The Event

Please join us for our Celebration of Champions! This important celebration showcases our vibrant community, board members, students, and volunteers. Due to COVID-19, our annual event Celebration of Champions, formerly Nights of Champions, will be a hybrid event of virtual and in-person elements with our top donors and sponsors on Friday, February 26th, 2021 at the Naples Grande Beach Resort. We look forward to sharing the stories of this year’s Champions and the impact they have made in our community. Our event will raise the funds needed to ensure our student programs will continue to help change lives for generations to come.


For more information, please contact Jeff Jerome at 239-643-4755 or

Click here to see photos from this year’s event.

2020 Heart of the Apple
Legacy Honorees
Champions for Learning
Past Board Chairs

Byron Koste
Bill Barton
Alan Horton
Don Barber
Laird Lile
Colleen Conant
Grover Whidden
Brian Martin
Rachel Gutman
Lloyd Liggett
Chris Vernon
Tom Riley
John James
Bill Thomas
Vivian Dawson
Mike Maxwell
Mary Lynn Hill
Todd Bradley
Sharon Treiser
Claudine Leger-Wetzel
Kaleigh Grover
Dianne Mayberry- Hatt
Jim Hoppensteadt
Keith Walker
Bill Barker
Lynn Davidson
Beverly Feagin

2021 Heart of the Apple Coming Soon

Past Honorees

While the names of the recognitions have evolved over the years, the purpose has always remained the same: to honor and recognize the amazing commitment and leadership our community has provided for learning and the success of students.

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