We Did This Together in 2018-2019
At the Grant Awards Briefcase Breakfast, sponsored by FineMark National Bank & Trust, the Community Involvement Committee distributed $343,743 to 35 deserving agencies in Collier and Lee Counties. These funds were the profits from our 2018 fundraiser, Lesley Stahl: Her Stories Today, and brings the total amount granted over the past 32 years to $4,575,435.
This year, 163 generous donors became members of Circle of Friends and gave a record amount of over $301,000. Since its beginning, Circle of Friends gifts have totaled well over $2 million. We celebrated the support of Circle members at a beautiful luncheon hosted by Anne Thomas at the Port Royal Club.
Our Endowment Fund has grown to over $196,000.
We enjoyed summer luncheons, a September potluck, the Welcome Back Party co-hosted with minor League at Hole in the Wall, a bus trip to St. Petersburg, in January a dinner, dance, and floor show at the Naples Sailing and Yacht Club, “Silly-Fillies”girls’ night out in February, and soon we’ll sail into summer aboard the Naples Princess.
We enjoyed six very well attended Membership Meetings at lovely venues that featured topics ranging from preventing identity theft to estate planning for women to Mark Danni’s journey from Broadway to Naples.
We ushered in a new-to-Naples fundraising event, Naples Tables: A Celebration of Style, Food and Fun. We welcomed speaker James Farmer to the spectacular Patron Party held in the beautiful home of a member and sponsored by FineMark National Bank & Trust. Mr. Farmer, an author and interior designer, charmed over 670 attendees as the luncheon speaker. Member Jett Thompson from Jett Thompson HOME was our speaker sponsor. Sixty-six tables were beautifully decorated by 63 local and out-of-state designers with styles ranging from over-the-top elegant to delightfully whimsical.
We volunteered at Empty Bowls, Naples Senior Center, St. Matthews House, Salvation Army, Providence House, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Project Help, Gulfshore Playhouse, and Funtime Early Childhood Academy.
We welcomed 50 new members and 4 reinstated members, bringing our membership total to 609.
We appreciated the support of President Bill Frey and members of the minor League.
We celebrated The League Club’s nominee, Susy Warren, who was chosen as a Women’s Foundation of Collier County Woman of Initiative.
We grieved the passing of nine members: Karen Champion, Barbara Foster, Kathy Johnston, Vivian O. Lake, Betty Michel, Nancy Peters, Carol Schoonmaker, Sue White, and Susan Wolven.
Most importantly, we celebrated our “Commitment to Community” and we celebrated each other.