Saturday, June 25, 2022

TIF 2012 Charity Classic Celebration date announced



The Immokalee Foundation 2012 Charity Classic Celebration dinner and auction will take place Friday, Nov. 16 at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. The theme of this year’s event encourages guests to follow the “Pathways to Success” and better understand the foundation’s mission to provide educational opportunities that make aspirations come true for the youth of Immokalee. The event will provide an opportunity for patrons to underwrite once-in-a-lifetime experiences for children that will help them believe they truly can achieve their dreams.

The Fund A Dream auction allows benefactors to support the young people of Immokalee by contributing in a specific and tangible way. Fund A Dream is organized into specific categories that provide students with opportunities to grow, learn and advance such as attending a summer camp in New England, taking a trip to our nation’s capital, attending their first professional baseball game, a four-year college or vocational school.

“Fund A Dream provides opportunities to sponsor a student in a one-year reading program for a little as $650 including books and tutors,” said Don Gunther, TIF board chair and CCC co-host. “You can send a child to summer camp for $1,000, a two-year vocational school for $2,000 or four years of college for only $6,500. The possibilities are endless.”

“TIF programs have been infused with new energy and innovative ideas to attract students who desire an education,” said Louise Penta, TIF board member and Fund A Dream host. “Fund A Dream provides students with real-world experiences and endless future opportunities.”

Ticket prices are $550 per guest; tables are available at $5,000 for 10 and $6,000 for 12. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are also available. For more information or to make reservations, contact The Immokalee Foundation at 239-430-9122, email or visit Last year’s Charity Classic Celebration and Pro-Am raised a combined total of approximately $1.6 million to fund the foundation’s educational programs for the children of Immokalee.

“The generosity of donors continues to provide an unimaginable difference in the lives of TIF students.” said Pete Negri, TIF board member and CCC co-host. “One hundred percent of the funds raised during Fund A Dream will benefit the category of choice selected and is 100 percent tax deductible. One hundred percent of the money raised is placed in a restricted account to be used only for its designated Fund A Dream opportunity.”

Presenting sponsor for the 2012 Charity Classic Celebration and Pro-Am is Kevin Johnson and Wayne Meland with Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management. Additional sponsors are Fifth Third Bank, founding sponsor; and GE Foundation, corporate matching sponsor. Hope Society sponsor is Arthrex. The Empowerment Circle sponsor is Kelly Tractor/CAT. Naples Illustrated is the corporate media sponsor. The Education Circle sponsor is Jaguar of Naples and Porsche of Naples.

The Immokalee Foundation has a range of programs that focus on building pathways to success through college and career development, direct scholarships, mentoring and tutoring, and opportunities for broadening experiences and life skills development. To learn more about volunteering as a mentor or for additional information, call 239-430-9122 or visit

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