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"Hope for Haiti" Honored by Kelly Capolino with Diamond Volunteer Award

Published: Feb 10, 2011 4:40 AM EST

Hope for Haiti, a local non-profit organization, was recently honored by the Diamond Volunteer Program.  A reception was held to honor Hope for Haiti volunteers on January 20th at The Residences at Pelican Isle Yacht Club. This was the first in a series of three receptions that will be held this winter to honor local non-profits and their volunteers for the valuable work they do in the community.

Cathy Grassi, Hope for Haiti Operations Director and Tiffany Kuehner, Vice President accepted the Diamond Volunteer Award presented by Kelly E. Capolino, local real estate professional and founder of the program. The award honored and recognized well deserving volunteers for their work in Haiti especially for their immediate action and unyielding support to save Haitian lives immediately following the devastating earthquake last January.

“This is an honor for our volunteers, particularly this year. Hope for Haiti was one of the first organizations to land in Haiti and distribute emergency aid directly to hospitals and displaced people’s camps throughout Port-au-Prince and the south. None of this could have been completed without the incredible outpouring of love, strength, perseverance, and generosity of our volunteers here in Naples,” Grassi said. “We applied for this award because we wanted to honor all our volunteers for their efforts -- they went above and beyond -- especially Martha Cole, John Farren, Jerry Wallace, Valerie and Clair Flinn, Francesca Copeland, Ann Murray, Marcie Nguyen, Pat McGloin, Heather Lerner, Nancy Burke, Toni Smith, Margot and Fred Adams, Paul Durette, Ray Stone, Matt Jepsen, Lauralee and Richard Uihlein, and Dr. Steve Shukan and Candi Thompson, RN who not only volunteered after the  earthquake,  in the first medical mission, but also organized the successful 2010 Hope for Haiti annual Gala.”

The Diamond Volunteer reception was held for 25 Hope for Haiti volunteers in the ninth floor property of Jack and Connie Kindsvater located at The Residences at Pelican Isle Yacht Club.  “It was wonderful to meet this organization and hear about their work in Haiti. My wife and I were very impressed. We plan to open our home to future Diamond Volunteer Award winners,” Mr. Kindsvater said. 

“This is an organization with such an important mission. Their volunteers have helped save the lives of so many in Haiti and have given countless hours to give others HOPE. I am in awe of them all…. I was so proud to present this award to them,” said Kelly Capolino. “The volunteers were all so passionate about the work they do, it was truly inspiring.”

Capolino added, “The Diamond Volunteer Program has three components. The first is the Diamond Volunteer Award, the second is the educational seminars that we organize for non-profits during the summer, and the third part of the program is the Diamond Volunteer Rewards. The Reward Program is just another way for non-profits to generate extra donations.  I have pledged of 15% of my real estate commission to any non-profit organization that mentions the Diamond Volunteer program when buying or selling a property.  It’s pretty simple, a client just needs to mention what non-profit they would like to donate to, we have several organizations that have taken advantage of this program this past year. This is just one more way the organization can do fundraising.”

More about Hope for Haiti:

Founded over 20 years by Naples resident and humanitarian, JoAnne Kuehner, Hope for Haiti is a non-profit charitable organization that is dedicated to improving the quality of life for the Haitian people, particularly children, through education, nutrition, and healthcare. Supporting over 40 schools, and 60 healthcare centers. Hope for Haiti touches the lives of over 500,000 Haitian men, women, and children each year.  For more information or to donate to this worthy organization, please call 239-434-7183 or email info@hopeforhaiti.com – more information can be found at www.hopeforhaiti.com

About Kelly E. Capolino:

Capolino, founder of the Diamond Volunteer Programs and an agent with Keating Associates, is a residential real estate “Listing Leader” and “Top Producer” in Naples.  She has ranked in the top percentile among the 5,000 real estate agents with the Naples Board of Realtors for the past several years, excluding foreclosure agents.  Capolino typically tops the charts of the SW Florida Realtor Board.

Her expertise in real estate is far-reaching with extensive knowledge and experience in luxury properties, acreage properties, investment properties, and renovation opportunities. 

Capolino’s office is located in downtown Olde Naples on 5th Avenue South. She can be reached at 239-877-6700 or 239-262-6606 ext. 319 or online at Kelly@Naples.net  or at www.KeatingRealty.com

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