It was a great night at our 3rd annual Bling & Bags Bingo event at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Our thanks to the 290 women (and a few men!) who attended, to our valued sponsors and donors, to the hardworking committee and to our very entertaining bingo caller, Larry Hart. We are proud to report that we raised over $35,000!

We couldn’t have done it without the participation of community businesses and individuals who so generously supported the event. A big thank you to major sponsor FL Blue; platinum sponsors Edison National Bank and Florida Skin Center; gold sponsors Investors’ Security Trust, Kiwanis Club Metro McGregor, Kiwanis Club Gateway to the Islands, Thompson Family Law, and Wells Faro; silver sponsors CRS Technology Consultants, Entech Consulting, HeadPinz Entertainment Center, Henderson Franklin Starnes & Holt, FGCU Marieb College of Health & Human Services, Liz Paul, and Staging Matters.

Thank you to event chair Candis Loving and her committee: Laura Hirsch, Nancy Buice, Ellen Daley, Karin Fine, Maria Oleson and Karen Whitmore. Thank you to our event volunteers—Det. Pat Baricelli, John Vechazone, Phil Host, Cathy Smith, Nancy Coker and Kim Berghs. The night ran so smoothly because of all your hard work. 
So who’s ready to bingo next year? Follow us on Facebook (@cacswfl) to be among the first to learn of our next event!

Bling & Bags Bingo Makes Goal!

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Photos From 3rd Annual Bling & Bags Bingo Fundraiser

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

​​​CAC is recognizing April as National Child Abuse Prevention month (the symbol of which is blue pinwheels and the color blue in general) through a variety of activities. 

On April 1, three CAC staff—Lisa Rizzio, Development Director; Donna Sanborn, Assistant Director Child Protection Team; and Jean Marie Blascoe, Nurse Practitioner— were interviewed on NPR’s Gulf Coast Live show with host Julie Glenn.

Another day, staff wore blue and one nail painted with blue polish, to recognize National Child Abuse Prevention Month and the need to "polish off" child abuse. The one blue nail represents the one in five children who will suffer abuse before the age of 18.

On April 16 at the Board of County Commissioners meeting, a proclamation for Child Abuse Prevention Month urged all Lee County citizens to join the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida in the national effort to raise awareness and help prevent child abuse and neglect. 

Staff from CAC’s Child Protection Team held a free, specialized 2-day training for partner agencies, by special invite. On April 22, there is a free 2-hour Darkness to Light training for the general public, to educate people on signs of abuse and how to talk to children about it.

Finally, throughout the month at Parrot Key Caribbean Grill and Shoeless Joe’s Sports Bar, special blue drinks are available in honor of the month, with a portion of the proceeds going to CAC.


This year’s 17th annual Nichols Cup Celebrity Pro-Am events held at Fiddlesticks Country Club marked another major fundraising milestone—donating $1,075,000 to several local children’s nonprofits. In March, CAC accepted a check from the Bobby Nichols-Fiddlesticks Charity Foundation in the amount of $405,000! Funding from this event is vital to the continuation of CAC’s services. Thank you Fiddlesticks members, guests and all the sponsors who contribute to the great success of this event each year!





Thank You To...

Thank you to Karen Galloway, one of our wonderful lobby puppy volunteers, for inviting us to speak at St. Charles Yacht Club. We are always happy to spread the word of what CAC does! Pictured here is Lisa Talcott, Pet Therapy Coordinator, with one of her therapy dogs, Spirit.

A big thank you to Betsy Homewood and the tennis players at Kelly Greens Golf & Country Club, who were kind enough to choose CAC as the beneficiary of their year-end event. They raised $870 for our agency, woo-hoo! Thank you Kelly Greens!