1. NCH Healthcare Foundation announces
$6M dollar gift
Robert, Mariann and Megan MacDonald stepped up at the 55th annual NCH Hospital Ball on Oct. 26 to make a $6 million contribution to NCH to be applied toward the renovation and enhancement of the Emergency Department. A portion of this overall renovation will include the Pediatric Emergency Department, which is this year’s beneficiary of the Ball proceeds. NCH will name the PED for Robert, Mariann and Megan MacDonald, because of their longtime support of NCH. In 2009, the pediatric department located on the 4th Floor of the Baker Tower at the North Naples Hospital, was named the “Robert & Mariann MacDonald SeaCAREium” in recognition of a previous gift. Mariann MacDonald has served as Chairwomman of the NCH Board of Trustees since 2012. “We are truly blessed to have Robert, Mariann and Megan MacDonald as supporters of NCH. They are true leaders in our community. There will always be a special place in the hearts of the NCH family for the MacDonalds,” said Allen Weiss, M.D., President & CEO, NCH Healthcare System. “We are grateful their passion for children and their ongoing generosity continues to enhance quality medical services for the adults as well as the littlest patients in our community.” Information:
(239) 624-2000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Reed named President and CEO of Naples Historical Society
Elaine Reed has been named president and CEO of Naples Historical Society. Reed has served as executive director since 2007 and has been a leading force in restructuring the society during her tenure. The title represents organizational growth and enlightened planning. Reed’s role and responsibilities will continue as they have evolved in recent years, from leading in the visionary process to recommending strategic definition to establishing organizational and performance standards. According to Reed her most valued accomplishment has been “Being a leading participant in the development of a charitable organization that is doing something of genuine value for the community,” Reed said. “I can’t single out one idea or program or initiative because each has enormous significance.” Naples Historical Society is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to preserving Naples’ history and heritage for the community and future generations to enjoy. Information: (239) 261-8164.
3. Zonta Club of Bonita Springs Announces Woman of the Year
Lori Nelson of Bonita Springs has been selected as the Zonta Club of Bonita Springs’ 2013-2014 Woman of the Year. “Lori’s countless hours as a volunteer in numerous charitable organizations in Bonita Springs is truly a gift to the entire community. When making our selection for this award, we look for someone who demonstrates all of the characteristics and qualities that exemplify the women, we as members of Zonta look toward for guidance and support; a community leader who is trustworthy, loyal and giving. Lori exemplifies those qualities and more.” Nelson will be presented with the award publicly at the Zonta Club of Bonita Springs’ Signature Dessert Auction and Luncheon to be held Tuesday, Nov. 26 at the Club at Mediterra. Sponsorships and individual tickets are on sale and can be purchased at www.zontabonitasprings.org or contact Flo Rogers (239) 253-1996 or email@example.com.
4. Boys & Girls Club of Collier County to benefit from Taco Bell Foundation grant
More than 100 local teens from the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County will benefit from a grant awarded by the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens. The funds will support the “Goals to Graduation” academic support program offered to teens through group and on-on-one homework help, tutoring, mentoring, role models and STEM programs (as alternatives to college). The program includes tools to help teens set goals to progress from grade to grade and to graduate on time. Goals to Graduation provides positive role models and time-proven activities to engage, support and inspire youth to stay in school, graduate and obtain a viable career. The program builds confidence and shows youth the path to self sufficiency while taking charge of their post high school goals. “The Taco Bell Foundation for Teen’s generous support makes a meaningful impact on the lives of our teens. It is partnerships like this that give us the ability to offer academic, career and mentorship experiences that inspire our teen members to stay committed to earning their high school degree and move onto greater things in life,” said Theresa J. Shaw, President and CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County. Information: tacobellforteens.org or www.bgccc.com.
5. Champions For Learning announces Heart of the Apple Recipient
The Education Foundation—Champions For Learning is proud to announce that Alan Korest has been named the 2013 Heart of the Apple Award recipient for the significant impact he has made on the learning environment for students in Collier County. Korest will receive this award at the Heart of the Apple Luncheon on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at Hilton Naples. Tickets are $100 and table reservations are available. Susan McManus, President, The Education Foundation—Champions For Learning, says, “Every year we look for someone in the community that has left a legacy to our organization through their time, talent, and contributions of leadership. Over the years, Alan Korest’s passion for education is certainly something that we want to honor so it is just natural that he would receive this year’s Heart of the Apple Award.” To learn more about Champions For Learning or to purchase tickets, please visit www.championsforlearning.org or call (239) 643-4755.
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