Tuesday, October 19, Cape Coral Community Foundation will host its 5th annual Excellence in Nonprofit Performance Yearly (ENPY) awards ceremony. Too often, those who do the work to improve our community go unrecognized.
This year, however, due to concerns surrounding the Delta Variant and the steps needed to keep everyone safe and healthy, the efforts of Southwest Florida nonprofits, and the accomplishments of organization leaders nonprofits will collectively be recognized a little differently. There will be a special live TV show broadcast in Southwest Florida and watched worldwide streaming live on ctntelevision.com. In addition, there will be a private VIP reception by invitation only and a night before finalists and sponsors.
The Cape Coral Community Foundation received 160 ENPY award nominations and sold all categories of sponsorship for the October 19 TV show to honor nonprofit leaders, donors and volunteers.
I am pleased to announce the 36 nominated finalists, 12 selected award presenters and master of ceremonies for this year’s ENPYs. The best nonprofits, leaders, volunteers, employees and business partners in Southwest Florida will be recognized with a named winner in 12 categories. The ENPY Awards are sponsored by the Banque des Régions.
The host or mistress of the ENPY Awards 2021 is Wendy Fullerton, news director for The News-Press.
A panel of impartial non-local judges selected three finalists from an online nomination process in each of the following categories:
Board Leader of the Year (Board Member)
Patricia Luppy – Freedom Waters Foundation
Joseph Casella – Cape Coral Care Center
Danielle Dyer – Dr Piper Center for Social Services
Non-profit organization of the year (established over five years ago)
Friendship Centers for Seniors
Pace Girls’ Center (Lee County)
Nonprofit Executive of the Year (CEO, President, Executive Director)
Megan McCarthy Beauvais – Boys and Girls Club of Collier County
Noemi Y. Perez – The Immokalee Foundation
Maggie Feiner – SANCAP FISH
Non-Profit Employee of the Year (Paid Staff)
Debbie Bedard – SWFL New Horizons
Maria Espinoza – FISH from SANCAP
Wendy Wooten – Cape Coral Care Center
Business Partner of the Year (company that supports nonprofits and the community)
Sanibel Community Association
Castellanos + Tramonte Architects
Nonprofit Volunteer of the Year (person who serves the organization and / or community)
Cathi McWhirter – Community cooperative
Carl Scharfenberg – The Dubin Center
Lorraine Masud – Gulf Coast Humane Society
Rising non-profit organization of the year (established less than five years ago)
Cape Coral Animal Shelter
Invest in the American Veterans Foundation
Angel Wings of Southwest Florida
In addition, the Paul Sanborn Service Above Self Award, the Elmer Tabor Generosity Award, the Community Impact Award, the Health Innovator of the Year Award and the Connie Ramos-Williams Nonprofit Publicity Award will each be recognized by the Cape Coral Community Foundation. .
Paul Sanborn Service Above Self Award
Mary Holden – SANCAP FISH
Angela Fisher – SWFL Young Achievements
Amber Phillips – Pace Center for Girls (Necklace at Immokalee)
Elmer Tabor Generosity Award (person who is kind and generous to others)
Heather & Brian Samelson – Lovers Friends Key
Matthew Myers – Keep Lee County Gorgeous
Marilyn Lightner – Gardens of Wonders
Community Impact Award (individual improving the well-being of children, youth and families)
Sandy Stillwell Youngquist – SWFL Children’s Charities
Trish Leonard – Bonita Springs YMCA
Lowell & Sally Senitz – Wings of Shelter Int’l, Inc.
Nonprofit Health Innovator of the Year (person making a difference in health and wellness)
Dr Susan Hook – Samaritan Health and Welfare
Laura Ragain – Ronald McDonald House Charities
Connie Ramos-Williams Nonprofit Publicity Award (innovative marketing / PR on a tight budget)
Shelby Peters – Fort Myers Beach Lions Club
Melissa Phillips – The Immokalee Foundation
Ramona Miller – Voices in the Desert
In addition to the 36 ENPY Awards finalists, allow me to introduce you to the 12 selected business and community leaders who will recognize and present the awards to the finalists and winners on Tuesday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m. during the televised event. .
Organization of the year
Bryan Blackwell, Southern Oak Wealth Management
Rising organization of the year
Earnest Wilks, Bank of the Regions
Head of the Board of Directors of the Year
Juan A. Gonzalez, The HIVE CDC, Inc.
Paul Sanborn Service Above You
Joe Cerino, Law Firm of Joseph Cerino
Nonprofit Executive of the Year
Michael Chatman, sponsored by Raving Fans Media
Health innovator of the year
Phil Deems, Phil Deems Real Estate
Business Impact Partner of the Year
Cory Demmel, Cape Christian & Southwest Florida Leaders Group
Community impact award
Tami Cindrich, Markham, Norton, Mosteller, Wright & Co., Pennsylvania
Elmer Tabor Award for Generosity
Elmer Tabor, Humanitarian & Real Estate Entrepreneur
Connie Ramos Williams Nonprofit Advertising Award
Connie Ramos-Williams, CONRIC PR & Marketing
Volunteer of the year
Terry Frith, Edward Jones
Non-Profit Employee of the Year
Kati Calvo, Calvo & Calvo Lawyers
The Cape Coral Community Foundation fosters a healthy and vibrant community where individuals are inspired to support, strengthen and enrich the quality of life through generosity and civic engagement. The Foundation offers a variety of inventive ways to give generously to a multitude of diverse partners, to prioritize needs and to better serve its citizens – locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
Michael Chatman is President and CEO of the Cape Coral Community Foundation, the global center of giving, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, on Twitter @michaelchatman. The foundation is located at 1405 SE 47th Terrace, Unit 2, Cape Coral. For more information call 239-542-5594 or visit www.capecoralcf.org