Thank you to City Electric Supply & SWFL Electric. CAC completed its final stage of “going green electrically. The entire agency now has energy efficient LED lights inside and out. We are fortunate to have partnered with City Electric Supply for the job of finding the appropriate and most cost effective lights, and also to SWFL Electric for providing an electrician and covering the costs for the labor to remove the old lights and install the new ones. Not only does our agency shine at night, the parking lot lights also provide an extra layer of security for staff and clients.

Thank you to the Verandah Fund, a fund of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation for its amazing $16,000 donation to aid us in our fight against child abuse.

CORRECTION: In our last issue the cover story “Court Dogs” neglected to mention that our court dog program is part of Beesley’s Paw Prints Pet Therapy.


Thank You To...

More Holiday Donor Photos!

Bling & Bags Bingo--April 3 at Crowne Plaza

The words “thank you” cannot express enough how thankful we are for the generosity shown to our clients this holiday season. From individual donors to businesses who organized toy drives and giving trees on our behalf, it was another banner year for playing Santa!

We fulfilled the wish lists of 42 families, provided gifts to all 30 kids in our Pine Manor program and supplied gifts to clients at our East House family resource center. We also provided gifts to over 85 families who shopped our “Santa’s Workshop,” filled with bounty from toy drives held on our behalf, and restocked our wish list/treasure chest supply for many months to come. CAC thanks the following for making Christmas so special for many children and families:

Lukens Alisca
All Faiths Unitarian Operation Joy
Shereen Ally
Kristina Baller
Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, US Trust Staff
Roger & Joan Bennett
Blackjacks Youth Hockey
Linda & Duncan Blake
Book Warehouse of Sanibel
Books A Million
Kathy Caldwell
Angela Cervio Family
Chi Omega Sorority
Clifton Larson Allen Staff
Colonial CC Tennis Teams
Comcast FM Office Staff
Continental Women’s Club
Coral Isle Builders Staff
Doris Corwell
Diane Cox
Leila DiGregorio
Domain Realty Staff
Edison National Bank Staff
Derek Ferrell Family
Fiddlesticks CC Tennis Teams

FL Blue Team, Lee Co.

FL Dept. Law Enforcement


FSW Foundation

Jack & Sue Rogers
SalusCare V. Smith Campus
Sheppard Brett Law Firm
Sherwin Williams Group
Ron & Marjorie Sidman
Skillets Lee Co. Restaurants
M. Smith & G. Hudson
So. FL Water Mgmt. Dist.
Studio Plus Architects
TECO Peoples Gas SWFL
Thompson Family Law
Chris Thomson
Tri-County Apprentice Academy
Katherine Van der Mey
Val Waltraud & Friends
Ashley Vaughn
Villas Community Assoc.
Carmen Walker
Wellington Academy
Carol Werthmann
Wildcat Run Char. Fndn.
Jammie Zimmerman

If we left anyone off this list, our apologies. Please know your contribution made a difference to so many people-CAC thanks you!

It was another fun Christmas party for the children in our Pine Manor after school program, provided by Edison National Bank. This has become a wonderful tradition where we celebrate the winning artist of the bank's holiday card contest held among the children in our Pine Manor program. The card is then sent to all of the bank's customers. This year’s winner was Evelyn Castillo and the runner-up was Ashley Dely, whose artwork was also included on the card. Of course there were no “losers” as everyone received goody bags and treats from Edison National Bank. Thank you!




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If you know of or suspect child abuse, call 1-800-962-2873. Caller information is kept confidential.

Accredited by the National Children's Alliance and the Council on Accreditation. CAC is proud to be a United Way partner agency.

Holiday Donors Make Many Happy

Save the Date for CAC’s annual Bling & Bags Bingo fundraiser:

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Now at the Crowne Plaza Hotel
at Bell Tower Shops!

Join us for a fun “girls night out!”
$50pp Includes:
* Buffet Dinner * Chinese Auction * Raffles * Door Prize 
* 16 Bingo Game Cards to Win Fine Jewelry & Designer Bags

Tickets on sale now at

​​​Calling all sponsors and raffle basket donors—we need you! Here's your chance to put your company or product in front of

300 professional women.


Contact Lisa at or call 939-2808 

Donna Frost
Barbara Gassman
Genova Estero Community
Girl Scout Troop 104
Grandezza Ladies Golf
Gulfside Chiropractic
Gulf Western Roofing
Theresa Gunnlaugsson
Lori & Peter Hartley
Leigh Hayes
Hertz HQ Staff
Laura Hirsch
Hooters FM & Naples
J.J. Jones Realty
Lahaina Realty Agents
Lee Tran Passport Serv.
Lexington Ladies Golf 

Frederic Lowrie Jr.
Ellen Luente

Michelle Mahaney & Friends

Massage Heights Gulf Coast

Maui & Greg Okon

Kathy Palmer
Liz Paul
PetSmart-6 Mile & Colonial
Pine Lakes Ladies Golf.
Cindy Pledger
Sally Pratt

​John & Joleen Raho