Special Events


25th Anniversary Gala
  • The Ritz-Carlton Tiburon, Naples
  • March 1, 2024
  • 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

During this high energy evening guests will enjoy a cocktail reception with unique silent auction items, a delectable dinner with a live auction, music and dancing. All net proceeds from this annual event go directly to benefit foster children.

Labor Day 5K
  • Baker Park
  • Monday, September 2, 2024
  • 7:30 am

Start your Labor Day off right with a great 5K Run and Walk at Baker Park! The 5K is coordinated courtesy of Gulf Coast Runners. Overall winners of the race will be presented with a trophy, and age group winners will receive an award. All walkers and runners will receive a medal and T-shirt. Join over 700 people for a fun way to benefit foster children.

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Celebration of Friends

Each year Fostering Success honors individuals, organizations and academic mentors each year that through their body of work, extraordinary service and contributions have helped improve the lives of foster children in our community. It is our way to recognize and thank them for going above and beyond to help foster children.

2023 Award Honorees

The Lynn Schultzel Friend for a Lifetime Award – The Schoen Foundation
The Stan Appelbaum Friend of Distinction Award – Harry & Mary Ann Debes Foundation
Academic Mentors of the Year – Judy Barton and Daria Murphy

Previous Honorees

The Lynn Schultzel Friend for a Lifetime
2022 Collier County Public Schools
2019 Books for Collier Kids
2018 Nancy Goldszak
2017 Laces of Love
2016 Pat Barton
2015 Robert Germain, Jr.
2014 Stan Appelbaum

The Stan Appelbaum Friend of Distinction
2022 Naples Auto Donation Center (NADC) and HBK CPA’s & Consultants
2019 Richard M. Schulze Foundation
2018 Ronald McDonald Care Mobile
2017 Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF)
2016    Citizen’s Foster care Review Board
2015    The Honorable Franklin Baker
2014    The Honorable Daniel Monaco