2021 Naples Winter Wine Festival goes virtual
The Naples Children & Education Foundation
(NCEF) will present a virtual 2021 Naples Winter Wine Festival, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” on Jan. 30, 2021, celebrating the dedicated community of partners who have helped deliver life-changing services to the underprivileged and at-risk children in Collier County. The Naples Winter Wine Festival enters its 21st year, impacting more than 45 of the most effective nonprofits in the local community and providing more than 275,000 local children with the services and resources they need to excel. Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the annual event has been re-engineered to prioritize the health and safety of all NCEF donors, patrons and partners. A highlight of the event is the first-ever televised fundraiser, courtesy of WINK-TV
. In addition, the online auction will remain open for bids until Feb. 2, 2021. The 2021 festival chairs are Darlene and Don DeMichele.
TwinCutZ offers free back-to-school haircuts on Aug. 30
In preparation for back to school, TwinCutZ is hosting its annual free haircut day for students from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 30 at all five Southwest Florida locations. In addition to complimentary haircuts, TwinCutZ is also gifting every student a free backpack. Additionally, TwinCutZ is donating backpacks to Community Cooperative and inviting the community to donate school supplies to help fill those backpacks and support local families. Due to social distancing and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) precautionary guidelines, advance reservations are required. For locations and contact information, visit twincutz.com
Storm Smart donated $100,000 to Harry Chapin Food Bank from June sales campaign
donated $100,000 to the Harry Chapin Food Bank after success with its June sales campaign. A check was presented live on the 6 p.m. news by executive chairman Brian Rist at the WINK News
station on July 13. Through the month of June 2020, Storm Smart announced that for every qualifying purchase of $2,500 or more, they committed to donate $100 to the Harry Chapin Food Bank. Storm Smart saw increased community support with this effort and thus had the opportunity to give back to the community in a meaningful way. The Harry Chapin Food Bank has seen a 137% increase in demand for food supply within the five counties it covers. For more information, visit harrychapinfoodbank.org
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Youth Haven awarded $10,000 grant from Suncoast Credit Union
Youth Haven Inc. has received a $10,000 grant from Suncoast Credit Union. The funds received will be used to offset the additional expenses associated with running Youth Haven’s residential programs on its 24-acre campus during the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds will directly support the additional staffing expenses and purchase of essential items, such as technology related to education, cleaning and medical supplies, and additional food for residents. Youth Haven is Southwest Florida’s only residential shelter for boys and girls ages 6-19 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, abandonment or are homeless, according to a news release. For more information, visit youthhavenswfl.org
The Community Foundation of Collier County helps Habitat work from home
The Community Foundation of Collier County is stepping in to help local nonprofits to make that transition to working from home a little smoother. Habitat for Humanity of Collier County
was one recipient of a $5,000 grant to invest in remote workstations to help employees better serve local families while the organization limits the number of employees working in its offices as well as face-to-face interaction. The Community Foundation’s Community Impact Grant Pool is one of the tools used to help support organizations struggling with the effects of the pandemic. It’s made up donors who created funds that give the Community Foundation’s board the latitude to address current community needs. That grant pool is the source for Habitat’s remote workstation funding as well as funding for a number of other organizations in Collier County.
September golf tournament tp support The Heights Foundation’s programs
The Heights Foundation fifth annual benefit golf tournament, “Swing Fore The Kids,” will take place on Sept. 25 at Old Corkscrew Golf Club. The proceeds of the event support The Heights Center’s programs that work to build strong, self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood of Fort Myers. Last year’s tournament raised $34,000. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. There will be a boxed lunch, and a shotgun start at 1p.m. and hors d’ oeuvres, auction and awards at 6 p.m. The presenting sponsor is Five County Insurance. Tournament registration is now available. Sponsorships are also available. The sponsorship deadline is Sept. 11 and golfer registration deadline is Sept. 18. For more information visit heightsfoundation.org/golf