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#STRONGTOGETHER Foundations and philanthropists unite on

pandemic aid | By Cathy Chestnut




Social service organizations react with lightning speed to the COVID-19 crisis By Cathy Chestnut


Education organizations make an all-virtual shift to fulfill their missions By Kelly J. Farrell





Local businesses rally to feed the soul of the community | By Seth Soffian


Gardens glitter with flora and fauna jewels | By Mary Murray


The ultimate guide to the area’s charitable activities


A compilation of major fundraisers taking place on the Paradise Coast

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The show must go on | By Cathy Chestnut

On the cover A Happy Place is the serendipitous title for this year’s winning cover artwork by Janine Wesselmann. Continuing the Naples Charity Register’s theme of community collaboration, we invite local artists to submit a recent piece for consideration for the annual publication’s cover. Wesselmann has been painting in Naples for 15 years. She captured this vibrant February afternoon as a featured plein-air artist in the annual Canvas on Third fundraiser. “I chose hot pinks to represent the generosity and heartfelt support in our community for so many helpful organizations,” she says. A graduate of Cornell University, Wesselmann has “painted through revolutions in Third World countries to ambassadorial soirees in the capitals of Europe, from exotic bazaars to French cafes.” Her work is represented in local galleries.


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Now, More Than Ever



hat a difference a year makes. Where to start? I never thought that I would see the day that charities in Naples, Florida—one of the most philanthropic communities in America—would be struggling, but, then again, no one could foresee any of the things that began to unfold in early 2020. We started publishing the Naples Charity Register 20 years ago to fill a community need. As Naples was growing, so were the needs of the less fortunate. The community’s philanthropic spirit swelled and numerous nonprofit organizations were sprouting. Support organizations were forming for everything from medical needs, abuse, mental illness, veterans, legal aid, scholarships, and animal welfare to art and historical preservation. We wanted to provide you with a comprehensive guide so that when it was time to follow your own passion and choose which organizations you could help to make a difference, you had it at your fingertips. This year, with so many businesses closed, the needs have grown considerably. As I witness the daily struggles of charities and event chairs grappling with “how to make it work” in a world where we can’t gather in large groups to break bread, I have been most impressed with the community’s creativity. Formed out of desperation to fill the need, innovative initiatives of all sorts have popped up, from virtual live bidding sites to help you feel the energy of the crowd, drive-in events where you never have to leave the security of your car, swag bags delivered to your home with the bidding paddles along with the ingredients for the perfect cocktail (the proven ingredient for higher bidding!), and full-blown dinner kits for two home-delivered in preparation for an online, live cooking demonstration. The challenge is real. Don’t let the fact that several in-person events are a bit delayed this year hinder your donations. They are needed more than ever. Do what you have always done to keep the momentum going! Ditch the yoga pants and go to Marissa’s or Waterside Shops and buy that dress. Set up an appointment and have Philip Douglas or Epiphany Salon give you that glamorous look that makes you feel beautiful or handsome, adorn your dining room table with an arrangement from the Garden District, then call Charlie McDonald and have him capture your portrait—you will forget you are anywhere but The Ritz! Yes, I may sound like I am offering shameless plugs, but buying local is another great way to support our community. We have changed our format a bit this year to accommodate the changing world of philanthropy, incorporating various fundraising opportunities, not just the in-person events. Now, more than ever, charitable organizations are relying on Naples’ phenomenal philanthropic spirit.




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Yesterday and Tomorrow


he Naples Charity Register is a 20-year tradition introduced to the Collier County community by the publisher of Naples Illustrated to showcase the effervescent events and invaluable impact of local charitable organizations and passionate philanthropists. This year’s issue is a bit different than past, loyal readers and contributors will see. Because this year, of course, is different. We all are operating under a new normal with a set of rules that continues to be rewritten by the novel coronavirus. The pandemic has dramatically altered our daily lives and the operations of the 440 nonprofits that work tirelessly to make this a stronger, more vibrant community. Each one has been challenged financially and operationally, and each continues to redefine ways to push forward in their missions. This year, the Naples Charity Register is focused on the community’s resilient response to the pandemic. We talk with the major foundations that kept struggling residents and nonprofits afloat amid dire financial times (page 16) and the social service agencies that pivoted overnight to provide their services (page 18). We celebrate how the local business community united to assist frontline personnel and their own employees (page 26). We examine the seismic shift in education (page 20) and the hard-hit performing arts community (page 64). We also look ahead, through the 55-plus charity listings (page 37), which highlight how these organizations are moving forward with special events—in-person, virtual, or combined—and fundraising appeals and campaigns. And because we all need a little glamour and sparkle in our lives, we have included another tradition: a dazzling, nature-themed jewelry spread (page 30) that emboldens through beauty. Typically, these pages are brimming with social photos, but they are reduced this year, reflecting the fact that large gatherings were canceled by spring 2020. We have included social photos in the charity listings featuring seasonal soirees from organizations participating in this year’s charity listings. We hope you are inspired to continue supporting the causes that are most important to you. The community needs to continue rowing together today to positively shape tomorrow’s new normal.

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OVID-19 was a fast-moving crisis from the beginning. True to form, Naples’ top foundations and philanthropists joined forces to provide immediate emergency relief to residents and operational support for many of the 440 local nonprofits that serve as Collier County’s social safety net. Responding to a disaster is not new for the Community Foundation of Collier County, which set up disaster relief funds for Hurricane Irma in 2017 and the red-tide crisis in 2018, and has become what Community Foundation President/CEO Eileen Connolly-Keesler calls “the community’s philanthropic first responder.” The Community Foundation’s board established the Collier Comes Together Coronavirus Relief Fund, which collected $1.5 million in donations. The fund was initially lifted by board member do-


nations and a $350,000 gift from the Brynne & Robert Coletti Fund of the Farmer Family Foundation. It was a serendipitous surprise, Connolly-Keesler says, because it was the first time the Coletti Fund had contacted her organization, and it made a huge difference. “It helped us in fundraising in the early weeks,” she says. “That was a lifesaver for our community in many ways.”

EXPEDITING DOLLARS What’s remarkable about Collier County is the way the major foundations collaborate. The Community Foundation was in constant contact with the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF), Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, and other Southwest Florida foundations to assess critical needs, avoid duplication, and coordinate response. The United Way of Collier and the Keys

was also actively involved in the response network. “There was a very coordinated effort in the region—it was huge,” Connolly-Keesler says. “The silver lining, if there is such a thing, was that as funders, we have developed tighter relationships, and that will continue on.” Foundations typically fund specific programs. As it became obvious that nonprofits’ financial resources were drying up, the grantors switched gears to provide funding for operating costs. The Schulze Foundation moved up its scheduled board meeting so it could immediately distribute approximately $3 million in grants, says Mary Beth Geier, the foundation’s Florida director. “Our board recognized that agencies may have greater needs and concerns outside of their general programs and we wanted to give them an opportunity to ask for funds in a different fashion so they could


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A home delivery for a local family during the pandemic shutdown

Baby Basics diaper delivery

best serve the community,” she says. In addition to its spring grantmaking, the Schulze Foundation issued another $1 million in emergency funding for regional organizations providing basic needs, and established the Best Buy COVID-19 Relief Fund for laid-off and furloughed Best Buy employees. The League Club also freed up more than $400,000 in virus-related grants to 44 area nonprofits for operational costs. “We’re proud to be flexible enough to address this need,” says League Club President Gigi Stewart. The 2020 Naples Winter Wine Festival was a record-breaking event with its largest attendance, generating the highest proceeds in its 20-year history. When the NCEF’s Grant Awards Ceremony in March was cancelled, the organization proceeded with the issuance of more than $20 million in grants to 43 nonprofits and agencies, including the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida, Boys & Girls Club of Collier County, St. Matthew’s House, Legal Aid Services of Collier County, and Friends of Foster Children Forever.

SUPPORTING NCH Collier Comes Together also included the NCH Healthcare System Matching Grant Challenge. The Community Foundation’s initial $25,000 was immediately matched with $25,000 by NCH Board Trustee Bill Allyn through his donor-advised Bill and Penny Allyn Fund administered by the Community Foundation. Donations totaling $273,825 were earmarked for protective equipment, sanitizing robots, testing supplies, ventilators, and other resources. Other top donors to the challenge grant included the Robert J. Eaton Fund at $100,000 and The Brookdale Foundation Group at $50,000. “It’s absolutely incredible how the community has rallied and supported the health system. NCH is here for the community, but the community has

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Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida volunteers

really rallied for NCH,” says NCH spokesperson Amanda Lucey. “This is going to be an ongoing health-care concern.”

Long lines form at a Harry Chapin Food Bank drive-through food distribution site.

PLANNING AHEAD Looking forward, Connolly-Keesler says, the major foundations and agencies, such as United Way, will continue to work together. But, she says, there is a real need to establish a dedicated disaster-relief fund, and the Community Foundation is working toward that goal as part of a new capital campaign. Collier Comes Together “raised $1.5 million, which is great, but it would have been better to have it readily available,” Connolly-Keesler says. “We need to make sure we have money in the bank to make sure we can move quickly for any disaster that comes our way.” NAPLES CHARITY REGISTER


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SuperHeroes Social service organizations react with lightning speed to the COVID crisis to support clients in immediate need

A Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida drive-through food distribution site

By Cathy Chestnut COVID-19 was a jarring awakening, but just as each of us learned to navigate the new reality, so have Collier County nonprofits. Local social service agencies tackled some of the deepest, most urgent pandemic-fueled issues. They made sweeping changes to provide critical services, finding that some adaptations will remain staples of their operations. “Everyone got forced to be in this world we’re living in,” says David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health CEO Scott Burgess. “With all of us, we’re building the boat as we row.” Food insecurity skyrockets with pandemic-related job and income loss.

Essential Relief The Salvation Army of Collier County immediately streamlined its online application process for gift cards for food and essential supplies, and for rent and utilities assistance. The 24/7 system allows applicants to upload hardship documents without missing work or standing in long lines, and for requests to be quickly vetted for a fast turn-around. It’s a process the Salvation 18

Army and United Way of Collier and the Keys will continue to use as they partner to distribute the county’s CARES-funded Rent and Mortgage Assistance Program. The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida faced a 40 percent increase in food need amid school closings, job and income losses, and disruptions in food-supply channels. From March to late June, it distributed almost 11 million pounds of food through 150 Southwest Florida partner agencies. The food bank launched drive-through distribution sites and ramped up its volunteer force to staff them. Harry’s Helpings shelf-stable food kits providing 15 well-rounded meals—originally designed to be distributed through public schools—were instead distributed at the drive-throughs. The food bank staggered volunteer shifts and bought an additional warehouse conveyor belt to expedite sorting.

Focus on Mental Health Virtually overnight, the David Lawrence Center, Collier County’s only comprehensive mental health center, went from having two telepsychologists to 100. “It was a really amazing response in challenging circumstances,” says Burgess.


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The David Lawrence Center provided a full continuum of services virtually for families and individuals of all ages, including doctor consultations and case management. New clients can now apply online and be evaluated for services, a process that required an in-person office visit in the past. Some services simply couldn’t move online, such as inpatient admissions, residential recovery, the pharmacy, and in-home client visits. The biggest challenge was ironing out solutions for those who don’t own devices or have internet access. Computer-access areas were established on the David Lawrence campus where clients could link up with their doctors and counselors. “We’re trying everything we can to mitigate issues and support people the way they need to be supported,” he says. “I think everybody is adjusting pretty well to the new normal, our clients and our staff.” Overall, he says, the tele-solution, whether through a monitor or on the telephone, has been highly effective for 75 percent of clients. The other 25 percent “have more significant challenges and difficulty.” Depression, anxiety, and substance abuse were exacerbated by the pandemic—and are expected to rise—due to fear, uncertainty, and

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financial duress. PTSD and burnout in health-care workers increased, while 60 percent of mothers caring for children reported elevated stress, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. David Lawrence is “definitely providing many more services than the year before going into COVID,” Burgess notes. By late June, it was providing 17,000 more services than 2019 and had admitted 1,300 new clients from March to June. Inpatient treatment soared, maxing out capacity. Many had already been dealing with moderately treated or untreated mental health and substance addiction issues that were compounded by isolation and stress, he says. Online intake and tele-counseling will remain a mainstay for clients who prefer it. Burgess learned how to continue public education and outreach. He’s hosted virtual presentations for community groups ranging from 10 to 100.

David Lawrence also launched a multi-pronged marketing campaign to spread the news about the expanded online services—and remind residents they don’t have to struggle alone. “We need to stay focused on the issues and the outcomes that treatment can bring, and continue to raise awareness of how beneficial treatment is to individuals, families, and communities,” Burgess says. “We need to keep focused in these unusual times.” NAPLES CHARITY REGISTER


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Charity for Change Founder Karen Conley, with U2Can and Giver, creates a video series teaching social-emotional learning skills.

An Education in

Seismic Transitions Traditional, environmental, and specialized education in Collier County make a monumental, all-virtual shift to fulfill their missions BY KELLY J. FARRELL

At the dawn of the COVID-19 pandemic, Collier County’s educational and environmental institutions and nonprofits speedily pivoted as schools and brick-and-mortar locations shut down, forcing educators and advocates to dip into their wells of creativity and technological innovation to deliver their critical missions and outreach online. Fueled by a passion for education, these organizations were stalwart in adapt-

ing to change. “We cannot lose these connections,” says STARability Foundation Executive Director Karen Govern.

CONNECTING VIRTUALLY The seismic transition from classroom to distance learning required putting computers and internet access in the hands of all students. This is precisely what Collier County Public Schools

did, as well as area educational nonprofits, including Redlands Christian Migrant Association and The Immokalee Foundation, both serving low-income, agricultural families. The STARability Foundation serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and provides vital socialization opportunities, so quarantining was a particularly disconcerting situation for Govern and her clients. “One of


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Top: Online gardening tutorials from the Naples Botanical Garden proved popular. Bottom: Naples Botanical Garden's exhibit featuring works by local artist Paul Arsenault was one of its first public events after reopening.

the tenets of our mission is to connect our participants to the community, keeping them active and engaged, so they’re not in isolation,” she says. “Suddenly, they were back in isolation.” Within a week of the government shutdown, online connection resumed and a full schedule of programs evolved. A bevy of new, virtual classes became sustained offerings, such as yoga with Salima Silverman of BKS Yoga Studio and improv with Craig Price of The Naples Players. Participants gained new technological skills and learned alternative methods of communication. Before the pandemic, physical space limitations created a waiting list, but many who were waiting for services could enjoy online offerings, including occupational training, Govern says.

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Another local organization, Champions For Learning, made the best of distance education and boosted its online college- and career-readiness programs and workshops for 375 students. For the first time in 30 years, the Golden Apple Awards dinner at a local resort was canceled but the celebration went on: A special documentarystyle program featuring the academic innovation of 52 Teachers of Distinction and the Golden Apple winners was broadcast on NBC-2. Staying relevant, the Holocaust Museum and Cohen Education Center sent out a robust and content-rich weekly newsletter and quickly pivoted to the virtual world, bringing the lessons of the Holocaust to the forefront during a time of social strife. Holocaust Museum CEO/Presi-

dent Susan Suarez notes, “Everything going on reinforces how important it is to teach people, especially young people, to not be someone who discriminates, to not be a bully, a perpetrator, or a bystander,” says Suarez. “Just because you’re not the targeted group right now, doesn’t mean someday it cannot be you.”

ACCESSING THE OUTDOORS Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center closed alongside the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s Dalton Discovery Center, the Naples Zoo, and Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Rookery Bay was able “to do a 180-degree redesign of content and curriculum and go virtual, like many other agencies in town,” says Athan NAPLES CHARITY REGISTER


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Barkoukis, executive director of Friends of Rookery Bay. The 110,000-acre Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve maintained its research but was forced to change its public education components, says Barkoukis. Boat tours remained popular. A happy surprise, he reports, was the popularity of Audubon Florida’s “Breakfast with the Birds” virtual lecture series, which generated a worldwide audience and made clear that Rookery Bay didn’t need to lose communication with seasonal visitors and volunteers. Naples Botanical Garden brought the gardens to the public through blogs and gardening tips, which proved popular as many took up gardening for the first time during stay-at-home orders. “Priorities remained clear,” says Donna McGinnis, president/CEO of Naples Botanical Garden. “People, then plants, then bringing the garden to the people.”

FUTURE FUNDRAISING There is no doubt that fundraising has become more challenging because of canceled galas and events and philanthropic dollars being funneled to pandemic relief, though major supporters are sticking closely by organizations they are passionate about. Rookery Bay had its best fiscal year in its 32year history as of July, despite canceling its annual Bash for the Bay. “We canceled our fundraiser 48 22

Clockwise from top: Jared Franklin and Morgan Zeleny film a scrub walk as part of a Rookery Bay virtual education program; a visit to an ancient sand dune and Rookery Bay ecocruise; a rendering of STARability's planned community center.

hours beforehand,” Barkoukis explains. “Sponsors, donors, and ticketholders donated funds right back to us. That was a good feeling.” Naples Botanical Garden canceled its muchanticipated Hats in the Garden seasonal kickoff in November 2020, yet the 43 women who were spearheading the event collectively donated approximately what they anticipated raising, says McGinnis. Going forward, plans for donor engagement range from increasingly exclusive to more inclusive. Rookery Bay will offer exclusive “A Day in

the Life” videos that follow Rookery staff adventures and research for a day in pristine locations. Naples Botanical Garden plans private picnics and “un-galas” for those who enjoy casual, downto-earth outings and events. The 2020 STAR Gala raised a record $1.2 million, but Govern doesn’t know what to expect in the coming year. Creating a capital campaign to build a STARability community center is part of the three-year strategic plan but Govern describes the future of fundraising as “the milliondollar question.”


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An Arthrex employee installs and demonstrates a plexiglass protection shield.


hen COVID-19 swept into Southwest Florida, the Naples business community jumped into action. Local businesses and organizations stepped it up and stepped in to provide food, cash, and necessary supplies to hospitals and medical staff, first responders, teachers, the unemployed, and the disenfranchised. “I don’t know that there are many other examples of such incredible community support around the country as provided by Naples,” says NCH Healthcare System Chief Development Officer Jim Mahon. “This was just a textbook example of coalescing together as a community when times get tough.” Following are a few heartwarming examples of organized compassion and outreach during a most difficult time.


Naples-headquartered Arthrex—a global leader in manufacturing orthopedic equipment and technology—produced and donated hundreds of pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE), such as N95 masks, surgical gowns, and protective eyewear, to Southwest Florida hospitals in March and loaned medical-grade sterilization units. By late June, the company had donated more than 12,000 face shields and nearly 500 plexiglass

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The Naples Players create masks for NCH staff.

hoods to protect medical staff while intubating intensive-care patients. Locally and beyond, recipients of Arthrex’s generosity included health systems, surgery centers, doctors’ and dentists’ offices, assisted-living and long-term care facilities, schools, and first responders. “It’s been a total team effort to make this happen,” says Christopher Adams, Arthrex’s vice president of global medical education.

Protection equipment came from another unexpected source. With fabric from the costume shop, staff and volunteers at The Naples Players produced 1,000 masks for NCH. Theater staff also built plexiglass intubation boxes. “As soon as we stopped performing, our immediate thought was not to furlough any staff and to make an impact on the community,” says The Naples Players CEO Bryce Alexander. NAPLES CHARITY REGISTER


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NABOR thanks law enforcement at Larry’s Lunchbox.

Three60 Market created and donated thousands of custom meals for residents in need.


Throughout Collier County, restaurants corralled their staffs to prepare warm meals and distributed restaurant gift cards. Rebecca Maddox, owner of Three60 Market and Celebration Park, launched the 50,000 Meals Fund to keep dozens of workers employed and thousands of people fed with healthy, customized meals. “I’ve never seen such hungry and desperate people,” she says. When restaurants shuttered, she picked up the phone seeking donations from regular customers to create the 50,000 Meals Fund, and the response was overwhelmingly generous. “They knew us, and knew we were trustworthy,” she says. The fund provided customized meal deliveries for an array of local 28

allocated a portion of its reserves—$200,000— to buy gift cards from 31 locally owned restaurants to give to every NCH employee, and 5,100 fire, police, and EMT personnel. “Our mission was to support our local restaurants who were struggling, and to show our gratitude to the first responders for working tirelessly to keep us safe always, but especially during this difficult time,” says Port Royal Homeowner's Association Executive Director Jenna Heiderman. The association’s generosity inspired Dan Groom, owner of The Dock at Crayton Cove, to donate $7,000 in gift cards to medical workers and first responders. Patrons pitched in another $1,100. “Naples is such an amazing place to live, especially when you see how everybody rallies around each other,” he says. organizations and marginalized groups, including the homeless, farmworkers, senior shut-ins, and Alzheimer’s patients. “I wanted to provide them with the same thing we eat and serve at Three60—something hot and healthy. I wanted to provide 20 minutes of joy,” Maddox says. Her team has distributed tens of thousands of meals and will continue to do so until the 50,000 Meals Fund runs dry. Maddox gets emotional talking about the positive response from food recipients and the smiles on her employees’ faces. “It’s been quite significant and lifechanging,” Maddox says. Other entities also saw the need to give restaurants business while nourishing frontline workers. The Port Royal Homeowner's Association


Food insecurity rose precipitously alongside unemployment, emerging as a top priority. Meals of Hope President/CEO Stephen Popper says the nonprofit organization—serving up to 11 food banks each week—saw demand double from up to 1,400 families each week prior to the pandemic to nearly 3,000 families. Meals of Hope normally spends about $100,000 annually to purchase food, but it spent more than $430,000 from March to mid-June. “It’s a very difficult situation,” Popper says. Organizations like the Naples Area Board of Realtors (NABOR) were aware of the acute need. It redirected general operational funds to


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purchase local farm crops that couldn’t be distributed. The fresh produce went to food banks including Meals of Hope, St. Matthew’s House, and Benison Center in Immokalee. With 500 crates of corn to distribute, NABOR President Lauren Melo hauled 50 crates to Everglades City in her own truck. “People were in line down the street and around the corner,” she says. In addition, NABOR spent more than $12,000 on free restaurant meals for frontline workers, and individual members contributed another $6,000. “Once you start doing this—the gratitude you get and the people that you can impact—it feeds your soul,” says Melo.


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Tough times present unique opportunities to be kind. Naples Soap Company delivered TLC in the form of comfort-care kits containing shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, and sweet treats. They were donated to NCH medical staff, Village Oaks Elementary School in Immokalee, and The Shelter for Abused Women & Children. “Giving back is a part of our culture,” says Naples Soap Company Founder/CEO

Naples Soap Company donated comfort-care kits to NCH medical staff, elementary students in Immokalee, and The Shelter for Abused Women & Children.

Deanna Wallin. Meanwhile, BELFOR Property Restoration in Bonita Springs donated baskets with craft activities and hand-written letters to assistedliving and memory-care facilities in Collier and Lee counties. BELFOR Sales and Marketing Manager Kim Wheeler says company employees worried that “seniors were being left out. They weren’t getting any visitors at all.” NAPLES CHARITY REGISTER


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Fancy Florals Give new meaning to garden party with bedazzled buds, bugs, and more BY MARY MURRAY

OPPOSITE PAGE: Necklace with rubellite, rubies, white and pink sapphires, opals, tsavorites, and champagne and white diamonds set in 18-karat white gold, Wendy Yue, Marissa Collections, Naples. Coccinelles clip with mauve and pink sapphires, black spinels, and diamonds set in white and rose gold, and PĂŠtale de Papillon clip with diamonds, emeralds, tsavorite and spessartite garnets, yellow and violet sapphires, onyx, and sugilite set in gold and white gold, Van Cleef & Arpels, Naples.

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Butterfly brooch with rainbow chrysocolla, beryl, opal, sapphires, tsavorites, amethyst, and diamonds set in 18-karat gold, Lydia Courteille, lydiacourteille. com; Byzantine Barocco earrings with diamonds set in 18-karat gold, Roberto Coin, Yamron Jewelers, Naples; Petit Garden necklace with champagne and white diamonds set in 18-karat rose gold, Pasquale Bruni, 32


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Vintage butterfly ring with diamonds and rubies set in gold, Provident Jewelry, Naples; Mogra Demi Blossom ring with diamonds, yellow sapphires, and motherof-pearl set in 18-karat gold, Ananya, Marissa Collections, Naples; India Dream Candy pendant with sapphires, rubies, and tsavorites set in 18-karat gold, Tamara Comolli, Marissa Collections, Naples.

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Gecko brooch with emeralds and diamonds set in platinum, Graff,; Barocko High Jewelry ring with an emerald and diamonds set in platinum, Bulgari, Bal Harbour; earrings with diamonds and titanium, Graziela, Marissa Collections, Naples. OPPOSITE PAGE: Earrings with rubies and diamonds set in white gold, Picchiotti, Bigham Jewelers, Naples; Schlumberger Morning Glory necklace with pink sapphires and diamonds set in platinum and 18-karat gold, Tiffany & Co., Naples.



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Action for Life

Action for Life is a nonprofit, nonsectarian, 100-percent volunteer organization dedicated to protecting and fostering the most basic value of society: human life itself. Action for Life promotes, upholds, and supports respect for human life without regard to age, race, creed, or color, from conception to natural death. Action for Life also produces a weekly TV show on CTN and YouTube.

Main Fundraising Event: The Music of Life Date: February 20, 2021 Location: Vineyards Country Club, Naples Description of Event: The Music of Life will be an afternoon of music, with lunch and beverages. It will be a chance to meet and enjoy the company of the pro-life community. Chairperson: Bill Oppenheimer Ticket Price: $65 or $600 for table of 10 Contact: Bill Oppenheimer Telephone: 239-262-5433 Website:

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American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of two million volunteers saving lives in every community. The organization finds cures as the nation’s largest private nonprofit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help 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: TBD Location: TBD Description of Event: The American Cancer Society plans to celebrate the 11th anniversary of the Bucket List Bash with an experience in the spring, complying with all health and safety guidelines. Check the Bucket List Bash website for details. Ticket Price: TBD Contact: Ali Levine Telephone: 239-330-3091 Web:


Ave Maria School of Law

Ranked a Princeton Review “Best Law School,” a national military-friendly school and the nation’s “Most Devout Law School,” Ave Maria Law offers a distinctive Catholic education characterized by the harmony of faith and reason. Visit the Naples campus to witness the law school’s mission of educating future lawyers with impeccable technical skills and a firm commitment to moral and ethical values.

Main Fundraising Event: Fifth Annual Veterans Memorial Virtual Celebration Date: November 11, 2020 Location: Virtual Description of Event: Join Ave Maria School of Law to honor the nation’s veterans at this virtual event. The event will include great speakers, a live auction, and the St. Martin of Tours Heroes Awards. Chairpersons: Catherine Bequette, Donna Heiser Ticket Price: N/A Contact: Catherine Bequette Telephone: 239-687-5405 Web:

THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY Event: Bucket List Bash Supports: Programs and research to save lives, celebrate survivors, and lead the fight against cancer. Where: Naples Grande Beach Resort. The event was sponsored by Naples Illustrated. 1. Bill and Chris Barnett 2. Lee and Penny Anderson 3. Rebecca Maddox, Nancy Casey 4. Shelly and Ralph Stayer 5. Wanda Zaiser, Donna Solimene



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Ave Maria School of Law ADDITIONAL LISTING

Main Fundraising Event: Ave Maria School of Law Signature Event: An Evening with Fox News Anchor Martha MacCallum Date: March 25, 2021 Location: Virtual option and a private country club, Naples Description of Event: An Evening with Fox News Anchor Martha MacCallum will feature a three-course wine dinner, keynote presentation, and a live auction at a private Naples country club. All proceeds will benefit scholarships for veterans and deserving students. Limited priority seating available. This event, beginning at 6 p.m., will also be virtual. Chairpersons: Catherine Bequette, Donna Heiser Ticket Price: $750 Contact: Catherine Bequette Telephone: 239-687-5405 Web:



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Avow Avow is Collier County’s only nonprofit hospice, serving the community since 1983. In addition to caring for the terminally ill and their families, Avow provides palliative care to those with serious illness and grief support to those who have experienced a loss. The Avow Kids program supports children whose lives have been touched by death, divorce, incarceration, and more.

Main Fundraising Event: Butterfly Release Date: April 3, 2021 Location: Cambier Park, Naples Description of Event: Avow’s Butterfly Release will be a remembrance ceremony to celebrate life and love, give flight to butterflies, and support hospice care. This family-friendly event will have craft activities for children, a butterfly exhibit, inspirational readings, and a public reading of names of those being remembered. Ticket Price: N/A Contact: Kari Greer Telephone: 239-261-4404 Web:


Beverly’s Angels

Beverly’s Angels’ mission is to spread love, gratitude, and kindness through various acts and deeds to honor all mothers. Beverly’s Angels partners with other nonprofits and local businesses to assist the community in times of need. Projects include “Yummy Meals of Love,” human trafficking backpacks, food bank drives, socialization for seniors, Valerie’s House, and transitions into assisted living facilities.

Main Fundraising Event: Mistletoe, Peppermintinis and Frolicked Fashions Date: December 6, 2020 Location: Heath Tree Farm, Naples Description of Event: Ignite your holiday senses by sipping signature peppermint cocktails, smelling evergreen Christmas trees, seeing holiday lights flicker, and watching the spirit of holidays come to life through holiday fashions. One hundred percent of donations will directly benefit local seniors and families. Honorary Chairpersons: Holly and Heidi Heath Chairpersons: Faith Schwalback, Shelly Russo Major Sponsors: Heath Family Christmas Tree, Skin Deep of Naples, Tamiami Ford, Genesis of Naples, Tamiami Hyundai Ticket Price: N/A Contact: Faith Schwalback Telephone: 239-825-5334 Web:




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Boys & Girls Club of Collier County

Books for Collier Kids is a local nonprofit founded in 2005 that provides brandnew, top-quality, age-appropriate books throughout the school year to more than 8,000 disadvantaged Collier students in pre-K, kindergarten, first grade, and second grade. Books for Collier Kids gives a book a month to each child, and to date, has given almost a million and a half books to children in Collier County from low-income families.

The Boys & Girls Club of Collier County is a nonprofit youth development organization serving at-risk children and teens in Naples and Immokalee. The clubs provide safe, affordable places for youth to build academic success, citizenship skills, and healthy lifestyles during critical out-of-school time. The club is committed now more than ever to doing “Whatever It Takes” for the community.

Main Fundraising Event: Stay at Home and Celebrate Reading and Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Date: March 2, 2021 Location: Private residences throughout Naples Description of Event: The birthday of the renowned author of children’s books, Dr. Seuss, is March 2. Books for Collier Kids will celebrate his birthday along with the love of reading with its popular Stay at Home and Celebrate Reading event, where guests can enjoy a book with a child or loved one. Honorary Chairpersons: Joanne Wyss, Jinny Johnson Chairpersons: Nora Kolmer, Joe Charles Ticket Price: Suggested donation of $500 Contact: Nora Kolmer Telephone: 239-394-4062 Web:

Fundraising Campaign: Whatever It Takes... No Matter What Campaign Description: Make a gift today to combat food insecurity, help parents return to work, and provide virtual and in-club programming to local youth. Your donation has a direct and immediate impact and ensures that “No Matter What,” the club is here for kids and their families. Campaign End Date: May 31, 2021 Contact: Amanda Curbelo Telephone: 239-325-1766 Web:

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Boys & Girls Club of Collier County ADDITIONAL LISTING

Main Fundraising Event: FORE-the-Kids Virtual Event Date: November 14, 2020 Location: Virtual Description of Event: FORE-the-Kids will feature fabulous silent and live auctions during a virtual party like no other! Chairperson: Mary Osborn Contact: Amanda Curbelo Telephone: 239-325-1766 Web:

CHAMPIONS FOR LEARNING Event: Sixth Annual Night of Champions Honors: Community members who improve the lives of students through mentoring, leadership, and collaboration with educators. Where: Naples Grande Beach Resort 1. Bal Ward, Nancy Potter 2. Cindy Helton 3. Beverly Feagin, Robert Hayes, Beatriz and Robert Pendergrass 4. Ryan Richards, Lou Traina, Mitch Cordova 5. Tanya Ecityan, Ken Thomas, Serge Ecityan


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Main Fundraising Event: Youth of the Year Celebration Date: February 25, 2021 Location: Club Pelican Bay, Naples Description of Event: Youth of the Year is a national recognition program celebrating the achievements of Boys & Girls Club teens who exemplify the critical impact the club has had on their lives. Join us in celebration of these amazing young people as they share their hopes and dreams during this powerful evening. Chairpersons: Mary and Frank Hussey, Audrey and Vaughn Pengelly Ticket Price: $750 Contact: Amanda Curbelo Telephone: 239-325-1766 Web:

Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs has two locations: Center for Visual Arts has events, exhibitions, and classes in drawing, painting, glass, pottery, and sculpture, and Center for Performing Arts features dance, film, music, and theater. The centers annually host the Bonita Springs National Art Festivals in January, February, and March, as well as the Bonita Springs International Film Festival in late February, and a multimedia Maker Faire in October. Main Fundraising Event: Bonita Springs National Art Festivals Dates: January 9-10, February 6-7, and March 6-7, 2021 Location: Riverside Park, Bonita Springs Description of Event: Bonita Springs National Art Festivals will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Riverside Park and along adjacent streets in historic Bonita Springs, and will include live music, a delicious food court, and art for sale ranging from clay, glass, and jewelry to painting, photography, and sculpture. Chairperson: Brian Rooker Major Sponsors: City of Bonita Springs, Naples Daily News, Spotlight Magazine Ticket Price: Free, donations accepted Contact: Susan Bridges Telephone: 239-495-8989 Web:


Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs ADDITIONAL LISTING

Main Fundraising Event: Twentieth Annual Off the Walls! Date: January 24, 2021 Location: Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs Description of Event: Every ticket holder is a winner at this signature event. Tickets include food, wine, and a selection from the gorgeous jewelry items, wine/ liquor collections, multiple travel/cuisine experiences, a special “tech” collection, or exquisite art, sculpture, and antiques, all valued $275 to $6,000. Chairpersons: Susan Bridges, Kelly Liu Major Sponsors: Henderson Franklin Attorneys at Law, SunTrust Bank Ticket Price: $160 Contact: Susan Bridges Telephone: 239-495-8989 Web:




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Champions For Learning Champions For Learning is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) founded in 1990. The organization exists to create lifechanging learning experiences for every student. Working with a vision of a community that is 100 percent engaged in the support of student success, Champions For Learning serves a unique role in bringing the community together to support a culture of learning and innovation. Main Fundraising Event: Glass Slipper Date: December 9, 2020 Location: The Club at Olde Cypress, Naples Description of Event: The Glass Slipper event is held to honor women leaders for their dedication and service to the students of Collier County. This event will benefit young ladies who are graduates of Champions For Learning student programs and help meet their needs as they pursue a post-secondary education. The event will also include a virtual auction. Chairpersons: Emily Bua, Kaleigh Grover, Mary Lynn Hill, Amanda Jaron, Claudine Leger-Wetzel Major Sponsors: Naples Illustrated, Stock Development Ticket Price: $50 Contact: Jessica Manchette Telephone: 239-643-4755 Website:

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Champions For Learning

Champions For Learning

Main Fundraising Event: Celebration of Champions Date: February 26, 2021 Location: Naples Grande Beach Resort and virtual watch parties Description of Event: Celebrate community members for their impact on the lives of students through mentoring, leadership, collaboration, and community involvement with educators and students. Participants will learn more about Champion students and their goals in this fun, virtual event, which will include a silent auction. Chairperson: Denise Murphy Ticket Price: Varies, visit website Contact: Jeff Jerome Telephone: 239-643-4755 Website:

Main Fundraising Event: Thirty-first Annual Golden Apple Celebration of Teachers Dinner Date: April 23, 2021 Location: Naples Grande Beach Resort, Naples Description of Event: Join Champions For Learning for its Thirty-first Annual Golden Apple Dinner, which is a celebration recognizing innovative teaching and offering a glimpse into Collier classrooms. Major Sponsor: Suncoast Credit Union Ticket Price: $250 Contact: Jeff Jerome Telephone: 239-643-4755 Website:




ROOKERY BAY RESEARCH RESERVE Event: Friends of Rookery Bay Tenth Annual Bash for the Bay Supports: Youth science education, coastal research and conservation, and volunteer and outreach programs. Where: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, Naples. The event was sponsored by Naples Illustrated. 1. Karyn Capozzo, Milda Vaivada, Tom Marquardt 2. Diane Mcginty, Rob Walker 3. Lana Butski, Mike and Karen Harmon, Joann Smallwood, Connie Leon 4. Linda and Charlie O’Connor 5. Zach Lombardo, Laura Merrill, Joseph Coleman



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Children’s Hospital Foundation

As the nation’s children’s hospital, Children’s National leads the future of pediatric health through its clinical excellence, transformative research, and innovation. To provide care for all patients, regardless of their situation, Children’s Hospital relies on the generosity of donors. Children’s ensures all patients receive world-class medical care and important services often not covered by insurance. Main Fundraising Event: All Star Panel Event Live Date: February 13, 2021 Location: The Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort, Naples Description of Event: Join Bret Baier, Shannon Bream, Brian Kilmeade, Emily Compagno, and Charles Payne in raising funds to improve the lives of children. The evening will feature a seated dinner, exclusive live and silent auctions, a fair and balanced discussion on the state of Capitol Hill politics, and a special look at what goes on behind the scenes. Chairpersons: Russ and Tracy Scurto, Duane and Pam Paddock Major Sponsors: American Century Investments, QBE Shootout Ticket Price: $1,000 Contact: Katy Ricalde Telephone: 202-258-8529 Web:



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Christ Child Society of Naples The Christ Child Society of Naples is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to serving the needy children of Collier County. Christ Child Society of Naples manages programs focused on four primary mission objectives: infant care, literacy, basic needs, and scholarships. M.V. Merrick, the founder of the National Christ Child Society, believed, “Nothing is ever too much to do for a child.”

Main Fundraising Event: Red Wagon Hope for the Children Virtual Event Date: March 2021 Location: Virtual Description of Event: Red Wagon Hope for the Children is the major fundraising event for the Christ Child Society of Naples. Now the need is greater than ever. This is your opportunity to give generously and virtually from the heart for the society’s “Fund the Need” from the comfort of your home. Chairpersons: Francesca Fauls, Nanci McKeon Ticket Price: N/A Contact: Francesca Fauls Telephone: 239-404-4410 Web:


Collier Senior Resources

Collier Senior Resources (CSR) 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. With more than 1,460 members, CSR provides daily hot lunch, a food pantry, and dozens of activities— all at no charge.

Fundraising Campaign: Celebrate Our Seniors—Sixth Anniversary Campaign Dates: November 1-30, 2020 Campaign Description: Join Collier Senior Resources for its sixth anniversary and celebrate its seniors by supporting the vulnerable seniors served at the Golden Gate Senior Center. This year, instead of wine and dinner at the senior center, guests will receive the organization’s “Gratitude Report.” Supporters and new donors will receive a letter of appeal to give generously to support less fortunate seniors. Honorary Chairpersons: Betsy and Jim Barton Chairpersons: Rick Jennewine, Barbara Oppenheim, Fred Pfanenstiehl, Bob Reynen Ticket Price: Suggested donation of $250 Contact: Sallie Williams Telephone: 239-252-4541 Web:




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Community Foundation of Collier County

For the past 35 years, the Community Foundation of Collier County has been connecting people who care with causes that matter, growing their charitable legacies, and funding nonprofit organizations to improve the quality of life in Collier County. The foundation distributed $35 million in grants and scholarships in 2019-20, manages more than 750 funds, works with hundreds of nonprofits, and administers assets of more than $224 million.

Fundraising Campaign: Your Passion. Your Collier. Campaign Description: As a result of the 2017 Community Needs and Asset Assessment, the Community Foundation of Collier County launched a multi-milliondollar campaign to address a spectrum of specific needs across Collier County. Follow your passion and become part of the solution in your community. Campaign End Date: N/A Chairpersons: Jerry and Alleen Tostrud, Rob and Cathy Funderburg Contact: Eileen Connolly-Keesler Telephone: 239-649-5000 Web:

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Community Pregnancy Clinics, Inc.

Founded in 1974 in Naples, Community Pregnancy Clinics, Inc. operates seven medical clinics throughout Florida. Its mission is to save babies from abortion while providing care, compassion, and choices for women. Free, confidential services include STI screening, pregnancy tests, ultrasound exams, counseling, and more. Main Fundraising Event: 2021 Annual Life Saver Event Date: February 27, 2021 Location: Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa, Bonita Springs Description of Event: Professional athlete and University of Florida alumni Tim Tebow will be the keynote speaker for the event highlighting “A New Vision to Save Lives in Florida.” The evening will include a reception, silent auction, and Tebow’s keynote address. For more details: Chairperson: David Joyce Major Sponsor: TBD Ticket Price: $720 Contact: Sarah Kozak Telephone: 239-262-6381 Web:


The Everglades Foundation

The Everglades Foundation works to protect and restore America’s Everglades through science, advocacy, and education. From the Kissimmee River watershed to the St. Lucie and the Caloosahatchee Rivers, and south to the Florida Bay, the Everglades provides the freshwater needed by nearly nine million Floridians. Main Fundraising Event: Eighth Annual ForEverglades Naples Virtual Celebration Date: November 19, 2020 Location: Virtual from The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, Naples Description of Event: There will be a 5 p.m. virtual ForEverglades Naples celebration and live sunset toast with The Everglades Foundation on the beach from The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. Celebrate with the foundation from the safety of your own home. Honorary Chairpersons: Ellin Goetz, Marshall Field Major Sponsors: Naples Jet Center/Falcon Jets Ticket Price: N/A Contact: Nikkie Dvorchak Telephone: 412-606-6836 Web:

GULFSHORE PLAYHOUSE Event: Rising Stars: An Afternoon on the Red Carpet Supports: Arts education programs that transform, invigorate, and enhance students’ lives. Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. The event was sponsored by Naples Illustrated. 1. Ashley Means, Bill Marsh, Quenby Taylor 2. Gianni Gizzi 3. Dave Wilson, Holland Taylor, Jane Wilson 4. Kristin Coury, Joel Markus 5. Patti Oliver, Domenick Constantini


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Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation

Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that helps provide patients statewide with non-medical financial assistance while undergoing treatment to allow them to focus on fighting cancer. Main Fundraising Event: Wine, Women & Shoes - Naples Date: May 1, 2021 Location: The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples Description of Event: An afternoon for and about women (men are welcome, too!) Guests will sip fine wines, shop for designer fashions, jewelry, and shoes, mingle with dashing “Sole Men,” and enjoy a fabulous luncheon with a glamorous fashion show. All event proceeds provide non-medical financial assistance to cancer patients. Honorary Chairpersons: Dr. Faithlore Gardner, Dr. Silvia Romero Ticket Price: $250 Contact: Taylor Montgomery Telephone: 941-677-7181 Web:

Freedom Waters Foundation is a 501(c) (3) with the mission of enhancing the lives of individuals with special needs and veterans through providing therapeutic boat experiences. Incorporated in 2006, Freedom Waters has proudly hosted more than 3,500 on-the-water experiences with the help of more than 300 volunteers, including private and commercial boat owners who donate their time and use of their vessels. Main Fundraising Event: Seventh Annual Kind Mariners Ball Celebrating Fifteenth Anniversary Date: February 25, 2021 Location: Naples Sailing & Yacht Club Description of Event: Happy fifteenth birthday, Freedom Waters Foundation! Celebrate the foundation’s birthday with signature cocktails, tasty hors d’oeuvres, dinner, birthday cake, music, and dancing with fun friends. This event will also feature both online and live auctions. Put on your party hat and dancing shoes and have some fun! Chairpersons: Bob and Pam Karll Major Sponsors: The Wellington Group at Morgan Stanley, FineMark National Bank & Trust, The Naples Princess, Pure Florida, Luke Brown Yachts Ticket Price: $350 Contact: Sue Davison Telephone: 239-263-2377 Web:;


Friends of the Library of Collier County

Friends of the Library is a nonprofit organization that assists in funding, enhancing, and creating programs and services in the Collier County public library system. Incorporated more than 60 years ago, Friends of the Library has been able to raise more than $1.5 million in the last 10 years to support and advance the library system. Main Fundraising Event: The Nick Linn Lecture Series Dates: January 18, February 2, March 1, and March 22, 2021 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: Ann Patchett; a group lecture featuring Beatriz Williams, Karen White, and Lauren Willig, three well-known authors who have collaborated on three novels; Erik Larson; and J.A. Jance. This is the 18th year for this popular series. Honorary Chairperson: Nick Linn Chairperson: Trish Benisch Ticket Prices: $375-$670 Contact: Marlene Haywood Telephone: 239-262-8135 Web:




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Friends of Rookery Bay

Friends of Rookery Bay supports environmental education, research and conservation at Rookery Bay Research Reserve. The reserve’s 110,000 acres encompass 40 percent of Collier County’s coastline from Keewaydin through the Western Everglades. Main Fundraising Event: BASH 202ONE: An Extraordinary Event in Unprecedented Times Date: March 20, 2021 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, Naples, and virtual sites Description of Event: An exciting and unique evening to support Friends of Rookery Bay’s efforts to preserve Collier County’s spectacular mangrove coast. This creative event—a live, outdoor venue at the reserve’s Henderson Creek locale—will be digitally connected to remote “watch” dinners and parties around the nation. Honorary Chairperson: Myra Janco Daniels Chairperson: Donna Fiala Ticket Price: $250 Contact: Charlie O’Connor Telephone: 239-530-5972 Website:

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Fun Time Early Childhood Academy

Fun Time Early Childhood Academy is a nonprofit preschool and pre-K in downtown Naples focused on learning through a research-based curriculum. Its mission is to provide safe, quality, affordable education and care for children and parents from low-income working families, and to prepare the children for kindergarten, ready to read and ready to learn. Main Fundraising Event: Diamond Jubilee Celebrating 60 Years of Helping Little Gems Shine Date: February 25, 2021 Location: The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, Naples Description of Event: The Diamond Jubilee—the academy’s 60th anniversary celebration—will feature a themed cocktail hour, silent auction with online bidding, and live auction hosted by former Naples Mayor Bill Barnett, followed by a festive anniversary dinner. A catalog of silent auction items will be available for prebidding. Honorary Chairperson: Val Trotman Chairperson: Lynn Nolan Major Sponsor: Shirley Hulse Ticket Price: $350 Contact: Lynn Nolan Telephone: 239-261-8284 Web:


Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples

The Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (C’mon) celebrates the natural curiosity of children by offering an educationally dynamic space that encourages exploration and discovery. This safe and wonderful place inspires children and families to have fun while learning together. According to the Association of Children’s Museums, “There is now a new mantra— play equals learning!”

Main Fundraising Event: Night at the Museum: The British Invasion Date: February 12, 2021 Location: Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples Description of Event: In keeping with the fun and festive nature of past Night at the Museum events, this year’s theme will be “The British Invasion.” Be inspired by your favorite Brits—The Beatles, Sir Elton John, or Freddie Mercury—and be prepared for a memorable night while supporting the mission of C’mon. Ticket Price: $750 Contact: Marie Rubenstein Telephone: 239-260-1604 Web:

NAPLES THERAPEUTIC RIDING CENTER Event: Kentucky Derby Party Supports: Therapeutic horseback riding and other equine-facilitated group services for children and adults with special needs Where: Naples Therapeutic Riding Center, Naples 1. Michelle and Matt Vacondios, Andrea Debenedictis, Jason and Kelly Bartlett, Pat and Lauren Fox 2. Dick and Wilma Proctor 3. Misty Gaynor with Taurus 4. Missy Lamont, Trista Meister 5. T.J. Meister, Matt Lamont


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Grace Place for Children & Families Grace Place is a nonprofit education center committed to providing pathways out of poverty. The organization enrolls more than 800 students in programs, including early childhood, youth, parent, and adult education. At the close of the 2020 school year, 92 percent of pre-K students tested kindergarten ready, and 100 percent of high school seniors graduated. Grace Place Food Pantry serves 250 families a week.

Main Fundraising Event: Celebration of Grace Gala Date: March 26, 2021 Location: The Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort, Naples Description of Event: Celebrate the transformational power of education with an evening of fun festivities and fine dining. This year’s theme, “The Jungle Book,” pays homage to the beloved collection of stories by Rudyard Kipling. The evening will include a cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing (contingency plan in place). Chairpersons: Patricia Bosscher, Debbie Jones Ticket Price: $500 Contact: Marianne Lambertson Telephone: 239-255-7200 Web:



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Greater Naples YMCA

Every day, the Y plays a vital role in supporting community needs, including school readiness, water safety and drowning prevention, and combating chronic diseases. With the financial support of donors and the community, the Y does not turn anyone away due to their inability to pay, ensuring all residents have the opportunity to thrive. Fundraising Campaign: Strong Kids Campaign Campaign Description: Together, we build strong kids, strong families, and strong communities. The campaign’s goal is to raise $300,000 to provide financial assistance for students in early learning, after-school and summer camp programs. Your gift will help the Y provide a safe and nurturing space for academic support, physical activity, and character development for local youth. Campaign End Date: September 2021 Contact: Lucinda Love-Abounader Telephone: 239-394-3144, ext. 113 Web:


Gulfshore Opera Gulfshore Opera (GO) is Southwest Florida’s regional opera company serving three counties. GO enriches the community by presenting accessible, professional opera theater and diverse classical vocal music concerts. GO is teaching the art of belonging through a variety of social engagement activities including the Harmony Choir, an after-school program which enriches the lives of 200 at-risk youth.

Main Fundraising Event: Gulfshore Opera Gala Date: February 28, 2021 Concert Location: St. Leo’s Auditorium, Bonita Springs Dinner Location: Audubon Country Club, Naples Description of Event: Ireland’s finest tenor, Anthony Kearns, will be the featured international artist at the Gulfshore Opera Gala. He will perform famous melodies—from Irish love songs to opera—joined by the new women’s ensemble, GO Divas. The gala package includes the concert and an elegant dinner at nearby Audubon Country Club. Chairpersons: Stephanie Schwetz, Becky Wilder Major Sponsor: The Blagojevic-Sazonov Group at Morgan Stanley (Lee County) Ticket Price: $225 Contact: Michelle Westley Telephone: 239-529-3925 Web:




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Gulfshore Playhouse

Naples’ premier professional theatre is committed to enriching the cultural landscape of the region by producing worldclass productions and providing enriching educational opportunities in a spirit of service, adventure, and excitement. Main Fundraising Event: Bubbles, Baubles & Broadway—The Loverly Gala Date: February 22, 2021 Location: The Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort, Naples Description of Event: Participants will journey through Edwardian London’s busy streets adorned with opulence and extravagance as lords and ladies take part in a celebration featuring live entertainment, Broadway actors, and fun giving opportunities at the Ascot Racecourse. Honorary Chairpersons: Susan Regenstein and Barry Frank Major Sponsors: Susan Regenstein and Barry Frank, Jane and Steve Akin, Jane and Dave Wilson, Valerie and Nizar Ghoussaini, Dr. Gail Paster, Gulfshore Life Ticket Price: $600 Contact: Sarah Owen Telephone: 239-261-7529 Web:

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Habitat for Humanity of Collier County

Habitat Collier works to empower families to build strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter. The organization is one of the oldest and most successful Habitat affiliates in the nation. For more than 40 years, it has served the needs of Collier County’s workforce, building and selling nearly 2,300 homes in partnership with families, volunteers, and donors in Collier County.

Fundraising Campaign: Home for the Holidays Campaign Description: In a year filled with uncertainty, Habitat Collier wants to provide stability and security for local families living with housing instability. They’re calling on the community to help raise the funds needed to complete and close the purchase of 12 homes for families in need in Collier County during Home for the Holidays, a year-end campaign. Campaign End Date: December 31, 2020 Contact: Jennifer Pash Telephone: 239-775-0036 Web:


Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida

Harry Chapin Food Bank is the largest hunger-relief organization in Southwest Florida, serving a five-county footprint. It rescues food that would otherwise go to waste and distributes it through a series of programs that feed 28,000 people per week. Last year, Harry Chapin distributed 26.7 million pounds of food— valued at $42.8 million and equalling 22.2 million meals for people in need. Main Fundraising Event: WINK Feeds Families Hunger Walk Date: January 16, 2021 Location: Virtual Description of Event: The annual walk supports several food bank programs that feed people in need. Programs include: Care and Share Senior Feeding Program, Harry’s Helpings, Fulfill Mobile Pantries, In-School Pantries, and the Partner Agency Program, which is a network of more than 150 partner agencies across five counties. Honorary Chairperson: Lois Thome Major Sponsors: Bill Smith Appliances & Electronics, Copperleaf Charitable Foundation, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, UnitedHealthcare, Mast Family Culligan Ticket Price: N/A Contact: John Kuhn Telephone: 239-334-7007 Website:

NAPLES HISTORICAL SOCIETY Event: Christmas Gala at Historic Palm Cottage Supports: Education and preservation programs dedicated to Naples heritage Where: Historic Palm Cottage and the Norris Gardens, Naples 1. Denny and Tanya Glass, Elaine Reed, Kris and Paul Hiltz 2. Nina Heald Webber, Sue Robertson 3. Shannon and Jon Dracket, Eric and Nicky Lutgert, Richard and Stephanie Prebish, Gordon and Barbie Kellam, Nelly and Henley Shotwell, Jennifer and Tate Haire 4. Mary Smith, David Brooke, Brenda Gibson 5. Roger Johnson, Richard Vaillant, Charles Marshall Jr., Richard Tooke


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The Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center

The museum’s educational mission is to teach the lessons of the Holocaust to inspire action against bigotry, hatred, and violence. Museum programs, exhibits, and events seek to inform Southwest Florida students, educators, and museum visitors about historic and current injustices based on religious, racial, and gender discrimination, and how we can all take steps to help others in need. Main Fundraising Event: The Virtual Luncheon Date: December 10, 2020 Location: Virtual Description of Event: The Virtual Luncheon, the museum’s winter fundraiser, will be available on YouTube. The program is “The Courage of Col. Castellanos,” which explores the impact of this World War II El Salvadoran diplomat who saved thousands of European Jews by issuing citizenship papers, including to local Holocaust survivor Rob Nossen and his family. Chairpersons: Maureen Lerner, Estelle Price, Rosalee Bogo, Goldie Bertone, Diane McGinty, Felicia Anchor Ticket Price: N/A Contact: Tim Morrison Telephone: 239-263-9200 Web:



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The Immokalee Foundation

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


Main Fundraising Event: Triumph 2021 Date: March 2021 Location: Virtual or TBD Description of Event: Triumph 2021 is the museum’s annual fundraising event, with proceeds benefitting the museum’s education programs. Current plans call for a virtual Triumph 2021; however, this may change if COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Check the museum website for updates. Ticket Price: N/A Chairpersons: Maureen Lerner, Estelle Price, Rosalee Bogo, Goldie Bertone, Diane McGinty, Felicia Anchor Contact: Tim Morrison Telephone: 239-263-9200 Web:


Main Fundraising Event: Charity Classic Pro Am Dates: February 28 and March 1, 2021 Pairings Location: Bay Colony Golf Club, Naples Tournament Location: The Old Collier Golf Club, Naples Description of Event: The low-net score tournament will pair more than two dozen of the world’s greatest golfers with 100plus of Naples’ philanthropic players. Each amateur foursome will be paired with a different pro for the first and second nine holes during an exclusive pairings party February 28 at Bay Colony Golf Club. Chairperson: Don Fites Sponsors: BMO Wealth Management, entech, Peter Jacobsen Sports Ticket Price: $5,000, single player; $8,500 doubles Contact: Heather Noel Telephone: 239-430-9122 Web:




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Jewish Historical Society of Southwest Florida

The mission of the Jewish Historical Society of Southwest Florida (JHSSWF) is to educate and promote awareness of the contributions by Jews in Southwest Florida to date and in the future. The organization is dedicated to preserving and protecting Southwest Florida’s Jewish history. Main Fundraising Event: JHSSWF’s Tenth Anniversary Celebration with Hon. Bill Barnett Date: January 7, 2021 Location: Hilton Naples Description of Event: The Jewish Historical Society of Southwest Florida’s Tenth Anniversary Celebration with the Honorable Bill Barnett will include cocktails, dinner, and the premiere of its next documentary film in the Telly Award-winning series, “Southwest Florida Jewish Pioneers,” featuring Barnett. Honorary Chairperson: Bill Barnett Chairpersons: Sandra Lee Buxton, Charlane King Ticket Price: $225 Contact: Marina Berkovich Telephone: 833-547-7935 Web:

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Jingled Elves, Inc. Jingled Elves, Inc. is a charity established in 2017 dedicated to raising funds for initiatives for women and children. Annual holiday trolley tours raise funds for charities focusing on specific programs that enhance the lives of women and children. In 2019, proceeds from the trolley tour helped build a mini sports complex for The Shelter for Abused Women & Children in Naples.

Main Fundraising Event: Jingled Elves Trolley Tour Date: December 8, 2020 Location: Naples Description of Event: The Jingled Elves Trolley Tour is held each December with 120 to 160 women who come together for fun and fundraising. In 2019, three trolleys toured the holiday lights in Naples, held three impromptu flash mobs, and ended the evening with an after party at Barbatella. Chairpersons: Donna Issenmann, Linda Sims, Laura Donovan, Harleigh Kehoe Ticket Price: $150 Contact: Donna Issenmann Telephone: 239-431-6524 Web: N/A


JDRF Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

JDRF is a leading global organization dedicated to funding Type 1 (juvenile) diabetes research. JDRF’s mission is to improve lives today and tomorrow by accelerating life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent, and treat Type 1 diabetes and its complications. Main Fundraising Event: 2021 Hope Gala Date: February 26, 2021 Location: The Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort, Naples Description of Event: The Hope Gala will bring together Naples’ prominent philanthropic community leaders to help JDRF create a world where “Type 1 becomes Type None.” This black-tie optional evening will include a cocktail reception, a multi-course dinner, silent and live auctions, and live entertainment. Honorary Chairpersons: Grant and Susan Beard Chairpersons: Julie Danner, Ashley Gerry Ticket Price: $400 Contact: Rebecca Thompson Telephone: 239-591-2825 Web:

NAPLES SENIOR CENTER Event: Seventh Annual An Evening for Better Tomorrows Gala Supports: Programs and social services administered through the Naples Senior Center, which serves Collier and southern Lee counties Where: Royal Poinciana Golf Club, Naples 1. Barbara and Robert Levine, Ursula Pfahl 2. David and Roberta Walker 3. Marvin and Helaine Lender, Jody and Gerry Lippes 4. Harvey and Norma Kotler 5. Phil and Suzanne Knell, David Rutstein


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Make-A-Wish Southern Florida

Wishes are more than just a nice thing; they’re necessary. A wish experience can be a game-changer for a child with a critical illness. This one belief guides Make-A-Wish in all it does. It inspires the organization to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids that it serves and compels creative thinking in exceeding the expectations of every wish kid. Make-A-Wish is driven to make donated resources go as far as possible. Main Fundraising Event: Wishmaker’s Ball Date: January 23, 2021 Location: The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples Description of Event: Celebrate Make-aWish’s mission and share the powerful stories of local children who have been touched by a life-changing wish experience. The evening will feature a cocktail reception, live and silent auctions, dinner, dancing, and an inspiring mission-based program. Guests will be invited to adopt wishes. Chairperson: Lianne Caruso Major Sponsors: First Horizon Foundation, Mary & Patrick McClain Foundation Ticket Price: $350 Contact: Tammy Lynn Telephone: 239-992-9474 Web:



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Multiple Sclerosis Center of Southwest Florida The MS Center of Southwest Florida is a community center supporting mind, body, and spirit. The center provides counseling, support groups, educational seminars, art therapy, and therapeutic exercise programs to improve mobility and balance. The center, focused on improving the lives of those suffering today, is not a chapter of a national organization.

Fundraising Campaign: MS Center Twentieth Anniversary Campaign Campaign Description: The MS Center kicked off its twentieth anniversary in October 2020. COVID-19 has turned the celebration of the MS Center’s anniversary year into a moment of financial crisis. It is seeking $200,000 during the anniversary campaign to keep its mission alive. All funds stay in Southwest Florida. Campaign End Date: April 21, 2021 Chairperson: TBD Ticket Price: N/A Contact: Kay Jasso Telephone: 239-319-0904 Web:


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Main Fundraising Event: Faces of MS: Charity Dinner Parties Date: January 21-24, 2021 Location: Private homes and venues, Collier and Lee counties Description of Event: Individuals will host charity dinner parties in lieu of the MS Center’s annual gala to raise funds that will help sustain services in 2021. Those who wish to learn more about the MS Center or host a dinner gathering are invited to contact the organization. Chairperson: TBD Major Sponsors: Stock Development, Zampogna Flores, PLLC, Dr. Matthew Baker Ticket Price: N/A Contact: Kay Jasso Telephone: 239-319-0904 Web:




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NAMI Collier County

The mission of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Collier County is to provide advocacy, education, public awareness, and support so that all local individuals and families affected by mental illnesses can improve the quality of their lives. NAMI Collier County helps thousands of individuals in Collier County annually and relies on community support to provide free services.

Main Fundraising Event: Hope Shines Luncheon Date: March 12, 2021 Location: Private country club, Naples Description of Event: The keynote speaker for this fundraising luncheon will be Zak Williams, son of the late comedian Robin Williams. He will share his personal journey toward self-healing and sobriety in the wake of his father’s suicide in 2014. Chairperson: Joy Smith Ticket Price: TBD Contact: Kristin Long Telephone: 239-260-7300 Web:

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Naples Garden Club

Naples Garden Club is a community-oriented charitable and educational organization providing opportunities for sharing and learning about horticulture, floral design, and the environment in a congenial, supportive atmosphere. Main Fundraising Event: Naples Flower Show “Vision 2020s: Past, Present, Future” Date: March 19, 2021 Location: Naples Botanical Garden Description of Event: Naples Garden Club and Naples Botanical Garden are partnering to present the Naples Flower Show “Vision 2020s: Past, Present, Future.” This juried flower show will include spectacular floral designs, beautiful horticulture, educational displays, demonstrations, and a vendors’ market. Chairperson: Terry Aufranc Ticket Price: Admission to Naples Botanical Garden Contact: Terry Aufranc Telephone: 239- 262-1271 Web:



Main Fundraising Event: Naples Garden Club House & Garden Tour Date: February 5, 2022 Location: Naples Botanical Garden Description of Event: Out of concern for the health of all, the Naples Garden Club’s major 2021 fundraiser has been postponed to Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022. The tour raises funds to support community grants and scholarships. When it returns, it will feature spectacular homes, gorgeous gardens, dining, gifts, and surprises. Register to receive ticket information at tours@ Chairperson: Mary Schmidek Ticket Price: N/A Contact: Mary Schmidek Telephone: 239-262-1272 Web:

NEIGHBORHOOD HEALTH CLINIC GUILD Event: Neighborhood Health Clinic Guild Welcome Back Reception Supports: The Neighborhood Health Clinic, which has served low-income patients in Naples since 1999 Where: Naples Art 1. Anita Gianascoli, Donna and Henry Wagner, David Rogers, Joe Gianascoli 2. Marcie Burland, Susana Rogers, Gretchen Brown 3. Gail and Larry White, Ann and Ray Crisci 4. John and Claire Bertucci, Linda Vaughn 5. Pam Becker, Steve Foss, Leslie Lascheid, Sallie Williams



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Naples Historical Society

Naples Historical Society is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the history of Naples for the community and future generations to enjoy. Recognized as the central voice of Naples history, the society is headquartered at Historic Palm Cottage—built in 1895 and serving today as a 3,500-square-foot museum. Take a tour, join as a member, or show support through the annual Christmas Gala. Main Fundraiser: Neither Real Nor Virtual Christmas Gala at Historic Palm Cottage Dates: November 1 to December 31, 2020 Description of Event: The Christmas Gala is typically the best holiday party in Naples, where guests can ring in the season and support local history. The black-tie evening in Naples’ oldest house, Historic Palm Cottage, and the lush Norris Gardens is canceled. December 2020 marks the Historic Palm Cottage’s 125th anniversary—a significant milestone for Naples. The society is asking supporters to make a generous holiday contribution this year to support the historical society’s ongoing educational programs and preservation efforts. Chairpersons: Denny Glass, Elaine Reed Major Sponsors: Mary S. Smith, Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP Ticket Price: $350 Contact: Geraldine Pessolano Telephone: 239-261-8164 Web:


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Naples Senior Center

Naples Senior Center provides critical services addressing the emotional and social needs of seniors in our community. All services are provided by licensed and credentialed professionals. Programs include Structured Dementia Respite Support, Geriatric Case Management, and Emotional Support Services, plus many social and wellness activities. Individuals of all backgrounds and beliefs are welcome. Main Fundraising Event: A Virtual Evening for Better Tomorrows Date: January 9, 2021 Location: Virtual Description of Event: The Ninth Annual Evening for Better Tomorrows will feature exciting entertainment provided by The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame performing favorite hits. Patrons will be invited to participate in a special call to action, and the second Volunteer of the Year Award will be presented. All proceeds will benefit the senior center. Major Sponsor: Waterside Shops Ticket Price: $375 Contact: Jayne Schandl Telephone: 239-325-4444 Web:


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

Fundraising Campaign: Virtual Bootstrap Boogie Barn Dance Appeal Campaign Description: Due to COVID-19, NTRC has turned its signature fundraiser, Bootstrap Boogie Barn Dance, into an appeal. It includes a chance to virtually play and win the ever-popular Pony Pie Bingo (plots must be purchased no later than November 9). The Barn Dance Appeal aims to raise $350,000 to ensure children and adults can rely on these innovative equine programs Campaign End Date: November 14, 2020 Ticket Price: N/A Contact: Missy Lamont Telephone: 239-596-2988 Web: barndance




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Neighborhood Health Clinic

“Hope and healing for those in need” is the life-saving mission of Neighborhood Health Clinic. Through a professional volunteer staff, and made possible by private philanthropy without government funding, the clinic provides comprehensive, quality medical and dental care, as well as education and wellness programs to low-income, working but uninsured Collier County adults. Main Fundraising Event: Gourmet Vintner Dinner Date: February 6, 2021 Location: The Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort, Naples Description of Event: Spectacular wines, dinner, and dancing while supporting patient services is the hallmark of this event. The eighteenth annual dinner promises a few changes with the same purpose. Join us as we celebrate in style with your health and safety in mind. After all, health is our middle name. Honorary Chairpersons: Pat and Vince Foglia Chairperson: Susan Jones Ticket Price: $375 Contact: Marcie Burland Telephone: 239-261-6600 Web:

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Opera Naples

Opera Naples (ON) is firmly established as Naples’ premier opera company. With a 15-year history, ON focuses on presenting quality opera, musical performances, and education and community engagement programs. ON accomplishes its mission by producing three grand operas and one chamber opera each season, concerts, and an extensive education program that serves the community.

Main Fundraising Event: Bal à Paris Date: February 17, 2021 Location: Club Pelican Bay, Naples Description of Event: Bal à Paris is Opera Naples’ major fundraising benefit. Celebrating Verdi’s La traviata, this elegant, engaging evening will pay tribute to the arts and culture of France and include dinner, auctions, entertainment by worldfamous tenor Joseph Calleja and acclaimed conductor Maestro Ramón Tebar, piano, and dancing under the stars. Honorary Chairperson: Joseph Calleja Chairpersons: Louise Ost, Cindy Stegemann, Sondra Quinn Major Sponsor: Crown Jewelers Ticket Price: $500 Contact: Rita Albaugh Telephone: 239-963-9050 Web:


Parkinson Association of Southwest Florida

Florida has the highest percentage of people living with Parkinson disease (PD). The Parkinson Association of Southwest Florida is committed to increasing awareness of PD and serving as an advocate for those impacted by the disease. The association provides free services and evidence-based programs to improve quality of life and delay the progression of the disease. All money raised remains local to help people live well.

Main Fundraising Event: A Step Forward Overcoming Obstacles Date: March 18, 2021 Location: The Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort, Naples Description of Event: This inspirational lunch will celebrate people living well with PD. Talk show host, political and sports commentator, actor, and comedian Dennis Miller will be the keynote speaker for this special event. Miller also is a former cast member of Saturday Night Live. Chairpersons: Sandy and Bill Garrett, Beth and Brad Poorman Contact: Linda Goldfield Telephone: 239-417-3465 Web:

STARABILITY FOUNDATION Event: Star Gala Supports: Programs that provide opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Where: The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples. The event was sponsored by Naples Illustrated. 1. Christina, Ed, and Tricia Staros 2. Nicola and Erik Lutgert 3. Philip Allen and Lisa Kahn-Allen, Shalyn Ormsby, Kaleigh Grover 4. Stephanie and Domenic Lucarelli 5. Tim and Heather Jackoboice



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Saint Ann School Foundation

The Saint Ann School Foundation is an independent, nonprofit foundation dedicated to ensuring that a faithbased education remains accessible to all families desiring it for their children, regardless of income. The Saint Ann School Foundation raises funds to give tuition assistance to the students of Saint Ann School in Naples. Main Fundraising Event: Heart For Education Virtual Gala Date: February 3, 2021 Location: Virtual Description of Event: This virtual gala will be available for anyone to view through the internet. The night will incorporate an exciting show highlighting Saint Ann School, followed by a live auction. Guests are encouraged to gather in small groups, or watch parties, to view the event together. Honorary Chairperson: Mary Wasmer Chairperson: Tina Ferrao Ticket Price: N/A Contact: Pamela Macia Telephone: 239-595-3495 Web:

St. Matthew’s House provides innovative solutions to fight hunger, homelessness, and addiction in Southwest Florida. St. Matthew’s House operates a soup kitchen, food pantry, two emergency housing shelters, transitional housing facilities, substance abuse recovery programs, and employment training initiatives aimed at providing a hand-up, rather than a handout, to everyone the organization serves. Main Fundraising Event: Naples Ferrari Club Jetport Reception Date: February 4, 2021 Location: Elite Jets at the Naples Airport, Naples Description of Event: The exclusive Jetport Reception will be held at a private hangar at the Naples Airport. It will feature exotic cars, private jets, fine food and wines, highend jewelry, artwork, a cigar lounge, and live music at this kick-off to the Seventeeth Annual Cars on 5th Concourse event, benefiting St. Matthew’s House. Chairpersons: Tom O’Riordan, Dennis Flint, Jerry Petty Major Sponsor: Ferrari Club of America– Naples Chapter Ticket Price: $175 Contact: Natasha Alveshire Telephone: 239-777-4479 Web:



Main Fundraising Event: Cars on 5th Concourse Date: February 6, 2021 Location: 5th Avenue South, Naples Description of Event: Cars on 5th, the largest one-day event in Naples, is in its seventeeth year and will raise critically important funds for St. Matthew’s House. The event—which will feature over 575 cars including over 125 Ferraris and other exotic, vintage, muscle cars and more—will satisfy any car enthusiast’s must-see list. Chairperson: Tom O’Riordan Major Sponsors: Ferrari Club of America– Naples Chapter, Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee Ticket Price: $20 Contact: Nick Porter Telephone: 239-774-0500 Web:




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STARability Foundation

The STARability Foundation exists to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by providing life-transforming opportunities that emphasize teamwork and connection to the community to build awareness and respect for their individual abilities. Main Fundraising Event: Dining for the STARs Date: February 27, 2021 Location: Virtual with dinners at private residences, Collier County Description of Event: The signature event, the STAR Gala, will be different in 2021 during this time of uncertainty. Rather than holding a gala, intimate dinners will be held at supporters’ homes. The event also will include online bidding in a live auction and fund-a-need appeals. Chairpersons: Jennifer Haire, Rochelle Shucart Major Sponsor: Stofft Cooney Architects, LLC Ticket Price: Free to attend online Contact: Rachael Johnston Telephone: 239-594-9007 Web:

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United Way of Collier and the Keys

United Way of Collier and the Keys serves Collier and Monroe Counties by strengthening education and improving health and financial stability in our communities. Our vision is to foster the opportunity for Collier and Monroe County residents to thrive, thereby elevating the overall quality of life in our communities.

Fundraising Campaign: 2020 Community Campaign Campaign Description: The 2020 Community Campaign unites workplace employees and individual donors in a common goal of improving the community through donations to the United Way. Campaign End Date: TBD Chairperson: David Gordley Contact: Katie Schweikhardt Telephone: 239-261-7112 Web:


YMCA of South Collier

The YMCA of South Collier provides programs and services for all ages and income levels throughout South Collier County, including East Naples, Lely, Isles of Capri, Marco Island, Goodland, Port of the Islands, Everglades City, and surrounding areas. Each year, the Y serves more than 10,000 people, which includes 2,000 children. No one is turned away because of an inability to pay.

Fundraising Campaign: Strong Kids Campaign Campaign Description: The Strong Kids Campaign has a goal of raising $250,000 to provide financial assistance for early learning, after-school, and summer camp programs for children. Through these and other programs, the Y offers academic enrichment, physical activity, and character development to children in South Collier County. Campaign End Date: September 2021 Major Sponsors: Naples Children & Education Foundation, United Way of Collier and the Keys, Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, Community Foundation of Collier County, Florida Alliance of YMCAs Contact: Lucinda Love-Abounader Telephone: 239-394-3144, ext. 113 Web:

THE EVERGLADES FOUNDATION Event: Seventh Annual ForEverglades Naples Supports: Restoring and preserving the greater Everglades ecosystem Where: The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. The event was sponsored by Naples Illustrated. 1. Chris Wittman, Florida Senator Kathleen Passidomo, Ellin Goetz, Florida Representative Heather Fitzenhagen, Daniel Andrews 2. Meghan Gorman, Donna Hall, Deborah Johnson, Eric Eikenberg



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Calendar of Events 2020-2021


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November 2020


Ave Maria School of Law, Fifth Annual Veterans Memorial Virtual Celebration


Boys & Girls Club of Collier County, FORE-the-Kids Virtual Event


The Everglades Foundation, Eighth Annual ForEverglades Naples - Virtual

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Beverly’s Angels, Mistletoe, Peppermintinis and Frolicked Fashions Jingled Elves, Inc., Jingled Elves Trolley Tour Champions For Learning, Glass Slipper The Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center, The Virtual Luncheon

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Jewish Historical Society of Southwest Florida, JHSSWF’s Tenth Anniversary Celebration with Hon. Bill Barnett


Naples Senior Center, A Virtual Evening for Better Tomorrows


Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs, Bonita Springs National Art Festival



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Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida, WINK Feeds Families Hunger Walk – Virtual Event


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

21–24 Multiple Sclerosis Center of

Southwest Florida, Faces of MS: Charity Dinner Parties



Make-A-Wish Southern Florida, Wishmaker’s Ball


Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs, Twentieth Annual Off the Walls!

Neighborhood Health Clinic, Gourmet Vintner Dinner; St. Matthew’s House, Cars on 5th Concourse


Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs, Bonita Springs National Art Festival

February 2021


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


Saint Ann School Foundation, Heart For Education Virtual Gala



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St. Matthew’s House, Naples Ferrari Club Jetport Reception

Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, Night at the Museum: The British Invasion


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Children’s Hospital Foundation, All Star Panel Event Live Opera Naples, Bal à Paris Action for Life, The Music of Life Gulfshore Playhouse, Bubbles, Baubles & Broadway— The Loverly Gala

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Boys & Girls Club of Collier County, Youth of the Year Celebration; Fun Time Early Childhood Academy, Diamond Jubilee Celebrating 60 Years of Helping Little Gems Shine; Freedom Waters Foundation, Seventh Annual Kind Mariners Ball Celebrating Fifteenth Anniversary JDRF Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 2021 Hope Gala; Champions For Learning, Celebration of Champions STARability Foundation, Dining for the STARs; Community Pregnancy Clinics, Inc., 2021 Annual Life Saver Event Gulfshore Opera, Gulfshore Opera Gala; The Immokalee Foundation, Charity Classic Pro Am Pairings Party

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Friends of the Library of Collier County, The Nick Linn Lecture Series; The Immokalee Foundation, Charity Classic Pro Am Tournament

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By Cathy Chestnut Rendering of the future Gulfshore Playhouse Theatre and Education Center


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum by Gulfshore Playhouse

Darkened stages, empty seats: The pandemic has taken a heavy toll on performing arts organizations. While it’s temporarily diminishing cultural enlightenment in Collier County, the crisis has plunked the organizations at a crossroads. Forging ahead takes analytical thought, planning, and a lot of moxie. Being the creative types, local cultural institutions took performances, readings, and instruction to audiences virtually as they painstakingly plotted reopening their doors. The Bonita Springs Center for Performing Arts offered several regular online arts classes, including music instruction and an array of acting work-

shops—including cabaret—for youth, adult playwrights, and acting coaches. Many had fun with YouTube, such as Gulfshore Opera and Naples Philharmonic musicians (ever heard of a contrabassoon?), while Opera Naples’ #KeepONSinging streamed popular arias and included a fundraising component. TheatreZone created behind-the-scenes content for “Zoom into the Zone,” curated by founder and artistic director Mark Danni. The Naples Players stayed in the spotlight virtually by offering improv and comedy for teens and adults, “Fairy Tale Mornings,” and dance lessons “designed for small spaces at home.” Gulfshore Playhouse offered a variety of interactive Zoom presentations on topics ranging from Shakespeare to the role of a casting director.


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The pandemic comes at a critical time for Gulfshore Playhouse, which is a third of the way through its $50 million The Next Stage capital campaign to build the 44,000-squarefoot Gulfshore Playhouse Theatre and Education Center at the corner of First Avenue

South and Goodlette-Frank Road. Since 2006, the company has staged performances at Norris Community Center. For more than a decade, founder and producing artistic director Kristen Coury has envisioned a community jewel incorporating a 350-seat main stage, 125-seat experimental studio, education wing, rehearsal spaces, a welcoming lobby with a café, garden, and rooftop terrace. The project has garnered impressive philanthropic support, beginning with Jay and Patty Baker’s initial $10 million for the property purchase. Construction costs are estimated at $33.7 million. How does she plan to move forward? “One step at a time,” Coury says. “I’m not exactly risk-adverse. Starting and running a theater takes a certain amount of patience and faith, and this is another new challenge that’s been put in my way.” Coury not only remains undaunted—she’s fully optimistic that ground will be broken by March and the center will open by late 2023. “All systems are go,” she says. “We’re devising ways to move forward. Getting back to work, that’s the most important thing. We need to get back to life and do the thing that we do. We make art; and there’s nothing like the live theater experience.”


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