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Naples Winter Wine Festival going virtual in early 2021
The next Naples Winter Wine Festival
, an annual local fundraiser with luxurious wine dinners and an auction that raises millions of dollars for children in the community, will be quite different in early 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers knew that they couldn’t cancel the event because so many people rely on it, so Naples Children and Education Foundation decided to make the event virtual to keep the children and attendees safe, WINK News reports
. “It’s probably one of the hardest decisions we ever made,” says CEO Maria Jimenez-Lara. This year’s event with the theme “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ will begin on Jan. 30. The auction, which usually features luxury trips, specialty cars and exotic wines, will accept virtual bids until Feb. 2.
Youth Haven launches School Supply Virtual Drive
Youth Haven Inc. has launched a School Supply Virtual Drive to support its children and teens in preparation for the upcoming 2020–2021 school year. Unlike past Youth Haven school supply drives, visitors cannot deliver physical donations to the campus due to COVID-19 safety precautions. To support the children and teens, visit youthhavenswfl.org
to access Youth Haven’s Amazon Wish List to have items shipped directly to the organization or make a financial contribution. Monetary donations or gift cards can also be mailed to Youth Haven, Attn: School Supply, 5867 Whitaker Road, Naples, Florida 34112. All donations are requested by Aug. 14.
ROOF receives $15,000 grant
Residential Options of Florida (ROOF) has received a $15,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Collier County
. The funds will support ROOF’s mission to empower individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to successfully obtain and maintain affordable and inclusive housing of their choice. With help from the Community Foundation of Collier County, ROOF is preparing to launch a neighborhood of 40 affordable homes in Naples. The neighborhood, to be known as Freedom Landing, will be designed as a mixed-income and mixed-use development for people both with and without disabilities. The 40 homes will operate as supportive housing for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, family members of individuals with developmental disabilities, and veterans, as well as qualified applicants from the general public. For more information, please visit flroof.org
Cancer Alliance of Naples receives grant from community foundation
Cancer Alliance of Naples
(CAN) has received a $7,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Collier County
. These funds will help CAN implement new strategies to maximize our virtual footprint to be able to continue to service the cancer community. Due to COVID-19, CAN had to cancel several fundraisers, causing the charity to lose close to $95,000. CAN relies on this income to provide financial aid, free programs, and services for the cancer community. The support from the Community Foundation will help CAN improve its exposure virtually. CAN will be working with Neubek Photography to begin the process of designing and delivering a creative campaign. Through its virtual platforms, CAN will continue to deliver classes, host support groups and create events.
Hope Hospice receives community grant from Cape Coral Walmart
received a $2,000 community grant from Walmart Neighborhood Market at 2020 NE Pine Island Road in Cape Coral to support Hope’s mission of providing care and comfort to every individual and their loved ones as they fulfill life’s journey. Walmart Manager Tanya Parrish and Pharmacists Jignesh Patel and Mittal Patel from Store No. 6941 helped coordinate the award for Hope with the Walmart Community Grants Team. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit giving.walmart.com/foundation