Wildcat Run Cares for Kids

Wildcat run CHARITABLE Foundation, Inc.

The WILDCAT RUN CHARITABLE FOUNDATION began 10 years ago, but it did not become a 501c3 until 2013.  The mission of this foundation is to help children in need in SW. Florida, and over these years it has helped children in many ways to lead happy, healthy and fulfilling lives. 

The following are a list of those charities and organizations that the WILDCAT CHARITABLE FOUNDATION has supported in the past or is continuing to assist.  In each and every case children are the focus.

Bedz 4 Kids            Children’s Advocacy Center           Estero Fire/Safety         Gabriel’s House

Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships               Interfaith Charities of S.W. Florida

Laces of Love         Literacy Buddies                              New Horizons of S.W. Florida

Project Backpack                                                              Pinewoods Elementary School

Valerie’s House                                                               Wings of Shelter

All of these organizations or charities share our mission.  They play a pivotal role in the lives of children who are suffering.  Children can be faced with many difficult problems that need various forms of intervention to provide the necessary support and guidance to meet their individual needs.  This support could be medical, physical, therapeutic, emotional, judicial, or providing educational mentoring.  In addition, it could be affording the appropriate help and housing for children who have found themselves in the world of sexual-trafficking as well as others who require grief counseling due to the loss of a loved one.  Finally, some at-risk students face the challenges of poverty, isolation and hopelessness. No matter the case, in order for any of these children to lead productive lives, they need help, support and love and that has been the goal of the WILDCAT RUN CHARITABLE FOUNDATION for the last 10 years.  This special Foundation was started by our members, and the success it has achieved is because of the compassion, dedication and continued support of our members.  Since its onset, this Foundation has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help youngsters and there have been countless success stories of children who are now thriving, and this is because of our members.  It has always been said that, “Wildcat Run is small in number but big in heart, where members care about each other as well as others outside the gate who need help.”  That statement couldn’t be truer, and your Foundation hopes to continue its mission and be the protectors and advocates of children in need.

The WILDCAT RUN CHARITABLE FOUNDATION has selected 3 new 501c3 charities with a monetary donation:

LITERACY BUDDIES OF SW FLORIDA:  $250.00         PROVIDES AT-RISK CHILDREN WITH BOOKS TO TAKE HOME AND SHARE WITH THEIR FAMILIES.  The program also encourages them to express themselves through correspondence with their adult buddy who also provides books to specific children 3 times a year.

LACES OF LOVE OF SW. FLORIDA:   $1000.00             PROVIDES NEW SHOES (USUALLY SNEAKERS) TO LOW-INCOME AND DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN IN COLLIER AND LEE COUNTY. This organization educates the public about the needs of these children.  Since 2004, over 170,000 pairs of shoes have been donated to children.  Athletic shoes are also provided to children so that they can be involved in sports programs.

NEW HORIZONS OF SW FLORIDA:  $1500.00              PROVIDES AT-RISK YOUTH FROM 5-18, TO REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL THROUGH TUTORING, MENTORING AND FAITH BUILDING.  New Horizons provides the most vulnerable members of the community with the opportunity to choose a different course for their lives using community volunteers as their medium.  This program began in 2002 with 60 children and now services over 600 with a wait list.  All programs are available to children after school and during the summer. The children that continue to attend the various after-school programs through high school, have a 92% graduation rate from public school.

The picture below was taken at a New Horizons Benefit Luncheon that was attended by several members of the Wildcat Foundation Board.  The children’s chorus preformed a moving rendition of    “God Bless America”.

The Wildcat Run Charitable Foundation has been a donor to Pinewoods Elementary School for the last 3 years providing backpacks and school supplies for the start of school, as well as Christmas presents for various children.To thank the Wildcat Foundation, Jaelynn Lias, a student at Pinewoods, spent every lunch hour for one month painting the picture of a wildcat in appreciation. The picture as well wonderful as a Thank You note from the teachers was given to Mrs. Judy Mittino, President of the Foundation.  The picture is now proudly hung in the administrative office of Mr. Robert DiBiase, General Manager of Wildcat Run Golf and Country Club.

Pictured: Left to Right Chris Wheeler, Judy Mittino, Linda Scalley, Robert J. DiBiase, JoAnne Vicidomini and Pam Bishop

A special thank you to all of the members who made soup for the Wildcat Charitable Foundation SOUPATHON  which was held in the Grill Room last Sunday. 
Twenty-six of our own members made their own special recipes, and an additional 80 members attended this fun-filled event.  All in attendance cast votes for their favorite soups 
and there were 3 finalists.  Our own Chef Greg, cast the final vote.
Susan Hayward  -  Roasted Squash Soup
Patti McNeilly  -  Taco Soup
Third Place
Mary English  -  Gumbo Congratulations to all Finalists, and a very special THANK YOU to all who were involved.  
Because of the generosity of our members, the Foundation raised $1900 to help children in need in S.W. Florida.

Click Here for the Spotlight Story
Congratulations to The Wildcat Run Charitable Foundation for winning the Non-Profit of the Year Award from the Horizon Council!
Congratulations from the Chamber of Commerce!
Thank you from Wings of Shelter.
Wildcat Run Charitable Foundation has been selected as a finalist for the 2018 Nonprofit of the Year Award click here for more!
Wildcat Run Charitable Foundation receives a congratulations from Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto! Click Here 
Wildcat Run Charitable Foundation was recognized in Gulfshore Business Newsletter click here!
Another Thank You from HTAP!!! Click Here
Wildcat Run Charitable Foundation helps more Lee County Organizations click here to read more!

Art Reach Thank you Note

The Wildcat Run Charitable Foundation has been a major contributor to Valerie’s House, donating over $60,000 to this amazing charity, who mission is to help children and their families who have lost a loved one.
The children of Valerie’s House, Inc., a Southwest Florida nonprofit helping grieving families, have created a traveling Children’s Grief Quilt that has been displayed at several businesses and schools in the area, as well
as in Congressman Francis Rooney’s office in Washington, will also be displayed at Wildcat Run from January 8 to January 11, 2018.Each square of the Children’s Quilt, represents a memory they have about the person
in their life who has died. The handmade quilt was made to bring attention to children grieving and spread awareness about the Valerie’s House grief support program.More than 20 businesses, schools and government
agencies have displayed the quilt in 2017, such as Fine Mark National Bank & Trust, Iberia Bank, Markham Norton Mosteller Wright and Company, Norman Love Confections, the School District of Lee County, and
the Cannon House Office Building, House of Representatives in Washington D.C., to name a few.The Wildcat Run Charitable Foundation is proud to display this beautiful and emotional work of art.

Click Here for Wildcat Care for Kids in the News!  
Click Here Wildcat Charitable Foundation News Flash- September 1, 2017
Click Here for Thank You Notes From Our Charities
Click Here for Another Thank You From Wings of Shelter
Click Here for Another Thank You from Valerie's House
Click Here for Another Thank You from Valerie's House

Wildcat Run Golf & Country Club Charitable Foundation recently presented $75,000 to three local charities—surpassing last year’s contributions by $15,000 and bringing the total amount raised for Southwest Florida’s children over the past six years to more than $275,000. The Foundation awarded $35,000 to Wings of Shelter, $30,000 to Valerie’s House and $10,000 to the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida from monies raised during the club’s annual golf and dinner event attended by club members and guests.
Read Press Release Here
To Learn More about Valerie's House Click Here
To Learn More about Wings of Shelter Click Here
To Learn More about Children's Advocacy Center Click Here 
Thursday, September 21st Click Here to Learn More

Wildcat Cares for Kids Helped Valerie's House Raise $80,000 at their inaugural event "Under the Stars"!

We are so excited to see Valerie's House in the News Press!
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Wildcat Run Golf & Country Club recently presented the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida and

Valerie’s House Inc. with checks for $30,000 each. The money was raised during the club’s annual Wildcat Cares 4 Kids event attended by more than 200 club members and guests. 

Hosted by the Wildcat Run Charitable Foundation, the Carnevale Fantasy-themed evening included both silent and live auctions, including top bids for a gift certificate to the Diamond District coupled with a pair of high-polish frosted background earrings, a limousine ride to Fleming’s Steakhouse for an elegant dinner and a custom white diamond bracelet. 

The funds raised matched the previous year’s contributions, bringing the total amount raised over the past five years to more than $200,000.

“The continued support and generosity of the Wildcat Run members and community sponsors year after year is remarkable,” said Wildcat Cares 4 Kids Board President, Judy Mittino. “This is our fifth year contributing to the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida and it is because of our partnership that we are truly able to make an impact in our community. This year we also had the opportunity to partner with Valerie’s House to help extend our reach in Southwest Florida.”

 Thank you for your generosity and support. Once again, our residents have proven to be outstanding contributors. 

Wildcat Cares for Kids Charitable Foundation donated $540.00 to our local Fire Chief to provide fire safety material for over 300 children in the Fire Safety Education Program here in Estero.

Board of Directors

 Judi Mittino - President  
Pamela Bishop- Vice President 
JoAnne Vicidomini- Secretary
Linda Scalley -Treasurer 

Directors Include:

Peg Dodge
Mary Joyce
Judi Gietzen
Mary Karas
Chris Wheeler