Guest Commentary ‘Be Flamazing’ gala shines spotlight on possibilities

By Dawn Montecalvo President of Guadalupe Center As the leader of a nonprofit organization, potential donors and volunteers often ask me to explain Guadalupe Center’s mission. The official mission statement is to “break the cycle of poverty through education for the children of Immokalee.” The dots are easy to connect – a high-quality education is […]

Guadalupe Center raised $1.2 million at Be Flamazing

NAPLES – Guadalupe Center raised $1.2 million at Be Flamazing, a flamingo-themed gala that will enable the nonprofit to enhance and expand its educational programs in Immokalee. Be Flamazing was held Jan. 16 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples and included a catered dinner, auction, jump-up and live entertainment, as well as opportunities to […]

Guadalupe Center to host ‘Discover Mentoring’ event on Jan. 29

NAPLES – Guadalupe Center is seeking community members to serve as volunteer mentors for first generation, college-bound high school students as they navigate through high school and beyond. On Jan. 29, Guadalupe Center will host Discover Mentoring, a social event and informational session exploring the role of mentors in the nonprofit’s acclaimed Tutor Corps Program. […]

Seminole Casino Hotel presents Guadalupe Center with check

IMMOKALEE – Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee presented Guadalupe Center with a check for $7,500, funds raised from the November 2 Gin Blossoms concert at Seminole Casino Hotel. All proceeds from the concert went to Guadalupe Center, which provides educational programs for more than 1,300 children in Immokalee from infancy through high school and has a […]

Guadalupe Toy Drive Underway at Seminole Casino Hotel

IMMOKALEE – With the holiday season always producing a spirit of giving, Seminole Casino Hotel will be doing its part in the form of a toy drive to benefit the Guadalupe Center in Immokalee. From now until Dec. 5, Seminole Casino is asking players to bring in a new unwrapped toy or gift card valued […]

Guadalupe Center receives $10,000 grant

(Submitted photo) Stacey Vollman Warwick (right), executive director of NaplesNEXT, presented Dawn Montecalvo (back), president of Guadalupe Center, a grant that will enhance educational programs for the students of Immokalee. Pictured with Warwick and Montecalvo are students in Guadalupe Center’s Early Childhood Education Program. NAPLES – The NaplesNEXT Ideas Festival has presented Guadalupe Center, beneficiary […]

Guadalupe Center enhances program through grant

NAPLES – Guadalupe Center is enhancing its successful After-school Tutoring Program through a generous grant from by United Way of Collier County. United Way is providing $46,000 to help fund an After-school Tutoring Program widely regarded as a difference-maker for children in Immokalee. Guadalupe Center’s program operates throughout the school year and serves 840 students […]

Guadalupe Center earns fifth consecutive five-star rating

NAPLES – Guadalupe Center has earned its fifth consecutive five-star rating from the Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida, the only preschool in Collier County to earn five stars every year since 2015. Guadalupe Center’s Early Childhood Education Program serves more than 300 students ages 6 weeks through 5 years old, culminating with a Pre-K […]

Guadalupe Center students receive free dental screenings

NAPLES – More than 420 students attending Guadalupe Center’s Summer Enrichment Program and Early Childhood Education Program received free dental screenings through a program funded by the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF) this summer. One by one, children climbed into exam chairs in July to have their teeth and gums examined by dental hygienists […]

Guadalupe Center helps Immokalee students with college essentials

NAPLES – Guadalupe Center helped 24 Immokalee High School graduates prepare for college life with a shopping trip to purchase essentials for their dorm rooms. The students, part of the college-preparatory Tutor Corps Program Class of 2019, visited Target to purchase linens, cleaning supplies, lamps, luggage and other items for their residence halls. Then they […]