POSTPONED – DLC’s Celebration Reception
Historic Palm Cottage
137 12th Ave S.
In light of the ever-evolving state of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Southwest Florida, and in an effort to minimize public gatherings for the best interest of our community, David Lawrence Center will be postponing the Celebration Reception, originally scheduled for Monday, March 16th. The celebration will be rescheduled for later in the year. Thank you for understanding.
David Lawrence Center is pleased to present our Celebration Reception. We will honor three local individuals or organizations who support DLC’s mission of restoring and rebuilding lives by providing compassionate, advanced, and exceptional mental health, substance use, and integrated healthcare solutions, available to all and we will celebrate DLC supporters, sponsors, and donors from the past year.
#StandUp Award: The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation
The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation is being honored for their significant investments in the Center’s expansion in the areas of children, adults and family crisis support. RMSFF provided grant funding for the expansion of the Children’s Crisis Stabilization Unit and the construction of the new Children’s Outpatient Building. Additional grants funded triage and referral managers in the Access Center and the Immokalee satellite office, a nurse navigator to work with children and families as well as additional staff time for the supervising physician and emergency services clinician in Acute Care services to enhance the individualized clinical time focused on each person’s unique treatment and support needs.
RMSFF was created by Best Buy founder, Dick Schulze, to give back to the communities where Dick and his family grew up — in Minnesota, where he built Best Buy to become the world’s largest consumer electronics retailer and in Florida, where he now maintains a permanent residence. The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation creates grant partnerships with organizations that generate transformational results in human and social services, education, health and medicine.
Advocate of the Year: Jerry Nichols
Naples-based philanthropist, Jerry Nichols, a senior vice president for Brown & Brown Benefits and a wealth management advisor with Northwestern Mutual, is being honored for his four decades of steadfast support of many local nonprofit organizations focused in the areas of education, children and veteran services.
Nichol’s advocacy efforts, specifically in the areas of children’s services, have helped shape the Collier County community. At DLC, his generosity assisted in funding the new Children’s Outpatient Building and expanding the Children’s Crisis Stabilization Unit. In addition to his personal donations, Nichols has also been instrumental in securing corporate philanthropic support from his employer, Brown & Brown Benefits, by sponsoring DLC fundraising events.
Partner of the Year: First Florida Integrity Bank
First Florida Integrity Bank, a community bank headquartered in Naples, is being honored as Partner of the Year for their commitment to shaping Southwest Florida neighborhoods and engaging with neighbors through community giving and action. Through the Bank’s Charitable Foundation, they fund locally-based organizations focused on children’s education, health and wellbeing. Through Project Donation, the Bank also matches employee’s personal contributions to assist local families facing overwhelming circumstances or hardships. In addition, the Bank provides substantial support to local nonprofits through event sponsorships, donations and volunteer efforts. The Bank as sponsored DLC’s Sound Minds Mental Health Symposium, Gala and Young Executives events for many years.
Celebration Receptions sponsors included Healthcare Network of SWFL, Brown and Brown Insurance and Cigna, PK Studios and Studio+, and Park Royal Hospital.