Friday, October 22, 2021

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First Florida Integrity Tournament Beneficiaries
First Florida Integrity Bank announced the beneficiaries of its 10th Annual Charity Golf Tournament. Pathways Early Education (formerly known as Immokalee Child Care Center) and Blessings in a Backpack of SWFL will split the proceeds raised at this year’s tournament. The tournament will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2018, at Hideout Golf Club with a shotgun start at 1:00pm. Lunch and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Please contact Alyssa Haney at 239-325-3868 for more information on purchasing a foursome for the event and for additional information on sponsorship opportunities.
Headquartered in Naples, Florida, First Florida Integrity Bank currently has seven full-service offices and $1.4 billion in assets as of March 31, 2018. For more information, contact First Florida Integrity Bank at 239-348-8000, toll free at 877-763-0244 or visit the bank’s website at

FWC Provides Alligator Safety Advice
Report nuisance alligators by calling 866-FWC-Gator (392-4286).

Alligators become more active during warm weather months, and it’s not uncommon to see them throughout the state. Most interactions consist of seeing alligators at a distance. However, if you have a concern about a specific alligator, theFlorida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) urges you to call their toll-free Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR (392-4286).
Although alligator bite incidents resulting in serious injury are rare in Florida, the FWC recommends taking precautions when having fun in and around the water. Alligators inhabit all 67 counties in Florida and can be found anywhere there is standing water. Reduce the chances of conflicts with alligators by swimming only in designated swimming areas during daylight hours. Also keep pets on a leash and away from the water.
Because alligators control their body temperature by basking in the sun, they may be easily observed. However, the FWC urges people to keep their distance if they see one. And never feed alligators because it is dangerous and illegal.

Shy Wolf Sanctuary Expands Healing Hearts
Shy Wolf Sanctuary’s Healing Hearts program now reaches more children in southwest Florida with the addition of Youth Haven and PACE Center for Girls.
The Healing Hearts program forms partnerships with area organizations for an educational encounter with its resident animals. Because exotic animals come to Shy Wolf Sanctuary from abused, abandoned and neglected situations, a magical healing connection is made with humans who have had similar experiences in their lives. These animals teach humans about kindness, forgiveness, trust, gratitude, courage and unconditional love.
Youth Haven provides emergency residential shelter for boys and girls ages 6-18 in Southwest Florida. Youth Haven’s mission is to protect and empower children and strengthen families in Southwest Florida through comprehensive care and community collaboration.
PACE believes in girls. PACE Center for Girls in Southwest Florida provides the opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy. PACE is nationally recognized as one of the most effective programs to keep girls from entering the juvenile justice system.
Healing Hearts program guests visit Shy Wolf Sanctuary and experience an animal encounter with some of the resident animals. They learn about the animals, how they were rescued and that these animals live the rest of their lives at the sanctuary. After the visit, guests have fun working on art projects from painting wolf houses to making holiday ornaments and other animal inspired items. Finally lunch is enjoyed next to captive-bred cougar Cimarron’s enclosure.
During this creative experience, healing happens to help build confidence and self-esteem. The guests receive a very special necklace with wolf Indy’s hair enclosed in a glass vile. Indy is blind, but she is always happy and finds her way. The children love wearing their Indy necklaces because “the wolf walks with them” to give them courage and strength to find their way.
If your organization would like to become a partner in our Healing Hearts program, please contact:
After evacuating the wildfires (April 2017) and riding out Hurricane Irma at the sanctuary (September 2017), it is even more apparent that the sanctuary needs to move forward with its plans for a larger safer facility.
In the midst of potential disaster, good things can happen. As a result of the forced wildfire evacuation, and the subsequent media coverage, a property has been identified that has tremendous potential. New design plans include hurricane-rated buildings that would also function as fire and hurricane shelters. Animals would be locked down in secured enclosures. Shy Wolf Sanctuary Education and Experience Center plans to continue its tradition of being a community resource and partner in both rescue and education.

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Supervisor of Elections Announces Polling Location Changes
The Collier County Supervisor of Elections office will begin mailing new voter information cards today to approximately 11,000 Collier County voters who will see changes to their Election Day polling location.

  • Precinct 418 will move from the First Church of the Nazarene to Freedom Park located at 1515 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples FL 34105
  • Precinct 591 will move from the Collier County University Extension to Peace Lutheran Church located at 9850 Immokalee Road, Naples FL 34120

All voters affected by the above changes will receive a new voter information card. Voters are also encouraged to review their information by visiting or by calling (239) 252-VOTE (8683).

Schulze Foundation Awards David Lawrence $150,000 Grant
David Lawrence Center (DLC), Collier County’s only comprehensive, not-for-profit mental health and addiction recovery treatment center serving children, adults and families, is pleased to announce that the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation (RMSFF) Board of Directors has awarded the Center a $150,000 human and social services grant for enhancements to child and adult crisis services.
The goal of the funding is to increase the overall service capacity in Acute Care Services which includes the 24/7 emergency treatment services available through the Emergency Services Assessment Center, Baker Act Receiving Center, adult and children’s mental health Crisis Stabilization Units and Crossroads adult Detox Unit for substance use disorders. The Center has experienced a growing number of admissions of people with suicidal ideation and/or behaviors in the 30-bed unit which is consistently at peak capacity. Until a facility expansion can be completed, this funding will help improve treatment services as well as the admission and discharge process.
The grant funding will help support personnel and advance new processes to decrease the time between referral and admission, and to decrease the average length of stay. These enhancements will help ensure more immediate access to life-saving, quality care for our most at-risk, vulnerable citizens. Funds will also be used to support clinical staff including a supervising physician and an emergency services clinician, in order to enhance the individualized clinical time focused on each person’s unique treatment and support needs.
RMSFF human and social services grants assist families with a variety of needs including food and nutrition, housing or shelter, skill training and development and serious medical challenges. These grants offer opportunities that help people lead self-sufficient, productive lives.
The RMSFF previously awarded the Center a $100,000 matching grant in 2016 to help double the capacity of the Children’s Crisis Stabilization Unit and an additional $150,000 matching grant in 2017 to help build the new Children’s Outpatient Center.


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