Southwest Florida Social Calendar 2018

The fundraisers, balls, galas, tournaments, luncheons and other charity events of the social season. For more information regarding these Southwest Florida events, see the Gulfshore Life website.

2017 Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec. 2018 Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug.


April 2018

12 Wines Around the World at Shula’s Steak House, Naples, to benefit the Ricky King Children’s Fund. 6 p.m. Tickets: $250. Dress code: semi-formal. Chair: Heather Tice. Contact: Jennifer Weidenbruch, (239) 449-0209. www.rickykingfund.org

14 Apple Blossom Awards at Vineyards Country Club to benefit Collier Child Care Resources (CCCR). 11 a.m. Tickets: $40. Dress code: business-casual. Contact: Tiffany Cawley, (239) 643-3908, tiffanyc@collierchildcare.org . www.collierchildcare.org

14 Bay Days (The Great American Cleanup) at multiple waterway, bay and canal sites to benefit Keep Collier Beautiful. 9 a.m. Tickets: volunteer. Dress code: casual. Chair: Jim Zimmerman. Contact: Jim Zimmerman, (239) 580-8319, litternot@earthlink.net . www.keepcollierbeautiful.com

14 Denim & Diamonds Gala & Auction on-site to benefit Bishop Verot Catholic High School. 6 p.m. Tickets: $75. Dress code: business-casual to casual. Chairs: Robin Collier, Angela Clark, Lisa Quattrone. Contact: (239) 274-6730. www.bvhs.org

14-15 Haydn Cello Concerto at Temple Shalom to benefit Naples Orchestra and Chorus. 7 p.m. April 14 and 3:30 p.m. April 15. Tickets: $20. Dress code: casual concert attire. Chair: Chris Davies. Contact: noc.inquiry@gmail.com . www.naplesorchestraandchorus.org

16 Friends of Hope Spring Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa to benefit Hope Healthcare.10:30 a.m. Tickets: $100. Dress code: ladies lunch. Chairs: Etta Smith, Barbara Caccese. Contact: Heather Chester, (239) 489-9164. www.hopehcs.org

17 Celebration Dinner at Grey Oaks Country Club to benefit the Guadalupe Center. 5:30 p.m. Tickets: $85. Dress code: business-casual. Chairs: Sue Hagemann, Sandy Vasey. Contact: Tracy Connelly, (239) 657-7120, tconnelly@guadalupecenter.org . www.guadalupecenter.org

19 Chefs Cooking for Kids at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast. 5:30 p.m. Dress code: business-casual. Chairs: Susan Battaglia, Ryan Love. Contact: Aimee McLaughlin, (239) 288-4224, amclaughlin@bbbssun.org . www.bbbssun.org/events

20 Guadalupe Charity Golf Classic at Vineyards Country Club to benefit the Guadalupe Center. 11:30 a.m. Tickets: $250. Dress code: golf. Contact: (239) 657-7711. www.guadalupecenter.org

21 Crawfish Boil at Walker’s Marina to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County. 4 p.m. www.bgccc.com

21 Earth Day Festival on-site to benefit the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. 10 a.m. Tickets: $10 per adult, $5 per child, free for members and children under 3. Dress code: weather-appropriate, comfortable shoes. Contact: Nikkie Dvorchak, (239) 403-4200, nikkied@conservancy.org . www.conservancy.org/earthday 

21 First Annual Cornhole Crusade at Florida SouthWestern State College to benefit Lighthouse of Collier. 11 a.m. Dress code: casual. Chairs: Craig Bamberg, Lorie Bassano Monserrat. Contact: Robin Goldstone Garcia, (239) 430-3934, info@lighthouseofcollier.org . www.lighthouseofcollier.org

21 Scholarship Winners' Recital at First United Methodist Church to benefit Naples Music Club. 3 p.m. Tickets: free. Dress code: business-casual. Chair: Gerhard Samide. Contact: Gerhard Samide, gsamide@att.net . www.naplesmusicclub.org

21 Stroke Victor Scramble at Quail Village Golf Club to benefit the Stroke Recovery Foundation. Noon. Tickets: $80 for golf and dinner. Dress code: golf. Chairs: Bob Mandell, Nancy Dagher. Contact: Nancy Farris Dagher, (239) 598-2815, membership@quailvillagegolfclub.org . www.strokerecoveryfoundation.org

21 Sunshine 5K Run at Vineyards Community Park to benefit Friends of Foster Children Forever. 7:30 a.m. Tickets: $25. Dress code: runners’ attire. Chairs: Jim Derham, Craig Harrington. Contact: Gisela Estrada, (239) 262-1808, gisela@friendsoffosterchildren.net . www.gcrunner.org

21 A Swing of Grace at Wyndemere Country Club to benefit Grace Place for Children and Families. 11:30 a.m. Tickets: $250. Chair: Erik Lutgert. Contact: Barbara Evans, (239) 234-2403, barbara@graceplacenaples.org .

21-22 Sixth Annual Breaking Par at Grandezza Golf Tournament at The Club at Grandezza to benefit Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida. 5:30 p.m. Saturday, 8:30 a.m. Sunday. Tickets: tournament $175 per person or $700 per team, dinner/auction $65 per person. Dress code: casual. Chair: Jim Shields. Contact: Stephanie Hoffman, (239) 225-2590, shoffman@jaswfl.org . www.jaswfl.org/grandezza-golf-tournament

25 15th Scholarship Spring Golf Classic at Grey Oaks Country Club to benefit Hodges University. 11:30 a.m. registration and luncheon, 1:15 p.m. shotgun start. Contact: April May, (239) 598-6153, amay@hodges.edu . www.hodges.edu/support/golf

27 Annual Golf Tournament at the Vineyards Country Club to benefit the Parkinson Association of Southwest Florida. 8 a.m. Tickets: $250 per golfer. Dress code: golf. Contact: (239) 417-3465. www.pasfi.org

28 13th Annual Golf Classic at Vineyards Country Club to benefit Royal Palm Academy. 7:30 a.m. Tickets: $200. Dress code: golf. Contact: Lynn Girouard, (239) 594-9888, lgirouard@royalpalmacademy.com . www.royalpalmacademy.com

28 March for Babies at Centennial Park and Sun-N-Fun Lagoon to benefit March of Dimes. 9 a.m. (Fort Myers); 5:30 p.m. (Naples). Chairs: Jackie Chand (Fort Myers); Russell Budd and Krist Pickard (Naples). Contact: Elizabeth Esposito, (239) 271-2563, eesposito@marchofdimes.org  (Fort Myers); Megan Flores, (239) 271-2564, maflores@marcofdimes.org  (Naples). www.marchforbabies.org

28 Rising Stars Series—Naples Philharmonic Youth Chorus at the Wang Opera Center to benefit CAPA Cultural and Performing Arts Center. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $40 per general admission, $50 per VIP. Contact: Nikki Clark, (239) 775-2800, info@capacenter.org . www.capacenter.org

Also in April:

31st Annual “Fairways for the Future” Golf Tournament to benefit Youth Haven. Contact: Meredith Chase, (239) 687-5155, meredith.chase@youthhavenswfl.org .

Annual Benefit Dinner to benefit Interfaith Charities of South Lee. 6 p.m. Dress code: casual. Chair: Bonnie Olson. Contact: Bonnie Olson, bonnie@icslee.org

Annual Gala to benefit Florida Repertory Theatre. www.floridarep.org

Annual “Who Dun It” Mystery Event to benefit LARC. 6 p.m. Contact: Angela Katz, (239) 334-6285, ext. 229, angelakatz@larcleecounty.org . www.larcleecounty.org

Bling & Bags Bingo at The Landings the benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center of SWFL. 5:30 p.m. Tickets: $45-50. Dress code: country club-casual. Chairs: Candis Loving, Lisa Rizzio. Contact: Lisa Rizzio, (239) 939-2808, lrizzio@cac-swfl.org .

Blues by the Bay at a private home on Sanibel to benefit The Heights Foundation. 7 p.m. Tickets: $125. Dress code: resort-casual. Contact: Karen Lesza, (239) 482-7706, karen@heightsfoundation.org . www.heightsfoundation.org/blues

Business Hall of Fame, Lee County, at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa to benefit Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida. 5 p.m. Tickets: $250 per person, $2,000 per table. Dress code: nice business. Contact: Jodie Greenhoe, (239) 225-2590, jgreenhoe@jaswfl.org . www.jaswfl.org/business-hall-of-fame-lee-county

Charity Golf Outing at Stoneybrook Golf Club to benefit LARC. 9 a.m. Chairs: Duffy’s Foundation. Contact: Angela Katz, (239) 334-6285, ext. 229, angelakatz@larcleecounty.org . www.larcleecounty.org

Designer Purse Bingo to benefit the Regional Cancer Cancer. 5:30 p.m. Tickets: $45. Dress code: business-casual. Chair: Tommie Schott. Contact: Patti Chlipala, (239) 214-0639, patti.chlipala@leehealth.org . www.leehealthfoundation.org/pursebingo

George DeMarco Memorial Golf to benefit the George DeMarco Foundation. Dress code: golf. Chair: Loretta DeMarco. Contact: Loretta DeMarco, (239) 643-4077.

Leadership Collier Foundation Graduation 2018 to benefit the Leadership Collier Foundation. Contact: Amanda Beights, (239) 403-2903, amanda@napleschamber.org . www.web.napleschamber.org/events

PFLAG Naples Interfaith Convocation to benefit PFLAG Naples. 3 p.m. Tickets: free. Dress code: casual. Chairs: Ruth Dorfman, Elissa Goldstein. Contact: Ruth Dorfman and Elissa Goldstein, (239) 963-4670.

The White Party presented by Gulfshore Life magazine. Contact: Jaimie Miller, (239) 449-4154, jmiller@gulfshorelife.com .

YogaCAN at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club to benefit the Cancer Alliance of Naples. 9 a.m. Tickets: $45-50 per person, $500-5,000 per sponsorship opportunity. Dress code: casual. Chair: Dr. Joel Waltzer. Contact: Jodi Bisogno, (239) 643-4673, jodi@cancerallianceofnaples.org . www.cancerallianceofnaples.org

May 2018

1-2 Hodges University Identity Fraud Institute Conference at the Hilton Naples to benefit Hodges University. 8:30 a.m. Contact: Carrie Kerskie, (239) 598-6281, ckerskie@hodges.edu . www.hodges.edu/identity

4 Carnival After Dark at Venue Naples to benefit Girls on the Run of Collier County. 6 p.m. Tickets: $80-100. Dress code: cocktail. Chairs: Jaimee Sidisky, Nicole Roland, Monet Layton, Brittany Bower. Contact: Jaimee Sidisky, (239) 580-8425, jaimeesidisky@gmail.com . www.gotrcc.org/events

5 12th Annual Stingray Golf Tournament at TwinEagles Golf & Country Club to benefit Seacrest Country Day School. 7:30 a.m. Tickets: $200. Dress code: golf. Contact: Claudia D’Alessandro, (239) 793-1986, cdalessandro@seacrest.org . www.seacrest.org/giving/specialevents/stingray-golf-tournament

5 Derby Dash 2018 at Naples Botanical Garden to benefit the Naples Junior Woman’s Club. 5 p.m. Dress code: garden-cocktail. Chair: Julia Brackett. Contact: Julia Brackett, development@naplesjuniors.com . www.naplesjuniors.com

5 Kentucky Derby Party at a private home to benefit the Latchkey League. 5 p.m. Tickets: $160. Dress code: Kentucky Derby attire encouraged. Chairs: Sarann and Stan Kraushaar. Contact: Lynne Nordhoff, (239) 594-8420, lynnecnordhoff@gmail.com .

5 March for Babies at Laishley Park, Punta Gorda, to benefit March of Dimes. 9 a.m. Contact: Elizabeth Esposito, (239) 271-2563, eesposito@marchofdimes.org . www.marchforbabies.org

5 Ninth Annual Golf Tournament at Worthington Country Club to benefit New Horizons of Southwest Florida. 8 a.m. Tickets: $150. Dress code: golf. Chair: Barry Dunleavy. Contact: Dort Bear, (239) 948-4146, dort@newhorizonsofswfl.org . www.newhorizonsofswfl.org/golf-tournament

5-6 Music of MGM at Temple Shalom to benefit the Naples Orchestra and Chorus. 7 p.m. May 5 and 3:30 p.m. May 6. Tickets: $20. Dress code: casual concert attire. Chair: Chris Davies. Contact: noc.inquiry@gmail.com . www.naplesorchestraandchorus.org

9 Lifetime Achievement Awards presented by Gulfshore Business magazine at the Hilton Naples. 11 a.m. Dress code: business attire. Tickets: $45. Contact: Jaimie Miller, (239) 449-4154, jmiller@gulfshorelife.com .

11 La Fille Mal Gardee Spring Performance to benefit Gulfshore Ballet. Contact: (239) 590-6191, gulfshoreballet@gmail.com . www.gsballet.org/events

11 National Public Gardens Day at Lakes Regional Park to benefit the Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation. 9 a.m. Tickets: free. Dress code: casual. Contact: (239) 533-1333. www.lakespark.org

12 13th Annual Lovers Key Turtle Trot 5K Run/Walk at Lovers Key State Park to benefit Friends of Lovers Key State Park. 7 a.m. registration and packet pickup, 8 a.m. race start. Tickets: $35 per adult and $25 per youth under 18 through May 8, $40 per person on race day. Dress code: active-casual. Contact: Ranger Station, (239) 463-4588. www.friendsofloverskey.org

12 NALC Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive at the Collier Harvest Foundation warehouse, 4451 Mercantile Ave., to benefit the Collier Harvest Foundation. 1 p.m. Tickets: free; volunteer activity. Dress code: lightweight, outdoor work clothing. Chair: Connie Preu. Contact: (239) 455-3663. www.collierharvest.org/volunteer

12 Tosca at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW to benefit Gulf Coast Symphony. www.gulfcoastsymphony.org

17 FCS Foundation Golf Classic Kick-Off and Evening Reception at Heritage Palms Golf & Country Club to benefit the Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation. 6 p.m. Tickets: $100. Dress code: golf-casual. Contact: Terri Gagliardi, (941) 677-7192, tgagliardi@flcancer.com . www.foundation.flcancer.com

18 FCS Foundation Golf Classic at Heritage Palms Golf & Country Club to benefit the Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation. 7:30 a.m. Tickets: $250. Dress code: golf. Contact: Terri Gagliardi, (941) 677-7192, tgagliardi@flcancer.com . www.foundation.flcancer.com

25 State of Our Schools—Partners in Education Breakfast at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre to benefit The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools. 7 a.m. Tickets: $40. Dress code: business-casual. Contact: Beverly Burke, (239) 337-0433, beverly@leeschoolfoundation.org . www.leeschoolfoundation.org

Also in May:

Lipman Golf Classic at Naples Heritage Golf & Country Club to benefit the Redlands Christian Migrant Association. 8:30 a.m. Tickets: $225. Dress code: casual. Chair: Jaime Weisinger. Contact: Kathleen Roehm, (863) 781-2874, kathleen.roehm@rcma.org . www.rcma.net/how-you-can-help/golf-tournament

Pars for Paws Golf Tournament and Auction to benefit Volunteer Services for Animals. Dress code: golf-casual. Chair: Sondra Rice. Contact: Sondra Rice, my7kitties@hotmail.com.

June 2018

Murder Mystery Dinner at Naples Lakes Country Club to benefit Bikes for Tykes. 5:30 p.m. Tickets: $75. Dress code: theme or dinner attire. Chair: Teddy Plaisted. Contact: Teddy Plaisted, (239) 465-9047, teddy@bikesfortykes.org . www.bikesfortykes.org 

Sixth Annual SUP Poker Run at The Capri Fish House to benefit Special Olympics Florida—Collier County. 9 a.m. Tickets: $50. Dress code: swimwear. Chairs: Stephanie Dangler, Becky Newell. Contact: (239) 775-1991. www.specialolympicsflorida.org/collier/fundraising-events/annual-sup-poker-run-benefiting-special-olympics-florida-collier-county

Sunset Cruise for Mental Health on the Naples Princess to benefit the David Lawrence Center. 6 p.m. Dress code: casual. Contact: Jennifer Denike, (239) 304-3505. jenniferde@dlcmhc.com .


July 2018

Best of Business presented by Gulfshore Business magazine. Tickets: $45. Dress code: business/cocktail. Contact: Jaimie Miller, (239) 449-4154, jmiller@gulfshorelife.com .

Fourth Annual Grouper Slam at Port Sanibel Marina to benefit LARC. 6 a.m. Chair: Alex Newman. Contact: Angela Katz, (239) 334-6285, ext. 229, angelakatz@larcleecounty.org . www.fishgrouperslam.com

Laughter Is the Best Medicine at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center to benefit SalusCare. 7 p.m. Dress code: business-casual. Contact: Todd Cordisco, (239) 791-1575, tcordisco@saluscareflorida.org . www.saluscarecomedynight.org

Youth Masterpiece Theater at the Dunbar High School auditorium to benefit Quality Life Center of Southwest Florida. Dress code: casual. Contact: Keesha Allen, (239) 334-2797, ext. 105, kallen@qlcswfl.org.

August 2017

22 Love That Dress! 10 at the Embassy Suites Fort Myers-Estero to benefit PACE Center for Girls of Lee County. 5 p.m. for VIPs, 6 p.m. for general admission. Tickets: $30 per general admission, $150 per VIP. Dress code: best dress. Contact: Allyson Ross, (239) 470-7548, allyson.ross@pacecenter.org . www.lovethatdress.org

Also in August:

Love That Dress! at the Naples Grande Beach Resort to benefit PACE Center for Girls, Collier at Immokalee. 6 p.m. Tickets: $30 per general admission, $150 per VIP. Dress code: casual. www.lovethatdress.org

pARTy with a Purpose to benefit Youth Haven. Contact: Meredith Chase, (239) 687-5155, meredith.chase@youthhavenswfl.org.

RumRunners Celebrity Chef Night at RumRunners, Cape Coral, to benefit Barbara’s Friends. 6 p.m. Tickets: $175. Dress code: business-casual. Contact: Katy Martinez, (239) 214-0639, katy.martinez@leehealth.org . www.leehealthfoundation.org/rumrunners
 




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