Vol. 43 No. 10
Serving Immokalee, Ave Maria and Eastern Collier County
Thursday, March 11, 2010
The Legal Aid Service of Collier
County will be making an HPRP
Homelessness Prevention and Rap-
id Re -housing Grant Presentation
on Thursday, March 18, from 5:30-
7:30 p.m. at the Carl J. Kuehner
Community Center, 2449 Sanders
Pines Circle, Immokalee. This pre-
sentation will provide information
regarding your legal rights as a ten-
ant, and your rights if you are facing
eviction or if you are a tenant in a
workshops to be offered
The Empowerment Alliance of
Southwest Florida is conducting
a series of evening workshops de-
signed to give prospective home
buyers a comprehensive under-
standing of: Assessing Readiness
to Buy, Financing a Home, Re-
sponsibilities of Home Ownership,
Budgeting, Understanding Credit,
Selecting a Home, Protecting your
Investment. A Part I & II English/
Creole Workshop will be offered
on: Monday March 15, from 6-9
p.m. at: Career and Service Center
of Southwest Florida, 750 South 5th
Street, Immokalee. We will provide
foreclosure assistance and work
with lenders to help modify loans
so clients can avoid foreclosure.
Registration is limited so register
early! To register; or for more infor-
mation please call: Ana Salazar at:
See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.
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need. See I HOPE story Page 2
By Patty Brant
In a complicated world such
as the courts, adults can rely on
professionals like lawyers to guide
them through the legal maze. So
how much more difficult is it for
a child? How easy is it for a child
to get lost in a place like the court
In that very adult world, Guard-
ians ad Litem (GAL) step in on be-
half of the child. Guardians speak
as an independent voice for a child
caught up in the court system.
Guardians are assigned to chil-
dren who are the victims of abuse,
neglect and abandonment cases -
not custody cases. Children caught
up in abuse or neglect cases may
be put into a shelter to safeguard
them. They may be placed with a
relative if possible, or in a foster
home. In any case, it's a scary pros-
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Leadership Council visits Immokalee
By Rick Heers
Special to the Immokalee Bulletin
Nearly 50 members of the
Greater Naples Leadership Coun-
cil experienced the sights, sounds
and people of Immokalee for a full
day on Wednesday, March 3. Un-
der the capable leadership of Dusti
Beaubien, Dr. Carole Carpenter,
John Cox and Wes Scott, the Mas-
ters Class XIV was treated to a full
day of informational activities that
began at 8:45 a.m.
First up: a guided bus tour of
Immokalee with I HOPE Executive
Director Rick Heers serving as the
morning tour guide. They drove
through various parts of Immoka-
lee and viewing many sites of in-
terest including the Immokalee
Child Care Center and Guadalupe
Early Learning Center, both heav-
ily financed by the Naples Wine
Festival proceeds. The group was
able to view some of the wonder-
ful new housing developments,
including the Empowerment Al-
liance's Milagro Place, Jubilation
and Arrowhead Reserve. The tour
included a number of FEMA mo-
bile homes being set up by I HOPE
for many first-time homeowners
and several new "green" homes
recently constructed by One by
One Leadership Foundation and
I HOPE for Hurricane Wilma vic-
The first of five panel discus-
sions began at the iTECH Center's
Auditorium with a presentation by
the Coalition of Immokalee Work-
ers. Farm worker Nellie Rodriguez
spoke and answered questions re-
garding what life was like for a farm
worker in the fields of Immokalee.
See GNLC Page 2
Rick Heers, Dottie Cook, Esmeralda Serrata, Sheryl Soukup
were a part of the group attending the Leadership Council
meeting held at the iTECH Center Auditorium on March 3.
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Translater Julia Perkins of Interfaith Action
of South West Florida assisted in the presen-
tation, which depicted the struggle that farm
workers go through to make a living under
very difficult circumstances. In addition to
promoting fair wages for farm workers, the
Coalition addresses the challenge of locating
and helping prosecute those involved in hu-
They were followed by a Panel on Child-
hood Education and Development. Ms. Les-
lie Moguil, Associate Director, filled in for
RCMA Executive Director Barbara Mainster
with a brief history of this program to help
farm worker families that began with the
Mennonites in 1965. She was followed by
Mrs. Alicia Lino-Hodge, Director of Market-
ing for Guadalupe Center, who spoke on the
challenges experienced by middle school
students in Immokalee.
Richard Kent, Guidance Counselor at
Immokalee High School, spoke very point-
edly about the challenge that high school
students experience and praised the value
of mentoring programs for students at IHS.
This discussion was concluded by an intrigu-
ing presentation by Sister Maureen Kelleher,
Managing Attorney for the Legal Aid Service
of Collier County. She spoke eloquently and
passionately on behalf of undocumented
youth and the challenges they face to move
ahead in their education. She also works
fervently on behalf of abused women and
victims of crime.
An important piece of legislation, which
she advised the group to follow and pro-
mote, is the "DREAM ACT" pending legisla-
tion entitled Development, Relief and Educa-
tion for Alien Minors Act. It would authorize
the cancellation of removal and adjustment
of status of certain alien students who are
long-term U.S. residents and entered the S.S.
as children. It would also permit states to de-
termine state residency for higher education
Lunch was provided by the iTECH Cen-
ter culinary arts class. Dr. Dan Dentino, Dick
Hailer, and Dr. Carpenter of Ave Maria and
One by One Leadership Foundation Director
of Mentoring, Sinclaire Williams described
their program, which provides valuable
assistance to scores of IHS students. It as-
sists many of them in continuing advanced
studies in college. A number of the students
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from the high school had an opportunity to
address the GNLC members.
Following lunch the group boarded their
bus for another brief tour, including Bethel
Assembly of God Church for afternoon ses-
sions. Rick Heers moderated the panel on
Faith-Based Care of the Families in Immoka-
to the Hai-
m u n ity Farm worker Nellie Rodri-
through guez speaks to the audi-
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God. They also offer assistance to a num-
ber of Hispanic congregants. Frank Rincon,
assistant pastor at Bethel Assembly of God
Church, spoke of his church's 30+ year
ministry to the Hispanic community, includ-
ing a large section of farm workers. In addi-
tion to regular church services, the church
conducts scores of home Bible studies, a
variety of programs geared for youth and
children several days a week, as well as an
after school educational support program
for 70 school-age youngsters five days per
week. Rev. James Berger, Board of Directors
for Peniel Presbyterian Church, explained a
new work being pastured by Miguel Estrada
which provides meals every Friday for 300-
400 farm workers. After the recent freeze,
those numbers have swelled to over 600.
Dr. Melanio Villarosa is a local pediatrician
treating migrant children from 0-18 years of
age, a work which has truly gained him the
love, respect and admiration of the entire
community. He shared his double ministry
of coordinating a large and active Youth
For Christ program and Couples United for
Christ conducted under the auspices of Our
Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.
The last group, a Panel on Housing Solu-
tions, was moderated by John Cox. Sheryl
Soukup, executive director for Immokalee
Housing and Family Services. They spoke
of their work to provide farm worker hous-
ing through their Sanders Pines and Timber
Ridge rental properties. She also discussed
their recently opened Community Center
that serves children throughout the Eden
Park area with quality after school, weekend
and summer programs.
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Esmeralda Serrata, Executive Director for
Collier County Housing Authority, described
their extensive migrant farm worker housing
projects. The 641 unit Farm Worker Village
and the Men's Dormitory-Horizon Village
accommodates over 180 single men in a
clean, comfortable, affordable housing de-
velopment. Dottie Cook, Executive Director
of the Empowerment Alliance of SW Flor-
ida, detailed their development of Milagro
Place, a beautiful 26-unit housing complex
for first time home buyers. They also pro-
vide HUD financed counseling services for
any first time home buyers in the area. They
are working on two new home owner devel-
opments. Hatcher's Preserve and Esperanza
Place are being built in partnership with, and
next door to, an IH&FS project which will
feature new rental facilities for farm workers
on Immokalee Drive.
Rick Heers, executive director of I HOPE,
detailed the work done primarily in Hurri-
cane Wilma recovery mostly through faith-
based funds. This work has included rehab-
bing over 450 homes and mobile homes, set
up 89 FEMA mobile homes, and built seven
new homes free for very low-income fami-
lies throughout Immokalee. Working collab-
oratively with other not-for-profit housing
providers, and facilitated by the Immokalee
Initiative of the Community Foundation of
Collier County, they continue to search for
funds to continue their building of homes
for elderly, low-income residents in 'inner'
The final presenter, local farmer Cecil
Howell, captured the attention and admira-
tion of the group as he shared what it was
like to grow up as a child in Immokalee, go
off to the University of Florida and gradually
build up a farming business that is this year
growing 350 acres of peppers and 250 acres
of tomatoes. He shared in detail the tremen-
dous hardships faced by local farmers, many
of whom have recently gone out of business
due to poor crops, the flooding of the U.S.
markets with foreign-produced crops which
are much cheaper due to cheaper labor,
with much less regulation.
He said the recent freeze, increasing costs
due to federal and state regulations, coupled
with extremely negative and often fallacious
charges by farm worker organizations, has
made their already challenging job much
more difficult. He shared from personal
experience the genuine caring and respect
that he and other small farmers, along with
larger producers like 6 Ls Farms and Pacific
Farms, have for their laborers. According to
much of the discussion that followed, his in-
sights provided a much different picture of
the local farmers than is usually portrayed.
Their appreciation for his sincere and honest
reporting was obvious.
After an informative day, the GNLC fin-
ished with a tour of Ave Maria Town, guided
by Dr. Carole Carpenter.
Volunteers return to help IHOPE
By Rick Heers
Special to the Immokalee Bulletin
Thirteen volunteers from the Christian
Reformed World Relief Committee spent the
on a host of projects
for I HOPE while stay-
ing at the First Baptist
This was the second :
year that this group
of retired tradesman
a week to help the
work of I HOPE. They
also were able to use
their first-class, com-
mercially equipped Rick Heers
kitchen and cafete-
ria facilities. While
here, they completed renovated the mobile
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home of a handicapped young woman who
received her residence from her mother's
estate. The roof had leaked into the ceiling;
all the insulation was damp and needed to
be replaced; the ceilings were also replaced.
Financing for materials have come from do-
nations to I HOPE. The workers also helped
set up the new offices of I HOPE at First
Baptist Church and assisted in relocating the
large storage units to donated space at the
While here the group visited one of our
farms and saw first-hand the devastation
that was caused by the recent freeze. They
also took some time to take the great tour
of Lake Trafford one afternoon, and were
amazed at our local gator population. In
spite of the cooler Immokalee weather, they
were grateful not to be shoveling snow.
Through their generosity they donated near-
ly $1,000 along with their free labor to the I
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pect for a child, to be taken out of the life
they know even if it's abusive and placed
in a strange environment.
The GAL is there for the child. They are
volunteers who spend time with these chil-
dren, talk to them, find out what they need
and then get them the help they need. They
are the lifeline for a child who otherwise
can end up lost in the legal system.
Once a judge has the facts of a case, the
parent will get a case plan from the Depart-
ment of Children & Families- a list of things
to do in order to "get right" with the law.
The plan may include things like taking an-
ger management or parenting classes and
undergoing drug testing and counseling.
That's a major issue affecting children. In
Collier County, some 90 percent of all abuse
and neglect cases are drug related.
In December 2009 the courts hit an all
time high for new children taken into the
system. Fifty new cases were added that
Georgia Florene Blackburn, 85
IMMOKALEE Georgia Florene Blackburn,
85, of Immokalee, went home to be with the
Lord, Saturday, March 6, 2010.
Born June 25, 1924, in Hartford, Ala., she was
the daughter of Robert Galloway and Lucille
She married James Malone Blackburn, Dec. 6,
1943. They relocated to Immokalee from north
Florida in the fall of 1949. As a dedicated wife
and mother, she taught and instilled in her chil-
dren and grandchildren the value of family. Her
love and concern for others was a blessing to all
that knew her and she will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her husband, James; two
children, Patrick (LeClaire) Blackburn of Lehigh
Acres, and Fleeta (Julian) Williams of Immokal-
ee; and three grandchildren, Kevin (Glenda)
Blackburn of Sasser, Ga., Tanya (Royel) Saldivar
of Immokalee, and Julie (Gerardo) Alfaro of
Davenport, Iowa. Also surviving are eight great-
grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchil-
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memori-
al donations be made in Florene's memory to
Avow Hospice, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Na-
ples, FL 34105.
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month. January 2010 was also a "banner"
month. It's unclear why there are so many
new cases, but stress from the economy
could be a major factor. According to Col-
lier Volunteer Services Coordinator for Voic-
es for Children/Guardian ad Litem Connie
Sudbrook, summertime traditionally brings
more children into the system. In February
of this year there were 435 children in the
GAL system in Collier; 1,258 in the 20th Cir-
Collier County currently has a total 171
GAL volunteers, 19 of which are new. There
are 435 cases in Collier County courts.
Last year, 11 percent of the children in
the system were adopted.
The requirements to be a volunteer GAL
are not stringent. You must be at least 19
years old. Volunteers are screened and will
have a personal interview followed by a
background check. No experience required
- just a desire to help.
Classes for new volunteers are coming
up in April. It involves three day of train-
ing 24 hours in the classroom, two hours
of court observation and two hours for the
new volunteer to spend with his or her case
coordinator. There is also Saturday training
in Fort Myers for those who cannot do the
Ms. Sudbrook said most volunteers only
do one case at a time, averaging just 3-10
hours per month. Volunteers set appoint-
ments with the foster care family, relatives
or may come unannounced.
Aside from visiting the child, volunteers
may talk to the child's teacher, counselor or
psychologist. They write a report on their
findings for the court, report to the judge
and may be asked for an oral statement in
Part of the training includes respect for
various cultures; DCF, lawyer and court pro-
cedure; and talking to experienced Guard-
ians. Mentors are also available for new
Guardians. GALs can even request children
of a certain age, gender, etc
Once a child has been removed from the
home, the ultimate goal is to return them
to the parent once the case management
goals have been met. However, parental
rights may be terminated in severe cases.
Every 35 minutes a woman tests positive
for HIV in the United States. Between 2005-
09, approximately 25 percent of newly re-
ported HIV/AIDS cases were female. Ameri-
can Indians and Alaska Natives had the third
highest rate per 100,000 persons of new HIV
infections in 2007, despite having the small-
In the National Week of Prayer for the
Healing of AIDS all people of faith to unite in
prayer, education, advocacy and service for
the healing of AIDS. On March 20, National
Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and March
7-13, National Week of Prayer for the Heal-
ing of AIDS encourage people across the US
to get educated, get tested and get involved
Collier County Health Department and
its community partners are proud to spon-
sor the following events celebrating National
According to Ms. Sudbrook, most GAL
volunteers stay with the program for a long
time evidence that it is a very rewarding
The program is in need of bilingual vol-
unteers especially for Immokalee. Please
call 860-0297 if you have a little time and
love to share with a child in need and being
a Guardian ad Litem sounds like something
you might be interested in.
(Next week: Interviews with two local volun-
Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day,
National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
and National Week of Prayer for the Healing
March 11: FREE HIV Testing: Marion E.
Fether Medical Center; FREE Rapid HIV Test-
ing: Collier County Health Dept.- Immoka-
March 12: FREE HIV Testing: Marion E.
Fether Medical Center: FREE Rapid HIV Test-
ing: Collier County Health Dept.- Immokalee
from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
March 18: FREE HIV Testing: Seminole
Indian Tribe-Immokalee, 1-4 p.m.
March 23: FREE HIV testing: Edison Col-
lege.- Naples from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
For more information contact Ray Carde-
nas, HIV/AIDS Prevention & Training Con-
sultant, Collier County Health Department,
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State provides disaster assessment training
I HOPE Executive Director Rick Heers at-
tended a day-long training by Emily Meyer,
Coordinator of Preliminary Disaster Assess-
ment along with 35-40 other first respond-
ers from Collier and Lee County. The session
which is accompanied by state certification
assists local authorities in the process for de-
termining post-disaster assessment of dam-
age in local communities. The goal of this
training is not simply to assess the damage
done in a local disaster, but to help prioritize
emergency response and recovery resourc-
es, but to properly go through the process
that could lead to a Presidential Declaration
of a disaster. One of the important aspects
of the training was to show the partner-
ships that were an integral part of disaster
recovery on the local, county, state and fed-
eral level. The key contact person in Collier
County should there be a natural disaster is
Richard A. Zyvoloski Jr., FPEM, Coordina-
tor, Collier County Emergency Management
IWSD: backflow residential devices
Department. At the conclusion of the semi- to check their understanding of the material
nar all participants were led through a test presented.
Immokalee Seminoles registration to open
The 2010 registration deadline is coming
soon. Please note the following registration
dates: March 27, at sports complex from 10
a.m.-2 p.m. April 24, at sports complex from
10 a.m.-2 p.m. May-4, 11, 18, 25 at sports
complex from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 19, last
registration at sports complex from 10 a.m-2
Bring: 2 x 2 picture or wallet size (no-
hat or sunglasses); Copy of birth certificate;
Sports physical; Last report card (due June
19) Fee: $100 Per child (football); $160 Per
We will have the other forms that parents
need to fill out to complete registration!
The Immokalee Water & Sewer District
has received funding through the Florida
Department of Environmental Protection
(FDEP) Drinking Water State Revolving Fund
(SRF) through the American Reinvestment
and Recovery Act (ARRA) to provide back-
flow prevention devices for all residential
properties in the District.
The District has had a Cross Connection
Control Program in place since September
1995. However, the program previously has
only been enforced for commercial custom-
ers, or businesses in Immokalee. This fund-
ing has allowed us to expand the program
to the residential customers. The District has
hired a contractor, MAJ Contracting, Inc., of
Fort Myers, to begin the process of installing
backflow prevention devices on all of the
residential water meters in the Immokalee
Water & Sewer District.
The purpose of the Cross Connection
Control Program is to provide for the main-
tenance and operation of a continuing pro-
gram which will systematically and effec-
tively prevent the contamination or pollution
of IWSD's water distribution system due to
cross connections, as required by the Florida
Department of Environmental Protection.
The installation of the backflow preven-
tion devices will assist in the protection of
the District's public potable (drinking) water
supply from the possibility of contamination
or pollution by isolating actual and/or poten-
tial cross-connections in the water distribu-
tion system that could create backflow into
the public potable water supply.
They will also promote the elimination
and control of cross-connections (actual
or potential) between the District's potable
water systemss, and any other systems) or
plumbing fixtures. Please contact our office
at 239-658-3630 with questions.
Scholar Bowl is close in final match
The District School Board of Collier
County's 21st Annual High School Scholar
Bowl results are in. A total of nine local high
school teams entered into the competition
which came down to a battle of the wills be-
tween the defending 2009 champions, Bar-
ron Collier High School, and the Community
School of Naples. Congratulations to Conm-
munity School of Naples as they edged out
Barron Collier by the score of 239-267-253.
Naples High School rounded out the top
three with a score of 142.
Replays of the High School Scholar Bowl
will be shown on The Education Channel,
cable 99, on the following schedule:
Friday, March 12, and Monday, March
Noon on Saturday and Sunday, March
13 and 14.
The All-County Team will be announced
later this week, with members representing
Collier County at the prestigious 25th State
Commissioner's Academic Challenge in Or-
lando on April 15-17.
A thank you goes out to all of this year's
participating high school teams: Barron Col-
lier, Community School of Naples, Golden
Gate, Gulf Coast, Immokalee, Lely, Naples,
Palmetto Ridge, and St. John Neumann
To learn more, please contact Nina Ribin-
ski at the district office at 239-377-0134.
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Collier County's newest School Board
Member, Roy Terry, guests with Superinten-
dent Dennis L. Thompson on the latest edi-
tion of the eConnection television program,
on TV 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday now
through March 20, on The Education Chan-
nel, Comcast cable 99. On the show, the
two leaders field questions that had been
e-mailed to eConnection by viewers. They
were asked about collaboration between the
Superintendent, administrators and teach-
ers, the need to teach about basic finances
or "practical math" in high school, about
suspension being used as punishment, and
about students receiving free breakfast at
school. There is also a question on this show
about career academies, and another about
the success of Lorenzo Walker Technical
School Board Member Pat Carroll will
guest on the next eConnection show to be
taped on March 18. If you have a question
you'd like to ask her or Dr. Thompson, please
e-mail it now to eConnection@collier.kl2.
fl.us. First names only are used on air.
Weather forecast for Collier County from
the National Weather Service
Immokalee and surrounding area
Thursday: A 50 percent chance of
showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy,
with a high near 83. South wind between 8
and 11 mph.
Thursday night: A 50 percent chance of
showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy,
with a low around 67. Southeast wind be-
tween 5 and 7 mph.
Friday: Showers likely and possibly a
thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a high
near 83. Breezy, with a south wind between
10 and 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25
mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.
Friday night: A chance of showers.
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. West
wind between 6 and 11 mph. Chance of pre-
cipitation is 40 percent.
Saturday: A 20 percent chance of
showers. Partly cloudy, with a high near 79.
Breezy, with a west wind between 6 and 16
mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a
low around 55.
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NOTICE OF MEETING
There will be a Regular Meetng of the Board of Commissioners for the Im-
mokalee Water & Sewer District on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at 3:30
P.M. at the office of the Immokalee Water & Sewer District, located at 1020
Sanitation Rd, Immokalee, FL 34142.
REGULAR MEETING AGENDA
1. Call to Order
A. Pledge of Allegiance
B. Roll Call
C. Adoption of Agenda
D. Employee Recognition
1. January- Employee of the Month-Jean Pierre Louis
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G. Board Concerns
H. Old Business
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3. Consent Agenda
A. Adoption of Minutes
1. February 17, 2010 Regular Meeting
B. Civil Rights Compliance Report
C. January Budget Review
D. Fixed Assets Acquisitions-Disposals
E. Various Reports
F. USDA/FDEP Reporting for Stimulus Money
G. Project Change Orders
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A. Resolution Utility Agreement
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Immokalee to celebrate 50th Harvest Fest
It's an Immokalee tradition of 50 years
with a spirit linked to the ancient days of
early agriculture: celebrating the harvest.
Immokalee's 50th Harvest Festival is set
for March 20, at the John Jimmie Memorial
Arena the Seminole Rodeo Grounds on
the Seminole Tribal Land, 1195 State Road
29 in Immokalee.
The event will begin with a Saturday pa-
rade at 10 a.m. and include a ranch rodeo;
a children's pavilion and bounce house; an
authentic Seminole Indian camp site and al-
The Shy Wolf Animal Sanctuary will pro-
vide a wolf exhibition. There will be craft and
food vendors galore and a Wild Hog BBQ
featuring the famous Immokalee Salad.
Featured performers are county and
western Grammy Award winners Confeder-
ate Railroad and local talent, Blackwater.
Admission will be $5 and children 12 and
under will be admitted free.
Check out www.immokaleeharvestfesti-
val.com for more details and directions.
The 50th Harvest Festival is sponsored
by The Eastern Collier Chamber of Com-
merce, the Immokalee Community Rede-
velopment Agency, Collier County Board
of County Commissioners, The Seminole
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More than 50 members of Paul M. Hen-
kels' family gathered on Feb. 19, with Ave
Maria University (AMU) officials, staff and
students, at a ceremony to dedicate the Paul
M. Henkels Academic Building. Henkels,
who passed away in January 2009, was
AMU's former Chairman of the Board and a
life-long proponent of education.
The academic building is named in Hen-
kels' honor in recognition of a $5 million
donation given to AMU from the Henkels
AMU Chancellor, Thomas S. Monaghan,
has often noted his respect for Henkels'
commitment to Catholic education and his
uncompromised leadership to provide more
educational options for underprivileged chil-
"Paul's activity, generosity and leader-
ship at AMU and throughout the country are
incomparable," Monaghan said. "It is our
great pleasure to dedicate the Paul M. Hen-
kels Academic Building."
Henkels' passion and devotion to educa-
tion at all levels was manifested through-
out his life's work. Though his business
prowess as CEO of Henkels & McCoy, Inc.,
helped grow the Pennsylvania company into
a billion-dollar global engineering and con-
struction firm, his true calling was working
to further and enhance education.
One of Henkels' greatest achievements
was being the co-founder of REACH Alliance
(Road to Educational Achievement through
Choice), an organization that worked to of-
fer more choices of schools for students in
Pennsylvania and throughout the nation.
Through REACH, Henkels was largely re-
sponsible for the creation and implementa-
tion of Pennsylvania's Educational and Im-
provement Tax Credit (EITC).
The program provides companies with a
90 percent tax credit on any donation made
to a non-profit scholarship fund that gives
parents of disadvantaged children more
choices of schools for their children.
Along with his wife, Barbara, Henkels also
co-founded two classical Catholic grammar
schools, Regina Coeli Academy and Regina
Angelorum Academy, offering Pre-K through
eighth grade classes.
The schools are rooted in a liberal arts
course of study in a wholesome and rigor-
ous academic environment and employ
Catholic faculty who integrate the Magiste-
rial teaching and tradition of the Catholic
Church throughout the curriculum.
In addition to serving on AMU's Board
of Trustees, Henkels served on a number of
other educational and philanthropic boards
and was an active member of Legatus, The
Papal Foundation and the Arts and Letters
Advisory Council of Notre Dame University.
In 1958, as a young 26 year-old business-
man, Henkels created the Henkels Founda-
tion and immediately began pledging one-
third of his salary to the organization a
practice he continued throughout his career.
The philanthropic efforts of the foundation
were, and continue to be, numerous.
Henkels also worked closely with Mon-
aghan in the development of Legatus (Latin
for "ambassador"), which is an interna-
tional organization of Catholic CEOs and
presidents committed to studying, living and
spreading their faith through their profes-
sional and personal lives.
When Monaghan founded Legatus,
Henkels was a catalyst for the Philadelphia
Chapter and became a key member of its
National Board and helped form the organi-
zation during its early years.
Henkels' honors include: the Coggeshall
Award of the National Electric Contractors
Association for his work in labor relations
and codes and standards; Sourin Award
from the Catholic Philopatrian Literary In-
stitute; Hogan Award from St. Joseph's Uni-
versity; the Award for Excellence from the
Commission for Independent Colleges and
Universities of Pennsylvania; and the Barry
Award from the National Catholic Historical
AMU has had the special privilege of hav-
ing close connections with Henkels. He
served as a trustee since the university's in-
ception and as Chairman of the Board from
August 2006 to his passing in January 2009.
Ave Maria University
Lions Club to hold
free eye clinic
Lions Club will provide free eye exam
tests for adults and children on Sunday,
March 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Regis-
tration closes at 12:30 p.m. at the iTECH
Center, 508 Ninth Street, Immokalee.
Eye screening for Glaucoma, Cataracts,
Macular Degeneration; tests for diabetes
and blood pressure. free eye glasses. In
partnership with: Collier County Health
Dept., Friendship Health Clinic; Congres-
sional Glaucoma Caucus, Bonita Springs
Lions Eye Clinic; Edison College School
of Nursing, Marion E. Feather Medical
March 11, 2010
Immokalee Bulletin March 11,2010
For twenty years, Hodges University has been educating the men and women in our community who have
reached their goals and often surpassed them. Many of these people have gone on to become the leaders
we look up to... those we trust, admire and respect.
Hodges University, through its outstanding Associate, Bachelor's and Master's degree programs, has set the
standard for its students to become the best in their fields. If you have big goals and a desire to achieve, visit
our campuses in Fort Myers or Naples, or log on to www.hodges.edu.
Educating the leaders of our community for twenty years. Hodges University. On campus. Online.
Naples (239) 513-1122 Fort Myers (239) 482-0019
Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy as to Students: Hodges University admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges,
programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin
in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.