Dress for Success SW Florida raises over $90,000
Dress for Success SW Florida raised over $90,000 at its virtual fundraiser, “A Recycled Night in Black & White,” on Oct. 15. The event streamed live from Opulent Lighting and Design, and more than 1,200 supporters tuned in to watch from the comfort of their home, some as far away as Rome. The gala featured a fashion show showcasing the theme “Making Marvelous out of the Discarded.” Designers were challenged with creating one runway-ready women’s ensemble from randomly assigned, donated bags of clothing, not appropriate for client suitings. The following designers were honored as winners: first place, Sedona Lehua; second place, Francielle Stiefelmann; third place, Yvonne Krystman and people’s choice, Alanna Jaron. Other competing designers were Kaylee Rouse, Amanda Jaron, Dinara Idayalova, Anny Allen, Melanie Herrera, Anna Maria Cortes Rodriguez, Sarah Coble and Allisa Kliewer. Money raised from this annual event will help support programs that are offered free to women in Lee, Collier and Hendry counties, including Women Empowered Through Employment Series (WETES) for unemployed and underemployed women, Professional Women’s Group (PWG) for employed women and Entrepreneurial Spirit Program (E$P) for women that want to start their own business.
Knights of Columbus St. John XXIII golf tournament raises $3,000
The inaugural Knights of Columbus St. John XXIII Catholic Church charity golf tournament raised $3,000 for local not-for-profits Hope Hospice, Special Equestrians and St. Martin de Porres Outreach. Nearly 30 local businesses supported the 100-player tournament hosted at The Forest County Club in Fort Myers. For information about sponsoring the 2021 tournament next October, visit kc23.org
BIG8 BBQ supports Hope Hospice
, a new restaurant at 1217 SE 47th Terrace in Cape Coral, is donating a portion of sales to support Hope Hospice
’s mission of improving the quality of life for every person experiencing serious illness by providing exceptional, comforting care. When owner Bill Keister opened BIG8 BBQ in October, he knew supporting a local not-for-profit would be part of his business plan. “Hope came to my heart,” said Keister, who shared that his parents and brother were in Hope Hospice’s care during the past year. “I was grateful for the way Hope helped my family both during and after the passing of our loved ones. I want other people in the community to get that help too.”
REIS Scholarship Foundation donations needed
Donations are needed for scholarships to be awarded by the REIS Scholarship Foundation in 2021. The REIS Scholarship Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation and donations may be tax-deductible. The Real Estate Investment Society (REIS) manages the foundation, allowing 100% of donations to be used for scholarships in real estate related programs at Florida Gulf Coast University. For information and an online donation form, visit reis-swfl.org
Nearly $2M in mortgage, rental assistance distributed thanks to United Way of Collier and the Keys
The United Way of Collier and the Keys
has helped distribute nearly $2 million to more than 300 Collier County households in CARES funding. Collier residents who qualify can receive up to $11,250 per household based on their specific documented needs, such as past-due electric bills and current utility bills — if included in lease/rent — and/or overdue mortgage payments, or childcare payments. Accumulation of overdue payments must be due to the onset of COVID-19. The maximum for housing and utility is $10,000. Childcare assistance has a separate maximum award of $1,250. To date, $1,802,037 has been paid out to more than 300 Collier County households. Funding for this project comes from the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act administered by Collier County government.