Pace Center for Girls to host Love That Dress! shopping event Sept. 30
Pace Center for Girls, Lee County will host its Love That Dress! event on Sept. 30. The 12th annual event features shopping, music, silent auctions and cocktails, with all proceeds benefiting Pace programs and services. The event will begin at 6 p.m. at Embassy Suites by Hilton in Estero, with additional social distancing guidelines and safety protocols in place. With ticket sales beginning Aug. 1, admission is $30 in advance of the event and a limited number of VIP passes are available for $150, allowing shoppers to enjoy early access to the shopping and exclusive access to the VIP Suite Level, which features private dressing areas, express check-out and complimentary beverages, hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Advance registration is required, and tickets will be available for purchase at LoveThatDressLeeCounty.com
The United Way of Collier and the Keys awards $50,000 to Habitat Collier
The United Way of Collier and the Keys
awarded $50,000 to Habitat Collier to help fund the cost of building a home. Habitat Collier
has been selected as an FY 2020-21 Project Alice Partner, working together with the United Way of Collier and the Keys to make homeownership a reality for low-wage earning, critical workers in Collier County. These workers are denied the opportunity to purchase a home because they are squeezed out of the conventional mortgage process due to insufficient wages, a news release states.
Youth Haven awarded $40,000 grant from McCune Family Foundation
Youth Haven Inc.
has received a $40,000 grant from the McCune Family Foundation. The funds received will benefit its Homeless Teen Transitional Living Program, which is designed to help abused, neglected, and homeless teens transition to safe, healthy and responsible adulthood. The grant will allow Youth Haven to continue to build the program and provide intensive case management, mentoring, and life skills classes for teens as they expand the shelter and receive an increased number of drop-ins. Working with a case manager, Youth Haven is able to develop individualized goals to help stabilize the teens and transition them to adult life, through counseling, therapy, education, training, transportation, referrals and employment services,
Amie Vaughn, “In Flight”
Gulfshore Playhouse to receive $15,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts
Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $84 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s second major funding announcement for their 2020 fiscal year. Included in this announcement is an Art Works award of $15,000 to Gulfshore Playhouse
for “In Flight: The Story of Sabine Van Dam.” This is one of 1,015 grants nationwide the agency has approved in this category. Since its creation in 2017, “In Flight: The Story of Sabine Van Dam” has been performed for more than 7,000 people in dozens of venues throughout Collier County. “In Flight,” written by Hester Kamin, was produced by Gulfshore Playhouse in conjunction with the Holocaust Museum and Education Center of Southwest Florida. The play was developed for students in fifth grade and meets Florida standards for Holocaust studies. While this is the primary audience for “In Flight,” the program is also appropriate for adults of all ages and is flexibly designed to fit into any performance venue.
Meals of Hope to offer COVID-19 testing at mobile pantry locations
Meals of Hope, the largest food pantry provider in Southwest Florida, has partnered with Lab 24 to offer COVID-19 testing at its mobile pantry locations. The test is open to the public and available to all adults and children in the community without charge. Results will be available within 48 to 96 hours. Lab 24’s telemedicine doctors will communicate results to the patients. Any positive results will be communicated to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who will then report it to the state health department. Testing will be available alternating weeks at each location since the CDC recommends testing every two weeks. Visit Meals of Hope on Facebook for the weekly schedule or go to MealsofHope.org
to learn more.
Swinging With Purpose continues virtual fundraising efforts for Naples Therapeutic Riding Center and Valerie’s House
Proceeds from Swinging With Purpose’s (SWP) second virtual fundraiser will be used to satisfy grants to Naples Therapeutic Riding Center (NTRC) and Valerie’s House. SWP will also use a small portion of the proceeds to provide ancillary support to the FL Lions Bonita Springs food distribution efforts. Due to overwhelming demand in the community, those services have been extended through Aug. 31. To participate in this virtual opportunity, make your suggested donation of $200 here
. A virtual drawing will be held on July 4 to select two winners of items donated by golf Hall-of-Famers Jack Nicklaus and Nancy Lopez. SWP is a nonprofit organization that provides support (financial and in-kind) to grassroots organizations serving women, girls and children in Southwest Florida. For more details, visit swingingwithpurpose.org
Vineyards Country Club collecting food items, donations for St. Matthew’s House
Vineyards Country Club
has announced the formation of a food pantry program to benefit St. Matthew’s House. The country club recently collected three van loads of food items and $4,800 in cash donations, matched by a private donor (through the month of June) and donated to the facility. Throughout June, donations of nonperishable food items may be made at the clubhouse, Racquet Center, Wellness Center, or at the club’s concierge desk, located just inside the front entrance. Monetary donations are also accepted in the form of checks payable to St. Matthew’s House. For a complete list of food items needed, visit stmatthewshouse.org
Wilson Creative Group seeks Entries for Logo Design Package Giveaway
Wilson Creative Group (WCG), a full-service advertising and marketing agency, is offering businesses and nonprofit organizations in Southwest Florida the opportunity to receive a complimentary logo design package valued at $2,500. Details and entry forms are available at wcgpros.com/logogiveaway
. Candidates must submit a 250-word statement outlining the organization’s needs and goals; mission statements and/or business plans may also be included. The deadline for submissions is July 31, and the winner will be selected on Aug. 7.