The Cape Coral Animal Shelter is honored and excited to announce that we have been chosen to participate in a special charitable giving campaign, sponsored and funded by Target. And you have the chance to help direct a portion of Target’s donation to us!
Now through September 30th, vote for us through the Target Circle program to help determine how Target’s donation will be divvied up. Find out more about Target Circle here: www.target.com/circle
We’re asking our supporters to help us make the most of this incredible opportunity. Every vote counts to help us receive a portion of the available Target funds as we continue our mission to engage a special bond between people and animals by means of adoption services, medical care, education and training for the prevention of cruelty and abandonment.
Don’t forget, as you earn more votes, you can keep voting multiple times during the campaign!
Thank you for your support, and we encourage you to share your support for us (and your thanks to Target) on social media throughout the duration of the voting!
Now in its 34th year, customers and members in Southwest Florida can donate any dollar amount at the register or round up their purchase to the next dollar and donate the change in-store or while shopping online.
Since 1987, this campaign has raised more than $1 billion for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN). Last year was the first year the campaign benefited Golisano Children’s Hospital as a new CMN partner, raising more than $200,000 in Southwest Florida.
The Madisen’s Match charity tennis event served up a winner at its first online auction. The week-long event that featured exclusive auction items and interviews with international tennis stars raised nearly $30,000.
The funds will support the new neurosurgery program at Golisano Children’s Hospital.
Madisen’s Match founder Duane Chaney served as host as he sat down, virtually, throughout the week with many of the game’s best, including Mike and Bob Bryan, Murphy and Luke Jensen, Sam Querrey and Tom Gullikson.
The interviews touched on why the tennis greats have been huge supporters of Madisen’s Match over the years. The athletes also shared stories with Chaney about their tennis careers and their love of the game.
Murphy Jensen was emotional as he explained his involvement in Madisen’s Match since day one back in 2008: “Any time I’m part of an event that’s personal, I always like to ask the question when I’m being invited, ‘what is this event benefiting, what are you trying to accomplish, what’s the mission of this event?’” said Jensen.
“The impact and the growth [of Madisen’s Match] goes way beyond what you [Chaney] envisioned, what Madisen envisioned. When you think about champion tennis players, the community, the hospital, the children, I think this has had an impact way beyond Florida, way beyond the United States. What we do in those few days in Southwest Florida is something super special.”
In addition to exclusive interviews with tennis celebrities, Madisen’s Match featured an online auction with items such as a one-year membership to Useppa Island Club, a diamond tennis bracelet, diamond pendant, spa packages and framed photographs autographed by legendary athletes.
Madisen’s Match event sponsor First Horizon Bank stepped up for this year’s event by offering a matching grant of $5,000. The match was secured after the first $5,000 in donations were received early in the week.
Since its inception in 2008, Madisen’s Match has raised over $1.3 million for Barbara’s Friends and Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.
These funds have provided new equipment and services to provide life-saving care at Golisano over the last decade.
On Friday, February 12, 2021, the Cape Coral Animal Shelter will be hosting the first PJ’s and Paws—A Night at the Shelter to benefit the animals.
This SUPER FUN PAJAMA PARTY will feature 15 local “celebrities” or “representatives” of local businesses who will dress in their finest pajamas and spend the night with the animals of the Cape Coral Animal Shelter. Participants will be matched with one of our resident canines or assigned to one of our cat manors and are encouraged to decorate their “suite” to impress their “date.” The human can read, sing, take them for a walk, play, or just spend time together. At the end of the night, when all is quiet, humans can cuddle up and spend the night or tuck them in to dream of their forever home.
Each will be working toward a goal of raising a minimum of $2,000 through their networks and social media with a goal of raising $30,000 to support the lifesaving work we are doing at the shelter. There will be prizes for the most money raised by a celebrity/company, best pajamas, and most creative room decoration. Throughout the event, there will be Facebook live check ins and each business/celebrity participating will get a chance to shine in their Pj’s and show off their “date” for the evening.
“This year has been difficult for so many non-profits and Cape Coral Animal Shelter has had its share of challenges” said Liz McCauley, Executive Director.
“Since most of our fundraisers have been cancelled or postponed, we have had to find creative ways to raise much needed funds while still being able to social distance. We believe PJ’s & Paws is a fun way to raise money and awareness for our adoptable animals. And, if you have been to our shelter, you know—our dog suites and cat manors are so comfy and relaxing. Who wouldn’t want to cuddle up with our residents and take a nap?”
“Celebrities” participating include:
Amy J. Hanna-Eckenrode, Breeze Newspapers/Hampton Manor of Cape Coral
Barbara “Sadie” German, 96.9 Wink FM
Chelsea Castoria, CONRIC pr + marketing
Cindi Infiesto, Exit Select Realty
Donna Germain, Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral
Dr. Cecilia Fisher, Cape Coral Pet Vet
Gloria Tate, Raso Realty
Heather Mazurkiewicz and Mia, North Collier Fire Department
Jessica Walker, Markham Norton Mosteller Wright and Company, P.A.
JoAnn Elardo, Wicked Dolphin
Megan Davis DVM, Viscaya Prado Veterinary Hospital
Meghan Schuman Richardson, DVM, Paws on Point
Paige Sheatzley, Florida Veterinary Referral Center & Specialists in Companion Animal Neurology
Stephanie Ramos, Specialists in Companion Animal Neurology
Shelly Walton, Back Streets Sports Bar
Sergeant Rich Castellon, Deputy Dogs, Lee County Sheriff’s Office
The Pilot Club of Fort Myers and the Cape Coral Police Department are holding a shredding event on Saturday, January 23, 2021. The event will be held in the front parking lot of the Cape Coral Police Department, 1100 Cultural Park Blvd, between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Due to COVID-19, we ask that all participants socially distance themselves and wear a mask.
Oasis JROTC cadets will be on hand to help drivers unload their boxes to be shredded; the boxes can be returned if desired. Shredding will occur on site.
All proceeds of the event will be donated to the Cape Coral Project Lifesaver Programs and the Pilot Club. A donation of $5.00 per box to be shredded is suggested. Please remove binder clips or paper clips attached to paper being shredded. Commercial boxes will not be accepted.
Project Lifesaver is a program of Cape Coral Police Department which uses wristbands that emit a signal to help find individuals who tend to wander. The proceeds of this event will be used to help update and replace damaged or worn equipment. This technology can minimize the length of time it takes to locate a missing person / wanderer.
As increases in the number of people diagnosed with Autism, ASD, Alzheimer’s disease, and Dementia occur, the need for additional equipment is necessary. Equipment costs for families can be too costly. The financial help provided by the Pilot Club by holding the Shred-A-Ton event goes a long way.
The Pilot Club of Fort Myers focuses their efforts on helping organizations seeking to improve the quality of life for individuals with brain-related disorders through volunteer activities, education, and financial support. The club name came from a riverboat pilot who could steer safely through troubled waters. The club’s motto is “do more, care more, and be more.” For information about the Pilot Club, contact the president, Fran D’Alessandro, 239-332-1140, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My Shower Door / D3 Glass is looking to the SWFL community this holiday season to open their hearts and support the families of first responders in Lee County. From now until Monday, Dec. 14, people can bring new, unwrapped toys to any of the three My Shower Door locations in Naples, Fort Myers and Cape Coral; Coconut Point Ford in Estero or Advantage Retirement Group in Fort Myers.
Last year’s toy drive with Golisano Children’s Hospital was such a success that MY Shower Door / D3 Glass co-owner Bill Daubmann decided to continue this holiday program and this year support another group of people that could use some holiday cheer. “With the spread of COVID-19 deeply effecting Southwest Florida in 2020 our first responders and their families could use some joy this holiday season,” said Daubmann. “We want to bring smiles to their faces to close out the year on a bright note for them.”
With the assistance of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, the unwrapped toys will be picked up at the drop-off locations then distributed to the families of first responders throughout the county to ensure they enjoy a festive holiday.
Toys can be dropped off at:
My Shower Door – 13500 Tamiami Trail N, Naples,
My Shower Door – 14261 S Tamiami Trail, No. 2, Fort Myers,
My Shower Door – 2708 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral,
Coconut Point Ford – 22400 S Tamiami Trail, Estero and
Advantage Retirement Group – 8870 Daniels Parkway, Fort Myers.
Thanks go out to the following for all of their support with this year’s toy drive: Advantage Retirement Group, Coconut Point Ford, CONRIC pr + marketing, Lee County Sheriff’s Office and Two39 Work Group.