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2013 Diamond Volunteer Award Winners Announced


Kelly Capolino, real estate professional with Keating Associates in Naples, Florida, and founder of the Diamond Volunteer Program, has selected three local organizations to be honored in 2013. They are Naples Civitan Club, the Brody Project for Animal Assisted Therapy, and the Safe and Healthy Children's Coalition of Collier County.

Naples, FL, January 28, 2013 --(PR.com)-- The 2013 Diamond Volunteer Program Award winners have been announced by Kelly Capolino. Each year, three non-profit organizations are selected for the award based on their exceptional volunteer dedication and the extraordinary positive influence that they make in the lives of others.

Kelly Capolino, local real estate professional with Keating Associates in Naples, Florida and founder of the Diamond Volunteer Program, has selected three local organizations to be honored in 2013. They are Naples Civitan Club, the Brody Project for Animal Assisted Therapy, and the Safe and Healthy Children's Coalition of Collier County. The three new winners will bring the total of organizations honored by the award to 13, as there was a tie in 2011 and four groups were honored.

The program’s goal is to honor volunteers of three non-profits each season. Application is made by a one-page case statement about the non-profit, the work they do in the community and why they would like to honor their volunteers. Past groups have honored their board members, while others select their front line service providers or donors to honor.

Each organization selected will be honored at a personal cocktail reception given for 25 to 30 of their volunteers. Each of the three selected organizations will also receive a press release written for their organization, photos of the awards reception submitted for press coverage, an arranged radio interview, and a framed Diamond Volunteer award.

The private receptions will be hosted this year by the von Liebig Art Center during January, February and March.

Past award winners have included: 2010 - Baby Basics of Collier County, Penny Bear Company, and Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida; 2011 - Hope for Haiti, Bedtime Bundles, Sunlight Home, and Senior Friendship Center; and 2012 - Eden Autism Services, Miracles in Action, and Project HELP Crisis Center.

About The 2013 Winners
Naples Civitan Club was founded in 1989 with the mission to fulfill and serve individual and community needs with an emphasis on those with developmental disabilities. Naples Civitan is a hands-on service non-profit organization, which looks for opportunities in the community where volunteerism can be of most value. The Club sponsors two Junior Civitan Clubs at Golden Gate and Naples High Schools for students to learn leadership skills and community responsibility while doing volunteer work. It formed and currently sponsors the Collier Challenger Little League Baseball Program for children with developmental disabilities. For information call 239-774-2623 or e-mail NaplesCivitan@aol.com.

The Safe & Healthy Children's Coalition of Collier County was formed in 2010 by several Collier County community agencies in response to develop synergistic programs to address health and safety issues adversely impacting Collier County children. The three leading causes of morbidity and mortality adversely impacting the children are: - SIDS/unsafe sleep?(leading cause of death for children under 1 year), drowning (leading cause of death for children 1-4 years in Collier County) and childhood obesity (last school year 11 Collier County public elementary had obesity rates exceeding 30% of the student population screened). For more information, please call 239-552-7788 or e-mail info@safehealthychildren.org.

The Brody Project for Animal Assisted Therapy is dedicated to enhancing human health by providing Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) and promoting the healing power of the human-animal bond through community educational forums. Animal Assisted Therapy services are provided to frail elders at Moorings Park Continuing Care Retirement Community and women and children who are victims of domestic violence and at The Shelter for Abused Women and Children. The Brody Project also hosts community events featuring local, national and international speakers to promote a deeper understanding of the importance of the human-animal bond and its proven health benefits. For more information, contact Karen Lasker 239 325-9328 or visit their website at www.thebrodyproject.org.

To find out more about the Diamond Volunteer Program and Awards, contact Kelly Capolino. Her office is located in downtown Olde Naples on 5th Avenue South, Naples, FL. She can be reached at 239-877-6700 or 239-262-6606 ext. 319 or online at Kelly@Naples.net or www.Keathing Realty.com
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