Naples, FL, March 27, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Southern Florida and a select group of the non-profit organization’s volunteers were honored as a part of the Diamond Volunteer Program on March 18, 2010. Kelly E. Capolino, a local real estate professional and founder of the Diamond Volunteer Program, presented the Make-A-Wish Foundation with the award. The reception was held in a Quail West model home provided by Quail West Realty.
“Hearing the stories of children that have gone through terrible ordeals in their lives and the strength and hope given to them by the Make-A-Wish Foundation brought tears to my eyes,” said Kelly Capolino. “It is an enormous gift that these volunteers are giving to these children and their families at a time when they really need encouragement.”
The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Southern Florida has been granting the wishes of children battling life-threatening medical conditions for over 25 years. From children like 7 year-old Juliana who wished to be a scientist to 13 year-old Christion who wished to go to Hawaii, the Foundation has granted over 7,000 wishes through the support of volunteers and the community.
“This evening was a wish come true for us -- to be able to give back to our wonderful volunteers,” said Judith Yevick, West Coast Operations Manager for Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Southern Florida. “The reception was a lovely way to thank everyone including Kelly Capolino for choosing the Make-A-Wish Foundation® and our volunteers for being so devoted to granting WISHES!”
The award read: “In recognition of the valuable contributions your volunteers make in our community. Granting wishes to children battling life threatening conditions; giving strength to families and parents during the most frightening of times; and providing the precious gift of hope.”
As an extra gift to the Diamond Volunteer Award winners, Capolino has pledged 15% of her commission from any real estate transaction that comes directly from a Make-A-Wish referral.
“The referral donation is just one way I can try to help these wonderful organizations who won the Diamond Volunteer Award this year,” said Capolino. “All the volunteers can get involved and help raise funds for their favourite organization, it’s all of us working together that really benefits our local charities.”
About The Make-A-Wish Foundation:
The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Southern Florida grants wishes to children 2 ½ to 18 years old with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Twenty-six years of magic and more than 7,000 wishes later, the Foundation continues its mission to share the power of a wish® with ailing children.
The public is invited to a Volunteer Information Session to be held on April 19 in Bonita Springs. There is a special need for bilingual volunteers to help with wish-granting. To RSVP for this event, or to find out more about volunteering for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida, please call 239-992-9474 or visit the website at www.sfla.wish.org.
About Kelly E. Capolino:
Capolino has earned the prestigious designation of International President’s Circle, representing the top 2.6% of all Coldwell Banker Sales Associates nationwide. Her expertise in real estate is far-reaching with extensive knowledge and experience in luxury properties, acreage properties, investment properties, and renovation opportunities. Capolino ranked #16 out of 5,000 real estate agents with the Naples Board of Realtors in 2009, excluding foreclosure agents. Capolino is a “Listing Leader” and “Top Producer” in Naples.
Capolino’s office is located at Coldwell Banker, 550 5th Avenue South Naples, FL 34102. She can be reached at 239-262-7131 ext. 149 or 800-741-7131 ext. 149 or online at Kelly@Naples.net or www.floridamoves.com/KellyE.CapolinoPa.