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Charity Classic Gala Revealed by the Immokalee Foundation

The Immokalee Foundation recently announced that last yr’s event co-chairs, Carol and Tom Joseph, will probably be joined by Eileen and Dr. Brian Voynick as a brand new quartet of co-chairs for this yr’s Charity Classic Gala: “The Power of Education.”

The annual fundraising event will happen on Jan. 19, at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples Tiburón. Funds raised will proceed to support Immokalee Foundation programs all year long.

“Since 1991, The Immokalee Foundation has been preparing the subsequent generation of leaders through a 100% give attention to education, profession readiness, and skilled development for college kids in Immokalee —from kindergarten through postsecondary education,” the org shared.

The Foundation provides latest pathways to success and financial independence through robust programming that prepares students for well-paying, in-demand skilled careers in business management and entrepreneurship, education and human services, engineering and construction, management and healthcare.

Joseph is the founder and former CEO of Magnum Products, a number one manufacturer of sunshine towers and generators utilized in the development industry.

Eileen Voynick is the chair of the board of AGS Health and has served on six corporate boards over the past 10 years.

Eileen Voynick.

Dr. Brian T. Voynick is a veterinarian and leader in integrative veterinary medicine, having owned and directed the American Animal Hospital in Randolph, NJ, for over 35 years.

“It’s been often said that education is the good equalizer. As an Immokalee native, nobody understands that higher than I do,” said Immokalee Foundation President and CEO Neomi Y. Perez. “The Josephs’ and the Voynicks’ long-held passion for equal access to education makes them the proper quartet to co-chair this yr’s Power of Education-themed event. They definitely have the support of the Foundation staff and the Immokalee community. I actually have little question that the generous people of SW Florida will answer the decision, too.”

Dr. Brian Voynick

To learn more about The Immokalee Foundation, purchase Gala tickets, or obtain event sponsorship information, call 239-430-9122 or visit

Lee Health honors staff with disabilities

In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October, Lee Health is hosting a free event to honor staff with disabilities and promote advancing access to equity for our local communities. The Oct. 21 event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. is open to the general public at Estero Community Park, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd., in Estero.

The Celebration within the Park will feature local resources for people of all ages looking for a meaningful profession or assistance, a free kids Halloween costume contest, trick or treating, music, food trucks, games and activities, face painting, sand art, a blow-up obstacle course, a DJ and live entertainment. Morning anchor from WINK News, Taylor Petras, will probably be master of ceremonies.

Children who pre-register for the Halloween costume contest will receive a small treat and ensure a spot in the competition. To register, please visit

This yr’s theme for National Disability Employment Awareness Month ‘Disability: A part of the Equity Equation’ acknowledges the vital role that folks with disabilities play in creating a powerful workforce that reflects the variety of American society.

Celebration within the Park can be in support of Lee Health’s Project SEARCH Program, which is a one-year transition from school-to-work program that helps highschool students with mental or developmental disabilities develop life and work skills for long-term employment and private success. Project SEARCH can be supported by The School District of Lee County, Center for Independent Living and Vocational Rehabilitation.

The scholars gain experience working in guest services, food and nutrition services, central supply and sterile processing. They may fit in service roles in patient care areas, similar to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Pediatric Sedation, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Inpatient Pediatrics, Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) and Endoscopy.

Over time, Lee Health has hired Project SEARCH interns for roles in Environmental Services, Sterile Processing, the PICU, NICU, Pediatric Emergency Department, and more.

For more information, visit


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