Guadalupe Center announces 2021 Board of Trustees appointments

Guadalupe Center has welcomed three additional leaders to its 2021 Board of Trustees, a governing body whose members serve as advocates and ambassadors for students and families in Immokalee. 

Newly appointed trustees include Debbie Toler, Eric Wallach and John Paro, who join 20 other individuals who help set policies and direction for the nonprofit organization. Guadalupe Center’s mission is breaking the cycle of poverty through education for the children of Immokalee. Trustees and Guadalupe Center staff oversee the nationally accredited Early Childhood Education Program, After-school Tutoring & Summer Enrichment Program and the college preparatory Tutor Corps Program. 

“Our Board of Trustees helps guide the organization, and we’re excited to welcome these three incredibly talented individuals to our leadership team,” said Dawn Montecalvo, president of Guadalupe Center. “Each of them shares our vision and believes in our mission, and their passion and expertise will be critical as Guadalupe Center continues to create endless possibilities for students in Immokalee.” 

Toler is a community leader with a passion for helping nonprofits, particularly those focused on education and youth, and spent her professional career in corporate marketing and communications. She serves on the statewide Board of Trustees for Pace Center for Girls and was vice president of marketing for SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. Toler earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration and communications from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

Wallach is a retired partner with DLA Piper, a global business law firm. He previously chaired Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman’s employment practices and litigation practice. Wallach is an honorary trustee with the New-York Historical Society and a former trustee of Christina Seix Academy. Wallach, a mentor in Guadalupe Center’s Tutor Corps Program, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University and a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School.

Paro is chairman and CEO of Hallstar, a specialty chemical company serving the industrial, beauty and personal care sectors. He’s worked for the company since 1986 and previously worked in marketing and sales for FMC Corporation. Paro earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Bucknell University and a Master of Business Administration in marketing and finance from the University of Chicago.

In addition to the three appointments, Guadalupe Center also announced executive leadership positions for 2021 that includes Joe Baughman (chair), Fred Hagemann (vice chair), Dr. Carl Ehmann (treasurer) and William Dempsey (secretary). 

Welcome to college: quarantine, coloring books and pursuing a dream

Note: This article was written by Alberta Araceli Morales-Gonzalez, a freshman at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, New York. She is a 2020 graduate of Immokalee High School and Guadalupe Center’s Tutor Corps Program.

For an incoming college freshman, those first few days on campus should be the time of your life – total freedom, endless social events, memorable experiences and making new friends.

Unfortunately, I had to spend the first two weeks of college locked alone inside my dorm room.

To help prevent further spread of COVID-19, New York implemented a mandatory 14-day quarantine period for anyone traveling from the state from Florida. That meant I had to arrive at Roberts Wesleyan College two weeks ahead of schedule and couldn’t see anyone or do anything outside the four walls of my dorm room. My phone was my primary entertainment source for music, videos, TV shows and movies. I also read, colored, made a friendship bracelet and organized my room – it felt like kindergarten all over again!

My two-week quarantine ended with no symptoms, and I was free to start my college career and begin pursuing a dream I’ve had for many years. In Immokalee, graduating high school isn’t a given, let alone going to college. Yet, here I am, the daughter of a construction worker and the oldest of four siblings, majoring in business at a private, out-of-state college with an annual sticker price of $44,910.

How did this happen? Well, now, students like myself have a whole community in their corner, helping us blaze a trail toward a brighter future through education.

After my mother suddenly passed away, I had to balance schoolwork with additional responsibilities at home as the eldest. I set a goal of not only becoming the first in my family to graduate from high school, but also the first to attend college. I was accepted into Guadalupe Center’s college-preparatory Tutor Corps Program, which gave me opportunities to overcome barriers I was facing. I learned how to properly shake hands and make small talk in a professional setting. I learned how to write essays, complete financial aid forms, apply for scholarships and fill out college applications.

As I progressed through high school, I considered staying local for college. After my junior year, though, I had an opportunity to attend a summer program at Roberts Wesleyan through Guadalupe Center’s E.G. Salisbury Tutor Corps Summer Academy. That experience opened my eyes and helped me realize that while I wanted to be near my family, this was an opportunity that would help me reach my full potential. I decided to leave home to focus on school and my future.

Roberts Wesleyan College is an elite academic institution, and I had the grades and the motivation to succeed there – I just didn’t have the money. Again, Guadalupe Center stepped up. Through my work with the Tutor Corps Program at the Guadalupe Center, I earned scholarship funds that I could apply towards my Roberts tuition. Roberts also acknowledged my academic achievements in high school by awarding me the Presidential Scholarship, and I received federal grants and loans. Finally, I received a new scholarship from Roberts Wesleyan College, established by generous donors, that is specifically for students from the Guadalupe Center. It was this new scholarship, a partnership between Roberts Wesleyan College and the Guadalupe Center, that made it possible for me to attend the college of my choice.

Guadalupe Center then helped provide essentials for my dorm room and even worked with donors to cover my flight to New York.

Leading up to that flight, my dad became more comfortable with the thought of me leaving home. When I left, his words of advice were to study hard and set a good example for my brother and two sisters. They’re also a part of Guadalupe Center programs, and I’m hopeful they’ll be following in my footsteps to become the second, third and fourth members of our family to attend college. I want them to see that life can improve once you let go of any negativity that might be holding you back and simply follow your dreams.

– Alberta Araceli Morales-Gonzalez

Growth of nonprofits helping to drive SWFL’s economy

In her latest column, Guadalupe Center President Dawn Montecalvo writes about how the growth of nonprofits in Southwest Florida is directly tied to the region’s economic growth, using Guadalupe Center’s own expansion through the  “2020 & Beyond” campaign as evidence. Southwest Florida Business Today features the column in its August edition.

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Growth of nonprofits helping to drive SWFL’s economy

By Dawn Montecalvo, Guadalupe Center President

Dawn MontecalvoGrowth drives Southwest Florida’s economy.

At any given time, dozens of residential and commercial developments are in various stages of construction. New housing communities, restaurants, retail stores, shopping plazas and warehouses seemingly pop up overnight. One sector often overlooked as part of that economic discussion is the growth of nonprofit organizations.

Nonprofits are indeed big business in Southwest Florida. According to IRS, there now are 2,426 registered nonprofit organizations operating in Collier County and another 3,081 in Lee County. Charitable organizations focus on a variety of causes, including youth, education, health care, faith, recreation, veterans, the environment and more.

Guadalupe Center, for example, has a mission of breaking the cycle of poverty through education for the children of Immokalee. The Center serves more than 1,400 students annually and its impact on students’ lives is well-documented – 95% of youth enrolled in Guadalupe Center’s Early Childhood Education Program meet or exceed Florida’s kindergarten readiness standards, 100% of students in the After-school Tutoring & Summer Enrichment Program have made significant academic gains in reading and math, and 94% of Tutor Corps Program alumni have earned a college degree.

What isn’t widely known, however, is Guadalupe Center’s impact on Immokalee’s economy. The nonprofit ranks as one of the community’s largest employers with 84 full-time, benefits-eligible employees and 154 part-time workers, including 117 high school students who serve as after-school tutors.

Earlier this year, Guadalupe Center announced an ambitious campaign, called “Guadalupe Center: 2020 & Beyond,” that will bring additional learning opportunities – and more jobs – to Immokalee. Once the Monaghan Family Early Childhood Education Campus and van Otterloo Family Campus for Learning open in 2020 and 2021, respectively, Guadalupe Center will add another 58 full-time equivalent positions to its payroll.

By next year, Guadalupe Center will have nearly 300 full-time and part-time employees. Those individuals will spend their income at local restaurants, retail stores and farmers markets. They’ll hire local plumbers, electricians, carpenters and other service technicians. Dollars earned by those working at Guadalupe Center will be spent right here in Southwest Florida. More than 50% of Tutor Corps alumni have returned to Immokalee, degree in hand, and are working as educators, health care professionals, engineers, public service workers and business leaders, thus contributing their share to the local economy.

Guadalupe Center’s expansion, as well as the growth of other nonprofits in Southwest Florida, represents much-needed economic growth for our community. The impacts of COVID-19 are being felt across industries, so an economy standing on multiple legs – tourism, agriculture, real estate, construction and nonprofits – is well-positioned for a recovery.

Southwest Florida’s growing number of nonprofits, however, also is an indication that the community has a growing demand for charitable services. Whether it’s education, food, clothing or other needs, these locally based nonprofits need the community’s help to continue helping others. Private support comprises the balance of Guadalupe Center’s annual operating budget, as well as other nonprofits. During this challenging period, it’s especially important to support these causes because our economy and our neighbors thrive when nonprofits have the funding to accomplish their missions while simultaneously creating jobs that rev Southwest Florida’s economic engine.

 

 

Guadalupe Center launches Back-to-School Shoes & Supplies Drive for Immokalee students

Guadalupe Center has launched its 28th annual Back-to-School Shoes & Supplies Drive to provide students with new sneakers and school supplies as the 2020-21 academic year begins.

The nonprofit is collecting new notebooks, writing utensils, art supplies and other classroom items, as well as monetary donations, that will ensure students are prepared for success when classes resume. This year’s collection is critically important as many parents in Immokalee face unprecedented economic hardships caused by COVID-19.

“Immokalee’s unemployment rate typically rises during the summer because agriculture jobs decrease, but this year, parents who work in retail, restaurants, hospitality and other service jobs also are struggling financially,” said Dawn Montecalvo, president of Guadalupe Center. “To level the playing field, we as a community must ensure that all students have access to the supplies and resources necessary to succeed academically.”

Guadalupe Center, which has a mission of breaking the cycle of poverty through education for the children of Immokalee, will distribute supplies to students in its Early Childhood Education Program, After-school Tutoring & Summer Enrichment Program and Tutor Corps Program. Requested supplies include:

  • Paper products: composition writing books, index cards, lined notebook filler paper, notebooks and number cards.
  • Writing utensils: colored pencils, crayons, markers and pencils.
  • Art supplies: blunt scissors, construction paper, glue, googly eyes, paint, paint brushes, pipe cleaners and Play-Doh.
  • Classroom supplies: dry erase markers, paper plates, pencil sharpeners, pompoms, rulers and 9×12 student lap whiteboards.
  • Cleaning supplies: alcohol, bleach, disinfectant wipes, face masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and spray bottles.

Guadalupe Center also has partnered with Snyderman’s Shoes of Naples and the nonprofit Laces of Love, which will be distributing new shoes to Guadalupe Center students in the coming weeks.

Monetary donations can be made online through a secure portal at GuadalupeCenter.org/how-to-give. New school supplies can be dropped off or mailed to Guadalupe Center at 509 Hope Circle, Immokalee, FL 34142; Guadalupe Center’s development office at 2640 Golden Gate Parkway, Suite 205, Naples, FL 34105; or Guadalupe Resale Shop, 12980 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 10, Naples, FL 34110. All donations are tax deductible.

Immokalee students explore SWFL’s coastal habitat through Guadalupe Center’s annual Buddy Day

More than 125 second-graders from Immokalee paired up with volunteers to explore Southwest Florida’s unique coastal habitat in a fun-filled field trip to Marco Island.

Guadalupe Center’s 28th annual Buddy Day was held Feb. 17 at Hideaway Beach on Marco Island, where students rotated through interactive learning stations, crafts and outdoor games led by the YMCA of South Collier-Marco. Rangers from Big Cypress National Preserve provided environmental activities while the Marco Island Fire Department offered tours of its fire truck and led a fire safety program using a large inflatable house. Marco Island Police Department shared safety tips and gave students pocketsize hand sanitizer.

“Buddy Day is the first true school field trip for many of our students, so our goal is always to create a fun, memorable learning experience for each child,” said Bob Spano, vice president of programs. “Without our group of loyal volunteers, the ‘big buddies,’ Buddy Day would not have grown into such a wonderful experience for our students.”

Buddy Day began with a handful of mentors and volunteers, and now includes a growing number of communities and organizations that dispatch teams of volunteers to Marco Island. Participating communities in 2020 included Hideaway Beach Club, Verona Walk, Fiddler’s Creek, StoneCreek, Masters Reserve at Lely Resort and Esplanade Golf & Country Club. Volunteers from Pelican Bay Women’s Club, The League Club and Guadalupe Resale Shop also lent their assistance.

Transportation for this year’s Buddy Day event was once again sponsored by Seminole Casino Hotel.

Guadalupe Center dedicates NCEF Infant/Toddler Wing to honor partnership with Naples Children & Education Foundation

Guadalupe Center recognized its longstanding support from the Naples Children & Education Foundation on Feb. 20 by dedicating a wing of its main campus in Immokalee in honor of the philanthropic organization.

The NCEF Infant/Toddler Wing is one of two wings at the Morgridge Family Early Childhood Education Campus, which serves up to 270 children ages 6 weeks through 5 years old. With its bright colors and comforting environment, the Infant/Toddler Wing was constructed in 2006 with support from NCEF. Along with the Jim Near Wing, the facility offers hope to many families who are otherwise unable to afford a high-quality early learning program.

In January, NCEF celebrated its 20th Naples Winter Wine Festival, which has raised $212 million since its inaugural event in 2001. Guadalupe Center has been a beneficiary since the grant process was initiated in 2002.

“The generosity of guests at the Naples Winter Wine Festival has been incredible since its inception, and NCEF grants have helped provide tens of thousands of children across Collier County with a stronger education, better health care and the resources to excel,” said Guadalupe Center President Dawn Montecalvo. “Guadalupe Center would not serve as many students, nor be as successful, without NCEF’s generous support and leadership over the years.”

The Naples Children & Education Foundation’s mission is to improve the educational, emotional and health outcomes of underprivileged and at-risk children. Guadalupe Center serves more than 1,400 lower-income Collier County students and is focused on breaking the cycle of poverty through education for the children of Immokalee.

Guadalupe Center offers a nationally accredited Early Childhood Education Program, After-school Tutoring & Summer Enrichment Program and college-preparatory Tutor Corps Program.

Through its annual grants and strategic initiatives, NCEF has impacted more than 45 of the most effective nonprofits in the community, providing 275,000 children with services and resources they need to excel.

“We are honored to have the Infant/Toddler Wing named after NCEF,” said NCEF Chief Executive Officer Maria Jimenez-Lara. “Guadalupe Center is a prime example of the highly effective nonprofits in our community which exemplify the highest levels of efficacy and accountability in serving underprivileged and at-risk children in Collier County.”

Guadalupe Center partners with University of Florida’s College of Dentistry, NCEF Pediatric Dental Center to provide services four times a year to children in Guadalupe Center’s programs. Services include free dental screenings, sealants and fluoride treatments through proceeds generated at the Naples Winter Wine Festival.

“It’s my hope that dedicating our Infant/Toddler Wing in NCEF’s honor will permanently serve as a reminder of how much the organization has impacted Guadalupe Center,” Montecalvo said. “It’s incredible to think about how many children have excelled in school, attended college and are now gainfully employed with families of their own because of support from the NCEF and attendees of the Naples Winter Wine Festival.”

When opportunity knocks: creating endless possibilities through education

They say education is the great equalizer, an avenue to transform lives for generations to come.

Education, however, cannot be a difference-maker without opportunity. Students must have access to a high-quality, affordable education to reap its benefits, like higher earning potential, economic security and career satisfaction.

Through education, Guadalupe Center is offering an opportunity to the students of Immokalee: an opportunity to graduate from high school and earn scholarships for college, an opportunity to work in their career field of choice and an opportunity to break the cycle of poverty that for generations has defined the impoverished community of Immokalee.

Starting with children as young as 6 weeks old, Guadalupe Center’s Early Childhood Education Program helps students develop the social, emotional and academic foundations to be ready for kindergarten. Staying by their side through early elementary years, Guadalupe Center offers an After-School Tutoring Program to continue building students’ reading and math skills. The Summer Enrichment Program helps students maintain their academic momentum during summer break. In high school, students can join the Tutor Corps Program to grow their confidence, prepare for higher education and ultimately become first-generation college graduates.

The impact on the lives of students and their families is unmistakable.

Guadalupe Center serves more than 1,300 students, but its programs and physical space are at capacity. The Board of Trustees at Guadalupe Center wants to extend the nonprofit’s impact to additional students. In the spring, Guadalupe Center will open the Monaghan Family Early Childhood Education Campus, which will enroll an additional 64 students ages 6 weeks to 3 years old. Generous supporters made the expansion possible, but Guadalupe Center needs additional funding for operational expenses.

In 2021, Guadalupe Center will open the van Otterloo Family Campus for Learning, a 31,000-square-foot facility that will accommodate another 154 students in the Early Childhood Education program, as well as house The Brynne & Bob Coletti Hall, the new home of the Tutor Corps Program. Additional funds also are needed to prepare for students’ arrival.

Since 1984, Guadalupe Center has been a model of success, proving that education – and opportunity – can redefine a community. Guadalupe Center students have made the honor roll and become high school valedictorians. They’ve earned full-ride college scholarships, made the Dean’s List and graduated with honors. They’ve returned to Collier County and become gainfully employed as educators, health care specialists, engineers, public service workers and business leaders.

Expanding Guadalupe Center’s programs to serve additional students comes at a cost. That’s why the Board of Trustees is establishing an endowment that will sustain Guadalupe Center through its upcoming expansion and beyond. An impressive 100% of board members and full-time staff already have contributed, and as a community, we all can play a role in this transformation of Immokalee, and these families’ lives, by supporting proven high-quality education programs.

Education drives success. Students deserve this opportunity.

Gifts of any amount can be made securely online at Guadalupe Center.org, or you can text GC1Mission to 52182. All donations are tax deductible and warmly appreciated.

Italian adventure, Napa trip and Caribbean cruise among auction lots at Guadalupe Center’s ‘Be Flamazing’ gala on Jan. 16

Guadalupe Center has announced seven exclusive auction lots up for bid at its Jan. 16 fundraising gala, highlighted by a luxurious, fully customizable weeklong trip to Italy.

Be Flamazing is a flamingo-themed gala that includes a catered dinner, auction, jump-up and live entertainment, as well as opportunities to meet students whose lives are being impacted through philanthropic support. Proceeds from the event will support Guadalupe Center’s highly successful programs aimed at breaking the cycle of poverty through education for the children of Immokalee.

The auction lots include:

I Dream of Italy: Seven-night Italian vacation for two. Guests can customize their adventure by choosing excursions while staying in at least two of Belmond properties’ iconic locations, which include Florence, Tuscany, Ravello, Portofino, Venice and Taormina Mare. Courtesy of Preferred Travel of Naples.

Beautiful in Blue: Spectacular cocktail ring with almost 20 carats of natural aquamarine and a stunning nearly 2.5-carat diamond set in solid 18-karat white gold. Courtesy of Crown Jewelers of Naples.

Flamazing Food, Fashion and Footwear: Private champagne reception, Italian-themed gourmet dinner and wine pairing for eight at Waterside Shops. Each guest also will be able to go on a shoe-shopping spree to select a new pair of Gucci shoes. Additionally, the winning bidder will receive a luxury handbag. Courtesy of Waterside Shops.

Hidden Gems of Napa: Luxury four-day, three-night adventure to Calistoga in northern Napa Valley for three couples. Package includes exceptional accommodations, VIP tastings and tours at six renowned wineries in the region: Phifer Pavitt Winery, Fisher Vineyards, Arrow and Branch, Gamble Family, Peacock Vineyards and Rarecat Wines. Courtesy of Phifer Pavitt Winery.

A Taste of Southwest Florida: Fabulous collection of gift certificates for extravagant dining and entertainment experiences to enjoy the good life in Southwest Florida. Courtesy of the Be Flamazing Event Committee.

Beautiful Bangle: Roberto Coin bracelet from the Roman Barocco collection featuring a charming twisted gold alternating-pattern diamond station bangle. Courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue and Roberto Coin.

Cruise the Caribbean: Seven-night Celebrity Cruise for two in a Verandah Stateroom aboard the stunning Celebrity Edge or Celebrity Apex deluxe vessels. Courtesy of Celebrity Cruises and Preferred Travel of Naples.

The gala’s presenting sponsor is the Moglia Family Foundation on behalf of Amy & Paul Heuerman.

Be Flamazing begins at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, 2600 Tiburon Drive in Naples. Tickets are $500 per person and available online at GuadalupeCenter.org/event/Be-Flamazing-Flamingle-With-Us, or by contacting Jessica Vieira at 239-963-8769 or JVieira@GuadalupeCenter.org.

Guadalupe Center announces sponsors for ‘Be Flamazing’ fundraising gala

Guadalupe Center has announced names of sponsors for its Be Flamazing fundraising gala on Jan. 16.

The Moglia Family Foundation on behalf of Amy & Paul Heuerman is the Presenting Sponsor. The Moglia Family Foundation is a Nebraska-based nonprofit founded in 2006 that primarily offers grants to education and health-related organizations.

Be Flamazing will feature flamingo-themed décor in a lively atmosphere playing off Southwest Florida’s tropical climate, as well as Guadalupe Center’s spirit of positivity that encourages every student to be amazing. Proceeds will support Guadalupe Center’s trio of successful educational programs.

TD Ameritrade is the Diamond Sponsor for Be Flamazing, and Moorings Park Grande Lake-London Bay Development Group, Merrill Private Wealth Management and Seminole Casino Hotel are Platinum Sponsors.

Gold sponsors include Fifth Third Bank, Heatherwood Construction and JPMorgan Chase & Co., and Naples Trust Company is the Silver Sponsor.

Gulfshore Life and Naples Daily News are Media Sponsors, and Auction Package Sponsors include Celebrity Cruises, Crown Jewelers of Naples, Phifer Pavitt Wine, Preferred Travel, Saks Fifth Avenue and Waterside Shops. Gulf Coast International Properties is the Patron Party Sponsor.

Additionally, Annual Corporate Sponsors provide support for the gala and other events throughout the year. These include Carter, David Corban Architects PLLC, Huntington Private Bank, Life in Naples, Northern Trust, Priority Marketing, Synovus, Spotlight News and Tastebuds Custom Catering.

The Be Flamazing gala begins at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, 2600 Tiburon Drive in Naples. Tickets are $500 per person and include a catered dinner, auction, jump-up and live entertainment, as well as opportunities to meet students whose lives are being impacted through philanthropic support.

For more information about tickets and sponsorships, please call Jessica Vieira at 239-963-8769 or email JVieira@GuadalupeCenter.org.

Guadalupe Center seeking donations for Holiday Gift Shop

Guadalupe Center is accepting donations to restock its Holiday Gift Shop, an annual shopping experience that allows Immokalee parents to select Christmas presents for their children.

Now through Dec. 5, Guadalupe Center will accept new, unwrapped donations of toys, clothing, shoes and other gifts appropriate for infants through teenagers. In 2018, Guadalupe Center distributed gifts for 900 children, helping 328 Immokalee families put presents under the Christmas tree.

“The Holiday Gift Shop means everything to these parents, many of whom struggle with day-to-day living expenses, let alone the additional financial burden during the holidays,” said Guadalupe Center President Dawn Montecalvo. “Each year, generous individuals, residential communities, local clubs and businesses contribute gifts and monetary donations that help make the Holiday Gift Shop a tremendous success.”

The Holiday Gift Shop is open to parents of children in Guadalupe Center programs. Donated items include new clothing and shoes, board games, dolls, bicycles, LEGO sets, books, stuffed animals and other toys, as well as gift cards for the teenagers. After parents select gifts, community volunteers then wrap the presents.

Guadalupe Center suggests the following age-appropriate gifts:

  • Infants and toddlers (0-2 years): infant gyms and bouncers, rattles, baby dolls, stacking rings, crib mobiles, bath toys, musical toys
  • Preschool-age children (3-5 years): building blocks, baby dolls, remote-controlled cars, popular children’s characters and superheroes, activity sets, Play-Doh
  • School-age children (6-12 years): Barbie dolls, action figures, LEGO kits, musical instruments, sporting goods, arts and crafts kits, riding toys
  • Teenagers (13-18): gift cards, non-violent video games, purses or wallets, hair accessories, wireless headphones, tabletop games, clothing featuring sports teams

The Holiday Gift Shop runs Dec. 9-13.

Unwrapped gifts can be dropped off at Guadalupe Resale Shop at 12980 Tamiami Trail North, Unit 10, in Naples; or contact Ellie Ramirez at ERamirez@guadalupecenter.org to arrange for drop off at the Morgridge Family Early Childhood Education Campus at 509 Hope Circle in Immokalee. Alternatively, monetary donations can be made online at GuadalupeCenter.org.

Guadalupe Center staff will also be collecting gifts at Mercato, 911 Strada Place in Naples, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20 outside Bravo Italian Restaurant, and from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5 on the event lawn.

For more information, please contact Bob Spano, vice president of programs, at RSpano@GuadalupeCenter.org or 239-657-7145.