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THE RIVER - JANUARY 22, 2016
January is National Mentoring
Month, and signing up to be a men-
tor is a rewarding way to begin the
new year. An adult mentor who spends
only an hour a week with a mentee can
dramatically change the life of a young
The Immokalee Foundation is seek-
ing mentors for middle school students
who soon will be inducted into their Take
Stock in Children scholarship program.
Mentors are matched with seventh-grade
students who officially enter the TIF pro-
gram during an induction ceremony at
Immokalee High School in April. During
the event, the students pledge to main-
tain a minimum 2.5 GPA, exhibit good
behavior, remain crime- and drug-free,
and meet with their mentors once a week
until they graduate from high school. In
exchange, they each receive a scholarship
to a Florida college or university.
A large part of TIF’s Take Stock In
Children students’ success is the mentor-
ing program; more than 80 mentors
now share their time, talent and experi-
ence to encourage Immokalee students.
These adults open up the world, mak-
ing the future look so much brighter to
their young mentees. As a result of TIF’s
programs and the involvement of caring
mentors, 97 percent of TIF’s students
in the Take Stock in Children program
graduate from high school, compared
with 57 percent of all Immokalee High
School students. Often, mentors find the
opportunity every bit as rewarding as the
The Immokalee Foundation provides
a range of education programs that focus
on building pathways to success through
college and post-secondary preparation
and support, mentoring and tutoring,
opportunities for broadening experiences,
and life skills development leading to eco-
To lear n more about TIF, volunteering
as a mentor or for additional information,
call 430-9122 or visit www.immokalee-
Don O’Neill and Gerardo Lugo
Jennifer Whitis and Sofia Villa
Joseph Zednik and Salvador Preciado
Louise Penta and Alejandro Arreguin
Chili Cook-Off Benefits Local Youth
Cool weather got you thinking warm food? Consider letting your taste buds
help judge a chili challenge for charity at the Six Bends Harley Davidson
on Saturday, February 20 from 11 a.m . to 5 p.m. The Dellutri Law Group
is proud to be the title sponsor for Can You Stand The Heat?, a family friendly
community event and fundraiser, benefitting Southwest Florida Lawyers Helping
Children Inc., a non-profit organization. The inaugural chili challenge for charity
was the brainchild of Carmen Dellutri, founder of the Dellutri Law Group. This
annual event will bring together lawyers and the local community to raise funds to
help children in Lee County. A portion of the proceeds derived from the event will
be used to help promote child safety in the community.
Dellutri wanted to have a family fun-filled event that would help promote child
safety in our area. “A chili challenge was an exciting prospect”, said Dellutri. But this
one has the twist of inviting entrants with a connection to law profession within the
local community, from attorneys to mediators and others, together for a great cause.
“Children are our most precious gifts to the planet, they need to lear n to protect them-
selves early on,” states Dellutri. “We have a community of fellow law professionals who
are always ready and willing to step up and help others. Therefore, we challenge all of
our attorneys to for m a team and step out for the chili challenge”.
Any member of the bar, private practice or firm, can enter the chili challenge
through Friday, February 12. Call Angeli Chin at 313-3995 or Christie Lee Garratt at
939-0900; or fill out your entry form at https://goo.gl/b2gsP7. You can also email
The chili challenge includes a fun and interactive chili contest prepared by teams,
where contestants are judged in front of their families, community and community
leaders. There will also be a “People’s Choice” category for spectators and participants
to judge. In addition, there are opportunities for sponsorship and vendors at the event.
The event will also have a kid zone, live entertainment, raffles, live demonstrations and
more. This is a public event with an entrance fee of $5 per person. With the cost of
entrance, you will receive four voting tickets. Additional voting tickets can be purchase
for $1 each. Raffle tickets will also be sold for prizes.
After the 2016 chili challenge concludes, proceeds will be used to purchase bicycle
helmets for children within the Lee County area. The goal this year is provide 500
children with approved bicycle safety helmets.
The Dellutri Law Group plans to make the chili challenge an annual event, in hopes
that it can be the Southwest Florida Lawyers Helping Children Inc.’s major fundraiser.
Sponsors and vendors are needed to help underwrite the cost of the event to allow
more of the raised funds to benefit children in our community. Help support safety for
our children, by joining in raising funds. Contact Chin at 313-3995 or email angeli.
firstname.lastname@example.org for sponsorship and vending information.
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