Donation will help local organization support children and families devastated by the hurricane
Guadalupe Center, a nonprofit organization focused on breaking the cycle of poverty through the education of children, was recently presented with a check for more than $6,000 to support its hurricane relief efforts from the Naples Velo Club. The Naples Velo Club, a nonprofit cycling group, raised the funds through its charity ride, Ride to Help Hurricane victims in Southwest Florida, which took place on Oct. 28 in Bonita Springs. The charity ride brought local cyclists together to raise awareness and funds to support families and communities devastated by Hurricane Irma, donating the proceeds raised to two local charities to support their relief efforts.
“Many of the children attending Guadalupe Center come from families that have faced long periods of hardship, and the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma has added another layer of difficulties,” said Dawn Montecalvo, president of Guadalupe Center. “With several families in Immokalee who are still without homes, it has been a priority for us to provide assistance where we can. We are extremely appreciative of the Naples Velo Club for choosing Guadalupe Center as one of the recipients of the funds raised from its charity ride. This donation will allow us to continue to provide support to families who are facing financial hardships in the aftermath of the hurricane.”
About Guadalupe Center
Guadalupe Center is a purpose-driven, nonprofit organization with proven results in creating endless possibilities for the students of Immokalee through education and fostering personal and academic success that leads to economic independence. With a focus on breaking the cycle of poverty through education, Guadalupe Center is proud of the children’s accomplishments: 94% exceed kindergarten readiness measures, 100% of Tutor Corps high school seniors graduate high school and are accepted into college, and more than 90% graduated with a post-secondary degree.