STARability, Help a Diabetic Child accepts grants

The STARability Foundation recently announced that it has received a $2,000 grant from the Collier Community Foundation to expand its vocational services program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This is in addition to the $30,000 grant received earlier this year.

“We are truly grateful for the continued support STARability has received from the Collier Community Foundation,” said Karen Govern, STARability Foundation CEO. “As the need for these types of services has steadily increased in our community, grants like this allow us to grow and offer valuable programs and resources to more STARs and their families.”

The Collier Community Foundation grant will allow additional participants to receive vocational services and will expand STARability’s Career Camp program for high school students and the Jr. Entrepreneurs initiative as part of the Jr. Trailblazer Academy funded.

Help a child with diabetes receives a subsidy

Help A Diabetic Child, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping local children and families dealing with diabetes, recently announced that it has been awarded a $23,000 grant from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation.

This grant will be used by HADC to purchase insulin, medical diabetes supplies and medical services, including doctor visits and endocrinology and emotional support, for underserved, underinsured and uninsured children and young adults in Southwest Florida living with type 1 diabetes and struggle to afford it. their life-saving diabetes care.

“We are grateful to the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation for their continued support of people who have a lifelong dependence on expensive medical insulin,” said Tami Balavage, Founder/President of Help A Diabetic Child. “This grant will ensure that every child and young adult receives the care he or she deserves, without financial barriers.”

The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation was founded in 2004 by Best Buy founder Dick Schulze to “support transformative change for the benefit of humanity.”

Statistics show that the number of Americans diagnosed with diabetes continues to rise at an alarming rate. The American Diabetes Association reports that nearly 10 percent of the population has diabetes, while another 8 million people remain undiagnosed. Additionally, the ADA reports that 86 million Americans over the age of 20 have prediabetes.

CBIA is organizing Brews & Burgers Bash on May 30

The Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA) will host its third annual Brews & Burgers Bash on Thursday, May 30 from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM at Mullet’s Appliances, located at 2194 Trade Center Way, Naples.

According to CBIA President Cali Clardy, proceeds from the event will benefit CBIA’s many programs and activities, including the Collier Building Industry Foundation and the Sales and Marketing Council’s annual toy drive. The event will include live music, brews and bubbly, and activities such as ax throwing, dunk tank, 50/50 raffle and more.

“We appreciate the great season we had,” Clardy said. “May provides an excellent opportunity to reconnect with our members and industry partners who have worked hard over the winter months while contributing to our philanthropic initiatives and making a positive impact throughout our community.”

The cost is $40 per person for members, with online registration available at, and $55 per person for non-members.

Lee County Parks & Recreation is posting a survey

Lee County Parks & Recreation wants the public to help improve its services and facilities by participating in a biennial needs assessment.

The survey is available on the homepage of the Parks & Recreation website at and on social media pages. People who complete the survey will have the opportunity to be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a family pass to the 2025 SWFL Ag Expo, an annual parking sticker from Lee County Parks & Recreation or an annual pool pass.

Completing the survey is important for anyone who uses any of the Lee County parks or other recreational locations because it allows the public to provide feedback on what the department is doing well and where the department can improve.

The survey will remain online until July 31.

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