Mercedes-Benz of Naples supports TIF’s Career Pathways program

(Submitted photo) Noemi Y. Perez, The Immokalee Foundation Executive Director; Curtiss Alden, Mercedes-Benz of Naples Master-Certified Sales Consultant

NAPLES – The recent Mercedes-Benz of Naples Dealer Championship raised $7,200 for The Immokalee Foundation’s newest program, Career Pathways: Empowering Students to Succeed.

Recognizing that some well-paying jobs do not require a four-year degree but rather professional certifications or a vocational education, The Immokalee Foundation has worked with educational partners and local industry leaders to develop a robust curriculum ensuring students have a pathway to in-demand careers that lead to financial independence.

This is the first year The Immokalee Foundation has been the beneficiary of the local Mercedes-Benz golf tournament. Their partnership began in 2016, when the dealership offered two-year leases on two cars for the foundation’s Charity Classic Pro-Am golf tournament each year since – a hole-in-one on each of the front and back nine holes.

“That partnership at the Pro Am led to supporting the foundation,” said Curtiss Alden, a consultant who has been involved with golf tournaments for the dealership for two decades. “Donating these tournament proceeds to The Immokalee Foundation was a way to strengthen our relationship.”

Supporting The Immokalee Foundation continues one of the dealership’s long-standing community goals: “We want to continue the process of breaking the bonds of poverty in Collier County,” Alden said.

The Immokalee Foundation provides a range of education programs that focus on building pathways to professional careers through support, mentoring and tutoring, and life skills development leading to economic independence. To learn more about The Immokalee Foundation, becoming a mentor, its signature events, volunteering as a career panel speaker or host, making a donation, including the foundation in your estate plans, or for additional information, call 239-430-9122 or visit

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