Guadalupe Center partners with Southwest Florida businesses to offer Easter meal to Immokalee families

NAPLES, Fla. (March 29, 2018) – Guadalupe Center recently partnered with Southwest Florida businesses to offer a complete Easter meal, entertainment and youth activities to more than 50 parents and children from Immokalee.


The Easter event, held Saturday, March 24 at the Guadalupe Center, was a joint effort led by staff of the Guadalupe Center, Tastebuds Custom Catering and CocoLuna Events. Additional business partners included Luminaire Foto, Tom Trovato Event Floral & Design, Taylor Rental of Naples, Linens by the Sea, A DJ with Class, artist Marvin D. Rouse and ventriloquist Brenda Stelzer.


Guadalupe Center selected families for the Easter event who were severely impacted by Hurricane Irma, including several that are having their damaged homes repaired or replaced with funds raised by the Guadalupe Center through its Irma Relief Fund. In addition to a traditional Easter feast, children participated in an Easter egg hunt, arts and crafts, ring toss and other fun activities.


Guadalupe Center Tutor Corps senior Chrisla Pierre had an opportunity to shadow Tastebuds Custom Catering’s owner and chef, Greg Shapiro, helping with meal preparation and set up. Pierre will be attending Valencia College in the fall to study hospitality and food service management.


“It is tremendously satisfying to see our business community step forward to support these families in their time of need,” said Dawn Montecalvo, president of the Guadalupe Center. “Although it’s still the height of their busy season, their willingness to allocate staff time and resources helped make this event an incredible success.”


Guadalupe Center is a nonprofit organization focused on breaking the cycle of poverty through education for the children of Immokalee. For more information about the Guadalupe Center, please call 239-657-7711 or visit


About Guadalupe Center
Guadalupe Center is a purpose-driven, nonprofit organization with proven results in creating endless possibilities for the students of Immokalee through education and fostering personal and academic success that leads to economic independence. With a focus on breaking the cycle of poverty through education, Guadalupe Center is proud of the children’s accomplishments: 94 percent exceed kindergarten readiness measures, 100 percent of Tutor Corps high school seniors graduate high school and are accepted into college, and more than 90 percent graduated with a post-secondary degree.