Thank you to all 182 participants who came to our Children of Amigos fundraising luncheon. Donations are still arriving, but so far we have raised $73, 490. That is an amazing amount, however it falls short of last year's fundraising result by $5,000. It’s not too late to make your contribution. While we are still receiving pledges from those who were unable to attend our luncheon, we look forward to gathering another $20,000 to meet our budgeted needs. Just click the red “DONATE NOW” button and you are on your way to helping us set a new fundraising record!
Our theme this year, “Children of Amigos” focused attention on the blessings the children of our adult clients and church members have received through the years. We prepared a short video Children of Amigos that tell their stories.
We were honored with the presence of Dr. Daniel Dosoretz, CEO and Co-founder of 21st Century Oncology. Because of his support of Amigos Center, his support of other humanitarian efforts in Southwest Florida and his own outstanding personal story as a successful immigrant, we were pleased to present Dr. Dosoretz with our 2015 Humanitarian Award.
Our Master of Ceremonies, Dr. Mary Manz Simon, flew in from Pasadena, Maryland to spend the day with us. Dr. Mary is an award winning author with more than three million books sold in English and titles available in ten languages. Publishers include Random House, Scholastic, and Concordia Publishing House, which released Little Visits with Jesus and Hear Me Read Bible. Two titles from Ideals/Guideposts are scheduled for release in 2015.
Our luncheon gave us an opportunity to recognize and thank our staff of two full-time and 11 part-time workers. Amigos has four staff members who have worked for us for more than ten years. Our newest staff member is immigration Attorney Lindsay Ray who began work with us in February 2015. Lindsay has always wanted to work as an immigration attorney. For that reason she moved to Florida from California to study law at Ave Maria School of Law.