The Naples Children & Education Foundation presented the Conservancy of Southwest Florida with an $80,000 grant on March 9. The grant, awarded through funds raised during the Naples Winter Wine Festival, will provide support for the Conservancy’s work with the Boys and Girls Club of Collier County as well as the Conservancy’s summer camp programs.
Naples Winter Wine Festival Grant Committee Chair Jim Dixon and co-chairs Chuck and Sharon Hallberg and Sandi and Tom Moran presented the check to Nicki Dardinger, Director of Education for the Conservancy. Also on hand were two children, Alexander Knapp and Taniya Wright, who have attended Conservancy programs through the Boys and Girls Club.
“We’re incredibly grateful for the generosity of the Naples Children & Education Foundation,” said Rob Moher, President and CEO of the Conservancy. “This grant will enable us to engage and educate more young people about Southwest Florida’s unique environment and how they can help protect our water, land, wildlife and future.”
The Conservancy’s work with the Boys and Girls Club includes events like the Recycled Art Contest TRASHFORMATIONS, which will be held again this year at the upcoming Earth Day Festival on April 18. “Our long-term partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Collier County has allowed us to connect children with the environment, both at their facility and through field trips to our Nature Center,” Dardinger said. “With this grant, we’ll be able to strengthen that partnership, as well as enhance our immersive, nature-based summer camp programs.”
Registration for the 2015 Conservancy Summer Camp opens March 23 for previous attendees, March 24 for Conservancy members and March 31 for the general public. For more information or to register, visit www.conservancy.org/summercamp.
The Naples Children & Education Foundation is committed to supporting charitable programs that improve the physical, emotional and educational lives of underprivileged and at-risk children in Collier County. Its primary fundraiser, the Naples Winter Wine Festival, is the largest global event of its kind, and has raised in excess of $135 million in its first 15 years for annual grants to over 40 beneficiary organizations and seven strategic initiatives.