15.5.15 Photo Grant Presentation Naples Garden Club April 2015-1

The 2015 Grant Committee proudly awarded grants totaling $46,000 to six non-profit organizations at the April 6th Membership Meeting.

The following grants, made possible by everyone who supported our 2014 House & Garden Tour, will fund projects that support our mission and make a measurable impact on the greater Naples’ community:

  • $4,500 for Avalon School’s Global Garden. The funds will be used to purchase materials and fund student field trips associated with this public school’s garden.
  • $10,000 to David Lawrence Center to establish a healing garden at their Immokalee site.
  • $10,000 to ECHO, Inc. to fund intern training for one year. ECHO is dedicated to equipping people worldwide with the agricultural resources and skills needed to reduce hunger.
  • $6,500 to the Jewish Family & Community Service of Southwest Florida. The funds will be used to establish a horticultural therapy garden at the organization’s non-denominational Senior Center in Naples.
  • $15,000 to Naples Botanical Garden to support three interns.
  • $2,000 to establish Naples Garden Club Scholarships for Camp Wekiva in Apopka, FL. The funds will support four 2016 summer camp scholarships at Camp Wekiva, a week-long camp run entirely by members of Florida’s 100-plus garden clubs.

Special thanks to the members of this year’s Grant Committee, who selected these deserving projects following our competitive screening process.

Front Row (l to r): Audrey Powell, ECHO; Patti Thorsen and Dr. Francine Eufemia, Avalon School’s Global Garden; Dr. Jaclynn Faffer, Jewish Family and Community Service; Linda LaRue Brown, Naples Garden Club; Tammy Clark, David Lawrence Center.  Back Row (l to r): Ali Diaz and Darin Horst, ECHO; Mary Pulick, Naples Garden Club member representing Camp Wekiva; Chad Washburn, Naples Botanical Garden; Scott Burgess, David Lawrence Center.