Lee County Limelight | Wildcat Run Charitable Foundation
The Wildcat Run Foundation is a 501c3, whose mission is to help children in need in Lee County. This non-profit was established by the residents of Wildcat Run Golf and Country Club, a small gated community of 450 doors in 2010, and during that period of time the Foundation has raised in excess of $750,000 used to improve the lives of children. The monies raised were donated to numerous charities throughout Lee County
What is your primary product or service?
Our only mission is to help children in need in Lee County.
What do you think makes Lee County a special place to do business?
Although the Wildcat Charitable Foundation is not a business, per se, it has found the residents, employees and businesses of Lee County to be generous, loyal and resolute in their belief to help others, in this case children. As the Foundation continued to grow and public awareness of our mission expanded, the common remark of members of the business community and others was, ”what can we do to help?” These were not just trite words, they were supported by the actions of individuals and the business community. There is no question that Lee County is a very special place to live, raise children, work and develop new enterprises.
Who is your target market/audience?
For the Wildcat Run Charitable Foundation, anyone in Lee County who is willing to help children in need is our target market. Once our story is told, the Foundation is seldom turned away. Residents, the business community, and corporations have continued to provide their support and encouragement. In fact, from the Foundation’s beginning in 2010, several businesses in Lee County have supported and encouraged our quest, Mercedes-Benz of North Fort Myers and Elite Realty in Estero, Florida, and they continue to do so today. They are two of our greatest advocates. There is no question as to the community spirit and heart of those who reside and work in Lee County.
What are your favorite parts of living in Lee County?
There are many wonderful aspects of living in Lee County. Briefly put, the climate is wonderful, beaches beautiful, residents warm and friendly, shopping awesome, restaurants plentiful, airport centrally located, vibrant population, growing economy, and an increase in health and wellness facilities….. and for those of us who are lucky to live in Wildcat Run Golf and Country Club, a kind, generous and supportive community.
Who can ever complain about “Living in the Middle of Everything”?
What is the most exciting thing you see happening in your industry?
The most important thing that is happening in the non-profit arena, is the collaboration and support that is growing among charities/agencies. So much more can be accomplished by the sharing of ideas, resources, and funding. The real winners of this collaboration are the individuals that are serviced.
Why do you stay in Lee County?
I guess the easiest and most explicit answer, is why would I leave? Lee County and what it offers is all I need for a happy, healthy, fulfilled life.
Anything else to add?
We are so very proud to be recognized as a finalist in the Non-Profit Category. Such a tribute encourages and supports the work that we do to help Lee County children in need.