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 […]

Immokalee Boxer ranked 9th in the Nation

It’s official. Immokalee’s Nate Martinez has clenched a spot at the national level. After an impressive performance at last month’s U.S. Olympic Team Boxing Trials in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Nate closed out the year ranking ninth in the country in the USA Boxing Junior Men’s 114 pound weight class division. The accomplishment, in and of […]

TIF joins U.S. Senator Rick Scott for roundtable discussion

NAPLES – Noemi Y. Perez, president and CEO of The Immokalee Foundation, and Walt Buchholtz, the foundation’s operations director, met with United States Senator Rick Scott and community leaders during a recent visit to Immokalee for a roundtable discussion on issues important to the community, including the economy and workforce development. The Immokalee Foundation has […]

Immokalee Principal featured on new PBS Show

IMMOKALEE – Zulaika Quintero, principal of RCMA’s Immokalee Community School, will be featured in Family Pictures USA, a new PBS project that explores families around the country through the lens of family photo albums. Six of the school’s students also appear in the episode with her. Family Pictures Southwest Florida will debut at 9 p.m. […]

Two Teens Arrested in Homicide

Two Immokalee teens are facing murder charges following a drive-by shooting Tuesday evening. The Collier County Sheriff’s Office arrested 19-year-old Jesus Montelongo III, 19, and 17-year-old Malachi Montelongo, on charges of second-degree murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Deputies responded to calls of a shooting along Amos Court at 6:21 p.m. Tuesday. Deputies […]

Pathways Early Education Center of Immokalee receives grant

NAPLES – Students at Pathways Early Education Center of Immokalee (Pathways) will have greater access to the center’s nationally recognized, evidence-based curriculum because of a $10,000 grant from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation. The grant will fund Pathways’ Tuition Assistance Program for families that would not otherwise be able to afford year-round early education. […]

Roberts Center hopes to expand services

People who have lived in Immokalee for many years are familiar with Roberts Center on Roberts Ave. It has been the home of a Senior Citizens Nutrition and Activity Program for a long time. The Feeding Program is part of the Collier County Senior Social Services Department. Over time, as the elderly population has changed, […]

Guadalupe Charity Golf Classic raises more than $84,000

NAPLES – The sold-out fifth annual Guadalupe Charity Golf Classic raised more than $84,000 to benefit Guadalupe Center’s three educational programs serving the children of Immokalee. Held April 8 at Vineyards Country Club in Naples, the Golf Classic attracted a record 136 golfers and included lunch and 18 holes of championship golf, followed by an […]

Students First – Immokalee teams bring home wins

Immokalee is becoming a leader in the way of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math, otherwise known as STEAM. In fact, two teams from our Immokalee schools came home with first place wins after competing with schools across the district at the 6th Annual STEAM Competition on Saturday, April 13, at Florida SouthWestern State College’s […]

Barbara Mainster to Receive the Prestigious Chiles Advocacy Award

Immokalee – RCMA (Redlands Christian Migrant Association) is pleased to announce that Barbara Mainster, former Executive Director, will be presented with Florida’s top child advocacy award in Tallahassee. The ceremony will take place on March 25, 5:00 p.m. at Florida State University Center Club during the Children’s Week celebration. The Chiles Advocacy Award, named in […]