The holidays mean many things to many people: feasting, fun and time spent with family. Besides giving to the people we love most, it’s also a time for giving back to the rest of society, helping the less fortunate and putting more love into the world. Azul is proud to work with numerous charities and social programs that provide help and hope to those who need it most.
Dr. Kristen Flaharty regularly works with Abuse Counseling and Treatment (ACT), an organization which helps victims of domestic violence, survivors of sexual assault and human trafficking, and the homeless, in Lee, Hendry and Glades Counties. Some of her work includes putting together “Back-to-School Breakfast Baskets” for kids, and participating in the Arts for ACT Disco Ball Gala fundraiser.
This year alone, Azul has been involved with providing support to the following organizations:
Latchkey League, Inc. A volunteer organization under the umbrella of the Salvation Army, dedicated to raising funds to provide an after-school Youth Center for children of working parents.
Community Cooperative Havana Nights. Works to end hunger and homelessness in Lee County, through soup kitchens and meal delivery, as well as educational and social service programs.
Florida Gulf Coast University Athletics. Provides support and fundraising for women’s and men’s basketball, volleyball and soccer. Go Eagles!
USA South Volleyball. Dedicated to the mental and physical training of athletes through their Master Coach and Training Pod system, which helps players reach their maximum potential regardless of age or ability.
Pace Center for Girls. Provides girls and women with opportunities for improving their future though education, counseling, training and advocacy. Pace honors the female spirit by encouraging girls to focus on their strengths, exhibit courage, and act with positivity and intent.
Wills Eye Hospital Society. A non-profit eye clinic and hospital in Philadelphia, affiliated with the Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. Established in 1832, it is the oldest continually operating eye care facility in the United States.
St. Matthew’s House. Striving to fight hunger, homelessness and addiction in southwest Florida.
Canterbury School. A private, co-educational college preparatory day school in Fort Myers, emphasizing character, leadership and service.
University of Michigan Class Fund. Drs. Patrick and Kristen Flaharty met and fell in love during medical school at U of M, so of course they make sure to give back to the institution that gave them each other.
Lighthouse of Southwest Florida. The Lighthouse of SWFL’s mission is to enable people of all ages living with a visual impairment or blindness to remain independent, active and productive in our society.
Rotary Club of North Fort Myers. Rotary is an internationally recognized organization whose members work to create positive, lasting change in communities by promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, ensuring health care services for mothers and children, supporting education and helping local economies grow.
Habitat for Humanity. Provides safe, affordable housing for families in need through its enormous network of volunteers.
National MS Society. Dedicated to providing resources for treatment and support for patients with MS and their families. The society also advances medical research and public awareness about MS.
Venetian Charity Ball. The premier gala event in southwest Florida to benefit the humanitarian work of Catholic Charities.
Cancer Alliance of Naples. Helps over 220 families annually, including children of low-income single parents in Collier County, and children with cancer referred to CAN from Golisano Children’s Hospital. CAN provides financial support, counseling, nutrition programs and college scholarships.
These are just some of the ways we show our immense gratitude and support for our local community. If you know of other worthy causes or organizations in our community, we would love to hear from you! Please message us on Facebook!