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Calendar Announcement/Save the Date: The Immokalee Foundation’s 2018 Charity Classic Celebration

WHAT: The Immokalee Foundation’s 2018 Charity Classic Celebration is an extraordinary evening of fine dining, entertainment and auctions of once-in-a-lifetime experiences to benefit The Immokalee Foundation students.

The event highlights the successes of The Immokalee Foundation’s programs and students through the combined support of the greater community – benefactors, corporate sponsors, mentors, community partners, instructors, volunteers, and others. The event provides opportunities to support students in achieving a professional career through Fund A Dream™, a unique live bidding experience that enables donors to contribute to Immokalee’s children in specific and tangible ways.

WHO: The Immokalee Foundation provides a range of education programs that focus on building pathways to professional careers through college and post-secondary preparation and support, mentoring and tutoring, opportunities for broadening experiences, and life skills development leading to economic independence.

Barbara Morrison is chairing the 2018 Charity Classic Celebration, The Immokalee Foundation’s largest fundraiser of the year.

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 9, 2018
6 p.m. reception
7:30 p.m. dinner

WHERE: The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
280 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples

TICKETS: $550 per guest; underwriting and sponsorship opportunities are available

INFO: The Immokalee Foundation, 239-430-9122, info@immokaleefoundation.org,
www.immokaleefoundation.org

Calendar Announcement/Save the Date: The Immokalee Foundation’s 2018 Charity Classic Pro-Am and Pairings Party

WHAT: The Immokalee Foundation’s 2018 Charity Classic Pro-Am will be held Monday, Nov. 12, at Bay Colony Golf Club. The low-net score golf tournament will pair more than two dozen of the world’s greatest golfers with Naples’ most philanthropic players.

Each amateur foursome will be paired with a different professional player for the first and second nine holes during an exclusive pairings party at The Old Collier Golf Club Sunday, Nov. 11.

WHO: The Immokalee Foundation provides a range of education programs that focus on building pathways to professional careers through college and post-secondary preparation and support, mentoring and tutoring, opportunities for broadening experiences, and life skills development leading to economic independence.

Sunny Sapiente of Bay Colony Golf Club is chairing the golf tournament.

WHEN: Monday, Nov. 12, 2018
7:30 a.m. breakfast and golf demonstrations
9 a.m. shotgun start
Lunch and awards presentation immediately following the tournament

WHERE: Bay Colony Golf Club
9740 Bent Grass Bend, Naples

TICKETS: Entry fees begin at $5,000 for a single player and $8,500 for doubles.

INFO: The Immokalee Foundation, 239-430-9122, info@immokaleefoundation.org,
www.immokaleefoundation.org

The Immokalee Foundation joins elite group of charities receiving second consecutive top rating

The Immokalee Foundation has once again 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 its second consecutive four-star rating. The designation applies to charities considered “exceptional” that exceed industry standards and outperform most similar charities. Only 29 percent of charities evaluated by Charity Navigator have received two consecutive top ratings.

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.

Immokalee students reaffirm their commitment to success at foundation’s Pledge Night

The Immokalee Foundation held its Take Stock in Children Pledge Night at Immokalee Middle School recently. In attendance were 260 students, family members, mentors and community supporters.

Parents watched as their nearly 100 sons and daughters in the Take Stock in Children program pledged to remain drug- and crime-free, maintain good grades and meet with their mentors weekly in exchange for a college scholarship after graduating from high school. Throughout the academic year, students continue to attend programs and acquire skills useful in determining their future careers as well as performing community service.

Young people become eligible to apply for Take Stock in Children beginning in seventh grade, but many are accepted in later grades as well.

Luis Vasquez is a sophomore at Immokalee High School. The 16-year-old is exploring career options and hopes to become an engineer someday; being accepted into Take Stock this year will make that dream closer to a reality. At Pledge Night, Luis Vasquez Sr. and Floridalma Chavez talked with their son’s mentor and watched as their son vowed to maintain the high standards required by the program. Vasquez is on his way to becoming the first in his family to attend college.

While Vasquez has just begun his journey with The Immokalee Foundation and still is learning what is required, students like Angel Perez are around to help. Now in 11th grade, Perez was accepted into the program as a freshman and took the Take Stock pledge for the third time. “Now I really know what’s involved and what part I play in the foundation,” he said. “If I can help newer members, I do. And anytime somebody says, ‘We don’t have enough people’ to do something, I’m there.”

Perez plans to study marine biology and minor in computer science.

“Pledge Night is very important for students and their families,” said Noemi Perez, the foundation’s program services director. “It is an opportunity for students, parents and mentors to come together to reaffirm their commitment to the Take Stock in Children program. It is great to see the children motivated and ready to continue on their pathways to success.”

The Take Stock in Children program began in Immokalee in 2001. Since then, the foundation has awarded more than $1 million in college scholarships. Students are selected for the program based on economic need, their answers to essay questions and an in-person interview.

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.

 

Don Huffner with TIF students - Angel Perez-Patino, Guadalupe Guzman, Leslie Gallegos, Marilyn Gijon, Litzy Rojas, Daniel Escobedo, Cindy Velazquez

Don Huffner with TIF students – Angel Perez-Patino, Guadalupe Guzman, Leslie Gallegos, Marilyn Gijon, Litzy Rojas, Daniel Escobedo, Cindy Velazquez

Eloy Anzualda

Eloy Anzualda

Mario Posada reciting TIF TSIC mentor pledge

Mario Posada reciting TIF TSIC mentor pledge

Mary Marchand (mentor), Aida Garcia, Juana Lopez Renosa

Mary Marchand (mentor), Aida Garcia, Juana Lopez Renosa

Tabitha Campbell, Leann Cambell

Tabitha Campbell, Leann Cambell

Donor shares ‘Gift of Reading’ through book fairs for Immokalee Foundation students

Students in kindergarten through fifth grade in five Immokalee schools received 2,400 free books during Gift of Reading Book Fairs made possible by Southwest Floridian Kristin Sullivan and sponsored by The Immokalee Foundation in partnership with Scholastic Book Fairs.

Sullivan raised enough money among friends, family and associates for each of the 600 students in the foundation’s Immokalee Readers program to select four free books to start their own personal libraries. Immokalee Readers is a literacy program that raises the reading proficiency of young students who are not performing at grade level by pairing them with a high school reading tutor.

Sullivan said when she volunteered with a group of friends on Hurricane Irma recovery in the area, she met families in difficult financial circumstances. “Afterward, I became familiar with The Immokalee Foundation and what they did for children,” she said. “I found out the elementary schools in Immokalee never had a book fair. That was always my favorite day at school as a kid.” Subsequently, Sullivan proposed and helped organize the Gift of Reading Book Fairs to share that enthusiasm with other students.

“The kids were so grateful to receive their books,” said Noemi Perez, a staff member with The Immokalee Foundation who joined along with colleague Marisol Sanders to help Sullivan launch the fairs. “Their eyes lit up when they saw the number of books they could choose from, and they took their time to pick out the perfect ones. Not only did they think of themselves, but many of them also chose books for their siblings. We are truly grateful to Kristin for bringing a book fair to our Immokalee Readers program.”

Sullivan, a local event planner, is awaiting publication of a children’s book she wrote about Hurricane Irma.

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.

 

Kristin Sullivan’s The Gift of Reading Book Fair recipients and teachers

Kristin Sullivan’s The Gift of Reading Book Fair recipients and teachers

April

April

Perla, Rosalina

Perla, Rosalina

Kimberli

Kimberli

Samuel

Samuel

Myra

Myra