NAPLES, Fla. – February 13, 2017 - Leaders of Naples-based non-profit, Charity for Change, attended the exclusive Community Leadership Dinner at the Governor’s Mansion in Tallahassee on January 31. Karen Conley, President, and CEO along with board vice chair Rebecca Rosenberg were personally invited by the First Lady of Florida, Ann Scott, to attend.
Conley was seated at Scott’s table during the event that honors leaders from throughout the state of Florida for the work they are doing in their communities.
“We were honored to represent Charity for Change and our Giver Program,” said Conley. “Mrs. Scott was a most gracious hostess and included a rich history and tour of the Governor's Mansion.”
The personal invitation to attend came shortly after Scott’s November 17, 2016 trip to Naples where she visited Calusa Park Elementary School. While at the school, Scott experienced the impact Charity for Change is making in the character education of school-age children through its Giver Program. The program combines character education, core values, and academics while teaching children about charity and giving back to their community.
More than 40,000 students have participated since the program’s inception in 2008. Children in the program have raised and donated over $118,000 to more than 100 charities across five Florida counties and four states. The program in Collier County is supported entirely through donations and grants.