.org

Main Fundraising Event: Celebration of Philanthropy Date: November 3, 2017 Location: Grey Oaks Country Club, Naples Description of Event: The 2017 Celebration of Philanthropy will honor individuals, nonprofit organizations, corporations, and civic groups that demonstrate passion about charitable giving and inspire others to do the same. Chairpersons: Dottie Gerrity, Tom McCann Major Sponsors: The Trustees Emeriti of the Community Foundation of Collier County, Naples Daily News, Naples Illustrated Ticket Price: $185 Contact: Carri Kreisman Telephone: 239-307-4526 Web: cfcollier.org

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Community Pregnancy Clinics, Inc. Community Pregnancy Clinics, Inc. (CPCI) was founded in 1974 as one of the original 13 crisis pregnancy centers in the U.S. Its mission is to save babies from abortion while providing care, compassion, and choices for women. Free services include pregnancy tests, limited ultrasound exams, STI screening, counseling, crisis intervention, material assistance, and qualified referrals. The organization has locations in Naples, Fort Myers, and Sarasota along with a Mobile Medical Clinic. Main Fundraising Event: Life Saver Event 2018 Date: March 15, 2018 Location: Hilton Naples Description of Event: The 2018 CPCI Life Saver Event will feature guest speaker Governor Mike Huckabee. An annual giving level of $720 ($60/ month) admits two adults. Chairperson: David Joyce Major Sponsors: 41West, Alphausa.org, Anytime Fitness, Understand Photography, Enviro Design Studio, Manatee Gynecology, CTN10, Center Point Community Church, Continental Construction, Moody Radio, Action for Life/ Naples Pro Life Council, Wells Fargo Advisors, eBella Magazine, Kurtz Homes, Fiddler’s Creek, SunnyGrove Industries, North Naples Gynecology, Allegra, Lifeline, Sunlight Home, Providence House Ticket Price: An annual giving level of $720, or a pledge of $60 per month to the charity, admits two guests to the event Contact: Domenick Micillo Telephone: 239-262-6381 Web: community4life.com

THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF COLLIER COUNTY Event: 2017 Celebration of Philanthropy Venue: The Naples Grande Beach Resort. The event was sponsored by Naples Illustrated. 1. Karen Conley, Eileen Connolly-Keesler 2. Scott Burgess, Polly Keller, Mike Reagen 3. Bette Aymar, Julie Dominick, Pat Aiken-O’Neil, Mary Vance Dugan 4. Marcie Poulos, Joanne Wyss 5. Jessica Hernandez, Debi Lux

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Community School Of Naples

Conservancy Of Southwest Florida

Conservancy Of Southwest Florida

Community School of Naples, an independent, Pre-K-12 college preparatory day school, is driven by its commitment to excellence in teaching and learning and shaped by its spirit of community and collaboration.

For more than 50 years, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida has been a leading environmental advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the water, land, wildlife, and future of its five-county area. The Conservancy uses the synergy of four teams to meet this mission. These teams include: Science and Research, Policy and Advocacy, Environmental Education, and Wildlife Rehabilitation. This combination of expertise is unique to the Conservancy.

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Main Fundraising Event: Angel Ball Date: March 17, 2018 Location: The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples Description of Event: Since 1984, CSN has held the Angel Ball, a benefit auction, for the sole purpose of raising funds for the Financial Aid program. Financial aid allows CSN to enroll the best possible applicants, building a diverse population of students whose talents, promise, commitment, and motivation help create a robust and vibrant community. Chairpersons: CSN Board of Trustees Major Sponsors: Loyal CSN supporters Ticket Price: $750 Contact: Ledlie Pastor Telephone: 239-597-7575, ext. 183 Web: communityschoolnaples.org

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Main Fundraising Event: Magic Under the Mangroves Date: March 8, 2018 Location: Conservancy Nature Center, Naples Description of Event: Magic Under the Mangroves supports the Conservancy’s mission to protect the region’s unique natural environment. The 2018 gala event will be held in a spectacular tented setting on the grounds of the Conservancy Nature Center. The ecochic event is a top charitable event in Naples. Guests will enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a silent and live auction, and dinner. Chairperson: Carol Dinardo Major Sponsors: Northern Trust, William Raveis Real Estate, NBC-2, Gulfshore Life, Florida Weekly, Naples Daily News Ticket Price: Individual tickets $750; Patron Packages $3,500-$50,000 Contact: Nikkie Dvorchak Telephone: 239-403-4200 Web: conservancy.org/magic

Main Fundraising Event: WaterWorks Luncheon Date: January 18, 2018 Location: Conservancy Nature Center, Naples Description of Event: The annual WaterWorks luncheon event supports the Conservancy’s water quality work. The 2018 keynote speakers, Alex and Tyler Mifflin, also known as the Water Brothers, will share their stories about exploring the world and uncovering the most important water stories of the current time, covering questions such as what are the problems, and where are the solutions to help humans better protect their most precious resource? Major Sponsors: Naples Trust Company, Gulfshore Life, LongHorn Steakhouse Ticket Price: $250 Contact: Nikkie Dvorchak Telephone: 239-403-4200 Web: conservancy.org/water-works

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Crohn’s Charity Service Foundation The Crohn’s Charity Service Foundation is a nonprofit organization providing awareness, assistance, and services personalized for its clients’ unique needs. The foundation has learned to partner up with other disability foundations to better serve its communities. Its mission is “Connecting communities and helping them to live.” Founded in 2011, the foundation has since opened a clinic. Through donations and sponsorships, supporters will help provide more programs like this. Main Fundraising Event: Las Vegas Casino Night Date: December 3, 2017 Location: Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club Description of Event: The Crohn’s Charity Service Foundation is celebrating six years of connecting communities and helping them to live. The community is invited to come out to a Las Vegas atmosphere to play, eat, and win prizes. Steve Phillips from Show Biz Production, a Crohn’s patient himself, will make this a night to remember. Honorary Chairperson: Yvette Stafford Jones Chairpersons: Lena Stafford Jones, Irene Williams, Kyle Stafford Major Sponsors: Show Biz Production, Knox Medical, Morden Health Concepts, Trulieve Ticket Price: $100 Contact: Yvette Stafford Jones Telephone: 239-919-3777 Web: ccsffl.org

Culinary & Hospitality Education Foundation Of Southwest Florida A nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax exempt charitable organization since 2004, the Culinary & Hospitality Education Foundation of Southwest Florida serves the culinary and hospitality arts professions by providing scholarships, awards, financial incentives, and skills development opportunities to deserving individuals in Southwest Florida who are committed to furthering their education and enhancing their careers.

Main Fundraising Event: The Delights of Evolving Cuisine Date: April 3, 2018 Location: Venue Naples Description of Event: At this event, guests will explore a tasting menu showcasing the area’s hottest and most inspired chefs, including special honoree Chef Fabrizio Aielli of Sea Salt and Barbatella. They will also sample a wide variety of wines that delight the palate and have the opportunity to bid on exclusive auction items. Chairpersons: Brian and Nicole Roland, Chrissie Forbes Ticket Price: $150 Contact: Jeannette Boucher Telephone: 239-566-7080 Web: chefswfl.org

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David Lawrence Center Based in Southwest Florida, the David Lawrence Center is a not-for-profit leading provider of behavioral health solutions dedicated to inspiring and creating life-changing wellness for every individual. The center provides innovative, comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, residential, and community-based prevention and treatment services for children and adults who experience mental health, emotional, psychological, and substance abuse challenges. Main Fundraising Event: The 2018 Puttin’ on the Ritz Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration Gala Date: January 13, 2018 Location: The Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort, Naples Description of Event: The 2018 Gala, “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” promises a memorable evening of dining and dancing with a fabulous band and entertainment, inspired by the center’s 50-year anniversary. Honorary Chairpersons: Joyce and Bill O’Meara Chairpersons: Jill and Michael Basden Major Sponsors: Truly Nolen, GallifordMulard Foundation (Christine Williamson), Robin and Pat Stranahan Ticket Price: $550 Contact: Katie Boutin Telephone: 239-455-8500 Web: davidlawrencecenter.org

THE EVERGLADES FOUNDATION Event: Fourth annual ForEverglades Naples celebration Venue: Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. The event was sponsored by Naples Illustrated. 1. Margaux Biernat, Aldo Beretta, Cristal O’Meara 2. Bob and Terry Edwards 3. Jerry and Adria Starkey 4. Allison and Chauncey Goss 5. Karen and Bob Scott

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The Everglades Foundation, Inc.

Everglades Wonder Gardens

The Everglades Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to restoring and preserving one of the world’s greatest natural ecosystems, America’s Everglades. From the Kissimmee River Watershed to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Rivers and south to Florida Bay, the Everglades provides the drinking water for one in three Floridians. Founded 23 years ago, The Everglades Foundation is a science-based, nonprofit organization.

In less than two years of ownership, the nonprofit Bonita Wonder Gardens Board of Directors has sown the seeds of growth and revitalized the Everglades Wonder Gardens. Together, with staff and community leaders, the Everglades Wonder Gardens has seen the rebirth of its presence. The organization is dedicated to preserving the history of this most unique place nestled in downtown Bonita Springs.

Empty Bowls Naples Since 2007, Empty Bowls Naples has been a major fundraising event to feed the hungry of Southwest Florida. The Empty Bowls Naples event is an unprecedented culmination of business, community, residents, and nonprofit organizations aiming and achieving the mission to create awareness and raise funds to eliminate hunger in the local community one bowl at a time. Main Fundraising Event: Twelfth Annual Empty Bowls Naples event Date: January 27, 2018 Location: Cambier Park, Naples Description of Event: A small admission donation of $20 provides guests the opportunity to select from thousands of handcrafted ceramic bowls created throughout the year by local artists, educators, students, and volunteers. These keepsakes are reminders of the empty bowls of all those who go hungry in the community. In addition, over 50 local restaurants and chefs provide tastings of their most popular soups from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and there will also be a silent auction, potters, boutique shopping, and painting. Chairperson: Betsy Dawson Major Sponsor: Clay More Ceramics Ticket Price: $20 Contact: Betsy Dawson Telephone: 239-591-8848 Web: emptybowlsnaples.com

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Main Fundraising Event: Enchanted–An Evening of Wonder Date: February 15, 2018 Location: Everglades Wonder Gardens, Bonita Springs Description of Event: Join the Everglades Wonder Gardens for its third annual signature fundraiser, Enchanted–An Evening of Wonder on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 6 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the operations of the Everglades Wonder Gardens so the organization can continue its environmental education programming. Honorary Chairpersons: Gary Price, Karin Moe, Sandie and Ernie Schaub, Kathie and Dave Shellenbarger, Kathleen VanDevere Chairpersons: Connie McIntosh, Trish Leonard Major Sponsors: TLC Marketing & Creative Services, Wynn Properties, Best Moving & Storage, Northern Trust, Bonita Boarding & Kennel Camp, Brennan, Manna & Diamond Ticket Price: $185 Contact: Thomas Hecker Telephone: 239-992-2591 Web: evergladeswondergardens.com

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Main Fundraising Event: ForEverglades Naples Date: November 16, 2017 Location: Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club Description of Event: Forever fun and never formal, ForEverglades Naples begins at 5:15 p.m. for cocktails in the palm grove before dinner, an auction, and live music commences under a festive tent. For more information, contact Caroline Ridgway at 239-206-1685. Honorary Chairpersons: US Representative Francis and Kathleen Rooney Chairpersons: Ellin Goetz, Fred and Kathi Genung, Dolly Bodick and Alan Korest, Maggie and John Picotte Major Sponsors: Barron Collier Jr. Foundation, Collier Enterprises, FineMark Bank, Wasmer, Schroeder & Co., Naples Illustrated Ticket Price: $500 and up Contact: Kathy Wheeler Telephone: 239-290-8405 Web: evergladesfoundation.org

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Fifth Avenue South Business Improvement District, Inc.

Florida Citizens Alliance

The 5th Avenue South Business Improvement District, Inc. (BID) was established in 2010 to represent the interests of both property owners and businesses in growing and sustaining a healthy, vibrant 5th Avenue South district. Its mission is to brand promote and create awareness of 5th Avenue South to residents and visitors as the destination of choice to live, work, shop, dine, and play.

The Florida Citizens Alliance is a grassroots volunteer organization with a vision to inspire a rebirth of liberty in Florida. Its mission is to bring together a coalition of citizens and grassroots groups to work together through education, outreach, and community involvement to advance the ideals and principles of liberty. The Florida Citizens Alliance believes these include but are not limited to individual rights, free markets, and limited government.

Main Fundraising Event: Forty-fourth Annual Christmas Walk & Tree Lighting Ceremony Date: December 7, 2017 Location: 5th Avenue South, Naples Description of Event: This beloved holiday tradition will kick off with entertainment on Sugden Plaza starting at 5 p.m., followed by the annual lighting of the grand tree and the holiday lights and decorations along 5th Avenue South. Santa will make a grand entrance and be available for photos. Also, starting at 5 p.m., carolers, dance troupes, community and church choirs, school ensembles, and much more will delight crowds up and down 5th Avenue South. Honorary Chairperson: Bill Barnett Ticket Price: Free Contact: Jim Smith Telephone: 239-692-8436 Web: fifthavenuesouth.com

Main Fundraising Event: A Special Evening with Dinesh D’Souza Date: February 5, 2018 Location: TBD, Naples Description of Event: An interesting evening of thoughts and current political climate will be presented by author and worldclass lecturer Dinesh D’Souza. He will be making his first speaking engagement in Naples, and the Florida Citizens Alliance is extremely proud to bring him to the community. Contact Louise Penta at 239273-2696 for tickets or purchase online at floridacitizensalliance.com Chairperson: Louise Penta Major Sponsor: TBD Ticket Price: $150 Contact: Keith Flaugh Telephone: 239-250-3320 Web: floridacitizensalliance.com

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Foundation For The Developmentally Disabled

The Foundation for the Developmentally Disabled’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families through education, social, and recreational activities; advocating for employment and housing options; and raising community awareness. The foundation is a private, independent nonprofit that has been serving individuals with developmental disabilities in Southwest Florida for 35 years. Main Fundraising Event: Star Gala Date: March 10, 2018 Location: The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples Description of Event: The theme of the 2018 Star Gala is “Dancing Under the Stars,” and will focus the spotlight on the foundation’s “stars”–the more than 200 individuals the foundation serves. A fun and inspiring evening is planned with a sparkling cocktail hour, exciting silent and live auctions, Fund-A-Need, dinner, entertainment by P’zazz, and dancing. Chairpersons: Carrie and John Cooney Major Sponsors: Woods, Weidenmiller, Michetti, Rudnick & Galbraith, Community Resource Network of Florida, Inc. Ticket Price: $350 Contact: Karen Govern Telephone: 239-594-9007 Web: fddswfl.org

NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS OF COLLIER COUNTY Event: Inaugural Sips ‘N’ Saddles fundraiser and equestrian jumper exhibition Venue: Private property in Naples. The event was sponsored by Naples Illustrated. 1. Jenny and Stephan Bothe 2. Gina Thomas, Caroline Ridgway, Andrea Chowdhury 3. Kermit Sutton, Stephan Bothe 4. Nancy White, Diane and Ron McGinty 5. Rosemary Pace, Kristi McGuire

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Freedom Waters Foundation, Inc.

Friends Of Foster Children Forever

Freedom Waters Foundation’s mission is to improve the lives of children and adults with special needs, at-risk teens, and veterans by providing therapeutic marine-related experiences on the waters of South Florida. These activities include boat outings, fishing experiences, and adaptive sailing. Last year, Freedom Waters served more than 2,400 people with just two full-time and two part-time staff members and more than 200 volunteers.

Friends of Foster Children Forever seeks to help foster children thrive– not just survive the ordeal of being a foster child. The organization provides targeted educational and enrichment opportunities that allow each child to fulfill his or her potential.

Main Fundraising Event: Kind Mariners Ball Date: March 10, 2018 Location: Naples Sailing & Yacht Club Description of Event: The Kind Mariners Ball is for all who share a combined passion for boating and helping those in need. The evening will include a buoyant cocktail hour, gourmet dinner, live entertainment, auction, and more. The theme for 2018 is Treasures of the Sea. Chairpersons: Mike and Meg Bruno Major Sponsor: The O’Dell Group at Morgan Stanley Ticket Price: $300 Contact: Debra Frenkel Telephone: 239-248-1120 Web: freedomwatersfoundation.org

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The Friends of the Library is a nonprofit organization that helps fund the expansion and enhancement of programs and services in the Collier County public library system. Incorporated more than 6o years ago, Friends of the Library has been able to raise more than $1.5 million in the last 10 years to help meet the needs of the library. Main Fundraising Event: Nick Linn Lecture Series Dates: January 15, February 5, March 12, March 26, 2018 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, including Dorothea Benton Frank, Christina Baker Kline, Gregg Hurwitz, and Adriana Trigiani. The organization is proud to announce its fifteenth year of providing this luncheon and lecture series. Chairperson: Nick Linn Major Sponsors: Anthrax Inc., First Florida Integrity Bank, Naples Daily News, Publix Charities Ticket Price: $300 Contact: Marlene Kern Telephone: 239-262-8135 Web: collier-friends.org

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Main Fundraising Event: The Annual Boogie Bash Date: March 23, 2018 Location: Grey Oaks Country Club, Naples Description of Event: The Annual Boogie Bash will be a free-spirited, high-octane party with great music, entertainment, dancing, and so much more—all to improve the lives of foster children in the community. Honorary Chairpersons: Krista Fogelsong, Brian Roland Chairperson: Rio DeArmond Ticket Price: $275 Contact: Gisela Estrada Telephone: 239-262-1808 Web: friendsoffosterchildren.net

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Friends Of Rookery Bay

Fun Time Early Childhood Academy

Golisano Children’s Museum Of Naples

The mission of the Friends of Rookery Bay is to connect people with Southwest Florida’s dynamic coastal environment in support of the Rookery Bay Reserve. The Friends helps reserve staff address many challenges in managing the community’s coastal lands and waters, and generates community involvement through an active volunteer program, outreach efforts, and fundraising events that provide crucial financial support.

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

The Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (C’mon) is a brain-building powerhouse fueled by STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math). As science continues to provide new lessons about the complexities and capacities of the brain, a specific set of skills known as executive function life skills has been found to play a particularly critical role in early childhood development as well as later school and life success.

Main Fundraising Event: Help Fun Time Kids Bloom! Date: February 9, 2018 Location: Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club Description of Event: The garden-party themed event will feature a cocktail reception, silent auction, live auction with Naples Mayor Bill Barnett as auctioneer and NBC-2 Anchor Stacey Deffenbaugh as emcee, dinner, remarks by Executive Director Barbara Tyrrell, and more. Honorary Chairpersons: Nancy and Skip Zink Chairpersons: Robin Larkin, Jackie Fritsch Major Sponsors: Shirley Hulse, Val Trotman Ticket Price: $300 Contact: Maricel Jaureguy Telephone: 239-261-8284 Web: funtimeacademy.org

Main Fundraising Event: Ninth Annual Batfish Bash for the Bay Date: March 16, 2018 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, Naples Description of Event: Celebrate the taste and feel of Old Florida and life along the Gulf Coast. Guests will enjoy live music, cocktails, dinner, and sunset on the bridge over Henderson Creek. Honorary Chairperson: J. Dudley Goodlette Chairperson: Karyn Capozzo Ticket Price: $250 Contact: Athan Barkoukis Telephone: 239-530-5990 Web: rookerybay.org

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Main Fundraising Event: Night at the Museum: Pirate Ball Date: February 10, 2018 Location: Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples Description of Event: Prepare to set sail for the Sixth Annual Night at the Museum: Pirate Ball on February 10, 2018. Pirates will be landing on the shores of C’mon as the organization hosts its biggest fundraiser of the year. Enjoy live music and dancing, silent and live auctions, dinner, drinks, and the lucky chance to win the Grand Treasure Chest Prize. Major Sponsors: Thomas M. and Nancy H. O’Neill, Wollman, Gehrke and Solomon, P.A., Ted and Lindsay Corbin, Yamron Jewelers, FineMark National Bank and Trust, Waterside Shops, Martha and Bill Meyers, Spiro and Associates, Home-Tech, Gulfshore Life Ticket Price: $350 Contact: Laura Richardson Telephone: 239-514-0084 Web: cmon.org

PROVIDENT JEWELRY Event: Annual holiday celebration, “Glitter and Gold,” benefiting Humane Society Naples Venue: Provident’s two locations on Fifth Avenue South. The event was sponsored by Naples Illustrated. 1. Jada Anastasia, Gina Lucia 2. Lynn Scribante, Laurie Dambrauskas Lyba, Margie Scribante 3. Judy and Norman Freedman, Lois Taylor 4. Rachael Johnston, Jared Kaplan 5. Charlie Franck, Scott Suchy, Ellen Franck

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Grace Place For Children And Families

Greater Marco Family YMCA

Grace Place is an educational touchstone for the Golden Gate community. Working to break the cycle of poverty through education, Grace Place has pioneered a family literacy model that produces enduring results. Currently over 900 students are enrolled in Grace Place’s three educational programs. Grace Place additionally runs a Friday Food Pantry which meets emergency food needs for more than 200 families each week.

For 40 years, the Greater Marco Family YMCA has been committed to helping children, families, and communities reach their full potential. The Marco Y serves over 2,000 children in Early Learning, After School, Summer Camps, and Sports in East Naples, Everglades City, and Marco Island and serves over 10,000 members of the community throughout the year. Through donations and sponsorships, the Marco YMCA supports those who need it most.

Main Fundraising Event: A Swing of Grace Date: April 21, 2018 Location: Wyndemere Country Club, Naples Description of Event: Golfers will enjoy a delicious lunch before playing 18 holes on the luxurious Wyndemere Golf Course. Afterward, guests will proceed to a cocktail reception and silent auction followed by a casual and elegant strolling dinner. Guests will also be treated to a performance by the Grace Place Children’s Chorus and keynote address from a Grace Place student. Honorary Chairperson: Dick Gast Chairperson: Erik Lutgert Major Sponsor: TBD Ticket Price: $225 Contact: Barbara Evans Telephone: 239-234-2400 Web: graceplacenaples.org

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Guadalupe Center is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty through education. With proven results in creating endless possibilities for Immokalee students, Guadalupe Center serves students from cradle to career, fostering personal and academic success for economic independence. Core programs–Early Childhood Education, After-School Tutoring, and College Preparatory Tutor Corps–provide more than 1,300 children hope for prosperous lives. Main Fundraising Event: “Welcome Aboard” Signature Event 2018 Date: January 17, 2018 Location: The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples Description of Event: The 2018 Signature Event, themed “Welcome Aboard,” on January 17 will offer guests a nautical soiree featuring a decadent dinner, dancing, and exciting auction packages. Guests will have the chance to meet students served by Guadalupe Center and learn about the lifechanging impact the educational programs have had on their lives. Chairperson: Amy Moglia Heuerman Major Sponsors: Moglia Family Foundation on behalf of Amy and Paul Heuerman, London Bay Homes, TD Ameritrade, Seminole Casino Immokalee, JP Morgan Chase & Co. Ticket Price: $500 Contact: Kelly Hammer Telephone: 239-657-7711 Web: guadalupecenter.org

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Main Fundraising Event: Black & White Gala Date: January 25, 2018 Location: JW Marriott, Marco Island Description of Event: The Greater Marco Family YMCA’s annual signature event will be an elegant evening of dinner and live entertainment. Guests will hear from the team how they directly contribute to the future of the community through the Marco Y. Chairpersons: Linda Cassens, Sue Itayem Ticket Price: $250 Contact: Katherine Caskey Telephone: 239-394-3144, ext. 105 Web: marcoymca.org

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Guadalupe Center

Gulfshore Opera

Gulfshore Playhouse

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Serving Collier, Lee, and Charlotte counties, Gulfshore Opera presents the highest quality of opera theater and classical vocal music performances while making the art form inclusive and accessible for diverse audiences of all ages. GO promotes community wellbeing through social engagement activities including “The Harmony Choir,” a youth development after-school program that empowers at-risk children to strive for excellence through music.

Gulfshore Playhouse is passionately committed to enriching the cultural landscape of the region by producing professional theater–including venerated classics, Broadway hits, contemporary plays, and world premieres–to the highest artistic standards, and providing unique educational opportunities to diverse groups of people in a spirit of service, adventure, and excitement.

Main Fundraising Event: Guadalupe Charity Golf Classic Date: April 20, 2018 Location: Vineyards Country Club, Naples Description of Event: The fourth annual Guadalupe Center Charity Golf Classic will take place April 20, 2018, and will feature lunch, a round of golf, and an awards party. Funds raised support Guadalupe Center’s vital, purpose-driven programs designed to break the cycle of poverty through education. Chairperson: TBD Major Sponsor: TBD Ticket Price: $500 Contact: Kelly Hammer Telephone: 239-657-7711 Web: guadalupecenter.org

Main Fundraising Event: The Phantom Gala Date: February 25, 2018 Location: Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church and The Club at the Strand, Naples Description of Event: The evening will begin with a three o’clock concert at the newly renovated Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church. The featured artist will be Broadway tenor John Cudia, hailed for his many performances in the title role of the Phantom of the Opera. He will be joined by the GO Professional Artists in Residence and Dr. James Cochran on the new grand pipe organ for an opera-meets-Broadway concert. Following the concert will be a gala dinner at The Strand Country Club ballroom. Honorary Chairperson: TBD Chairpersons: Stephanie Schwetz, Claudia Polzin Major Sponsor: TBD Ticket Price: $225 Contact: Michelle Westley Telephone: 239-529-3925 Web: gulfshoreopera.org

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Main Fundraising Event: The Eighth Annual Bubbles, Baubles, and Broadway Gala Date: March 26, 2018 Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Naples Description of Event: The Eighth Annual Bubbles, Baubles, and Broadway event will begin at 5 p.m., and will include a pre-event reception, delicious dinner, and spectacular entertainment including Broadway stars. Major Sponsor: TBD Ticket Price: $600 Contact: Kelly Colligan Telephone: 239-261-7529 Web: gulfshoreplayhouse.org

NAPLES HISTORICAL SOCIETY Event: Annual Christmas Gala Venue: Historic Palm Cottage and Norris Gardens. The event was sponsored by Naples Illustrated. 1. Charles Marshall, Ali and Mally Khorasantchi, Richard Tooke 2. Maryann Scandifio, Rachel Robb 3. Sam and Karen Smith, Christine and Terry Flynn 4. Nelly and Henley Shotwell 5. Henry and Carol Dinardo, Lynne and Chip Shotwell

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Habitat For Humanity Of Collier County Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with hardworking families in need to provide homeownership opportunities. With a commitment to provide a hand up and not a hand out, Habitat requires partner families to undergo an exhaustive application process and invest 500 hours of sweat equity before purchasing their home with a nointerest loan. Habitat’s vision is a world where everyone has at least a simple, decent place to live. Main Fundraising Event: Pacesetter Dinner Date: February 22, 2018 Location: Grey Oaks Country Club, Naples Description of Event: This exclusive event brings top donors together to celebrate the accomplishments of Habitat for Humanity. Honorary Chairpersons: Habitat Collier Board of Directors Chairperson: John Cunningham Ticket Price: By invitation only Contact: Jennifer Pash Telephone: 239-775-0036 Web: habitatcollier.org

The Harmon-Meek Gallery Fund supports local art programs for at-risk youth. Grants are awarded to create and continue initiatives to improve the lives of Southwest Florida’s youngest citizens through art. Last year’s event funded art-related or art therapy projects at the David Lawrence Center, Trinity-bythe-Cove Youth Art Festival, Naples Art Association ARTScool Programs, and Grace Place for Children & Families. Main Fundraising Event: Fifth Annual Visionaries of the Visual Arts Award Date: January 9, 2018 Location: Naples Sailing & Yacht Club Description of Event: The Visionaries of the Visual Arts Award dinner event is entirely underwritten by Harmon-Meek Gallery so that 100 percent of contributions from ticket sales, table patrons, and program advertising will benefit at-risk youth and children’s art programs. Honorary Chairpersons: Barbara and J. William Meek III Chairpersons: Kristine Meek, Juliana Meek Major Sponsors: Harmon-Meek Gallery, Naples Illustrated Ticket Price: $175 Contact: Juliana Meek Telephone: 239-262-2699 Web: harmonmeek.com/visionaries

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In the fiscal year of 2016-17, the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida distributed 21.7 million pounds of food, about 18 million meals, to children, working-poor families, seniors, and others in need through a network of more than 150 partner agencies in Collier, Charlotte, Hendry, Glades, and Lee counties. Collier residents received 4.6 million pounds of food, or 3.8 million meals, through the food bank’s partneragency network. Main Fundraising Event: WINK Feeds Families Hunger Walk Date: January 20, 2018 Location: Miromar Outlets, Estero Description of Event: This walk will be the Tenth Annual WINK Feeds Families Hunger Walk. The goal of the walk is to bring awareness to the community about the issue of hunger in Southwest Florida and to raise funds to support the food bank’s mission to lead the community in the fight to end hunger. Honorary Chairperson: Lois Thome Chairperson: Kayla Richmond Major Sponsor: Bill Smith Electronics & Appliances Ticket Price: Donations are accepted Contact: Marta Hodson Telephone: 239-334-7007 Web: harrychapinfoodbank.org

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Harmon-Meek Gallery Fund At Southwest Florida Community Foundation

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Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida

Heil Luthringer Foundation For MS

Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida provides high-quality primary medical, dental, and behavioral healthcare in Collier County–regardless of patients’ ability to pay–serving more than 49,000 patients annually in 21 locations, including 60 percent of the children and roughly half of the expectant mothers in the community.

The Heil Luthringer Foundation for MS’s mission is to provide multiple sclerosis education to afflicted individuals, adult survivors of MS, children of parents afflicted with MS, caregivers, the community, and healthcare professionals. The foundation awards scholarships to students whose parents have MS, establishes local MS GAL support groups led by real-life MS experts successfully living with the disease, and also created and promotes the MS “Polka Dot Bandana Awareness Challenge.”

Main Fundraising Event: Twelfth Annual Golf Classic & Celebration Date: April 7, 2018 Location: Quail West Golf & Country Club, Naples Description of Event: The annual Golf Classic & Celebration benefits the Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida’s Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® program. Ticket Price: $300 Contact: Elizabeth Zuluaga Telephone: 239-658-3113 Web: healthcareswfl.org/ golfclassiccelebration

Main Fundraising Event: Eleventh Annual MS Turkey Shoot Golf Tourney Date: October 13, 2018 Location: Collier’s Reserve Country Club, Naples Description of Event: The tourney will feature a shotgun scramble and silent auction with a European continental breakfast and gourmet buffet lunch. Guests can enjoy golf and nature at its best in the beautiful scenic Audubon Sanctuary, and get a photo with the foundation’s real live turkey. Honorary Chairperson: Dr. Alan Galbut Chairpersons: Dr. Debbie Heil, Lisa Luthringer Major Sponsor: SOGAL Ventures Ticket Price: $175 Contact: Debbie Heil Telephone: 239-592-7020 Web: empowermenteducation.org

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The Holocaust Museum & Education Center Of Southwest Florida

The Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida’s mission is to teach the lessons of the Holocaust to inspire action against bigotry, hatred, and violence. The museum’s education programs have reached over 175,000 SWFL students since its founding in 2001, with age-appropriate programs for grades K-12 and college/university. Voted the 2017 “Best Museum–Collier County” in “Best of The Gulfshore 2017” Reader Survey; TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Main Fundraising Event: The Luncheon Date: December 15, 2017 Location: The Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort, Naples Description of Event: The annual luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. In addition to the elegant menu, the event will feature the national debut of “In Flight,” the inspirational short play based on the life of Holocaust survivor and museum speaker Sabine van Dam. Attire is business casual. Ticket Price: $150 Contact: Tim Morrison Telephone: 239-263-9200 Web: holocaustmuseumswfl.org

NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS OF COLLIER COUNTY Event: Tenth Annual Hope Shines Luncheon with guest speaker Suzy Favor Hamilton Venue: La Playa Beach & Golf Resort. The event was sponsored by Naples Illustrated. 1. Ellin Goetz, Debbie DePasquale, Diane McGinty 2. Andrew Phillips, Carla Phillips 3. Caroline Ridgway, Gina Thomas, Suzy Favor Hamilton, Wynne Ridgway, Allison Durian, Susan SholleMartin 4. Alfred Garduna, Patricia Pike 5.William Gonsalves, George Welch

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The Holocaust Museum & Education Center Of Southwest Florida Additional listing.

Main Fundraising Event: Triumph 2018 Date: March 5, 2018 Location: The Club Pelican Bay, Naples Description of Event: Triumph 2018 is the museum’s main annual fundraising event, with proceeds funding the development and presentation of the museum’s education programs. Age-appropriate programming is provided to students grades K-12 and college/university in six SWFL counties. 2018 marks the twentieth anniversary of the “Out of the Ashes” student project which originally inspired the museum. Ticket Price: $275 Contact: Tim Morrison Telephone: 239-263-9200 Web: holocaustmuseumswfl.org

The Humane Society Naples

The mission of Hope After Stroke Florida is to assist stroke survivors through Naples Community Hospital’s program of advancing stroke recovery and rehabilitation.

The Humane Society Naples is Southwest Florida’s premier no-kill pet shelter, adoption center, and veterinary clinic. The mission of The Humane Society Naples is to shelter animals in times of need, locate lifelong homes, and promote responsible pet ownership through education, legislation, and sterilization.

Main Fundraising Event: Luncheon and Fashion Show Date: February 20, 2018 Location: Naples Sailing & Yacht Club Description of Event: Hope After Stroke Florida will host a luncheon and fashion show in support of stroke survivors at NCH. The event will include an elegant lunch and a fashion show by Kay’s on the Beach, who will showcase the latest fashions for 2018. Chairperson: Allison O’Reilly Ticket Price: $100 Contact: Allison O’Reilly Telephone: 703-926-3382 Web: hopeafterstrokefl.org

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Main Fundraising Event: Nineteenth Annual Fashion Show & Luncheon: The Real Housepets of Naples Date: November 10, 2017 Location: The Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort, Naples Description of Event: The Nineteenth Annual Fashion Show & Luncheon: The Real Housepets of Naples is The Humane Society Naples’ season opening fundraiser. The event will include a reception and silent auction followed by a luncheon and fashion show featuring HSN’s adoptable pets. Chairpersons: Philip Douglas and Doug Olsen Major Sponsors: The Striped Cabana, Naples Illustrated, Lilly Pulitzer, Shear Luxury Pet Styling, Waterside Shops, MercedesBenz of Naples, John Craig, Naples Daily News Ticket Price: $200 Contact: Annemarie Zoller Telephone: 239-643-1880 Web: hsnaples.org

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The Humane Society Naples

Immokalee Child Care Center

The Immokalee Foundation

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The mission of Immokalee Child Care Center is to serve the Immokalee community by providing exceptional educational programs and the highest quality child care. Since 1964, the center’s success has been built upon the support of donors and community leaders.

For 25 years, The Immokalee Foundation has been Building Pathways to Success for the children of Immokalee. The foundation is devoted to enhancing the lives of Immokalee’s next generation by emphasizing education, vocation, and life skills through programs that provide students with opportunities to grow, learn, and advance to educational and professional heights that they never dreamed possible, leading to economic independence.

Main Fundraising Event: Eighteenth Annual Pet Lovers Gala: Krewe de Paws Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball Date: February 9, 2018 Location: Naples Botanical Garden Description of Event: The Eighteenth Annual Pet Lovers Gala: Krewe de Paws Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball is The Humane Society Naples’ premier fundraiser. The pet-friendly, black tie-ball will have a cocktail reception, dinner, and dancing in the tent and exciting ways to donate. Honorary Chairpersons: Sharon and Dolph von Arx Major Sponsors: Naples Illustrated, Naples Daily News Ticket Price: $400 Contact: Annemarie Zoller Telephone: 239-643-1880 Web: hsnaples.org

Main Fundraising Event: The Third Annual Diamond Ball Date: December 7, 2017 Location: Grey Oaks Country Club, Naples Description of Event: Put on your best sparkle and get ready to be entertained with live music by The Robert Williamson Band. Dine with the Immokalee Child Care Center and enjoy its live and silent auctions, with proceeds benefiting the children of the center. Ticket Price: $250 Contact: Carolyn Malinowski Telephone: 239-261-1774 Web: immokaleechildcarecenter.org

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Main Fundraising Event: Charity Classic ProAm Golf Tournament Dates: November 12-13, 2017 Location: Bay Colony Golf Club, Naples Description of Event: The 2017 Charity Classic Pro-Am net scramble golf tournament will pair Annika Sorenstam, Lexi Thompson, and two dozen of the world’s greatest golfers with Naples’ most philanthropic players. Join the foundation for a fun and competitive tournament, and mingle with the pros at an exclusive Pairings Party at the Old Collier Golf Club, all while doing your part to support the education and growth of Immokalee’s youth. Chairpersons: Kevin Johnson, Sunny Sapiente, Patrick Trittler Ticket Price: $5,000 Contact: Kelsey Wright Telephone: 239-430-9122 Web: immokaleefoundation.org

MAKE-A-WISH SOUTHERN FLORIDA Event: Annual Tea at the Ritz-Carlton, “Ginger Bread and Sugar Plums Holiday Tea” Venue: The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. The event was sponsored by Naples Illustrated. 1. Isabella Childress, Richard Childress, Raimonda Childress, Chelsea Mack 2. Alexa Neebling, Nicole Neebling 3. Kayla Goodman, Sherry Boyd, Madisyn Goodman 4. Pamela Collins, Lesley Colantonio 5. Mara Labell Muller, Dylan Sanders

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Jewish Family And Community Services Of Southwest Florida

JFCS of Southwest Florida is the central address for services for seniors in Collier and southern Lee counties. JFCS is a not-for-profit, nonsectarian human services organization that empowers individuals and families by providing tools to address life’s challenges. Programs include the Naples Senior Center, serving 1,300 members, dementia respite support, geriatric case management, mental health services, veterans’ services, and JFCS Food Pantry. Main Fundraising Event: An Evening for Better Tomorrows–A Night of Motown Magic Date: January 13, 2018 Location: Club Pelican Bay, Naples Description of Event: The JFCS’ sixth annual signature fundraising event, An Evening for Better Tomorrows–A Night of Motown Magic, features the Shadows of the ’60s paying tribute to the legacy of The Four Tops, Temptations, and Supremes. Founder and creator Dave Revels was a member of The Drifters and is currently the lead singer of The Persuasions. Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, dinner, and dancing. Proceeds benefit JFCS programs, including the Naples Senior Center. Ticket Price: $375 Contact: Laura Bidireanu Telephone: 239-325-4444 Web: jfcsswfl.org

To enhance and enrich the quality of Jewish life by recognizing and supporting the charitable, educational, humanitarian, and social service needs of the Jewish community locally, nationally, overseas, and in the State of Israel. Main Fundraising Event: Power of Community Celebration Date: February 3, 2018 Location: Grey Oaks Country Club, Naples Description of Event: Annual fundraising gala and celebration featuring the Mentalist Sidney Friedman. Chairpersons: Rosalee Bogo, Stephanie Heuer, Phyllis Seaman Ticket Price: $150 Contact: Julie Hartline Telephone: 239-263-4205 Web: jewishnaples.org

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The Jewish Historical Society of Southwest Florida is dedicated to preserving and protecting the Jewish history of Southwest Florida to date and into the future by collecting living legacies. Main Fundraising Event: Celebrating Jewish History with Murray Hendel Date: January 21, 2018 Location: Hilton Naples Description of Event: The Society will show its newest film, a documentary featuring the many contributions of Murray Hendel to Naples, which will be followed by brunch. Chairperson: Peter Klein Ticket Price: $85 Contact: Marina Berkovich Telephone: 239-566-1771 Web: jhsswf.org

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Junior Achievement Of Southwest Florida

Latchkey League, Inc.

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida is an area nonprofit dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, JA provides hands-on programs in work-readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy to students in grades K-12 throughout Collier, Lee, and Charlotte counties.

The Latchkey League’s mission is to support and provide educational, cultural, and recreational services to children in the greater Naples area who are in need of after-school supervision and activities, and to promote educational development for their future.

Main Fundraising Event: Business Hall of Fame, Lee County Date: April 25, 2018 Location: Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, Bonita Springs Description of Event: The purpose of the Business Hall of Fame is to recognize individuals who have made a significant contribution to the economic development and quality of life in Lee County. In addition, they have adhered to high moral and ethical principles and can serve as role models for our young people. Chairperson: TBD Major Sponsor: TBD Ticket Price: $250 Contact: Stephanie Hoffman Telephone: 239-225-2590 Web: jaswfl.org

Main Fundraising Event: Annual Affair, “Roaring Twenties” Date: January 16, 2018 Location: Vineyards Country Club, Naples Description of Event: The “Roaring Twenties” Affair will feature speakeasy fun with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, entertainment, and auction items. The club will be decorated with elements of the 20s era with jazz music in the background. Chairpersons: Myra Janco Daniels, Lynette Merillat Major Sponsors: Arthrex, Naples Illustrated, Tamiami Ford, Hyundai and Genesis Ticket Price: $275 Contact: Lynne Nordhoff Telephone: 239-594-8420 Web: latchkeyleague.com

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The League Club An organization of women strengthening communities through fellowship, education, volunteerism, and philanthropy. Membership is open to women who have been active members of a Junior League that is a member of The Association of Junior Leagues International. Main Fundraising Event: Lesley Stahl: Her Stories Today Date: February 23, 2018 Location: The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples Description of Event: Seen on 60 Minutes for the past 26 years, Stahl is one of America’s most celebrated and experienced journalists. The Emmy Award winner, recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in Journalism, and recent author of Becoming Grandma: The Joys and Science of the New Grandparenting, will delight guests at an engaging luncheon, Lesley Stahl: Her Stories Today. Luncheon guests may also purchase a ticket for $325 to the Lesley Stahl: Her Stories Today Patron Party, presented by Finemark National Bank & Trust on February 22, at a spectacular private residence in Port Royal. Chairperson: Gigi Stewart Major Sponsor: Naples Illustrated Ticket Price: $300 Contact: Liz Winebrenner Telephone: 239-353-3100 Web: leagueclub.org

DAVID LAWRENCE CENTER Event: “Magical Musical Tour–Dancing Through the Decades” Gala Venue: The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. The event was sponsored by Naples Illustrated. 1. Nicole Kalis, Andrew Culpepper 2. Jason Schwartz, Rebecca Fair 3. Ingrid Aielli, Robin Stranahan, Jackie Ressa 4. Karen and Rupert Irby 5. Monica Recchilongo, David Cordel

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Lee Health Foundation

Literacy Volunteers Of Collier County

Make-A-Wish Southern Florida

Kids’ Minds Matter—Voices for Pediatric Behavioral Health at Golisano Children’s Hospital—aims to raise awareness for the estimated 46,000 children in Southwest Florida who are currently living with mental health and behavioral disorders and are in need of adequate support services. Through philanthropic support, this fund assists these children and their families, enabling them to receive the proper diagnosis, necessary treatment, and resources.

Literacy Volunteers of Collier County teaches English as a second language to adults, families, and children. It relies on volunteer tutors, who agree to tutor at least once a week for four hours for a minimum of a year. Presently there are over 200 active tutors and approximately 240 adults in the program. The organization’s Children and Parents Reading Together program serves atrisk 4-year-old Pre-K children and their parents in Collier Head Start Elementary Schools.

Together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

Main Fundraising Event: Secret Garden Gala Date: March 7, 2018 Location: Shangri-La Springs, Bonita Springs Description of Event: The Second Annual Secret Garden Gala will shine a light on the children in the community struggling with “invisible illnesses.” The beautiful–and fitting–venue will act as a backdrop for this unforgettable evening, which will be filled with delicious food and lively entertainment. Proceeds will support the growing need for pediatric behavioral health services for Southwest Florida children and their families. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and individual tickets and sponsorships are available. Chairpersons: Scott Spiezle and Susan Goldy Ticket Price: $500 Contact: Jason Powella Telephone: 239-214-0819 Web: leehealthfoundation.org/KMM

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Main Fundraising Event: Wild About Fashion Date: January 19, 2018 Location: Windstar Country Club on Naples Bay Description of Event: Wild About Fashion is a spectacular fashion show that will include a delectable luncheon and a silent auction. Fashions will be provided by Petunias of Naples, with jewelry by Elaine Sulat, and makeup demonstrations. The event will be hosted by Krista Fogelsong from ABC 7, and will begin at 11 a.m. with the luncheon and show at noon. Honorary Chairperson: Jackie Mears Chairpersons: Jackie Mears, Wendy Hall, Janet Saltarelli, Marlene Gualtieri, Melissa Bazley Major Sponsors: Petunias of Naples, Elaine Sulat Jewelry, ABC 7 Ticket Price: $75 Contact: Christopher Nind Telephone: 239-262-4448 Web: collierliteracy.org

Main Fundraising Event: Tea at The Ritz-Carlton Date: December 9, 2017 Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Naples Description of Event: This kid-friendly holiday tea will have something for everyone to enjoy. There will be tea service for both kids and adults, a craft and cookie decorating station, and a performance from the Naples Ballet. Children and adult tickets are available. Chairperson: Ms. Dylan Sanders Major Sponsors: Fidelity Private Wealth Management, Publix Super Market Charities, Naples Illustrated, Fifth Third Bank Ticket Price: $125 Contact: Lesley Colantonio Telephone: 239-992-9474 Web: sfla.wish.org

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Make-A-Wish Southern Florida

Marco Island Historical Society

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The mission of the Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) is to preserve and share the rich history and heritage of Marco Island and the surrounding community.

Main Fundraising Event: Wishmaker’s Ball Date: January 13, 2018 Location: The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples Description of Event: Make-A-Wish Southern Florida invites its guests to experience an “Ocean of Wishes” at the annual Wishmaker’s Ball. Join the organization as it shares “the power of a wish” and makes wishes come true for local children. Sponsorships are available. Major Sponsor: Florida Weekly Ticket Price: $350 Contact: Lesley Colantonio Telephone: 239-992-9474 Web: sfla.wish.org

Main Fundraising Event: MIHS Spring Appraisal Faire Date: March 3, 2018 Location: Mackle Park, Marco Island Description of Event: Find out just what that precious objet d’art or piece of fine jewelry is really worth at the Marco Island Historical Society Spring Appraisal Faire with celebrity appraisers Wes Cowan, Ken Farmer, and Nan Chisolm, as seen on the Antiques Roadshow. Three item maximum. Chairpersons: Martha Ross, Tina Zandy Ticket Price: $40 Contact: Patricia Rutledge Telephone: 239-389-6447 Web: themihs.org

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Metavivor Metavivor.org is a nonprofit organization awarding grants for researchers specializing in metastatic breast cancer, which kills more than 40,000 women per year. The organization’s goal is to transition the disease from a terminal disease to a controlled, permanently survivable condition with a decent quality of life. Main Fundraising Event: SWFL Metsquerade Black Tie Gala Date: March 24, 2018 Location: Hilton Naples Description of Event: The Metsquerade Black Tie Gala includes a three-course dinner, drinks, entertainment, dancing, and silent and live auctions. Honorary Chairperson: Beth Fairchild Chairperson: Karin Petrocelli Major Sponsors: Merrill Lynch, America’s Best Contractors, Landscaper’s Choice of Naples, Hilton Naples Ticket Price: $150 Contact: Karin Petrocelli Telephone: 239-322-2110 Web: metavivor.org; swflmets.org

MAKE-A-WISH SOUTHERN FLORIDA Event: Eleventh annual Wishmaker’s Ball Venue: The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples. The event was sponsored by Naples Illustrated. 1. Kim and Rob Forsythe 2. Barb Gallo, Michele Eddy, Lesley Colantonio 3. Vincent and Diann Keeys 4. Meg Thornberry, Terry Fadely 5. Tom and Jane Uttley

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Multiple Sclerosis Center Of Southwest Florida

The Multiple Sclerosis Center of Southwest Florida’s (MS Center) mission is to improve the quality of life for people affected by multiple sclerosis. The MS Center provides a comprehensive wellness program to help manage pain, improve mobility, and decrease isolation. The program includes therapeutic services, counseling, support groups, art and exercise classes. The MS Center is not a national chapter, and 100 percent of donations stay in Southwest Florida. Main Fundraising Event: A Vintage Affair: Bright Lights & Bubbles Date: March 4, 2018 Location: Quail West Golf & Country Club, Naples Description of Event: Lights, camera, action! Join the Multiple Sclerosis Center of Southwest Florida for “A Vintage Affair: Bright Lights & Bubbles.” Guests will be the celebrities at this unique and exciting night of free-flowing Champagne, great food, and great music. Guests can get ready to receive the “star” treatment while having a grand time as they support the important work of the MS Center. Chairpersons: Shannon Diener, Nikola Varveris Ticket Price: $350 Contact: Kay Jasso Telephone: 239-435-1901 Web: mscenterswfl.org

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NAMI Of Collier County

NAMI Of Collier County

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) of Collier County is dedicated to improving the quality of life for adults, children, and families affected by serious mental illnesses. The organization provides innovative education, support, and advocacy programs and services for over 16,000 individuals in Collier County annually, and helps ensure that those it serves develop resilience, and recover to lead productive and meaningful lives within the community.

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Main Fundraising Event: Annual Hope Shines Luncheon Date: December 8, 2017 Location: Grey Oaks Country Club, Naples Description of Event: Judy Collins, music legend and mental health advocate, will be the special guest speaker at the Eleventh Annual “Ignite the Spark Within” signature event. She will share the inspiring personal story of her battles with alcoholism, depression, and her son’s suicide–and finding her own path to hope and clarity by breaking down the barriers of helplessness and secrecy that too often surround issues of mental illness. Chairpersons: Caroline Ridgway, Gina Thomas Ticket Price: $250 Contact: Pamela Baker Telephone: 239-260-7300 Web: namicollier.org

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Main Fundraising Event: Sixteenth Annual NAMI “Steps of Hope” Walk Date: February 17, 2018 Location: Cambier Park, Naples Description of Event: This 2.5-mile community walk is open to all and filled with fun, food, and entertainment for the whole family. Opportunities are available to sponsor, form, or join a team to raise funds and awareness supporting the one in four families affected by serious mental illnesses. For registration sign-up forms or sponsorship information, please contact Alex Kincaid by email at alex@namicollier.org or call the office at 239-260-7300. Contact: Alex Kincaid Telephone: 239-260-7300 Web: namicollier.org

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The Naples Art Association

The Naples Art Association

The Naples Art Association

Since 1954, the Naples Art Association has transformed the community through inspired arts leadership and continuous creation of a visual arts center that inspires and empowers artists and the general public in Southwest Florida.

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Main Fundraising Event: Dinner with Artists Dates: November 14, 2017; December 14, 2017; January 18, 2018; March 15, 2018; April 3, 2018 Location: Varies Description of Event: Join renowned artists paired with executive chefs who collaborate on creating and presenting original works of art and culinary masterpieces each month throughout season. Dinner with Artists is an interactive artistic experience in an intimate and engaging setting. Each event includes a multi-course gourmet meal and wine. Ticket Price: $130 Contact: Aimee Schlehr Telephone: 239-262-6517 Web: naplesart.org

Main Fundraising Event: For the Love of Art Date: February 17, 2018 Location: The Naples Art Association Description of Event: Not your average annual gala, this imaginative, engaging, and thrilling evening will transform, move, and celebrate the arts with interactive artistic experiences, live creative demonstrations, culinary creations, a silent auction, and more. Major Sponsor: Naples Illustrated Ticket Price: $250 Contact: Aimee Schlehr Telephone: 239-262-6517 Web: naplesart.org

Main Fundraising Event: Scene to be Seen: A Runway Art Show Date: November 2, 2017 Location: Volvo Cars of Naples Description of Event: The inaugural Scene to be Seen: A Runway Art Show will combine the sophistication of Naples with the thrill and excitement of top international couture runway shows. The evening will feature a fabulous welcome reception with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, a fully staged runway show, a sales gallery, and a fabulous after party featuring live entertainment and drinks. Chairperson: Amanda Jaron Major Sponsors: Shula’s Steakhouse, Gulfshore Life, A. JARON Fine Jewelry, Volvo Cars of Naples, Johnny Was, First Florida Integrity Bank, Salons by JC Ticket Price: $75 Contact: Aimee Schlehr Telephone: 239-262-6517 Web: naplesart.org

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HARMON-MEEK GALLERY FUND Event: Annual Visionaries of the Visual Arts Awards for the Harmon-Meek Gallery Fund at the Southwest Florida Community Foundation Venue: Naples Sailing & Yacht Club. The event was sponsored by Naples Illustrated. 1. Aimee Schlehr, Teri Evans, Scott Burgess, Juliana Meek, Tim Ferguson, Kristine Meek 2. Marcia and John Phillips 3. Joel Cooper and Shelby Willcox 4. Samuel and Karen Smith 5. Charles Marshall, Richard Tooke

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Naples Botanical Garden

Naples Botanical Garden

Naples Botanical Garden combines 170 acres of gorgeous tropical gardens and pristine natural areas with innovative programs for people of all ages and abilities. It has a Charity Navigator four-star rating and is the recent recipient of the Award for Garden Excellence by the American Public Gardens Association.

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Naples Ballet Created in 2008, the mission of Naples Ballet is to provide cultural enrichment in Naples through two full-length classical ballets each year, as well as several other performances in the community, dance education, community outreach, and scholarship programs. Main Fundraising Event: Meet Me at the Barre Gala Date: March 29, 2018 Location: Artis–Naples Description of Event: The ninth annual Meet Me at the Barre Gala will welcome guests with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres followed by dinner for approximately 125 supporters and a raffle of luxury prizes. Naples Ballet dancers will present excerpts from their Spring Ballet, will which be performed at Sugden Community Theater in May 2018. Chairpersons: Denise Altman, Jessica Painter Ticket Price: $150 Contact: Jessica Painter Telephone: 239-732-1000 Web: naplesballet.org

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Main Fundraising Event: Hats in the Garden Date: November 8, 2017 Location: Naples Botanical Garden Description of Event: Guests will display their most fashionable millinery over a threecourse, sold-out luncheon followed by a fantastic runway show presented by Saks Fifth Avenue. Honorary Chairpersons: Naples Botanical Garden Sustaining Leadership Council Chairperson: Eleanor Chabraja Major Sponsors: Northern Trust, Saks Fifth Avenue, Naples Illustrated, Waterside Shops, Arthrex, Inc., Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Bentley Naples Ticket Price: $650 Contact: Cindy Learned Telephone: 239-643-7275 Web: naplesgarden.org

Main Fundraising Event: Foolin’ Around in the Garden Date: April 6, 2018 Location: Naples Botanical Garden Description of Event: This gala celebrates the Garden and all its magical wonders, promising to awe and amaze with surprises at every turn. Guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres among enchanting entertainers followed by dinner and dancing under the tent. Honorary Chairpersons: Naples Botanical Garden Sustaining Leadership Council Chairpersons: Barbara and Dale Morrison Major Sponsor: TBD Ticket Price: $550 Contact: Cindy Learned Telephone: 239-643-7275 Web: naplesgarden.org

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Naples Children & Education Foundation

The Naples Children & Education Foundation, the founding organization of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, is committed to improving the educational, emotional, and health outcomes of underprivileged and at-risk children. Through its annual grants and strategic initiatives, NCEF has impacted more than 40 of the most effective nonprofits in the community, providing more than 200,000 children with the services and resources they need to excel. Main Fundraising Event: Naples Winter Wine Festival Dates: January 26-28, 2018 Location: The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples Description of Event: The Naples Winter Wine Festival is the most successful international charity wine auction in the world, bringing together renowned vintners and chefs with wine enthusiasts and philanthropists for a three-day festival that raises millions of dollars for children in need. Chairpersons: Becky and Lewie Card, Susie and David McCurry, Kathy and Dan Mezzlingua Major Sponsors: NetJets, Inc., Brahmin, BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Goldman Sachs Ticket Price: Starts at $10,000 per couple Contact: Barrett Farmer Telephone: 239-514-2239 Web: napleswinefestival.com

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Main Fundraising Event: Vintage Cellar Date: January 25, 2018 Location: Bleu Provence, Naples Description of Event: Vintage Cellar is a special pre-festival tasting and luncheon showcasing the wines of Opus One Winery, with CEO David Pearson and moderator Antonio Galloni. For more information about tickets to this limited seating event, call 239514-2239. Chairpersons: Becky and Lewie Card, Susie and David McCurry, Kathy and Dan Mezzlingua Ticket Price: $2,500 Contact: Barrett Farmer Telephone: 239-514-2239 Web: napleswinefestival.com

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Naples Concert Band Now in its forty-sixth season, the Naples Concert Band is a nonprofit organization dedicated to entertaining the community with a variety of musical selections each month at Naples’ Cambier Park. Visit NaplesConcertBand. org for more information about each of the band’s eight concerts scheduled for this season. Main Fundraising Event: Concert in the Park Date: November 12, 2017 Location: Cambier Park Bandshell, Naples Description of Event: This special patriotic performance will highlight the country’s American heritage and honor its United States service men and women with a very emotional and memorable concert. Vocalist Craig Greusel will sing Star Spangled Salute, America My Homeland, and the Armed Forces Salute, and a narration entitled I Am the American Flag will round out this performance. Major Sponsors: The Naples Art Association, Miromar Outlets, Alan S. Novick, Attorney, UBS Financial Services, Inc., Habitat for Humanity (sponsored by Craig and Kathy Fenton), The Naples Zoo (sponsored by Craig and Kathy Fenton), Vi at Bentley Village Ticket Price: Free Contact: Howard Hawkins Telephone: 239-263-9521 Web: naplesconcertband.org

CHAMPIONS FOR LEARNING Event: Night of Champions Venue: The Naples Grande Beach Resort. The event was sponsored by Naples Illustrated. 1. Lili Montes, Ingrid Aielli, Susan Dalton 2. Natalia Vargas, Carla Channell 3. Carlos Perez, Kristin Evely 4. Brandon and Kellie Jacoby 5. Dave and Vicky Smith

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Naples Garden Club

Naples Garden Club

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

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Main Fundraising Event: House & Garden Tour Date: February 3, 2018 Location: Naples Botanical Garden Description of Event: The House & Garden Tour is a showcase of unique homes and inspiring gardens toured via motor coach. It will begin at Naples Botanical Garden and will raise funds for scholarships, internships, and grants to nonprofit organizations throughout the community. Chairperson: Ann Howat Ticket Price: $150 Contact: Ann Howat Telephone: 239-262-1272 Web: naplesgardenclub.org

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The Naples Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of Naples’ history. The society employs 10 educational programs to reach children, “old timers,” residents, and visitors. Join the society’s community endeavors to preserve the past—it takes a community to preserve one! Main Fundraising Event: Christmas Gala at Historic Palm Cottage Date: December 1, 2017 Location: Historic Palm Cottage, Naples Description of Event: Charmingly decorated, Historic Palm Cottage is Naples’ oldest house (built in 1895) and home to the best Christmas party in town. The gala begins with an elegant black-tie cocktail party, then moves to The Norris Gardens for a spectacular dinner. Honorary Chairperson: Mary S. Smith Chairpersons: The Gala Committee Major Sponsors: Northern Trust, Naples Illustrated Ticket Price: $350 Contact: Geraldine Pessolano Telephone: 239-261-8164 Web: napleshistoricalsociety.org

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Main Fundraising Event: Naples Flower Show Dates: March 23-24, 2018 Location: Naples Botanical Garden Description of Event: “Naples Style” will be the theme for the 2018 display of spectacular floral designs, horticulture specimens, photography, and educational displays. Interactive demonstrations and vendors offering plants and botanicallyrelated items will round out the show’s features along with a stroll through Naples Botanical Garden. This event is the largest juried flower show in Southwest Florida. Chairperson: Sally Lutz Ticket Price: Free with paid admission to the Naples Botanical Garden Contact: Sally Lutz Telephone: 239-262-1272 Web: naplesgardenclub.org

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Naples Music Club The Naples Music Club is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support music education and performance, provide scholarships, and engage in collaborative outreach efforts within Naples and its neighboring communities. Its Annual Scholarship Competition helps students fund private lessons, purchase quality instruments, and attend summer music camps. Outreach programs achieve positive results with children from low-income families. Main Fundraising Event: Strings Extraordinaire Date: February 25, 2018 Location: Figge Conservatory and Daniels Pavilion, Artis–Naples Description of Event: This year’s gala, Strings Extraordinaire, will feature Glenn Basham, Naples Philharmonic Concertmaster, as well as other Naples Philharmonic musicians, and a performance by Pre-K violin students. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and dinner will be provided. Chairpersons: Sue Townsend, Jerry Beaubien, Beth Smith, Kathryn Zagel Major Sponsors: Euro Pianos Naples, Steinway Piano Gallery Ticket Price: $250 Contact: Linda Noel Telephone: 239-384-9205 Web: naplesmusicclub.org

Naples Woman’s Club

Naples Zoo At Caribbean Gardens

The Naples Woman’s Club is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the community through philanthropic activities and volunteer services. The club supports many organizations locally, statewide, nationally, and internationally.

Rooted in nearly a century of history and conservation, Naples Zoo is dedicated to inspiring people of all ages to respect, value, and help conserve wildlife and the natural world while providing the best possible care for its animal friends and an educational conservation experience for both young and old visitors alike.

Main Fundraising Event: Holiday Artisan Boutique & Preview Party Date: November 2, 2017 Location: Naples Woman’s Club Description of Event: Eighteen talented artisans will present beautiful art and other gifts just in time for the holiday season. The Preview Party features a first look at these works for sale, plus wine and hors d’oeuvres that will be sure to please. A special treat for this year will be the Bird-in-the-Hand Silent Auction, where 28 of the most creative artists in Naples will present works of art inspired by small birdhouses. Each will be unique and highly collectible. Chairpersons: Stacy Vermylen, Teresa Stohs Major Sponsor: Northern Trust Ticket Price: $40 Contact: Stacy Vermylen Telephone: 239-262-6331 Web: gfwcnapleswomansclub.org

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Main Fundraising Event: Black and White Ball Date: November 10, 2017 Location: Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens Description of Event: This sold-out, black-tie event celebrates Naples Zoo and Penguins in Paradise. The event will feature the exclusive penguin preview and a beautiful evening at the zoo. Chairpersons: Terry and Bob Edwards, Jody and Gerald Lippes Major Sponsors: Northern Trust, Naples Illustrated Ticket Price: $1,000 Contact: Tina Jacquess Telephone: 239-262-5409, ext. 149 Web: napleszoo.org

HUMANE SOCIETY NAPLES Event: Seventeenth Annual “Rock & Roll Over” Pet Lovers Gala Venue: Naples Grande Beach Resort. The event was sponsored by Naples Illustrated. 1. Doug Olsen and Philip Douglas 2. Judy LeDoux with Stanley 3. Yoselin Bravo, Jackie Ressa, Jenifer Tedaldi 4. Sam and Ed Kimber 5. Jacquelynn Olson, Seth Fogelman

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Naples Zoo At Caribbean Gardens

NCH Healthcare Foundation

Neighborhood Health Clinic

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NCH Healthcare Foundation is the fundraising arm of NCH Healthcare System, a nonprofit community hospital which cares for the medical needs of residents of and visitors to Collier and Southern Lee counties. Through generous charitable donations, the Foundation supports the health system in its mission to help everyone live a longer, happier, and healthier life.

Founded in 1999, the Neighborhood Health Clinic delivers quality medical and dental care to low-income, working, but uninsured Collier County adults in a caring environment that respects the dignity of each person. Fully funded by private philanthropy, without any government funding, the clinic operates with more than 700 volunteers, including nearly 400 medical professionals.

Main Fundraising Event: NCH Hospital Ball Date: November 10, 2018 Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Naples Description of Event: The Sixtieth Annual Hospital Ball will be held Saturday, November 10, 2018, at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. It will benefit one of the health system’s many programs and services. The event will include dinner, live entertainment, dancing, and live and silent auctions. The NCH Physician of the Year and the Nurses of the Year Awards will also be presented at the event. Chairpersons: Diane and Dan McCaw Major Sponsor: TBD Ticket Price: $500 Contact: Monica Biondo Telephone: 239-624-2000 Web: nchmd.org/hospitalball

Main Fundraising Event: Gourmet Vintner Dinner Date: February 3, 2018 Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Naples Description of Event: Enjoy tastes of California, France, Italy, Oregon, and Washington during the fifteenth annual event, featuring winemakers selected by the Ritz-Carlton’s sommelier, a gourmet dinner, entertainment and dancing, live auction, Save-A-Life fundraiser, and grand prize drawing. Honorary Chairpersons: Pat and Vince Foglia Chairperson: Susan Jones Major Sponsors: Pat and Vince Foglia, Arthrex Ticket Price: $375 Contact: Marcie Burland Telephone: 239-316-7416 Web: neighborhoodhealthclinic.org

Main Fundraising Event: ZOObilee: Feast with the Beasts 2018 Date: February 9, 2018 Location: Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens Description of Event: Naples Zoo’s premier fundraising event, ZOObilee: Feast with the Beasts will feature culinary delights from 20+ of Naples’ best restaurants and caterers, and will also offer animal encounters, raffles, a silent auction, and live entertainment. Chairpersons: Carlo Zampogna, Lee Pinto Major Sponsor: TBD Ticket Price: $100, $250 for VIP tickets Contact: Holly Mills Telephone: 239-262-5409, ext. 145 Web: napleszoo.org

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Neighborhood Health Clinic

Neighborhood Health Clinic

Pace Center For Girls, Collier

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PACE provides girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training, and advocacy. PACE values all girls and young women, believing each one deserves an opportunity to find her voice, achieve her potential, and celebrate a life defined by responsibility, dignity, serenity, and grace.

Main Fundraising Event: Spa for a Cause Date: January 18, 2018 Location: Tru Glo Medspa, Naples Description of Event: Indulge your senses with mini spa treatments, wine, hors d’oeuvres, a chance to win spa packages, and more during an evening at Tru Glo Medspa. Guests making a donation to the Neighborhood Health Clinic will receive a Tru Glo Medspa gift card. Chairperson: Christine Cristina Major Sponsor: Tru Glo Medspa Ticket Price: $35 Contact: Rochelle Jackson Telephone: 239-529-2262 Web: neighborhoodhealthclinic.org/guild

Main Fundraising Event: Tales from the Top II Luncheon Date: March 2018 Location: Royal Poinciana Golf Club, Naples Description of Event: Based on overwhelming response from the 2017 event featuring keynote speaker C. Michael Armstrong, the Neighborhood Health Clinic Guild will host Tales from the Top II, a luncheon scheduled for March 2018. Chairpersons: Gretchen Brown, Anne Gainey Ticket Price: $125 Contact: Rochelle Jackson Telephone: 239-529-2262 Web: neighborhoodhealthclinic.org/guild

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Main Fundraising Event: Believing in Girls “Throw a Girl a Lifeline” Luncheon Date: March 30, 2018 Location: Naples Grande Beach Resort Description of Event: “Throw a Girl a Lifeline” annual luncheon provides an opportunity to hear firsthand how PACE changes lives one girl at a time. Students, parents, and former PACE girls will share stories of courage, resiliency, and hope. PACESetter and Volunteer of the Year Award recipients will also be announced. Major Sponsors: Elizabeth K. Galeana Charitable Foundation Inc., Publix Supermarkets Charities Contact: Marianne Kearns Telephone: 239-842-5406 Web: pacecenter.org/centers/collier

THE LEAGUE CLUB Event: Annual Fundraising Luncheon featuring Lauren Bush Lauren: Charity by Design Venue: The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples. The event was sponsored by Naples Illustrated. 1. Christina Inslee, Lauree Personette, Kristi Foster 2. Lauren Bush Lauren, Miriam Pereira 3. Vicki Tracy, Patrick Noonan, Patricia Murphy 4. Sabrina Kelly, Sandra Buxton 5. Kristine Meek, Donna Lewis, Susan Hambright

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Pan-Florida Challenge Pan-Florida Challenge (PFC) is a charity on a mission to end childhood hunger in Florida, one meal at a time. Hunger in local Florida children is at epidemic levels–one in four children go hungry in the community. Through its fundraising and partnerships, PFC provides weekend backpack meals (PFC Power Packs) to 2,500 hungry children in eight counties in Florida. Main Fundraising Event: Pan-Florida Challenge Ride for Hungry Kids Dates: March 10-11, 2018 Location: North Collier Regional Park, Naples Description of Event: The 2018 Pan-Florida Challenge Ride for Hungry Kids is a two-day, charity bike ride event taking place on March 10-11, with routes ranging from 10-180 miles. One hundred percent of riders’ donations directly fund meals for hungry kids. The fundraising minimum ranges between $500 and $1,750. Honorary Chairpersons: Ed and Sue Mullen, Joe Belz, Joe Bradley, Jim Gula, Jim Willey Chairperson: Robert Vigorito Major Sponsors: La Colmar Bakery & Bistro, Beacon Real Estate Partners, MHK Architecture & Planning, Waterside Builders, Inc., Guidepoint Systems, Soldavini & Caldwell, WAVV 101.1 FM, BaconFest Naples, Anderson Windows & Doors, Clive Daniel Home, Capital Wealth Advisors, U.S. Sugar, Kelly, Passidomo & Alba, Farmer & Associates PLLC, Trek Bicycle Store, Quarq Ticket Price: $50 Contact: Jeri Goetz Telephone: 239-298-1620 Web: panfloridachallenge.org

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Paws Assistance Dogs, Inc.

The Parkinson Association Of Southwest Florida Inc.

PAWS Assistance Dogs promotes independence for combat wounded veterans and children with life-changing disabilities through partnerships with skilled assistance dogs. These dogs are always placed at no cost. PAWS Assistance Dogs also provides community programs in support of children’s literacy, women’s and children’s crisis care, and veteran reintegration internships. The organization’s extraordinary golden retrievers are the common denominator in all its work.

The Parkinson Association of Southwest Florida Inc. is dedicated to promoting the quality of life for persons with Parkinson disease and their care partners. The organization is committed to increasing awareness regarding Parkinson disease and serves as an advocate for the Parkinson community in Southwest Florida with a goal to promote and deliver free vital programs, services, and resources.

Main Fundraising Event: Annual Heart and Sole Walk Date: February 24, 2018 Location: Centennial Bank, Naples Description of Event: The Nineteenth Annual Heart and Sole Walk will feature a non-timed 5K or one-mile walk. Admission to this event is $25 and includes breakfast, lunch, and a T-shirt. Chairperson: Tricia Leite Major Sponsor: Centennial Bank Ticket Price: $25 Contact: Tricia Leite Telephone: 239-417-3465 Web: pasfi.org

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Main Fundraising Event: Third on Canvas Art Auction Dates: February 11-15, 2018 Location: A private club in Naples Description of Event: Celebrate the beauty of Third Street South as artists paint the area’s historic streets and avenues, culminating with a fundraising reception and auction of their original works. This event will benefit PAWS Assistance Dogs and Friends of Foster Children Forever. Patron tables are available at $2,500. Ticket Price: $75 Contact: Kathy Gumph Telephone: 239-775-1660 Web: pawsassistancedogs.org

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Paws Assistance Dogs, Inc.

Paws Assistance Dogs, Inc.

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Main Fundraising Event: Celebrity Martini Glass Auction Date: March 24, 2018 Location: Baker Museum, Artis–Naples Description of Event: The Celebrity Martini Glass Auction provides support for veterans through a unique and exciting live auction of celebrity-signed and artist-designed martini glasses. The by-invitation event showcases local artists while supporting PAWS Assistance Dogs. Chairperson: Kyle Reed Major Sponsors: Seminole Casino, Norman Love Confections, Naples Illustrated Ticket Price: By invitation only Contact: Kathy Gumph Telephone: 239-775-1660 Web: pawsassistancedogs.org

Main Fundraising Event: Santa PAWS–The Puppy Project Date: This event has been cancelled due to Hurricane Irma. Location: Hilton Naples Description of Event: Join PAWS Assistance Dogs, Inc. for an evening of holiday fun to welcome the next class of PAWS Assistance Dogs puppies and raise funds for their training. Guests can thank veterans, meet puppy cadets, and enjoy butler wine service, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and a silent and live auction. Patron tables are available at $3,000. Ticket Price: $125 Contact: Kathy Gumph Telephone: 239-775-1660 Web: pawsassistancedogs.org

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Planned Parenthood Of Southwest And Central Florida For 100 years, Planned Parenthood has been the nation’s leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate, providing high-quality, affordable health care to millions of people no matter who they are and where they live.

Main Fundraising Event: The Choice Affair 2018 Date: February 10, 2018 Location: The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples Description of Event: The Choice Affair is an annual event where more than 600 men and women gather to support Planned Parenthood’s mission of providing affordable access to comprehensive reproductive health care and accurate health care information through patient care, education, and advocacy. This year’s speaker will be Barbara Pierce Bush, humanitarian cofounder and President of Global Health Corps, a compelling voice in the effort to resolve health equality issues that challenge women and their families. Honorary Chairpersons: Jack Dennis, Bernard and Rita Turner Chairperson: Craig Jones Major Sponsors: Multiple Ticket Price: $350 Contact: Rene Givens Telephone: 239-687-2910 Web: ppswcf.org

THE LEAGUE CLUB Event: Thirtieth Anniversary Gala, “Girls in Pearls & Guys in Ties” Venue: The Royal Poinciana Golf Club, Naples. The event was sponsored by Naples Illustrated. 1. Mary Ann Jenkins, Kerry Riner, Kristy Buck, Mary Beth Leytze 2. Christina and Guy Inslee 3. Susan and Larry McCray 4. Marty and Julianne Smith 5. Joann Henneman, Kelly Hutchinson, Mary Keith McDonald

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Ricky King Children’s Fund

The Rotary Club Of Naples

Ricky King Children’s Fund improves the lives of critically ill and disabled children in SWFL by providing essential medical equipment and services their families can’t afford and insurance won’t cover.

The Rotary Club of Naples is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing together local leaders to take action in bettering the world through humanitarian service. The club consists of local business leaders and community leaders who believe that no single action is too small, and no great idea is too big.

Main Fundraising Event: Wines Around the World Date: April 12, 2018 Location: Shula’s Steak House, Naples Description of Event: The Sixth Annual Wines Around the World presented by First Florida Integrity Bank will feature premium wine tasting representing Chile, Argentina, Australia, and Italy. From Pinot Grigio to Cabernet Sauvignon, guests will taste a range of wines presented by a Master Sommelier and paired specifically with a legendary three-course dinner. The event will also include a live and silent auction. Honorary Chairperson: Heather Tice Chairperson: Heather Tice Major Sponsor: First Florida Integrity Bank Ticket Price: $250 Contact: Jennifer Weidenbruch Telephone: 239-449-0209 Web: rickykingfund.org

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A private, independent Catholic school serving pre-kindergarten 3-year-olds through grade 8, Royal Palm Academy partners with families to provide an education of rich academics with Catholic formation. The school teaches the mind, educates the heart, and forms the character of tomorrow’s leaders. Main Fundraising Event: Fifth Annual Fashion Show Date: November 30, 2017 Location: The Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort, Naples Description of Event: Royal Palm Academy and Lilly Pulitzer Waterside Shops present “A Fashion & Friendship Celebration!” Beauty Bash, Fashion Show, and Luncheon that will begin at 11 a.m. The ticket price includes two raffle tickets. All proceeds benefit student programs. Honorary Chairpersons: Jessica Santella, Gisselle Calleja Major Sponsor: Lilly Pulitzer Waterside Shops Ticket Price: $125 Contact: Lynn Girouard Telephone: 239-594-9888 Web: royalpalmacademy.com

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Main Fundraising Event: The Rotary Club of Naples Food, Wine, & Beer Festival Date: December 2, 2017 Location: Bayfront, Naples Description of Event: The signature annual fundraiser for The Rotary Club, the Food, Wine, & Beer Festival will feature premium wines and craft beers along with food from many local restaurants. The Saturday night party will also include music and entertainment along the street. Chairperson: Mia Delk Major Sponsors: Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits, Costal Beverage, Wynn’s Catering Ticket Price: $100 Contact: Kendra Hoefs Telephone: 239-770-3345 Web: napleswine.org

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Royal Palm Academy

Royal Palm Academy

Saint Ann School

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Saint Ann Catholic School in Naples, a ministry of Saint Ann Parish, serves students in Pre-K through grade 8. It has been providing excellence in education of spirit, mind, and body in the Catholic tradition since 1956.

Main Fundraising Event: The Kings’ Celebration Gala Date: February 24, 2018 Location: LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort, Naples Description of Event: Royal Palm Academy celebrates 20 years forming the character of tomorrow’s leaders at The Kings’ Celebration Gala. The fun and festivities will begin at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception, silent auction, and casino games. All proceeds benefit student programs. Honorary Chairperson: Amy Blair Ticket Price: $250 Contact: Lynn Girouard Telephone: 239-594-9888 Web: royalpalmacademy.com

Main Fundraising Event: Thirteenth Annual Golf Classic Date: April 28, 2018 Location: Vineyards Country Club, Naples Description of Event: The morning will begin at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast followed by a shotgun start. Golfers can enjoy the beautiful course and end the scramble with a lunch buffet, silent auction, raffle, and prizes. All proceeds benefit RPA student programs. Ticket Price: $200 Contact: Lynn Girouard Telephone: 239-594-9888 Web: royalpalmacademy.com

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Main Fundraising Event: Saint Ann Latino Contemporary Art Auction Date: January 25, 2018 Location: The Baker Museum, Artis–Naples Description of Event: The Saint Ann Latino Contemporary Art Auction, developed in collaboration with the Cultural and Performing Arts Center, will allow guests to view and bid on prominent local and international Latino artists’ work while enjoying authentic Latino hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment. Chairperson: Casandra Ruanova-Cordero Ticket Price: $250 Contact: Casandra Ruanova-Cordero Telephone: 239-262-4100 Web: salcaa.org

THE LATCHKEY LEAGUE Event: Fire & Ice, a gala celebration in red, silver, and white Venue: A private location in Port Royal, Naples. The event was sponsored by Naples Illustrated. 1. Kaleigh Grover, Bob Young 2. Jon and Melissa Philips 3. Alisa Miller, TJ Boone 4. Sandra and Jim Annoye 5. Tim and Sheila Zellers

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Saint Ann School Foundation

St. Matthew’s House, Inc.

Senior Friendship Health Center

The Saint Ann School Foundation provides need-based tuition scholarships for children to attend Saint Ann School. Saint Ann provides a challenging learning environment focused on science, technology, religion, engineering, arts, language, and math. The foundation is dedicated to assisting families by providing this superior education through tuition scholarships.

St. Matthew’s House exists to change lives in a spiritual environment that is both compassionate and disciplined as it provides housing for the homeless, food for the needy, and comfort for the addicted and suffering. The goal is to eradicate hunger and homelessness through structured programs while preventing homelessness for the at-risk.

A crucial part of Collier County’s community since 1985, Senior Friendship Health Center provides needed medical and dental care to the undeserved population aged 50 and over, and is staffed by dedicated volunteers who have embraced this mission.

Main Fundraising Event: Annual Fashion Show Date: February 7, 2018 Location: Naples Grande Beach Resort Description of Event: The annual fashion show presentation will include an elegant evening of fashion, dinner, and dancing. The runway style fashion show of a top designer will be an evening to remember. This beautiful evening of fashion will be dedicated to providing need-based scholarships to the students attending Saint Ann School. Honorary Chairpersons: Mitzi Magin, Mary Wasmer Chairperson: Tina Ferrao Major Sponsors: Trustees of the Saint Ann School Foundation Ticket Price: $750 Contact: Pamela Macia Telephone: 239-262-4110 Web: stann.net

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Main Fundraising Event: Second Annual Heroes for Homeless 5K Date: November 18, 2017 Location: Ave Maria Town Center Description of Event: The Heroes for Homeless 5K is a fun, family-oriented event to benefit the homeless of Southwest Florida. A community event with activities for all ages, this 5K invites the serious runner, the weekend jogger, and families with children to enjoy the beautiful course, with all proceeds going to St. Matthew’s House. Major Sponsors: Ave Maria, DeAngelis Diamond, Fit2Run, Publix, Lutgert Insurance, Collier County Sheriff’s Office, Immokalee Fire and Rescue, Gravity Benefits, United Mechanical, Doctors Hearing Ticket Price: $27.50 Contact: Molly Lamb Telephone: 239-774-0500 Web: stmatthewshouse.org

Main Fundraising Event: Friends for Friendship Date: January 23, 2018 Location: Naples Sailing & Yacht Club Description of Event: This evening honors Dr. Edward F. Banaszak, who for more than 15 years has graciously served the medical needs of seniors who otherwise would not have the care they deserve. Friends for Friendship is an evening dinner event celebrating compassion and generosity for low-income, aging Collier citizens. Attendees share in supporting a mission of giving back to the community so others may have a better quality of life. All proceeds from this evening stay in Collier County. Chairperson: Cherry Smith Major Sponsors: Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida, Naples Illustrated Ticket Price: $300 Contact: M.J. Scarpelli Telephone: 239-658-3105 Web: seniorfriendshiphealthcenter.org

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The Shelter For Abused Women & Children

The Shelter for Abused Women & Children is leading and collaborating with the community to Prevent, Protect, and Prevail over domestic violence and human trafficking through advocacy, empowerment, and social change. Main Fundraising Event: Mending Broken Hearts with Hope Luncheon Date: February 19, 2018 Location: The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples Description of Event: Now in its eighteenth year, the Mending Broken Hearts with Hope Luncheon is The Shelter’s longest-running fundraiser, attracting more than 700 attendees each year. The event will include a silent auction, prize drawings, a general reception, and a designer boutique on February 18 and 19. The boutique is open to the public. Honorary Chairpersons: Karen and Sam Smith Chairpersons: Linda Meak, Denise Wilburn, Donna Issenmann Major Sponsor: Chico’s FAS Inc. Ticket Price: $350 Contact: Susan Utz Telephone: 239-775-3862 Web: naplesshelter.org/mbh

The Shelter For Abused Women & Children

The Shelter For Abused Women & Children

Main Fundraising Event: Gentle’men Against Domestic Violence Annual Men’s Tailgate Event Date: February 13, 2018 Location: Grey Oaks Country Club, Naples Description of Event: This men’s-only event will feature casino and golf games and dinner followed by a cigar and scotch lounge. The keynote speaker will be Troy Vincent, Vice President of Operations for the National Football League. Honorary Chairpersons: John Jordan, Ron Ciesla Chairperson: Colin Estrem Major Sponsors: Johnsonville, Northern Trust Ticket Price: $250 Contact: Rebecca Thompson Telephone: 239-775-3862 Web: naplesshelter.org/tailgate

Main Fundraising Event: Old Bags Luncheon Date: April 4, 2018 Location: The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples Description of Event: Designed to delight fashionistas of all ages, Old Bags will feature a silent auction of hundreds of new and pristine, previously loved designer handbags, a fashionable speaker, and sumptuous luncheon. Chairpersons: Pat Wheeler, Jennifer O’Dell, Diane McCaw Major Sponsors: Kirsten Ferrara and Al Rupp, The O’Dell Group at Morgan Stanley, Naples Illustrated Ticket Price: $350 Contact: Rebecca Thompson Telephone: 239-775-3862 Web: naplesshelter.org/oldbags

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NAPLES ILLUSTRATED RISING STARS CELEBRATION Event: NI’s inaugural Rising Stars celebration, presented in association with Tesla Venue: Tesla, Naples. The event was sponsored by Naples Illustrated. 1. Jacquelynn Olson, Kiren Jones, Camilla Carolina 2. Juan Diaz, Trista Meister 3. Lulu Moe, Sandy Cotter, Quenby Tilley 4. Amanda and Andrew Beights, Kathryn Camisa 5. Susan Stielow, Lisa Ficarra

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Susan G. Komen Southwest Florida

SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc.

Susan G. Komen is the largest breast cancer research organization, focused on saving lives by meeting the most critical needs in its communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.

SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. supports pediatric healthcare and scholarships for local students in health sciences through its annual Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest. The primary beneficiaries include Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, Florida Gulf Coast University, and Florida SouthWestern State College. The event has raised $18.4 million in nine years, making it one of the most successful fundraising events in the region.

Main Fundraising Event: Golf Ball Date: February 3, 2018 Location: The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples Description of Event: An event unlike any before in Naples, guests will be the first to see original works of art from a private collection of Ben Hogan from his book, The Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf. There will be exciting live auction items including one of the originals from Ben Hogan’s private collection, and a golf package honoring Jack Nicklaus, the courses he grew up on, and developed for the PGA. Chairperson: Christopher Obetz Major Sponsors: Ritz-Carlton, NBC-2, Naples Daily News, Newspress, eBella Magazine Ticket Price: $500 Contact: Sarah Owen Telephone: 239-498-0016 Web: komenswfl.org

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TheatreZone is dedicated to enriching the cultural offerings in Southwest Florida by presenting professional theatrical productions as well as educating students of all ages to appreciate and engage with the performing arts. Now in its thirteenth season, TheatreZone presents shows, concerts, and behind-the-scenes tours at the G&L Theatre on the Community School of Naples campus and an outreach cabaret program at Moorings Park. Main Fundraising Event: Eat, Drink and Be Broadway Date: March 14, 2018 Location: Community School of Naples Description of Event: Guests can go on an adventure with Lola, Tony, and Rico as they start the night with a Cuba-themed cocktail reception followed by a high-energy and colorful performance of Barry Manilow’s Copacabana. Patron party guests will enjoy a VIP reception with special benefits, and guests can also bid in the live auction for exclusive experiences. Chairpersons: Joni Brickley, Sarann Kraushaar Ticket Price: $125-$200 Contact: Robin DeMattia Telephone: 239-424-9500 Web: theatrezone-florida.com

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Main Fundraising Event: 2018 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest Dates: March 2-3, 2018 Location: Quail West Golf and Country Club, Naples Description of Event: Celebrating its tenth year, the signature event will feature world-class cuisine, fine wines, a spirited live auction, and the opportunity to fund a children’s cause. Capping off the weekend will be a Dessert After Glow with sweet and special surprises. Chairpersons: Elaine Hawkins, Brooke Denson Ticket Price: $1,500 Contact: Melissa Cofta Telephone: 239-433-4260 Web: swflwinefest.org

TheatreZone, Inc.

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Valerie’s House

Women Of Trinity

Valerie’s House, the only group of its kind in SWFL, is a loving, safe place for children and grieving families to bond, grieve, and heal together after the death of a close family member. Licensed social workers lead support groups to help children work through the loss of a parent or sibling and learn how to live fulfilling lives. Adult caregivers meet separately to share the challenges of raising children in grief. Locations in Naples and Fort Myers.

Women of Trinity provides fellowship and service opportunities to Trinity by the Cove attendees. The organization’s major fundraiser is the Christmas Market and Church Mouse Boutique at Trinity by the Cove Episcopal Church. All proceeds benefit local and international charities. More than $650,000 has been donated in the past eight years.

Main Fundraising Event: Sunset Soiree at Shangri-La Date: October 11, 2018 Location: Shangri-La Springs Resort, Bonita Springs Description of Event: Slip on your favorite casual island attire and enjoy a starry evening to benefit Valerie’s House. Stroll the original “Bonita Spring” and historic property once popular with Hollywood’s elite of the Golden Era. Enjoy live music and entertainment as Valerie’s House’s children and families display their art and share stories of how they are moving on with life. This alfresco event will also include a cocktail hour and plated dinner. Chairperson: TBD Major Sponsor: TBD Ticket Price: $125 Contact: Angela Melvin Telephone: 239-478-6734 Web: valerieshouseswfl.org

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Main Fundraising Event: Sixty-Second Annual Christmas Market Date: November 11, 2017 Location: Trinity by the Cove Parish Hall, Naples Description of Event: The Christmas Market will feature homemade gourmet food and Golden Mouse antiques, collectibles, and upscale resale items, along with selected vendors of unique women’s and gift items. All proceeds go to charity. Honorary Chairperson: Carol Williamson Chairpersons: Jeanne Feight, Sally Weir, Helene McGill, Marilyn Tiburski, Jenny Anton, Pat Fordyce, Patsy Zalokar, Jo Faulmann, Debby Finch, Tom Melvin, Joy and George Kundahl, Sandy Clausen, Sam and June Hamra Major Sponsor: Trinity by the Cove Episcopal Church Ticket Price: Free Contact: Polly Butler Telephone: 239-262-6581 Web: trinitybythecovechristmasmarket.org

Women’s Foundation Of Collier County The Women’s Foundation of Collier County, a fund at the Community Foundation of Collier County, makes a major impact in the lives of at-risk women and girls in Collier County by serving their current and changing needs through grant making. Main Fundraising Event: Power of the Purse Date: December 1, 2017 Location: Naples Grande Beach Resort Description of Event: Guest speaker Ann Curry, award-winning journalist and photojournalist and former NBC News Network anchor, will speak on women’s and girls’ issues—locally, nationally, and worldwide. The 2018 Women of Initiative Honorees will be introduced along with a drawing for beautiful designer handbags. Chairpersons: Ann Westerfield, Lynne Shotwell, Allyson Richards Major Sponsors: SunTrust Private Wealth, GenSpring Family Offices, SunTrust Foundation & Endowments Specialty Group, Gulfshore Life Ticket Price: $275 Contact: Carri Kreisman Telephone: 239-307-4526 Web: wfcollier.org

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF COLLIER COUNTY Event: Youth of the Year Celebration Venue: Artis–Naples. The event was sponsored by Naples Illustrated. 1. Athina and Dr. Dean Mourselas 2. Andre Reed, Ken and Nathalie Ralton 3. Carla Bogart, Dave and Shannon Morgan 4. Jennifer Varie, Ron Worley, Griselda Baker, Jill Bartlett 5. Eileen and Andrew Marcuvitz, Wanda Zeiser

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Women’s Foundation Of Collier County Additional listing. Main Fundraising Event: Women of Initiative Honorees Luncheon Date: April 6, 2018 Location: Naples Grande Beach Resort Description of Event: Each year, 10 remarkable women are honored for their leadership and dedication to philanthropic initiatives. They are an inspiration to all women seeking to make a difference through charitable and civic engagement. Chairpersons: Stacey Herring, Vicki Tracy Major Sponsors: BMO Private Bank, èBella Magazine Ticket Price: $210 Contact: Carri Kreisman Telephone: 239-307-4526 Web: wfcollier.org

Youth Haven

Yamron Cares is a nonprofit entity started by Yamron Jewelers with a mission to make a significant impact in the SWFL community. Yamron Jewelers has a special relationship with The Boys & Girls Club of Collier County, but the nonprofit will also serve a number of other charitable organizations in the area.

Youth Haven is Southwest Florida’s only emergency residential shelter for children ages 6-18 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. The organization’s mission is to protect and empower children and strengthen families in Southwest Florida through comprehensive care and community collaboration, and to ensure that every child in Southwest Florida grows up in a safe and nurturing family environment.

Main Fundraising Event: The Yamron Challenge Dates: January 12-14, 2018 Location: Mediterra, Naples Description of Event: The Yamron Challenge is a weekend-long charity tennis tournament held at Mediterra. The tournament was designed to create a professional caliber tournament for amateurs, starting with an extravagant kick-off party at the Waterside Shops. Tennis and pickleball will be played all weekend long with lots of entertainment, amenities, and vendors. The Boys & Girls Club of Collier County will be the exclusive beneficiary of the Yamron Challenge. Chairpersons: Seth Fogelman, Jacquelynn Olson Major Sponsor: TBD Ticket Price: $150 Contact: Jacquelynn Olson Telephone: 239-592-7707 Web: yamronchallenge.com

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Main Fundraising Event: Soiree of the Season Date: January 19, 2018 Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Naples Description of Event: Youth Haven’s signature fundraising event will be an elegant and fun evening at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. The “Soirée of the Season” will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, January 19. Guests will enjoy cocktails and entertainment, dinner, live casino and auction, activities, and more. Honorary Chairperson: Jessica Santella Chairpersons: Ronnie Antik, Jackie Balandra, Michele Brown, Gisselle Calleja, Amanda Crowe, Ingrid Etzold, Joyce Fitch, Brian Holly, Nancy Hussey, Jennifer McCurry, Brenda O’Connor, Debbie Reavis, Angela Turen Ticket Price: $500 Contact: Meredith Chase Telephone: 239-774-2904 Web: youthhavenswfl.org

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Collier Senior Resources, Celebrating

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Boutique & Preview Party

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Classic Pro-Am Golf Tournament

Naples Concert Band, Concert in the Park Boys & Girls Club of Collier County,

“Faces of the Future” Annual Great Futures Start Here Breakfast Naples Art Association, Dinner with Artists

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Naples Historical Society, Christmas

Gala at Historic Palm Cottage

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Women’s Foundation of Collier County,

Power of the Purse

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The Rotary Club of Naples, The Rotary Club of Naples Food, Wine, & Beer Festival

The Everglades Foundation, Inc.,

ForEverglades Naples St. Matthew’s House, Second Annual

Heroes for Homeless 5K Royal Palm Academy, Fifth Annual

Fashion Show

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Las Vegas Casino Night

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Make-A-Wish Southern Florida,

Wishmaker’s Ball

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Latchkey League, Inc., Annual Affair,

The Yamron Challenge

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Action for Life,

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Naples Art Association,

Dinner with Artists

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Boys & Girls Club of Collier County,

Paragon Awards

18

Neighborhood Health Clinic,

Celebration for Life–A Night to Remember

Spa for a Cause

17

Guadalupe Center, “Welcome

Aboard” Signature Event 2018

19

Bentley Village Foundation,

David Lawrence Center, The 2018 Puttin’ on the Ritz Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration Gala

Moonlight Serenade Scholarship Ball

18

Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Cypress Celebration

19

Literacy Volunteers of Collier County,

JFCS of Southwest Florida, An

Evening for Better Tomorrows—A Night of Motown Magic

18

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Conservancy of Southwest Florida,

WaterWorks Luncheon

JIM JETT

NICK SHIRGHIO

18

Youth Haven, Soiree of the Season Baby Basics of Collier County, Baby

Basics’ Ninth Annual Walking/5K Challenge

20

Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida, WINK Feeds Families Hunger

Walk

21

Jewish Historical Society of Southwest Florida, Celebrating

Jewish History with Murray Hendel

23

Friends for Friendship

25

White Gala

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Senior Friendship Health Center,

Greater Marco Family YMCA, Black &

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Naples Children & Education Foundation, Vintage Cellar Saint Ann School, Saint Ann Latino

Contemporary Art Auction

26-28 Naples Children & Education

Foundation, Naples Winter Wine

Festival

27

Empty Bowls Naples, Twelfth Annual

Empty Bowls Naples event

31

The Archangel Fund, The Art of

31

Giving, lunch and presentation with bestselling author Sally Bedell Smith Champions for Learning,

Night of Champions

Christ Child Society of Naples, Keep

the Wheels Rolling

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice,

Venetian Charity Ball

3

Jewish Federation of Collier County,

Power of Community Celebration

3

Naples Garden Club, House &

Garden Tour

3

Neighborhood Health Clinic, Gourmet

Vintner Dinner

3

Susan G. Komen Southwest Florida,

Golf Ball

5

Florida Citizens Alliance, A Special Evening with Dinesh D’Souza

FEBRUARY 1

3

5

Friends of the Library, Nick Linn

Lecture Series

7

Saint Ann School Foundation, Annual

JIM JETT

25

9

9

Fun Time Early Childhood Academy,

Help Fun Time Kids Bloom! Humane Society Naples, Eighteenth

Fashion Show

8

Agape Charities, Naples Loves: An

9

Evening of Charity and Compassion

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Naples, Art and the Eye–An Evening of Vision Gala

Annual Pet Lovers Gala: Krewe de Paws Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball

The

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American Cancer Society-Marco Island, Imagination Ball

10 10

Avow Hospice Inc., Butterfly Ball

Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (C’mon), Night at the Museum:

Pirate Ball

10

Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, The Choice

Affair 2018

11-15 PAWS Assistance Dogs, Third on

Canvas Art Auction

13

The Shelter for Abused Women & Children, Gentle’men Against

Domestic Violence Annual Men’s Tailgate Event

15

Everglades Wonder Gardens,

Enchanted–An Evening of Wonder

17

NAMI of Collier County, Sixteenth

Annual NAMI “Steps of Hope” Walk

17

Naples Art Association, For the Love

of Art

19

The Shelter for Abused Women & Children, Mending Broken Hearts

with Hope Luncheon

20

Fashion Show

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Naples Zoo, ZOObilee: Feast with the Beasts 2018

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23

Stories Today

2-3

24

The Parkinson Association of Southwest Florida Inc., Annual

Heart and Sole Walk

24

Royal Palm Academy, The Kings’

25 25

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2

Habitat for Humanity of Collier County, Pacesetter Dinner

28

The League Club, Lesley Stahl: Her

Gulfshore Opera, The Phantom Gala Naples Music Club, Strings

Extraordinaire Books for Collier Kids,

Thanks a Million!

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Neighborhood Health Clinic, Tales

SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc., 2018

Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest

3

Children’s Advocacy Center of Collier County, Beach Ball

3

Celebration Gala

Children’s Advocacy Center of Collier County, Naples City Live: Music Festival

Marco Island Historical Society, MIHS

Spring Appraisal Faire

4

Multiple Sclerosis Center of Southwest Florida, A Vintage Affair:

Bright Lights & Bubbles

5

The Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida,

Triumph 2018

7

Champions for Learning, Glass

Slipper Event

7

Lee Health Foundation, Secret

Garden Gala

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Magic Under the Mangroves

9

American Red Cross, Centennial

Celebration & Gala

9

Collier Child Care Resources (CCCR),

Big Impressions by Little Artists

10

American Heart Association of Southwest Florida, Southwest Florida

Heart Ball

10

Foundation for the Developmentally Disabled, Star Gala

10

Freedom Waters Foundation, Inc.,

Kind Mariners Ball

10-11 Pan-Florida Challenge, Pan-Florida

Challenge Ride for Hungry Kids

12

Friends of the Library, Nick Linn

Lecture Series

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14 TheatreZone, Inc., Eat, Drink and Be Broadway

16

American Cancer Society,

Bucket List Bash

15

Community Pregnancy Clinics, Inc.,

Life Saver Event 2018

16

Friends of Rookery Bay, Ninth Annual

15

Naples Art Association,

Dinner with Artists

Batfish Bash for the Bay

17

Community School of Naples, Angel Ball

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23-24 Naples Garden Club, partnering with

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Pace Center for Girls, Collier,

Believing in Girls “Throw a Girl a Lifeline” Luncheon

The Annual Boogie Bash

Naples Botanical Garden, Naples Flower Show

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice Inc., Emerald Ball

3

Culinary & Hospitality Education Foundation of SWFL, The Delights of

Evolving Cuisine

3

Naples Art Association, Dinner with

24 Metavivor, SWFL Metsquerade Black

Artists

Tie Gala

24

PAWS Assistance Dogs, Celebrity

4

The Shelter for Abused Women & Children, Old Bags Luncheon

Martini Glass Auction

26

Friends of the Library, Nick Linn

Lecture Series

26

Gulfshore Playhouse, The Eighth

29

Annual Bubbles, Baubles, and Broadway Gala Naples Ballet, Meet Me at the Barre Gala

6

Champions for Learning, Golden

Apple Celebration of Teachers Dinner

6

Naples Botanical Garden, Foolin’

Around in the Garden

6

Women’s Foundation of Collier County, Women of Initiative Honorees

Luncheon

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Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida, Twelfth Annual Golf Classic

& Celebration

12

Ricky King Children’s Fund, Wines

Around the World

20

Guadalupe Center, Guadalupe

Charity Golf Classic

21

Boys & Girls Club of Collier County,

Eighth Annual Crawfish Boil

21

Grace Place for Children and Families, A Swing of Grace

25

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, Business Hall of Fame,

Lee County

27

American Heart Association of Southwest Florida, Southwest Go Red

for Women Luncheon

28

Royal Palm Academy, Thirteenth

MAY 12

Collier Harvest Foundation, National Association of Letter Carriers–Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

OCTOBER 11

Valerie’s House, Sunset Soiree at

Shangri-La

13

Heil Luthringer Foundation For MS,

Eleventh Annual MS Turkey Shoot Golf Tourney

NOVEMBER 10

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NCH Healthcare Foundation, NCH

Hospital Ball

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FINAL SCENES

A dazzling, often over-the-top atmosphere is one of the reasons guests anticipate the Naples Winter Wine Festival’s vintner dinners. The sophisticated tablescapes at the Hearts of Gold dinner during this year’s festival elicited gasps of wonder. Hosted by Katrina Lundmark-Kash and Rick Kash with Kathy and Dan Mezzalingua, the dinner was held at the home of Mimi and Doug Traina. A former set designer, Lundmark-Kash interpreted the 2017 theme of “Bright Sunshiny Day” with glittering golden decor. The elaborate tables (right) were draped with sequined tablecloths and textured gold chargers, along with centerpieces featuring yellow and orange roses accented with hanging glass hearts and angel wings. It was the perfect setting to honor patrons of the festival—and a symbol of their own hearts of gold.

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