TLC awards Special 35th Anniversary Grant
The COVID pandemic has wreaked havoc on so many aspects of our society. Humanitarian needs were at the forefront of our thoughts, and The League Club responded with many grants to that end. Now, as the vaccinations have brought hope, The League Club believes it is important to focus time, talent and resources on the Arts.
In honor of its 35th Anniversary, the League Club awarded a $35,000 one-time grant to an organization that offers programs which support the Arts and the contribution that the Arts bring to feeding the minds and spirits of children, seniors and the underserved in our community: Lighthouse of Collier County.
CONGRATULATIONS to the Lighthouse of Collier County, recipient of our 35th Anniversary Grant. They were presented a check at our December 2021 Membership Meeting.
The focus of the 35th Anniversary Grant is the Arts and the contribution that the arts make to feeding the minds and spirits of children, seniors and the needy in our community. Further, as we all know, the Arts have been particularly and uniquely affected by the pandemic.
In essence the 35th Anniversary Advisory Committee followed the grant selection process used by Community Involvement Committee. Sixteen agencies submitted Letters of Intent by the May 26 deadline. On June 7 the committee met to screen these agencies and select those agencies that would move forward in the grant selection process. Six agencies were selected. All submitted full grant proposals by the deadline of June 29. Thereafter, the full committee conducted site visits via Zoom with representatives of all six agencies in early to mid-July. The Committee met on July 15 to reach a decision. This was not an easy choice as all six agencies presented engaging, well-developed arts initiatives focused on different need groups in our community.
On September 1, 2021, the TLC Board of Directors approved the Committee’s recommendation to award the League Club’s 35th Anniversary Grant to Lighthouse of Collier for the Art and Music Studio in the agency’s new expanded location.
Why This Project?
Lighthouse of Collier is the only agency in Collier County that provides specialized art and music classes for vision impaired adults and students. Lighthouse students range in age from pre-school children to high school seniors. The Lighthouse provides support to vision impaired students enabling them to fully participate in school bands, orchestras and to pursue music as a course of college study. Lighthouse of Collier collaborates with FGCU’s music school. In addition to music, adaptive art classes are also offered.
The Art and Music Studio Proposal from Lighthouse of Collier provides an innovative mix of instructional and tangible benefits, thus closely matching our guidelines. Our grant money will be used to provide tangibles for the Studio including instruments, art supplies, much needed storage, music software, and Braille materials.
35th Anniversary Advisory Committee Members:
Co-Chairs Annalinda Ragazzo and Julie Wade, TLC President Melissa McClayton, Past Presidents Charlene Barnette and Maria Lane Arends, Past CIC Members Geri McCarthy and Gail Reifsnyder