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Guadalupe Center selected as ‘catalyst’ nonprofit by national foundation

2019-06-12T17:14:40-04:00June 11th, 2019|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Brands that Inspire, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , |

Guadalupe Center has been selected to participate in Stand Together Foundation’s Catalyst Program and join a growing national network of 141 high-performing nonprofits that are working to break the cycle of poverty and transforming communities across the country. The Catalyst Program is a highly selective, six-month management training and mentorship program that brings together successful [...]

Charity Navigator names Guadalupe Center a 4-star nonprofit for third consecutive year

2019-01-10T18:18:24-04:00January 10th, 2019|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

Guadalupe Center has received its third consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the country’s largest independent charity evaluator. Charity Navigator evaluates the financial strength, accountability and transparency of nonprofit organizations in the U.S. The coveted rating of four stars means Guadalupe Center adheres to strict accounting procedures while disclosing pertinent financial and operational information to [...]

Guadalupe Center distributes presents for 900 Immokalee children through Holiday Gift Shop

2018-12-24T21:31:19-04:00December 24th, 2018|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , |

Guadalupe Center distributed gifts for 900 children in December through its Holiday Gift Shop, helping 328 Immokalee families put additional presents under the Christmas tree this season. “The Holiday Gift Shop allows parents of our students to select toys, clothing, shoes and other items so each of their children has a present to unwrap on [...]

Guadalupe Center’s Kelly Krupp earns ‘Certified Fund Raising Executive’ designation

2018-11-30T01:31:25-04:00November 30th, 2018|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

Kelly Krupp, director of major gifts for Guadalupe Center, has been awarded the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation by CFRE International. The designation means Krupp has met a series of standards that include tenure in the profession, education and demonstrated fundraising achievement. Krupp also had to pass a rigorous written exam and agree to [...]

Partnership provides Guadalupe Center students with pumpkins, expanded vegetable garden

2018-11-07T19:02:09-04:00November 7th, 2018|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Nearly 270 Guadalupe Center students had an opportunity to scour a pumpkin patch before Halloween in search of the perfect pumpkin, thanks to an expanded partnership with an Immokalee grower. HM.CLAUSE, a global seed company with a research station in Immokalee, created a temporary pumpkin patch at Guadalupe Center so students in the Early Childhood [...]

Guadalupe Center announces ‘Old Hollywood’ theme for 2019 Signature Event at Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort

2018-09-07T17:48:21-04:00September 7th, 2018|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Guadalupe Center has announced its 2019 Signature Event will feature a theme of “Old Hollywood: The Glitz, The Glamour, The Giving.” The Signature Event will be held Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples. “Old Hollywood” will offer a nod to the Golden Age of Hollywood in the early- to mid-1900s. In addition [...]

Guadalupe Center earns five-star rating from Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida

2018-08-15T21:58:54-04:00August 15th, 2018|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , |

Guadalupe Center again has earned a five-star rating from the Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida, an assessment signifying the Immokalee center is offering a safe, high-quality learning environment for children. The coalition’s Southwest Florida Stars program is a voluntary rating system, much like an accreditation, that evaluates childcare providers in Collier, Lee, Hendry and [...]

Tutor Corps students build wardrobe for college at Guadalupe Resale Shop

2018-08-10T21:54:45-04:00August 10th, 2018|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Graduates of Guadalupe Center’s Tutor Corps program are heading off to college with some stylish new apparel and items for their dorm rooms, courtesy of Guadalupe Resale Shop. The students, all recent graduates of Immokalee High School, were treated to a shopping trip in late July at Guadalupe Resale Shop in Naples. Each student was [...]

Guadalupe Center students have ‘awesome’ experience touring Arthrex manufacturing facility

2018-08-06T23:47:38-04:00August 6th, 2018|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Forty-five students in Guadalupe Center’s Tutor Corps Program were offered an exclusive tour of Arthrex Manufacturing Inc., seeing firsthand some of the innovative products being developed by the Naples-based company. Engineers led the Immokalee High School students on a tour of the Arthrex facility in Ave Maria, showing cutting-edge Computer Numerically Controlled machines that make [...]

Grants from Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation to strengthen education programs at Guadalupe Center

2018-07-13T21:18:00-04:00July 13th, 2018|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , |

The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation has awarded a pair of grants to help expand early childhood education and after-school tutoring programs at Guadalupe Center in Immokalee.   Guadalupe Center, a nonprofit organization with a mission of breaking the cycle of poverty through education for the children of Immokalee, will receive $500,000 to expand its [...]

University of Florida College of Dentistry, NCEF Pediatric Dental Center offer free clinic to children in Guadalupe Center’s summer program

2018-07-10T17:30:14-04:00July 10th, 2018|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , |

Faculty and resident students at the University of Florida’s College of Dentistry, NCEF Pediatric Dental Center, funded through the Naples Children & Education Foundation, founders of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, recently spent two weeks in Immokalee operating a free clinic to serve children in Guadalupe Center’s Summer Enrichment Program. More than 160 kindergartners, first- [...]

Guadalupe Center raises more than $72,000 at fourth annual Guadalupe Charity Golf Classic

2018-06-01T23:57:51-04:00June 1st, 2018|Categories: Events, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , |

The fourth annual Guadalupe Charity Golf Classic raised more than $72,000 as a record 132 golfers and 15 business sponsors helped infuse additional financial support into Guadalupe Center’s summer enrichment program. The event, which was held at Vineyards Country Club in Naples, included a lunch buffet, championship golf, cocktails, evening hors d’oeuvres, silent auction and [...]

Guadalupe Center appoints three new members to its Board of Trustees

2018-06-01T00:00:36-04:00June 1st, 2018|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Mark Nagan, Marguerite Hambleton and Abel Jaimes join leadership board Guadalupe Center Board of Trustee President Linda Yost has announced the appointment of three new members to the nonprofit organization’s Board of Trustees. Abel Jaimes, Marguerite Hambleton and Mark Nagan join Guadalupe Center’s 22-member board that serves as an advocate and ambassador for the children [...]

Guadalupe Center receives $15,000 grant from The League Club to support early childhood education

2018-05-04T17:49:28-04:00May 4th, 2018|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , |

The League Club has awarded $15,000 to the Guadalupe Center to help support its Smart Start Program, an early childhood education program that prepares Immokalee youth for success in the classroom. Guadalupe Center was among 30 local agencies that received grants totaling $327,970 from The League Club at its Briefcase Breakfast on Thursday, April 5. [...]

Guadalupe Center announces sponsors for 4th annual Guadalupe Charity Golf Classic on April 20

2018-04-17T19:04:35-04:00April 17th, 2018|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Events, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , |

Guadalupe Center, a nonprofit organization focused on breaking the cycle of poverty through education for the children of Immokalee, has announced sponsors for its upcoming Guadalupe Charity Golf Classic. Platinum sponsors are Vineyards Country Club and the Seminole Tribe of Florida. BCB Homes, Fifth Third Bank, First Florida Integrity Bank and Lee Health Foundation are [...]

Guadalupe Center volunteer Alice Arena receives Women of Initiative award for outstanding service to the community

2018-04-11T19:52:00-04:00April 11th, 2018|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , |

The Women’s Foundation of Collier County has named Alice Arena, a longtime supporter of the Guadalupe Center, as one of its 2018 Women of Initiative award winners. Arena, of Naples, has served as a volunteer, mentor and board member of Guadalupe Center for nearly a decade, and is a firm believer in its core mission [...]

Guadalupe Center to honor 29 college-bound Tutor Corps graduates from Immokalee High School

2018-03-30T20:19:09-04:00March 30th, 2018|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , |

Guadalupe Center is proud to announce that 29 Immokalee High School seniors have completed the rigorous Tutor Corps program and will be attending college in the fall. This marks the 13th consecutive year that 100 percent of Tutor Corps seniors have been accepted into colleges and universities.   Students will be recognized on Tuesday, April [...]

Guadalupe Center receives two grants from Naples Children & Education Foundation following 2018 Naples Winter Wine Festival

2018-03-23T00:14:12-04:00March 23rd, 2018|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The Naples Children & Education Foundation on Monday, March 19 announced that the Guadalupe Center is receiving two substantial grants following the Naples Winter Wine Festival in January. Guadalupe Center, a nonprofit organization focused on breaking the cycle of poverty through education for the children of Immokalee, was awarded a $522,000 grant to help fund [...]

Guadalupe Center invites 13 Immokalee families to Easter meal and holiday celebration

2018-03-21T22:13:28-04:00March 21st, 2018|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Guadalupe Center, in partnership with nine Southwest Florida businesses, will provide a complete Easter meal and holiday celebration for 13 Immokalee families severely impacted by Hurricane Irma. Guadalupe Center, a nonprofit organization focused on breaking the cycle of poverty through education for the children of Immokalee, in partnership with Tastebuds Custom Catering and CocoLuna Events, [...]

Guadalupe Center President Dawn Montecalvo honored by Gov. Rick Scott at Florida Community Leaders Dinner

2018-03-19T22:58:20-04:00March 19th, 2018|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , |

Dawn Montecalvo, president of the Guadalupe Center in Immokalee, was selected by Gov. Rick Scott to attend the Florida Community Leaders Dinner on March 7 in Tallahassee. Montecalvo was among 26 distinguished community leaders from across Florida who were invited to the Governor’s mansion for an evening of celebration and conversation. “I’m very thankful that [...]

Guadalupe Center becomes first Immokalee-based Blue Zones Project Approved™ Worksite

2018-03-15T18:26:50-04:00March 15th, 2018|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Guadalupe Center, a nonprofit organization focused on breaking the cycle of poverty through education, is now the now first Immokalee-based business to become a Blue Zones Project Approved™ worksite. A recognition ceremony and ribbon cutting took place on Feb. 16 at the Guadalupe Center in Immokalee. In attendance were Dr. Allen Weiss, MD, president and [...]

Guadalupe Center maintains its exceptional four-star rating from Charity Navigator

2018-03-12T19:11:59-04:00March 12th, 2018|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

Guadalupe Center, a nonprofit organization focused on breaking the cycle of poverty through education for the children of Immokalee, has retained its prestigious four-star rating by Charity Navigator for strong financial acumen, accountability and transparency. Earning the top rating from Charity Navigator, the largest nonprofit evaluation group in the U.S., offers outside validation that Guadalupe [...]

Guadalupe Center’s Tutor Corps students and mentors enjoy cookout, conversation at beach picnic on Marco Island

2018-03-08T20:36:15-04:00March 8th, 2018|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , |

Immokalee High School juniors and seniors in Guadalupe Center’s Tutor Corps program recently spent an afternoon with their mentors at the beach on Marco Island. The Mentor/Mentee Beach Picnic on March 3 at Hideaway Beach Club included kayaking to Tigertail Beach, volleyball games, a cookout and informal conversation. Tutor Corps is a college preparatory program [...]

Guadalupe Center to welcome college spring breakers on March visits to Immokalee

2018-03-03T00:29:31-04:00March 3rd, 2018|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , |

Thirty students from Wartburg College in Iowa, led by a graduate of Guadalupe Center’s Tutor Corps program, will be among the first spring breakers offering a helping hand to organizations in Immokalee. Maria Munguia-Cortes, a 2016 Immokalee High School graduate, and her peers from the Iowa college arrive Saturday night. The group will be touring [...]

Guadalupe Center’s Buddy Day brings Immokalee children to Marco Island for day of fun, learning

2018-02-27T00:12:59-04:00February 23rd, 2018|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

More than 100 second-graders from four Immokalee elementary schools learned about Southwest Florida’s coastal wildlife and habitat at Guadalupe Center’s 26th annual Buddy Day on Saturday, Feb. 17. The program paired “little buddies” from Pinecrest, Lake Trafford, Highlands and Village Oaks elementary schools with “big buddies,” dedicated volunteers from area communities including Hideaway Beach, Fiddler’s [...]

Publix donates $30,000 to Guadalupe Center through its ‘Food for All’ campaign

2018-02-15T20:54:00-04:00February 14th, 2018|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , |

Guadalupe Center recently received a $30,000 donation through the “Food for All” campaign launched in November by Publix Super Markets, Inc. Guadalupe Center, a nonprofit organization focused on breaking the cycle of poverty through education for the children of Immokalee, will use the funds to support its Early Childhood Education Program, which serves 306 children [...]

Guadalupe Center to host 26th annual Buddy Day Feb. 17

2018-02-01T10:55:46-04:00February 1st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Immokalee second graders hit the beach for fun-filled buddy activities Volunteers are needed for Guadalupe Center’s 26th annual Buddy Day at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17 at Hideaway Beach on Marco Island. Guadalupe Center, a nonprofit organization focused on breaking the cycle of poverty through the education of children in Immokalee, will bring 150 [...]

Guadalupe Center raises $1.3 million for educational programs at 2018 Signature Event, “Welcome Aboard”

2018-01-23T16:13:40-04:00January 23rd, 2018|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Events, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Guadalupe Center, a nonprofit organization focused on breaking the cycle of poverty through education, has raised $1.3 million during its “Welcome Aboard” 2018 Signature Event, held Jan. 17 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples. Proceeds from the annual signature event directly benefit Guadalupe Center’s three educational programs serving Immokalee students from cradle to career: [...]

Guadalupe Center names Omar Jaimes as student speaker for 2018 Signature Event, “Welcome Aboard”

2018-01-09T17:14:34-04:00January 9th, 2018|Categories: Events, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Imagine a father telling their young child that they’re not good enough for an education. That was the experience of now 17-year-old Omar Jaimes, the student speaker for Guadalupe Center’s 2018 Signature Event, “Welcome Aboard.” During the event, which will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 17 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, the high [...]

Mentoring Immokalee Students: Guadalupe Center to host “Discover Mentoring” event Jan. 24

2017-12-27T11:58:30-04:00December 27th, 2017|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

Event to explore mentorships with students in Guadalupe Center’s Tutor Corps Program Guadalupe Center, a nonprofit organization focused on breaking the cycle of poverty through the education of children, is hosting a Discover Mentoring event at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 24, inviting the community to explore mentorship opportunities that support college-bound high school students [...]

Naples Velo Club presents more than $6,000 To Guadalupe Center for Hurricane Irma Relief

2017-11-20T10:56:06-04:00November 20th, 2017|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

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, [...]

Guadalupe Center seeking gifts for annual Holiday Gift Shop for children in Immokalee

2017-11-20T13:07:07-04:00November 17th, 2017|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , |

As the season of giving approaches, Guadalupe Center, a nonprofit organization focused on breaking the cycle of poverty through education, is inviting the Southwest Florida community to open their hearts and bring joy to families in need by donating new, unwrapped gifts for the organization’s annual Holiday Gift Shop, which provides Christmas presents for children [...]

Guadalupe Center partners with celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart to raise funds for Hurricane Irma survivors

2017-10-12T09:47:00-04:00October 12th, 2017|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Photographer’s “Resilient Light” project captures the resilience of the Immokalee community Following Hurricane Irma, renowned photographer Jeremy Cowart and crew traveled to Southwest Florida to capture the undocumented strength of victims of Hurricane Irma. Using an innovative lighting process, Cowart’s images captured the resilient light found in survivors, as they work to rebuild their lives. [...]

Guadalupe Center presents “Welcome Aboard” annual Signature Event Jan. 17, announces Amy Heuerman as chair

2017-08-29T12:50:07-04:00August 29th, 2017|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Brands that Inspire, Events, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Moglia Family Foundation named presenting sponsor, additional sponsorships available Guadalupe Center, a nonprofit organization focused on breaking the cycle of poverty through education, is proud to announce that Amy Heuerman will chair its 2018 Signature Event, “Welcome Aboard,” on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 at the Ritz Carlton Golf Resort in Naples. Proceeds from the annual [...]