The SPOTLIGHT: giving back

Bonita Assistance Office and Wonder Gardens receive checks from Bonita Springs-Estero Realtors

The Bonita Springs-Estero Realtors distributed proceeds from its annual dessert auction to the Bonita Springs Assistance Office and the Everglades Wonder Gardens earlier this month at its monthly membership breakfast at the Club at Grandezza in Ester More...

Posted 1/31/2018 04:11 PM

Foster children need more Friends Forever

Each year, more than 800 special children in Collier, Hendry, and Glades counties receive support for staying healthy, increasing their self-esteem, and reaching their goals.  More...

Posted 3/1/2017 05:40 PM

It takes a village to prepare students for success

Students at Bonita Springs Middle Center for the Arts have kept the pace with rapid changes in computer technology. More...

Posted 2/15/2017 05:13 AM

‘Love where you live’ has personal meaning for Arla Schweinberg

Arla Schweinberg began the demolition work in her Imperial Harbor home expecting a remodeling job to happen as planned, but it didn’t. More...

Posted 10/26/2016 04:25 PM

Kitchen remodeling gives charity a fresh outlook

A small kitchen renovation project is benefiting more than 1,100 Lee County families. As Nancy Martin, executive director of Interfaith Charities of South Lee, explained, “Our food pantry can now process plenty of fresh produce.”  More...

Posted 8/31/2016 03:31 AM

Troops keep asking for cookies from ‘Mama’

“The Lord didn’t bless me with children,” said Jean Frady. Even so, she’s known as “Mama Jean” to plenty. More...

Posted 7/27/2016 03:44 PM

Woman on a mission enlists others and watches miracles multiply

By simple definition, miracles defy explanation. More...

Posted 6/29/2016 04:37 AM

West Bay Community Charitable Foundation distributes nearly $80,000 to local non-profits

Grant recipients from left to right: Gordon Hammes-Naples Music Club, Charles Daurey-Holocaust Museum, JoDee Hanssen-St. Matthews House, Bill Bell-Society of St. More...

Posted 6/1/2016 03:59 PM

Woman of the Year gives back wherever she lives

Strange but true: The journey of Teri Lamaine that recently led to being named Woman of the Year by the Zonta Club of Bonita Springs began with a marriage proposal.  More...

Posted 4/13/2016 02:46 AM

Heart Walk put hearts and soles on Coconut Road

Nearly 250 walkers left the Commons Club at the Brooks at 9 a.m. on a cool Saturday morning, February 6, and put their hearts and “soles” into walking for hearts. The 3-mile round trip on Coconut Road also had a 1-mile marker. More...

Posted 2/10/2016 04:57 PM

Naples dentist cares for the world

Something other than tools keeps a Naples dentist smiling, and has for 26 years. More...

Posted 4/26/2017 07:17 PM

Food and philanthropy served at Mel’s Diner

Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida will benefit from home-style breakfasts at all Mel’s Diners on April 17. More...

Posted 4/12/2017 03:51 AM

Year-old nonprofit gives hope and help to Hondurans

When Tish Tarpley told her friend Carol Lutgen about a Honduran girl who had never walked, Lutgen felt compelled to help.  More...

Posted 12/28/2016 07:13 PM

Crafts and devotion knit group members together

With a whir of sewing machines working nearby, Jeanne Telesmanick holds up a small, U-shaped pillow for friends to see. “These are neck pillows,” she says. More...

Posted 11/16/2016 03:33 AM

Church dedicates a wing to all types of addiction recovery

Even in this high-tech age, some information spreads quickly in the simplest of ways.  Since January, when the Rev. More...

Posted 9/28/2016 03:11 AM

For foundation’s clients, freedom comes over them in waves

Some years ago, Debra Frenkel of Naples was working in an urban Chicago high school as a social worker. She also was suffering from job burnout and dreaming of freedom. So she decided to learn to sail.  More...

Posted 8/31/2016 03:31 AM

New Horizons of SWFL and Volunteer Wendy Kephart receive Governor’s Champion of Service Award

New Horizons of Southwest Florida and longtime volunteer Wendy Kephart recently received the Champion of Service award. More...

Posted 6/1/2016 03:59 PM

Wildcat Run raises $60,000 for Valerie’s House and the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida

Wildcat Run Golf & Country Club recently presented the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida and Valerie’s House Inc. with checks for $30,000 each. More...

Posted 6/1/2016 03:59 PM

Local Rotarians help drive international effort offering hope to children afflicted with polio

Rotary International played a major role in the near eradication of the polio virus, worldwide, through vaccinations. More...

Posted 3/30/2016 04:40 PM

Walk for Wishes

The Sixth Annual Walk for Wishes 5K Walk/Run kicks off at FGCU on Sat., Feb. 27, 2016. Last year more than $85,000 was raised which granted the wishes of 17 children facing life-threatening medical conditions in Southwest Florida. More...

Posted 2/10/2016 04:57 PM