Naples, FL (PRWEB) April 03, 2014
The Women’s Initiative Network of the Community Foundation of Collier County hosted their annual Women of Initiative Awards luncheon on Monday, March 31, 2014 at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club. Over450 were in attendance to witness the recognition of 11 local women for their outstanding philanthropic achievements. The 2014 honorees are: Jackie Bennett, Karen Clawson, Joan Clifford, Carol Dinardo, Stacey Herring, Mariann MacDonald, Becky Newell, Mary Osborn, Jeannie Meg Smith, Elizabeth Star, and Marla Weiss. The ceremony included an inspiring video of each honoree describing a life changing event that helped ignite her desire to give back to others.
Kelly Burns, anchor for NBC-2 News, emceed the luncheon and Amy Hale, Director of Trust and Estate Services represented the event sponsor, BMO Private Bank. During the opening speeches, Women’s Initiative Network’s Steering Committee Chair, Lisa Merritt, announced that grants totaling $57,200 had been awarded to seven agencies that address some of the most pressing needs facing women and girls in Collier County: “The Women’s Initiative Network is committed to serving women, children and seniors in Collier County who are at risk and in needs of immediate financial assistant. Our name communicates a powerful and appropriate acronym - “WIN”.”
Community Foundation of Collier County President/CEO Eileen Connolly-Keesler spoke about WIN’s endowment goal of $1 million: “The Women’s Initiative Network is the only organization in Collier County dedicated to building an endowment to support the unmet and changing needs of women and girls. These resources will guarantee that, even through difficult economic times, both now and in the future, there will always be a source of funding available to address the challenges facing women and girls in our community”.
Grants totaling $57,200 were announced and awarded to seven agencies that address some of the most pressing needs facing women and girls in Collier County:
About the Community Foundation of Collier County
The Community Foundation of Collier County is a tax-exempt, public, charitable fund, established in 1985 with a $300,000 endowment to increase and focus private philanthropy in the area. The first grants were awarded in 1986 towards Cambier Park’s band shell construction project and The Shelter for Abused Women initial development.
Today, the Community Foundation oversees more than 500 funds, collaborates with over 400 local nonprofit, manages nearly $73 million in assets and has distributed $70 million in grants. The Women’s Initiative Network is a fund of the Community Foundation.
The Community Foundation manages a pool of permanent endowed funds established by charitable individuals, and makes grants from the investment earnings to address community needs and issues. Through sound investing, effective grantmaking and building the capacity of Collier County nonprofit agencies, the Community Foundation seeks to strengthen our community forever.
For more information about the Community Foundation of Collier County or the Women’s Initiative Network, call Eileen Connolly-Keesler at (239) 649-5000 or visit http://www.cfcollier.org. View the Women of Initiative honorees video on the Community Foundation’s YouTube Channel