2017 EVENTS

Ongoing Monthly:  
 
Girls' Night Out This event takes place the 1st Tuesday of every month. This is not a meeting but a chance for the ladies to get out, relax and enjoy each other. The location changes so please check with us to discover the current month's location. We gather at 6:00 PM. We have a great time and hope to see you there. Here's a glimpse into the January 2017 dinner:
 

Guys' Night Out This event takes place the 2nd Thursday of every month. This is not a meeting just time for the guys to hang out together (and do what they do?). They meet at Ruby Tuesdays 8777 Tamiami Trail N. Naples, FL at 6:00 PM. Not so easy to get an updated picture of the Boys Night Out but here's an oldy but goody: 

 
2017 NEW EVENT: 
 
Freedom Waters Boat Trip-Saturday, March 4, 2017 10:00-11:30 am
Limited to the first 30 people to sign up.
Our group has been invited, thanks to the efforts of Jonathan's mother-Margie Yurewitch, to be taken out by the Freedom Waters Organization (You can check them out at www.freedomwatersfoundation.org ) on the Double Sunshine for a 1 1/2 hour boat ride starting at 10:00 am.
We are looking into going out for food following the boat ride at a location nearby.  Hopefully one that will take a reservation for our large group.
Your RSVP to swflcf@live.com will get you in, once we reach 30 people I will start a waiting list so if you are UNABLE to attend please let us know so someone else may have this spot.
This promises to be a great time together in an environment that can be peaceful and comforting.
 
2017 ANNUAL EVENTS:
  
Our 3rd "Live" Walk to Remember - Saturday, April 8, 2017 is almost here...please save the date & come walk with us!
North Collier Regional Park: 15000 Livingston Rd. Naples, FL 34109
From I-75 take exit 111, Immokalee road head west to Livingston road turn south, Sun-N-Fun Lagoon will be on the left. Located inside of North Collier Regional Park We will be in the parking lot past the Administration Building. You will see the RV with our banner!
Registration starts at 8:30 AM & the Walk starts @ 9:00 AM. This is a chance for us to remember our children, siblings & grandchildren gone to soon.
This event unites the families of the local chapter to raise funds to support the mission of the local chapter, so "No One Walks Alone".
Please print a copy of the registration form & the pledge form to start asking friends, family, and businesses to back you with pledges.
Walk Pledge Form
 
Here's a glimpse into the 2016 event:
 

MEMORY SIGNS: Displayed along our walking path will again be available to purchase.They will be $75 and need to be ordered by April 3rd, 2017. Please contact Janet Congero, Rylee & Xavier's mom, at jlc1093@comcast.net with questions or to place your order.
 
Here's an example:

All funds raised go to our TCF of SWFL Chapter. We will also use this years funds to help offset the costs for our members who attend the National Conference that will be in Orlando Florida this year, July 28-30, 2017. Sadly every month we have had new members and these funds make it possible for us to be there for them and to continue to support one another.

Please reach out with any questions at our email swflcf@live.com
 
The Compassionate Friends is pleased to announce that Orlando, Florida, will be the site of the 40th TCF National Conference on July 28-30, 2017. “Rays of Sunshine, Oceans of Hope” is the theme of this year’s event. The 2017 Conference will be held at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek- 14100 Bonnet Creek Resort Ln, Orlando, Florida 32821

Plan to come and be a part of this heartwarming experience.

Conference Registration and Hotel Reservations will open on February 15, 2017.

Our Chapter is so excited to have this event here in Florida hopefully making it possible for many of our members to attend. Those of us who have attended a National Conference have been touched so deeply and we are confident our members will benefit from this experience. Our Chapter will be taking care of the Hospitality Room and there will be many opportunities for us to volunteer in various ways at the Conference.
Our Steering Committee is working on "subsidizing" some of the costs that go with attending a conference for the first 35 people to commit. If we raise more funds we will be able to help more members go. Our goal is to cover the Registration-which is usually $90 the Saturday evening meal and the Walk that is held on Sunday morning.
Members will be responsible for their travel to Orlando and their hotel room cost (discounted rooms at the Bonnet Creek Hilton will be about $149 + fees per night) and meals other than Saturday evening.

Once you have committed and made a hotel reservation (doesn't have to be at the Bonnet Creek Hilton, can be anywhere in Orlando) we will pay for your Registration, Saturday Meal & Walk. This is a lot of information so please feel free to reach out to Linda via the Chapter email swflcf@live.com with questions

Here's a "glimpse" into the 2015 Conference:
 
Thank you all for your participation!
 
Past Annual Events 2016:  
 
December 11, 2016 - 29th Annual Worldwide Candle LightingCandle Lighting & Giving Tree with Pot Luck dinner @  Saint John the Evangelist 625 111th Avenue N. Naples, FL 34108. 

This is Southwest Florida's 29th Annual Candle Lighting Ceremony including our Giving Tree & Optional Pot Luck Dinner @ 5:30 PM.  

Highlights: A PowerPoint is used with our loved ones pictures as their names are read and the family lights their personalized candle. 

Bring:
  1. A picture of your child, grandchild, or sibling to display on our "Gallery of Remembrance" table
  2. Optional: A favorite food of your loved one to share in "Potluck Dinner"
  3. Optional: A wrapped gift, if you like, tagged with gender and age of recipient to be put part of our "Giving Tree." The gifts will be distributed to Valerie's House (grief support group for our siblings) and Golisano Children's Hospital of SWFL 

Special Events (before): There will be a potluck dinner from 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM. Each family is encouraged to bring a dish to share that their child(ren) really enjoyed.

At 6:45 PM we gather for the 7:00 PM candle lighting ceremony. Several families share the reading of our childrens' names as each family lights their child(ren)'s personalized candle.

In order to have a personalized candle, ornament, and picture included in the reading, we need an RSVP by December 1st, 2016 to: swflcf@live.com or mail the RSVP to: SW FL The Compassionate Friends (TCF), PO Box 112524, Naples, FL 34108

Contact: The Chapters phone with questions 239-690-7801  

Sunday, February 28, 20162nd Annual Walk to Remember 2016- North Collier Regional Park 15000 Livingston Road Naples, FL 34119. Registration @ 8:30am - Walk begins @ 9:00am.  

Mother’s Day  - Father’s Day  - Grandparents Day

May 21, 2016 - Mom's Dad's & Grandparent's Breakfast @ The Original Pancake House:
Mother's Day, Father's Day & Grandparent's Day are in our near future. Let's try getting together for a casual breakfast in honor of all of these holidays! These are very difficult dates for many of us (I stay on the couch) so we are hoping by gathering on a neutral date we can all help each other get through to celebrate being a special ANGEL Mom, Dad or Grandparent! Hope you will join us....Hugs & Love 

 
Annual Virtual Walk-To-Remember -   July 3-10, 2016. This is our opportunity to fund-raise on-line! It allows our community, family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, clubs, & groups to do something for our group! The "fun" begins when each of us creates a separate page in memory of our child(ren), under our team page, and then share that personalized page with your child's friends and family.
Follow this link to get your campaign started: SWFL Neapolitan's Team Page 
 
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