Rescue Runway—a FUNdraiser
November 9, 11 AM–2 PM
Bell Tower Shops, Ft. Myers

Come show off your adopted/rescue dog at our new fundraiser (actually, no dog will be turned away from entering!). Enter them into contests and let them strut their stuff down the runway at Bell Tower's center court, all in support of the Children's Advocacy Center.

Event Agenda
Contests for Best Costume, Best Lookalike, Best Trick, Best Kisser, Ugliest Auctions & Raffles * Crowning of King & Queen Rescue Royalty
Photo Booths * Rescue Organizations
Vendors for Pet Services & Products * DJ Robert
Food & Drink Specials (for doggies too!)

 Featuring judges Norman Love, Jen Galloway of Gulf Coast Humane Society, and Deputy Chance!

Put your product or service in front of hundreds of people! SPONSOR INFO

When Noreen and Ross Edlund, owners of the Skillets restaurants, approached us in the
summer of 2018 about its Change for Children program, needless to say we were quite
intrigued. We were happy to meet Noreen, Joe DiGangi, President & COO, and Stacie
Thrasher, Director, who came for a tour and explained the program to us in detail.

Originally launched in 2011, the Edlunds created Change For Children to support the other
CAC in our area, the Children's Advocacy Center of Collier County. At that time, three of their
four restaurants were located in Collier, with a fourth in Bonita. The Edlunds placed a change
box and display at the register of each of their four restaurants, with a pledge to match each
dollar donated by their customers.

Luckily for us, last year the Edlunds opened two new locations in Lee County, one at the new
University Village in Estero and another in the Cypress Trace shopping plaza in Ft. Myers. The
time had come for our CAC to reap the benefits of this amazing program from these two new
​restaurants plus the Skillets on Bonita Beach Rd. that has been in operation for several years.

“By focusing on one meaningful cause, fighting child abuse, we hope to make a real difference,”
​says Noreen. “Over the years we’ve seen firsthand that people truly want to help. Change For Children provides a convenient way for them to give back.”

Since September 2018, Skillets and its customers have donated over $4300 to CAC of SWFL. “To have this long-term commitment from Skillets is very meaningful to the agency,” remarked Julie Boudreaux, CAC CEO. “By making it  easy for their customers to donate, then matching the amount, the Edlunds are truly creating a positive change for the children in our community.”

Skillets' Change for Children

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Save the Date for CAC's New Fundraiser!

CAC CEO Julie Boudreaux with board member Charles Idelson visited Skillets to personally thank President & COO Joe DiGangi and staff. 

Photos From Pine Manor Summer Camp

Thank you to Bailee Gull and all the members of Cape Coral High School's Cape Cares club for its fundraising efforts on CAC's behalf. Your donation of $455 helped us immensely with our Pine Manor summer project supplies!

Thank you to the Old FL

Dream Team at Keller

Williams for its $500 donation

and to Parrot Key Caribbean

Grill for its $1837, proceeds

from its Blue Macaw drink

during the month of April.

Thank you to Lily Rafacz, a senior next year at Bishop Verot. For her capstone project in the Scholars Academy, Lily raised $1700 with a dress out day at St. Francis Xavier. With that money she purchased 50 backpacks and filled them with essential items and a few fun things for the children we see.