Over 700 more Collier County children will now be able to learn safety around the water, thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Naples Children & Education Foundation, the charitable arm of the greatly heralded Naples Winter Wine Festival.
The grant, a first for the Coalition, will provide water safety education and instruction to children between 3 and 5 years old in Golden Gate and Immokalee to help the children gain confidence around the water, teach them to enjoy water activities and prevent drownings.
Childhood drowning prevention, SIDS education and reducing childhood obesity are the primary focus of the coalition’s work. The grant from the Naples Children & Education Foundation was part of the foundation’s total $13.4 million donation to Collier County organizations in 2013.
Dr. Todd Vedder, a Naples pediatrician and chair of the coalition, said the gift will help save the lives of Collier County youngsters.
“This is a program that otherwise wouldn’t be available to these kids,” Dr. Vedder told the Naples Daily News and lauded the NCEF for its generosity toward Collier County’s children. “As a pediatrician, many of my patients are much better off because of the services you provide.”
The NCEF gift was featured in the Naples Daily News coverage of the foundation’s 2013 grant awards ceremony, held March 18.