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Vol. 43 No. 49


Serving Immokalee, Ave Maria and Eastern Collier County

Thursday, December 23, 2010

PACE Collier girls
Me ry

ristmas meet the Radio

City Rockettes

cold front
the weather
...Page 3

Don't invite
the flu!
...Page 2

Baby Shower
for local
...Page 5

See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.

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Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/Rick Heers
Galindo children in front of their family Christmas tree and
gifts donated by local organizations.

New family enjoys the

blessings of Christmas

By Rick Heers
Special to the Immokalee Bulletin
For the Galindo family who
just moved to Immokalee, it
looked to be a bleak Christmas
for this family of eight, including
six children who had just enrolled
in Eden Park Elementary School.
Father, Frank, had been laid off
from work as a cable installer in
Venice, and prospects here didn't
appear much better. Talking with
one of the staff at Eden Park, the
parents expressed concern that
their children, one of which has
special needs, had a bare home
with no furniture, and they had
meager funds which were being
used to keep food on the table for
the family.

The staff member called her
church-First Baptist-and was re-
ferred to I HOPE.
David Grove, supervisor for I
HOPE quickly referred her name
to Sharon at Lake Trafford Ma-
rina. Since she has been help-
ing coordinate the gift distribu-
tion with a number of agencies
around Immokalee, Sharon was
able to arrange a large number of
wrapped Christmas presents for
the children. David Grove quickly
located a number of items and
was able to make a delivery that
day to the family. The parents
were overwhelmed as they re-
ceived a used large dining room
See FAMILY Page 2

ter lunch the girls were treated to
a mini kick-line lesson, the trade-
mark dance of the famous Rock-
ettes and tickets to the afternoon's
performance of the Radio City
Christmas Spectacular.
Out of all the girls who par-
ticipated in the contest, one win-
ner was crowned. Brianna G. of
Immokalee was awarded a special
certificate and recognition at the
Seeking Excellence was the
See PACE Page 2

It was a challenge but one
worthwhile for more than a
dozen PACE girls who took on
an essay writing contest. Their
efforts brought them a holiday
gift they won't soon forget a
visit from the Radio City Rock-
This holiday season was made a
little brighter for PACE Collier girls
thanks to the generosity of 5/3rd
Bank of Naples and the Radio City
Rockettes. 5/3rd invited the girls to
write essays explaining what Guid-
ing Principle they thought most ex-
emplified the Rockettes and why.
Fifteen PACE girls took the
challenge and put on paper why
the Rockettes are an inspiration
to young women today and were
rewarded with a once in a lifetime
chance to meet these amazing
women and have lunch with them
before the show.
The fun did not stop there. Af-

Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/
Essay winner and "PACE GIRL'
Brianna (front) along with oth-
er girls got a holiday gift in a
visit with the Radio City Rock-


Immokalee Bulletin

December 23, 2010

Continued From Page 1

table, with six chairs, a used television and
entertainment center, a large sofa and two
comfortable chairs, along with a new wash-
ing machine and dryer and three area rugs
to use in the bedrooms. Some of the items
were donations recently received by I HOPE
from local individuals and organizations.
Some of the items donated to the family
were items donated by Home Depot in their
"Gifts-in-Kind" program, in which they do-
nate overstocked goods to I HOPE.
The Galindo's have said that already they
have benefitted greatly by saving money go-
ing to the laundromat. Both parents have
been overwhelmed with the obvious ex-
pressions of love that they have received
since moving to our community. At least the
family is much more comfortable and will
experience a great Christmas while Frank
looks for employment.
Bringing additional joy to the community
in this Christmas season is a group of doc-
tors and staff from a medical office in Fort
Myers who work with I HOPE to deliver, this
year, gifts for the children and parents of I
HOPE clients struggling financially.
Great joy is seen in these homes as chil-
dren, teens and adults receive gifts ranging
from stuffed animals, radio-operated cars,

kitchen sets to household goods, bicycles
and even a computer and printer to help
the older students in school. This giving by
this fine group has grown from helping two
families two years ago to helping 10 families
this year.
While I HOPE funding for Hurricane Wil-
ma has run out, I HOPE continues to obtain
smaller grants and bring in scores of volun-
teers who continue to come into Immokalee
to help families fix up their homes.
Recently, I HOPE was awarded another
grant in which 30 local homeowners will
have certified aluminum hurricane shutters
installed on their homes. Once installed,
the homeowners can check with their ho-
meowner's insurance carrier and will likely
receive an appreciable discount on their
insurance for having hurricane protection
on their home. The two requirements are
that they provide I HOPE with proof that
they own their own home (not for mobile
homes), and that they fit into low income
guidelines. Those interested in filling out an
application and having an initial evaluation
of their home can come by the I HOPE of-
fice at 1411 Lake Trafford Road (in the back
offices at First Baptist Church). The office is
generally open Monday through Thursday
from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. You may also call to
speak to David at 863-657-3889.

Continued From Page 1

Guiding Principle chosen by Brianna.
"The Rockettes Seek Excellence and in-
spire young girls to strive for excellence as
an individual first followed by excellence as
a group to reach their goals. They are a great
example for all young women and girls who
may have many goals that they would like
to accomplish but sometimes feel like giv-
ing up. They show us with hard work and
dedication, anything is possible."
Executive Director, Marianne Kearns and
staff couldn't be more proud of all the girls
who participated in the contest and are ex-
tremely thankful to 5/3rd Bank for their gen-
erosity and believing in girls. Christina Jor-
dan of PACE Collier who worked with 5/3rd
on this project was especially moved by this
generous opportunity.
"I was fortunate enough to have grown
up with the Radio City Christmas Spectacu-
lar and Rockettes as part of my family's holi-
day tradition," she said. "When I saw how
these beautiful girls just lit up from the in-
side and were in awe almost every second
of the show it brought a tear to my eye. It
was a touching moment I won't soon forget.
Thanks to community partners like 5/3rd

Bank, PACE Collier is able to offer the girls
amazing opportunities they would other-
wise go without. We can only imagine the
positive impact it has."
For more information about PACE Center
for Girls and how you can help make a dif-
ference in these girls' lives, please contact
Marianne Kearns at 239-377-9860 or visit

Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/PACE Center
PACE Center girls enjoy a special lun-
cheon before meeting the Radio City
Rockettes. PACE girl, Brianna (right)
took the top spot with her essay on
why she thought that the Rockettes are
an inspiration to her and other girls.

Don't invite the flu for the holidays take precaution

By Patty Brant
Immokalee Bulletin
It may be the holiday season, but that
doesn't mean you want to play host to some
of the things that want to get closest to you.
Viruses carrying flu just love to spend as
much time with you as they can, moving
in and living with you for weeks. Though
small, these viruses take advantage of your
warm nature, making themselves at home
with you and your loved ones. They multiply
quickly, use up your energy and leave you
feeling miserable and drained. They can
keep you out of work or school, even put
you in the hospital.
The worst part may well be that you
won't even know when they've moved in
on you. In fact, according to the Center for
Disease Control (CDC), you may already be
able to pass the flu virus on almost imme-

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diately after contracting it yourself, then 5-7
days after you become sick.
It make take days to even notice their
presence. Even then, you might mistake
them for another less virulent house guest.
Jeff Welles of the Collier County Health
Dept. recently provided a "rap sheet" on
these unwanted guests, with information
that may help keep you from becoming a
victim of their plot to invade your home.
Mr. Welles said that about 20 percent of
the U.S. population gets the flu every year.
These little menaces have lots of relatives -
all capable of putting a fully-grown human
down for the count.
They are mainly picked up through spittle
coughed or sneezed out by an infected per-
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ies against us. They may also be picked up
from surfaces or objects used by an infected
Although humans are generally safe from
bird flu, it can be passed through hogs and
on to humans H1N1 or swine flu.
Swine flu is dangerous to humans be-
cause, although they taste good and are
perfectly safe to eat when they've been well
cooked, swine have a secret flaw that can
work against humans. They have "recep-
tors" that can accept and pass on both hu-
man and bird diseases.
The best defense humans have against flu
is to make it a habit to wash your hands well
and often, with an alcohol based sanitizer
when possible. Avoid contact with anyone
with the flu and use responsible etiquette.
That means always sneeze into a hanky or
tissue, or into your shoulder. Although many

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of us were taught to sneeze into their hands,
it's not a good practice. Viruses that may be
in your spittle are transferred to your hands
and from there to other objects which are in
turn touched by others.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and
When you're sick, the best thing you can
do for yourself and others is to stay home,
Mr. Welle said.
He also explained that pandemics epi-
demics that traverse the entire world are
becoming more frequent because viruses
get through the "back door." They're be-
coming "smarter," learning how to resist
The Collier County Health Department,
419 N. First St., is giving combination sea-
sonal and H1N1 flu shots on a walk-in ba-

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December 23, 2010 Immokalee Bulletin

Letters to the Editor

Weather Forecast

The Holiday Spirit
Domestic Animal Services wishes to
thank the community for the outpouring of
generosity on behalf of the animals it has re-
ceived this holiday season. "We had a nice
donation of food and we placed it under the
Christmas tree in the lobby," said DAS Direc-
tor Amanda Townsend, "and the next thing
I knew our lobby was flooded with gifts
for the animals. We owe an especially big
thanks to Windstar On Naples Bay, which
distributed our wish list among its members
and collected an enormous amount of need-
ed items under its 'Giving Tree.'"
DAS's Christmas Wish List includes kitty
litter, leashes, collars, new or gently used
towels, newspapers, paper towels, and cat

and dog toys for use in the shelter. The shel-
ter will also accept donations of unopened
pet food, which it distributes to local chari-
ties serving needy families. Raenell Murray,
Chairman of Windstar's Social Committee,
said she wanted to choose donation recipi-
ents this year who sometimes get forgotten.
She said the "Giving Tree" is becoming a
Windstar tradition and grows in popularity
each year.
"The thoughtfulness of our community
never ceases to astonish me," Townsend
said. "Collier County is clearly committed to
its animals and we appreciate each and ev-
ery citizen for their continuing support."
The staff and animals of Collier
County Domestic Animal Services

Stop smoking Immokalee Free program helps you quit

Free program for all those smokers who
want to make this their LAST New Years
resolution to stop smoking. The Quit Smok-
ing Now program will assist you in learn-
ing about your dependence to Nicotine
in a Positive, Supportive, Non-judgmental
environment. Participants may also receive

Immokalee's Got Talent
contest winners announced
Winners for this year's Immokalee's Got
Talent Contest include:
Ist Place winner Eliza Dieujuste
2nd Place winner Lianna Delarosa
3rd Place winner Judith Charles


Clyde Dupree, 82
IMMOKALEE Clyde Dupree, 82, passed
away on Dec. 21, 2010, at Lee Memorial Hospi-
tal, Fort Myers, following a short illness. Clyde's
wife Nell passed away just eight days previous.
Clyde was born Sept. 15, 1928, in Immokalee.
He was the ninth of
ten children born to
James Grover and
Josephine (Gross)
Dupree. Clyde lived
and worked in Im-
mokalee his entire
life. On May 1, 1948,
Clyde married his
wife, Genelbe (King)
Dupree in Labelle.
Clyde is survived
by his children, Patri-
cia "Ann" Shee-
hy of Sum-
merfield, Deborah
Gonzalez of Felda, and Joseph Clyde Dupree of
Immokalee, five grandchildren and three great-
Clyde was preceded in death by his wife, Ge-
nelbe, his parents and his four brothers and five
Following cremation, a graveside memorial
service will be conducted at the Baptist Ceme-
tery, Friendship Baptist Church.
The family requests that any donations be
made to Lee Memorial Hospital in memory of
Clyde Dupree.

Free NRT (patches, gum, and lozenges) to
assist them in the process of becoming to-
bacco free.
Space is limited so call today and reg-
ister for the upcoming groups. For more
information or to register call Eliseo Rangel
at 239.989.9809.

Public Meetings

Two or more members of the Immokalee
CRA/EZDA Advisory Boards may attend pub-
lic meetings during the month of January.
Immokalee Rotary Club: Jan. 5, 12, 19,
& 26, 2011 at Ave Maria University, Student
Conference Room, located at 5050 Ave Ma-
ria Boulevard, Ace Maria, FL 34142-9505, at
Eastern Collier Chamber of Commerce
Breakfast: January 5, 2010 at Roma in
Havana Ristorante, 1025 W Main Street,
Immokalee, 8 a.m.
Eastern Collier Chamber of Commerce
Board Meeting: Jan. 12, at the Chamber
of Commerce Office, 720 North 15th St.,
Immokalee, at 8:30 a.m.
Inter-Agency Council: Jan. 12, at South-
west Florida Works (formally known as the
Career and Service Center of Collier County-
Immokalee), 750 South 5th Street, Immoka-
lee, noon.
Environmental Advisory Council (EAC):
Jan. 5, 2010 at the BCC Chambers, 3299 East
Tamiami Trail, 3rd Floor, Naples, 9 a.m.



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Weather forecast for Collier County from
the National Weather Service
Local Forecast
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 76.
North wind around 6 mph.
Thursday night: Mostly clear, with a
low around 53. Northeast wind around 6

Extended Forecast
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 77.
Northeast wind at 5 mph becoming south-

There will be no collection of trash, recy-
cling, yard waste, or bulky items on Saturday,
December 25, 2010, in the unincorporated
areas of Collier County served by Waste Man-
agement (including the City of Marco Island
and Everglades City), or the areas served by
Choice Environmental (Immokalee area).
There is no make-up day. Customers whose
collection day is Saturday will have their solid
waste items collected on their next regularly
scheduled collection day.
There will be collection as usual on Sat-
urday, Jan. 1,2011.
If customers have extra recyclable items
that won't fit in their recycling carts (e.g.,
cardboard, wrapping paper, gift boxes, etc.),
they may place those items in a clear plastic
bag and set the bags next to the recycling
cart on their recycling collection day. Or, cus-
tomers may take the extra recyclable items
to any Collier County recycling drop-off cen-
ter. Remember that Styrofoam blocks and
packaging peanuts are not recyclable. They
are, however, reusable.
To dispose of Christmas trees, remove all

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Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a low
around 51. Light south wind.
Christmas Day: A 20 percent chance of
showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 74.
Saturday night: A 10 percent chance of
showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 67.
Sunday night: Mostly clear, with a low
around 38.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 65.

ornaments, tinsel, lights, and other decora-
tions and place the tree curbside on your
yard waste collection day (do not wrap the
tree in a plastic bag!). If the tree is more than
six feet (6') tall, please cut the tree in half.
Trees will be collected along with normal
yard waste and recycled into mulch.
For residents of apartment complexes
and other multi-family communities with-
out curbside yard waste collection service,
check with your association or management
company to see if arrangements have been
made for a special pickup. Christmas trees
may be taken to any of the Collier County
recycling drop-off centers for free disposal.
Immokalee Recycling Drop-off Center
700 Stockade Rd.
Monday Saturday, 7:30a.m.-11:30 a.m.
and 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m.
Recycling drop-off centers will be closed
on Friday, Dec, 24, Saturday, Dec. 25, and
Monday, Dec. 27. Customers with questions
may call Collier County Utility Billing and
Customer Service at 239-252-2380.

Holiday trash and recycling

collection schedule set

Church to host Candlelight Services
First Baptist Church, 1411 Lake Trafford Road, Immokalee will hold Christmas Eve
Candlelight Services from 9-10 p.m., Friday, Dec. 24, in the Sanctuary. We will be singing
Christmas songs and will have an explanation of the Advent wreath and will observe the
Lord's Supper. Everyone is welcome to come and worship with us. Dress is casual.

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December 23, 2010

Immokalee Bulletin

Immokalee Bulletin December 23, 2010

Newest National Board

Certified teachers named

The School District of Collier County is
proud to announce that Janette Bosetin, an
Exceptional Student Education (ESE) teacher
at Immokalee High School, and Jenny God-
ley, a science teacher at Naples High School,
have just become National Board Certified
Teachers. The teachers will be officially rec-
ognized during an upcoming School Board
The two bring to 137 the number of Na-
tional Board Certified Teachers in Collier
County; there are more than 91,000 nation-
Certification is a voluntary process taking
at least a year to complete. Certification is

granted by the National Board for Profes-
sional Teaching Standards, an independent
organization. It is clearly recognized as a
model for identifying accomplished teach-
ing practice as well as being a mark of dis-
In the most rigorous and comprehensive
study to date about National Board Certifi-
cation, the non-partisan National Research
Council found that students taught by Na-
tional Board Certified Teachers make higher
gains on achievement tests than students
taught by non-certified teachers.

Immokalee High School is celebrating its
"C" school grade, recently received from the
Florida Department of Education, the best
grade the school has ever received. The high
school saw its grade increase from a "D" last
year to the "C" received for the 2009-2010
school year.
"We are so happy," says Principal Linda
Salazar. "Our students are excited and our
teachers are overjoyed about this signifi-
cant accomplishment." According to Prin-
cipal Salazar, 'All decisions we make are
of course focused on our students, but we
decided three years ago that to improve
our school grade we would have to totally
change the culture of our school. Our teach-
ers rose to the occasion." And Principal Sala-

zar says, "Given the changes being made by
our teachers, our students began to believe
we could do this, and we did it! We are very
proud of our 'C' and we are anxious to do
even better in the future."
While the 2009/2010 grades for the state's
470 graded high schools were just recently
released by the State of Florida after four
months of waiting, grades for Florida's el-
ementary and middle schools were released
in August. To see all of the grades, plus a ta-
ble showing grades released since 1999, go
to: http://www.collier.k 12.fl.us/about/docs/

Time to apply for school and zone choice

Parents wanting their students to attend
a school other than the one he or she is
zoned for should know that it's time for
the School District of Collier County School
Choice and Out-of-Zone requests to be
submitted. Parents of students in either
program must reapply.
Approval is based on space availability
at each school, and school bus service is
not available in either case.
*Out-of-Zone priority applications will
be accepted until Jan. 15.
School Choice priority applications can
be submitted any time during January.
You may apply for either online at http://
asp. In Collier County, School Choice al-
lows you to choose a different school in-
stead of your zoned school without giving
a reason. When you have a reason, you
would apply for Out-of-Zone.

Reasons include issues involving after
school care, work schedules, hardship or
a medical recommendation.
Parents submitting an Out-of-Zone ap-
plication based on child care needs must
provide supporting documentation such
as the work schedules of both parents, or
child care verification on your child care
provider's letterhead.
For high school students, Out-of-Zone
might be applied for to allow a student's
attendance in a Career Academy not of-
fered at the student's zoned school. Please
be sure that your child's name is on each
paper that you submit.
Mail your documents to: Lisa C. Roa
in the Out-of-Zone/School Choice office
at 5775 Osceola Trail, Naples, FL, 34109.
Or you may fax them to 239-377-0506. To
learn more, call Lisa Roa at 239-377-0253.
Or send an email to roali@collier.k 2.fl.us.

Students First

A wonderful holiday to those
in need and those who help
By Joe Landon
Collier County District Schools
The lyrics of the holiday song proclaim
that "This is the most wonderful time of
the year," but that's not the case for people
who may be struggling financially. Yes, the
various agencies in place to help those in
need by providing food and toys do great
work and reach many of our families, but
what about the kids who rely on school
breakfast and lunch on a daily basis and are
at risk of not having enough to eat during
the winter break time away from school?
The good news is, the Kids Against Hunger
of Southwest Florida "Meals of Hope" pro-
gram is standing by ready to lend a hand.
There are meals available free of charge for
anyone needing help free beans and rice
casseroles and free macaroni and cheese
meals right here in Immokalee at Habitat
for Humanity. Habitat is open from 8 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday but they are
closed on Christmas Eve. The school dis-
trict Communications Services Department
thanks Steve Popper and the Kids Against
Hunger "Meals of Hope" program for mak-
ing the free meals possible.
Here's a reminder to parents of stu-
dents attending Lake Trafford Elementary
School. There will be smaller class sizes
next year and more teachers and class-
rooms are needed. That is why the school

grict Schoo district is propose
ing a change to
Sthe attendance
boundary of Lake
Trafford your
\ school doesn't
have enough class-
rooms. Eden Park
Collier Cow_ Elementary School
is closest to Lake
Trafford and it does have available class-
rooms. The streets within the neighbor-
hood affected by the rezoning are Ameri-
can Way, Peace Way, Patriot Court, and
Constitution Court. A sidewalk connecting
the neighborhood and Eden Park should
be completed before the start of the next
school year, when rezoning goes into ef-
fect, so all students will be able to walk to
their new school. This plan will be talked
about at a special parent rezoning meet-
ing being held on Jan. 11, a Tuesday. The
meeting will be held in the cafeteria at Eden
Park Elementary School (3650 Westclox
Street). It will begin at 6 p.m., promptly. If
you have a question about the rezoning,
call the district's Communications Services
Department at 239-377-0180 in Naples, or
send an e-mail to: info@collier.k12.fl.us. If
you can't make it to the meeting and have a
comment or suggestion to share, go ahead
and send it to the same e-mail address or
call the 239-377-0180 number.
And on behalf of everyone at the district
offices, I wish you the happiest of holi-

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Teen spearheads drive to assist Amigo Center Outreach

Jordan Schwartz, a 17 year old senior at
Atlanta Girls' School interns at People TV
and helps with the FUEL Media youth class.
FUEL media not only teaches t.v. production
skills but encourages youth to make positive
changes in their communities with media.
In October Jordan proposed a project to
get the class involved beyond production
skills and hosting practice. Jordan proposed
a Baby Shower to Benefit the Women of
On Oct. 23 high school aged youth from
the class at People TV and The Children's
Bilingual Theater hosted the Baby Shower
FUEL Media students interviewed the
guests, presented facts on the area and it's
people and filmed the event as part of a mini
documentary on Immokalee. Refreshments
were served and the gifts that were brought
in were to be donated to Amigo Center in
Immokalee. On Dec. 20, Jordan drove down
to deliver the donations.
Jordan is a champion of underdogs, hav-
ing recently marched in Washington for the
Dream Act and worked at the Georgia legis-
lature for disability rights and with the Geor-
gia Association of Latino Elected Officials to
help bring recognition to the great work of

migrant leader Cesar Chavez.
At age 10 she founded the Children's
Bilingual Theater and has now produced 5
bilingual plays at schools and community
centers around Atlanta. Jordan has brought
together 200 volunteers to help bridge the
language and cultural gaps in our commu-
nities. This year Jordan became a Census
2010 partner Jordan hoped to help bring
awareness and understanding of the 2010
Census to the Latino Community. She had
the opportunity to meet many people work-
ing with Census 2010 including Marcella
Rice and Juanita Mainster. Their work in the
Homestead and Immokalee areas motivated
Jordan to get involved and help bring a bit of
relief to the mothers of Immokalee with this
gesture of fellowship.
Marcella Rice said, "We are very happy to
welcome Jordan and appreciate her help."
The baby products and toys will be distrib-
uted during the holiday season through the
ministry at the Amigo Center.
For information on the Children's Bi-
lingual Center visit: www.childrensbilin-

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Many young mothers in Immokalee will benefit from the idea of one young
woman, 17 year old Jordan Schwartz (left), a student at Atlanta Girls' School.
She took the initiative to organize a "Baby Shower" for the young mothers of
Immokalee, bringing gifts of new baby items to share at the special event.

'Blessing Christ' reaches out to local Immokalee families

By Rick Heers
Special to the Immokalee Bulletin
For the last several years a large group of
caring individuals under the direction and
inspiration of Ramon Chao have come out
to Immokalee and coordinated giving of gift
packages to scores of families while also
conducting a barbecue and large donation
of used clothing.
Over 200 people lined up in a driving rain-
storm around an auxiliary building at First
Assembly of God Church on 2nd Avenue
North in Immokalee to have their opportu-
nity to go through a large room with tables
filled with good used clothing for their fami-
lies. A number of Naples churches, spear-

The School District of Collier County's
Adult and Community Education (ACE)
program will offer new Macintosh (Mac)
classes on laptop starting the week of Mon-
day, Jan. 3, running for six weeks. There
will be two courses for beginners: one on
Tuesday from 6:30-8:30 p.m., and one on
Wednesday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Two non-
beginning Mac courses will also be offered:
one on Mondays from 6:15-8:45 p.m., and
the other on Thursdays from 3:30-5:30
p.m. All classes will be held in room 404 at
Barron Collier High School located at 5600
Cougar Drive.
The beginning classes are fun, easy, and
practical. Students will learn how to use
the Mac laptop, including how the menu

headed by a large group from First Baptist
Church in Naples participated in making this
year's distribution a great success.
Earlier in the day scores of volunteers de-
livered gift boxes which included non-per-
ishable food and toiletry items along with
wrapped gifts for the children and either a
Spanish or English Bible as well.
In addition to providing gifts for families
in Immokalee, the group also provided 40
children and 18 families in Everglades City
with similar packages.
Thanks to loving groups like this, along
with Guadalupe Social Services, the Salva-
tion Army, Lake Trafford Marina, Friendship
House, RCMA, Code Enforcement, the Col-

system, folders, and files work. Students
who enroll in the non-beginning courses
and know their way around the Mac, are
ready for the interesting and exciting pro-
grams that Apple's iLife suite offers, includ-
ing iPhoto, iMovie and iDVD, Safari, Mail,
iChat and more. Students will also learn
what can be done with the iWork suite.
Registration will take place at the first
class meeting. The course fee is $69, and
students must bring their own laptop to
To view the other hundreds of courses
offered, please visit www.collieradulted.
com. To learn more, please call 239-377-
0777 or contact ACE through their Web

lier County Sheriff's Office and countless carries a great deal of joy to the many needy
other organizations, the Christmas holiday families in our community.

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The Immokalee Foundation's 2010 Char-
ity Classic has officially been declared a suc-
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and silent and live auction for 400 guests at
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples as well as the Pro-
Am golf tournament at Bay Colony with 24
fivesomes that included a world-famous golf
pro on each team.
The events raised a record-breaking
$1.5 million in revenue for the foundation's
educational programs for the children of
A fundraising variation came during the
second half of the dinner dance when guests
had the opportunity to bid on large packages
and get nothing in return except some very
specific opportunities to change a child's life
for the better.
"We invited everyone to be dreammak-
ers for Immokalee children during what we
called the Fund A Dream opportunity, and it
was incredible how our guests responded,"
said Louise Penta, chair of the 2010 Charity
Classic and a foundation board member.
People's generosity was no surprise: ear-
lier in the evening the silent and live auctions

raised $100,000, with winnings including a
flying adventure on a Phantom F4 fighter air-
craft and a private tour of Jay Leno's garage
stocked with pricey and priceless automo-
However, asking guests to raise paddles
indicating a donation of up to $32,500 (to
send five children to college) all for the sat-
isfaction of helping children seemed like a
calculated risk, according to Penta.
"We weren't sure what to expect. But
when fellow board member Don Gunther
announced to the crowd that we had raised
more than $200,000 after the second Fund A
Dream opportunity, I knew for sure the kids
would win big," added Penta.
Altogether, Fund A Dream raised more
than $550,000 with 100 percent going direct-
ly to Immokalee children. The Pro-Am raised
more than $500,000, making it among the
most successful charity golf events in South-
west Florida.
The initial Fund A Dream opportunity
raised more than $100,000 for 168 children
to participate in the Immokalee Readers
program, a partnership between the public
schools and The Immokalee Foundation.

The four-day-a-week after-school program
provides 50 teenage tutors for 200 children
in the youngest grades. It also funds a sum-
mer reading program.
Almost $200,000 was raised for the sec-
ond Fund A Dream item, Baccalaureate
Bound, which will send 30 children to a
Florida state college for four years. A state
match enables every $6,500 donation to
cover a student's full tuition.
The third Fund A Dream was for two-
year vocational scholarships and more than
$200,000 was raised for 103 students to learn
marketable skills and give them the opportu-
nity for promising careers.
"I went to vocational school myself and
have a soft spot for kids who don't go to
college," Dick Stonesifer, foundation board
member and co-host during Fund A Dream,
told guests that evening.
The last Fund A Dream will give Immoka-
lee children experiences most kids take
for granted, such as going to a movie or a
baseball game or taking an educational trip.
Thanks to numerous paddle-raisers, $65,000
was raised for children to attend summer
camp, take local field trips, go on a class trip
to Washington, D.C., or the Kennedy Space
Center, or participate on newly formed
sports teams.
According to Penta, Charity Classic spon-
sors were the dreammakers behind both
events. "The evening would not have been
possible without the generous support of
our Charity Classic sponsors, and we are ex-
tremely grateful for their participation."

Charity Classic sponsors were The John-
son Meland Group-Morgan Stanley Smith
Barney, presenting sponsor; Fifth Third Bank,
founding sponsor; and GE Foundation, cor-
porate matching sponsor. Gold sponsors in-
cluded Bigham Jewelers, Jaguar Naples and
Porsche of Naples. Naples Illustrated was
the corporate media sponsor, and corporate
sponsors were Bessemer Trust, BNY Mellon
and Northern Trust Bank.
Since 1991, The Immokalee Foundation
has been building pathways to success for
many of the children in Immokalee through
a variety of programs that focus on mentor-
ship, after-school activities, college scholar-
ships, the development of vocational skills
and incentives for educational growth. In
2009, The Immokalee Foundation served
2,700 children through its core programs.
The Immokalee Foundation offers a road
map toward a brighter future. It helps man-
age seven core programs including Take
Stock in Children, Vocational Success, Col-
lege Success, Direct Scholarships, The First
Tee of Naples/Collier Program in Immoka-
lee, Immokalee Readers and Community
To make dreams come true for Immoka-
lee children through donations or mentor-
ing, visit www.immokaleefoundation.org or
call 239-430-9122.

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David Lawrence Center adds

teen group therapy program
David Lawrence Center is pleased to grouchy, worry excessively, refuse to go to
announce the continued expansion of school and feel misunderstood. Children
Children's Outpatient Services with the ad- with anxiety often can't relax, have difficulty
edition of a new children's group therapy sleeping, startle easily, fear social situations
program. Tough Times is a group therapy and have difficulty concentrating. Anxiety
program targeted towards adolescents 13- can manifest into physical symptoms such
17 years old who struggle with anxiety and as difficulty sleeping, headaches, stomach-
depression. The group will help teens iden- aches or diarrhea.
tify sources of their anxiety and depression As teens develop, it can be difficult to
and learn to cope in healthy ways. The tell whether a child is just going through
Tough Times group sessions will cover a temporary "phase" or is suffering from
topics such as understanding the causes depression or anxiety. Hoping it is a phase
of depression and anxiety, recognizing or hoping the child will grow out of it, is
how symptoms of depression and anxiety a very big mistake. These disorders cause
can affect them and others, coping with distress and dysfunction and without treat-
depression and anxiety, enhancing self es- ment, they can make people feel hopeless
teem, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and and potentially want to harm themselves.
developing stress management skills. Parents, teachers, family and friends who
David C. Schimmel, CEO of the David have become worried about changes in a
Lawrence Center, stated, "Because of the child's behavior, should take the warning
dramatic increase in the amount of chil- signs seriously and refer them to a mental
dren being served in our Children's Outpa- health professional.
tient Services Center, the clinical team saw In order to qualify for the Tough Times
a growing number of adolescents having Children's Group Therapy program, teens
difficulty coping with both depression and must meet certain clinical criteria deter-
anxiety. Research indicates that depressive mined through a clinical assessment. Each
illnesses are disorders of the brain brought client will receive an individualized treat-
on by changes in the chemistry of the ment plan prior to the start of group. Tough
brain which often have their roots in the Times meets once a week on Mondays
hormonal changes of the teen and young from 3:30-5 p.m. at the Children's Outpa-
adult years. Studies also show that many tientServicesCenter at the David Lawrence
children who struggle with depression also Center Main Campus off of Golden Gate
have anxiety symptoms. This program has Parkway
been designed to specifically address both The program meets for an average of
the symptoms of depression and anxiety so six weeks, however treatment length is
that teens are equipped with effective cop- individualized based on the needs of the
ing strategies for dealing with the stressful child. To obtain an initial assessment or
adolescent years." to learn more about the program, families
Teens struggling with depression may should call the David Lawrence Center at
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