2015-16 Sets Records, Again!
Comcast – Headline Sponsor since 2011!
Comcast continues to make a powerful impact each year on our young growing organization. Each year Comcast helps our foundation’s teen leaders and student spokespersons spread their grassroots cause across Southwest Florida by donating airtime for their student-produced PSAs-Public Service Announcements. In 2015, Comcast donated close to $77,000 in airtime. Thank you, again, Comcast for being an impassioned supporter of K is for Kids’ Readers and Leaders program!
The Clawson Family, founders & top supporters!
K is for Kids’ roots were laid in 2002-03 when the Clawson kids were young students at Laurel Oak Elementary School. Seeing a need for more books in their school library, they began collecting books and the money to buy books with the help of their mother, Karen through Bring a Book, Bring a Friend(r) Fun’raisers. The event was held for four years before their efforts expanded to benefit more schools across Collier County under the umbrella of the newly formed K is for Kids Foundation. Patrick and Erin, shown above, became the nonprofit organization’s first student leaders. Thank you, Clawson family, for all your years of support! In 2015, in addition to countless volunteer hours, the family donated more than $28,000; covering business expenses and expanding the foundation’s scholarships for student leaders.
Thank you, Schulze Family Foundation, for setting
a new record of giving to K is for Kids!
Our foundation received its largest single monetary donation to date in 2015 from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation! The funds were earmarked to support K is for Kids’ Readers program, with a portion of the $21,500 in grant money also funding scholarships for the 3rd Annual K is for Kids YES Comp.-Young Entrepreneur Scholarship Competition.
Author Gerald Hausman donates 1,500 reasons to smile!
Another record was set when author Gerald Hausman donated 1,500 of his books for children and youth to K is for Kids, making it the largest ever book donation by an author! The generous gift was valued more than $20,000.
NABOR-Naples Area Board of Realtors makes a home run!
K is for Kids was the proud beneficiary of three separate NABOR fundraising events and received over $13,000 for the foundation’s Readers and Leaders program! Thank you, NABOR, for your generous support!
Five years of impassioned giving, thank you Arthrex!
Since 2011, K is for Kids Readers and Leaders program has received a big boost, thank to a grant from Arthrex!
Big thanks, too, to the EW Foundation!
Many hugs to Loretta Neff or the EW Foundation for donating $1,200 worth of her wildly popular “Tame Your Manners” books!
GL Homes, the Bring a Book, Bring a Friend Fun’raiser’s very first sponsor!
GL Homes was the very first business to sponsor the second Bring a Book, Bring a Friend(r) Fun’raisers in 2003-04 held in Saturnia Lakes. GL Homes continues to support K is for Kids’ programs benefiting their communities’ schoolchildren. Thank you, GL Homes!
A round of applause goes to all
the businesses and supporters who made the
5th Annual K is for Kids Teen Fashion Show 2016
such an exciting success!
It is only with our sponsors’ compassion and generosity that we are able to help so many children throughout our communities! Students from over 56 schools and nonprofits are benefiting from our programs “building readers and leaders” throughout Collier County, including more in south Lee County too!
Heartfelt appreciation goes to our corporate and event
donors, businesses, and individuals who helped
our students 4th Annual
K IS FOR KIDS TEEN FASHION SHOW 2015
be a rousing success again this year!
Thank you to all the donors who supported the
FROM THE HEART TEEN FASHION SHOW 2014!
We give our warm appreciation to the authors & donors:
Publix, Rodan Fields (Mona Matson), Retro Fitness, The Herman Agency,
Juliana Howard, Rhonda Brazina and Ida Margolis, Robert Dean Bair, Craig Bouchard, Lisa Trebilcock, Judy Pence, Lisa Fleming, Edythe Cohen, and Ellen Myer
Please help us thank these businesses and individuals
who helped our student leaders’
“From the Heart” Teen Fashion Festival 2013
“Bring a Book, Bring a Friend” for Children’s Literacy Month
such a another record breaking success!
Special thanks to our generous sponsors and donors
for helping our teen leaders’
Fun’raising Season 2011-12
and February’s “Bring a Book, Bring a Friend” Month
such a success! With your help we have expanded
our community outreach again!
Please take time to thank our top supporters:
The 126 Collier County students
who participated in the inaugural
Teen “Head to Toe” Fashion Show in December 2011
would like to give…
K is for Kids’ extends special appreciation to the collaborative efforts of the
Collier County Public School District’s Dr. Beth Thompson, Chief Instructional Officer regarding our volunteer and mentoring program for high school students; and Linda Cummings, Fine Arts Coordinator regarding our “Power of the Word” art exhibition for middle school students.
We owe everything to our
Teen Advisory Team, teen council leaders, spokespersons, and student volunteers,
who are the energy and inspiration fueling our mission of
giving kids in need more books to read!
Also, we are indebted to our Board of Directors and Advisory Council Members; plus all the guest authors who have joined our young powerhouse.
We love all the families, moms and children who make volunteering so much fun!
Our foundation holds in highest esteem those who are dedicated to the education of our children, especially those media specialists whom we serve.
NOTE: You can also view pictures of the highlights of our 2011-12 Fun’raising Season at www.facebook.com/kisforkids
Highlights of the 2010-11 Season (in chronological order):
Naples CityFest — Children Create Storyboards for Giant Filmstrip on Canvas
Thanks go to
Chuck Ardezzone with SWFL Charity TV and ITZ Media,
Naples International Film Festival,
guest author Caryn Sabes Hacker,
and all of our Teen Advisory Team members!
T E E N S U M M I T 2 0 1 1
A round of applause to
SWFL Charity TV & InTroubleZone Productions,
John Marazzi Nissan,
K is for Kids’ teen spokespersons, our Teen Advisory Team
and all the wonderful Collier County high school volunteers
who made this event spectacular!
“Bring a Book, Bring a Friend”
for Children’s Literacy Month —
Governor Rick Scott,
Mayor Bill Barnett,
The Commissioners of Collier County
for recognizing and proclaiming this important literacy month;
and to the following supporters organized their own book drives
for employees and/or community members:
Collier County Sheriff’s Office,
HMA, Health Management Associates,
Mon”Key” Bread Factory on Fifth Avenue,
North Naples Middle School,
Salon C International,
Starbucks of Collier County,
Silverspot Cinema at Mercado.
Thousands of books were raised and donated to children in need
throughout Collier County!
“Power of the Word” Art Contest & Exhibition
for Middle School Students throughout Collier County —
Thank you Collier County Sheriff’s Office and
Collier County Public Schools — Fine Arts Department,
for collaborating on this student art exhibition,
also the Naples Art Association,
Earth & Fire,
King Richard’s Family Amusement Park,
and the Naples Zoo
for the wonderful awards for students;
authors Robert Dean Bair, Jenny Craig, Jim Adduci
plus Maureen Hartung-Sullivan and Doug MacGregor
for donating their books to the students.
“Kids Celebrate Reading” Book Fair
and Young Authors Book Project —
Waterside Shops, Naples
Warmest thanks to our honorable guest
Florida’s First Lady Ann Scott
and our featured guest author
Margaret Cardillo of “Just Being Audrey”
WILKINSONphotography who created the young authors’ portraits,
and again, thank you to our K is for Kids’ teen spokespersons and Teen Advisory Team for hosting all the fun activities for children,
plus the Advisory Council members who volunteered to make this celebration successful!
Thank you to our founding sponsors
The Clawson Family
Annette & Richard Scott
Stonebridge Book Club
Marian & Boake Sells