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17 Nov 2012

Voices for Kids of Southwest Florida ‘Celebrate the Voices’ Signature Event Series Raises

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For further Information:
Darlene Ann Grossman
239-533-1435 0r 850-5933
Voices for Kids of Southwest Florida ‘Celebrate the Voices’
Signature Event Series Raises over $64,000!

Voices for Kid of Southwest Florida, Inc. (VFK), a nonprofit agency supporting Florida’s 20th Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program, raised over $64,000 through its signature fundraising events in Lee and Collier counties on November 10 and 17, 2012.

The much needed dollars raised will assist VFK to recruit and train Guardians for the 575 children who do not have one and fund its Kids Being Kids Program which provides those items that give the 1,440 children in the program a sense of normalcy in their lives: a warm cozy bed; emergency clothing; participation in sports the arts, social clubs; academic tutoring; happier birthdays; summer camp; medical needs, etc.

Joseph R. Catti, President & CEO of FineMark National Bank & Trust, was awarded the esteemed Voice of the Year award.  “We were thrilled to honor Joe with the Voice of the Year community recognition award. The award is in recognition for his exemplary leadership, advocacy and commitment to the most vulnerable, neglected and abandoned children in our community.  Over the years, I have witnessed the positive impact he has made on children and young adults in our community,” states Darlene Ann Grossman, VFK’s Executive Director.

Voices for Kids of Southwest Florida is a non-profit agency supporting Florida’s 20th Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program-Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The Guardian ad Litem Program supports volunteers who advocate for abused, neglected and abandoned children in court, the child welfare system and the community. VFK’s mission is to ensure every abused, neglected, and abandoned child in Southwest Florida has a Guardian ad Litem volunteer  (GAL) and every GAL has access to financial assistance and resources available for meeting the child’s health, educational and social needs, not provided by any other source.

For further information or to make a donation, please call Darlene Grossman at 533-1435 or email Darlene@voicesforkids.org  or visit the Voices for Kids website at www.voicesforkids.org.