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LPGA Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam and No. 1-Ranked Lexi Thompson join The Immokalee Foundation’s Charity Classic Pro-Am

The Immokalee Foundation’s annual Charity Classic Pro-Am features nearly two dozen professional golfers – including LPGA Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam and LPGA Major Champion and 2016 Olympian Lexi Thompson – who will join foursomes of philanthropic amateur players from Southwest Florida at The Old Collier Golf Club in Naples Monday, Nov. 13, 2017.

Chairing the scramble-style competition for the seventh year is Kevin Johnson of Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management. Johnson’s co-chairs for the 2017 tournament are Sunny Sapiente of Bay Colony Golf Club and Patrick Trittler of Marsh Private Client Services.

Each amateur foursome will be paired with a different professional player for the first and second nine holes during an exclusive pairings party at Old Collier Sunday, Nov. 12.

The 11th annual tournament is attracting stellar talent. “This year’s tournament features a great field of professionals who are lending their support to help the children of Immokalee,” Johnson said, adding that this year’s golfers are some of the biggest names on the PGA and LPGA tours.

“We’re thrilled that Annika and Lexi are joining us this year,” said Sapiente. “They are both phenomenal golfers.”

Annika Sörenstam

Annika Sörenstam

Lexi Thompson

Lexi Thompson

Sorenstam, a 72-time LPGA champion and Hall of Famer, has earned 10 major titles, winning her first major at the age of 24 at the 1995 U.S. Women’s Open. She has secured 89 worldwide victories and holds a record number of eight Rolex Player of the Year Awards and six Vare Trophies for the lowest scoring average in a season.

Thompson has 10 LPGA victories including one major, and she is the No. 1-ranked LPGA player in the world, with 51 top-10 finishes. The 2012 Rookie of the Year also won the 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship, 2017 Kingsmill Championship and 2017 Indy Women in Tech Championship, and tied for third in Round 3 of the Women’s Individual competition at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The roster of who’s who on the links also includes PGA Tour pros Briny Baird, Dominic Bozzelli, Mark Calcavecchia, Alex Cejka, Russ Cochran, Tom Gillis, Dudley Hart, Will MacKenzie, George McNeill, Greg Owen, Charlie Rymer and Will Wilcox; and LPGA Tour pros Marina Alex, Brittany Altomare, Laura Diaz, Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Jaye Marie Green, Kim Kaufman, Alison Lee, Paige Mackenzie, Brooke Pancake, Alena Sharp and Kris Tamulis.

The Charity Classic Pro-Am begins at 7:30 a.m. with registration, breakfast and a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Lunch and an awards presentation follow the tournament. Entry fees begin at $5,000. The Old Collier Golf Club is located at 790 Main House Dr. in Naples.

Corporate sponsors of this year’s events are Florida Community Bank, Presenting sponsor; Huntington Private Client Group, Success Circle sponsor; BMO Private Wealth Bank and IBERIABANK, Pathway Circle sponsors; and eBella magazine, Media sponsor.

The Immokalee Foundation provides a range of education programs that focus on building pathways to success through college and post-secondary preparation and support, mentoring and tutoring, opportunities for broadening experiences, and life skills development leading to economic independence. To learn more about The Immokalee Foundation, volunteering as a career panel speaker or host, becoming a mentor, making a donation, including the foundation in your estate plans, or for additional information, call 239-430-9122 or visit www.immokaleefoundation.org.

The Immokalee Foundation earns Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar

The Immokalee Foundation recently earned a Platinum Seal of Transparency – the highest level of recognition – from GuideStar.

Nonprofits qualify for the Platinum Seal by demonstrating how they measure progress and results and using those metrics to effectively show how donors’ dollars are put to work. While the nonprofits themselves provide a great deal of the information considered, GuideStar compiles additional data from verified sources.

A trusted source for information about charities, GuideStar organizes and presents data and information about philanthropic organizations to help private companies, funding organizations and individual donors make wise decisions about the nonprofits they support. About 7 million people visit GuideStar.org every year, and its comprehensive database of nonprofits is available to millions more through additional charity platforms.

The Immokalee Foundation provides a range of education programs that focus on building pathways to success through college and post-secondary preparation and support, mentoring and tutoring, opportunities for broadening experiences, and life skills development leading to economic independence. To learn more about The Immokalee Foundation, volunteering as a career panel speaker or host, becoming a mentor, making a donation, including the foundation in your estate plans, or for additional information, call 239-430-9122 or visit www.immokaleefoundation.org.

The Immokalee Foundation again receives Charity Navigator’s highest rating

The Immokalee Foundation recently received the highest rating for its financial health, transparency and accountability from Charity Navigator, the foremost independent charity watchdog in the United States.

After examining the foundation’s income tax documents, its website and other data, Charity Navigator awarded the foundation four stars. The designation applies to charities considered “exceptional” that exceed industry standards and out-perform most similar charities.

According to Charity Navigator President and CEO Michael Thatcher, “This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets The Immokalee Foundation apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness. Only one-quarter of rated charities have achieved this distinction.”

“We work diligently to employ best practices in nonprofit management to help ensure we earn the trust of those who support our efforts,” said Steven Kissinger, executive director of The Immokalee Foundation. “It’s a true honor to again receive the highest possible rating from Charity Navigator in recognition of our efforts.”

Charity Navigator has rated 1.5 million American charities. To be rated at even a basic level, each nonprofit must meet certain accountability standards, including an obligation or willingness by a charity to explain its actions to its stakeholders and make available critical data about the organization.

Forbes, Business Week and Kiplinger’s Financial Magazine have profiled and written favorably about Charity Navigator’s data-driven method of evaluation.

The Immokalee Foundation provides a range of education programs that focus on building pathways to success through college and post-secondary preparation and support, mentoring and tutoring, opportunities for broadening experiences, and life skills development leading to economic independence. To learn more about The Immokalee Foundation, volunteering as a career panel speaker or host, becoming a mentor, making a donation, including the foundation in your estate plans, or for additional information, call 239-430-9122 or visit www.immokaleefoundation.org.

Florida Community Bank and The Immokalee Foundation partner to give local nonprofits stronger presence in Immokalee

The Immokalee Foundation - Victoria Grimaldo, Yeimi Casteneda, Amber Barr

The Immokalee Foundation – Victoria Grimaldo, Yeimi Casteneda, Amber Barr

A partnership between Florida Community Bank (NYSE: FCB) and The Immokalee Foundation has resulted in the FCB Impact Center, a collection of local nonprofit organizations serving Immokalee and Collier County with programs and services benefiting residents of the community.

In addition to The Immokalee Foundation, organizations housed within the FCB Impact Center include One by One Leadership, ICO Arts, Taste of Immokalee, Goodwill Job Link, AARP, Lighthouse Center for the Blind, H.E.L.P. of Collier County and Legal Aid.

“The combination of providers at the center reflects a broad scope of services available to the residents of Immokalee,” said Steven Kissinger, The Immokalee Foundation’s executive director. “By joining together, our organizations have made it easier for those in need to discover programs and services available to them. We’re grateful to Florida Community Bank for their vision and commitment to The Immokalee Foundation and the community.”

Luis Cartagena, FCB branch manager and board member for The Immokalee Foundation, worked with Kissinger to discuss ideas for a sizeable annex not needed for day-to-day bank operations. Kissinger immediately saw an opportunity for what this space could provide, which formerly housed FCB’s back-office operations and administrative divisions. The Immokalee Foundation signed a lease, and Kissinger and Cartagena went to work converting the space to offices.

Kissinger used three offices for foundation staff. He then worked with the United Way of Collier County to identify partner agencies to round out the services offered to low- and moderate-income residents of Immokalee.

“Florida Community Bank believes in giving back to the communities we serve, and these organizations provide essential services to our customers and neighbors,” said Kent Ellert, President and Chief Executive Officer of Florida Community Bank. “We are proud to provide a welcoming and accessible location for all Immokalee residents to access a number of vital resources that will benefit them.”

Existing organizations were leasing space throughout Collier County, including Immokalee, but the FCB Impact Center now allows these nonprofit organizations to provide an array of programs and services, which ultimately benefit the community at large.

Not only does FCB provide the space to these organizations as an in-kind donation, the bank encourages associates to support these organizations by serving as board members, mentors, volunteers and advocates to promote their missions.

The FCB Impact Center is located at 1400 N. 15th St. in Immokalee.

The Immokalee Foundation provides a range of educational programs that focus on building pathways to success through college and post-secondary preparation while offering support, mentoring and tutoring, opportunities for broadening experiences and life skills development leading to economic independence. To learn more about The Immokalee Foundation and/or about volunteering as a career panel speaker or host, becoming a mentor, making a donation, including the foundation in your estate plans, or acquiring additional information, call 239-430-9122 or email them at
www.immokaleefoundation.org.

Florida Community Bank, N.A., (NYSE: FCB) is the largest community banking company and the second largest Florida-based independent bank, and is among the most highly capitalized banks in the state. Awarded a five-star rating from Bauer Financial, FCB assets are more than $10 billion, with capital ratios that exceed regulatory standards. Since its founding in 2010, FCB has been steadfast in its commitment to delivering personalized service, innovation, and products and services equal to those offered by the national banks. Similarly, FCB recognizes the importance of community, fostering a corporate culture that promotes employee volunteerism at all levels, while supporting community-based programs and partnerships that help promote greater financial independence and improved quality of life for families. FCB serves individuals, businesses and communities across the state with 46 full-service banking centers from east to west, and from Daytona Beach to Miami-Dade. For more information, visit FloridaCommunityBank.com, Equal Housing Lender, Member FDIC.

 

FCB Impact Center

Florida Community Bank

Students from The Immokalee Foundation treated to a taste of Italy at Fine Folk Pizza

Andrew Maldonado, Kenniya Miller, Leoncio Jiminez, Jenesis Sanders, Susie Lopez Trejo, Vanessa Hernandez

Andrew Maldonado, Kenniya Miller, Leoncio Jiminez, Jenesis Sanders, Susie Lopez Trejo, Vanessa Hernandez

Students from The Immokalee Foundation’s Middle School Summer Academy recently experienced a taste of Italian hospitality at Fine Folk Pizza in Fort Myers.

The visit was part of an incentive program for the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students participating in the foundation’s Summer Academy, part of its Junior Career Development program.

Artisan Dough Masters shared pizza facts and stories with the students, along with a few special techniques used to create their handcrafted specialty pizzas. The certified pizza acrobats also offered tossing lessons, including a “dough off” tossing contest.

“We believe in The Immokalee Foundation’s mission to help students realize there are many opportunities available to each of them,” said Michael DeNunzio, Fine Folk Pizza owner. “Pizza is our passion, and it’s fun for us to give back to the community this way.”

Family-owned and -operated, Fine Folk Pizza is located off Daniels Parkway near JetBlue Park. For more information, visit www.finefolkpizza.com.

The Immokalee Foundation provides a range of education programs that focus on building pathways to success through college and post-secondary preparation and support, mentoring and tutoring, opportunities for broadening experiences, and life skills development leading to economic independence. To learn more about The Immokalee Foundation, volunteering as a career panel speaker or host, becoming a mentor, making a donation, including the foundation in your estate plans, or for additional information, call 239-430-9122 or visit www.immokaleefoundation.org.

Leslie Escalante

Leslie Escalante

Edwin Ramirez, Daniel Trejo Garcia, Chris Batties, Abraham Salazar

Edwin Ramirez, Daniel Trejo Garcia, Chris Batties, Abraham Salazar

DJ Gibson , Elmer Santiago

DJ Gibson , Elmer Santiago

Chris Batties, Ariadna Gomez-Trejo

Chris Batties, Ariadna Gomez-Trejo

Andrew Maldonado, Vanessa Hernandez, Susie Lopez Trejo, Kenniya Miller

Andrew Maldonado, Vanessa Hernandez, Susie Lopez Trejo, Kenniya Miller

DJ Gibson and Michael DeNunzio “dough off”

DJ Gibson and Michael DeNunzio “dough off”

Fine Folk Pizza team - Arianna Schnarr, DJ Gibson, Chris Batties, Andrew Maldonado - with TIF students

Fine Folk Pizza team – Arianna Schnarr, DJ Gibson, Chris Batties, Andrew Maldonado – with TIF students