Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Avow 2019 Charity Adventure at Ngala

Submitted Photo | From left, Karen Rollins, Patrick Keevan, Lynne Keevan, Mary Chiodo, Rachael Tenz, Lee Pinto, Thelma Lyon, Luc Courchene, Toni St. Germain, Ted Nering, Gayle Nering, Ruby LaBounty, and Richard St. Germain pose in front of Coulter the giraffe, an Ngala resident favorite.

A sold-out crowd of 270 guests gathered at Ngala Wildlife Preserve recently to get up close to nature, dine on a sumptuous safari feast, and raise funds for Avow. The event brought in more than $409,000 in cash, sponsorships and in-kind donations to support Avow’s nonprofit hospice, palliative care, and adult and child bereavement programs for Collier County.

“This is the first time our annual fundraising event ventured ‘into the jungle,’ and our guests were thrilled with the unique venue,” said Jaysen Roa, President & CEO of Avow companies. “Their enthusiasm extended to their support of Avow. Monies raised from the event will help support the nonprofit hospice, palliative care, and grief support programs we are privileged to provide to Collier County.”

Avow Charity Adventure signature sponsors included Thelma Lyon, who also served as Honorary Chair, Judy LeDoux and “Stanley,” and Gerald and Lisa Kearns Lanz. Emcee for the evening was Stacey Deffenbaugh, NBC2 Alert Center anchor.

Ngala is a private wildlife reserve in eastern Collier County, built to give sanctuary to a variety of exotic wildlife and to provide an environmentally conscious event space for corporations and private special events.

Avow was founded in 1983 as Collier County’s original, nonprofit hospice. Today, Avow’s nonprofit companies provide palliative care consultations for people facing chronic or serious illness and hospice care and bereavement support services for children and adults.

To learn more about the scope of services provided by Avow, call 239-261-4404 or visit avowcares.org.


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