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Sip & Shop Sundays Raises $15,000 for Local Charity

NAPLES, Fla. – 6/1/17 – Waterside Shops is pleased to announce that the Gulf Coast’s premiere shopping and dining destination raised $15,000 during the center’s January through April 2017, Sip & Shop Sundays.

The beneficiary, Champions For Learning™ (the Education Foundation), received the $15,000 check on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, during a ceremony at Waterside Shops. The funds support the charity’s goals:

  • Foster real-world learning opportunities for students and families
  • Cultivate opportunities for educators to engage with their community and each other
  • Promote community-based collaboration, innovation and sharing of resources

“It’s a thrill to partner with our community in support of local nonprofit organizations like Champions For Learning,” details Anne Fleming, general manager of Waterside Shops. “Together, we are working to ensure growth opportunities for teachers and students, and supporting future leaders of Collier County.”

From January through April, guests enjoyed $5 Bloody Marys or Mimosas (21 years of age and older) on Sundays at the center’s Pavilion with 100% of proceeds from Sip & Shop bar sales benefiting Champions for Learning. Sip & Shop Sundays were sponsored by matching partners Lipman Produce and Gulfshore Life. For more information, please contact Waterside Shops management office at 239-598-1605.

According to Jaime Weisinger, Director of Community Relations with Lipman, “My family has made it a priority to give students the same opportunities that we were afforded as children. The Champions For Learning initiative has created the perfect venue to enhance the learning experience for all of the students in Collier County. We are proud to support them.”

About Champions For Learning™

Champions For Learning™, the education foundation in Collier County is an independent, community-based, non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that makes it possible for our community to impact lives by enriching the environment for student learning through educators and directly with students. The organization has been awarded a four star rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency by Charity Navigator. The Education Foundation of Collier County (Champions For Learning) has been ranked among one of the top 25 education foundations in a national study. Become a Champion for Learning and visit www.ChampionsForLearning.org.

About Lipman

Based in Immokalee, Fla., Lipman is the largest open field tomato grower in North America, providing dependable year-round fresh produce through an integrated network of research & development, farming, processing, and repacking. Farms in Florida, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, California and Mexico – totaling tens of thousands of acres – allow Lipman to grow and ship fresh produce 365 days a year. For more information, visit www.LipmanProduce.com.

About Gulfshore Life

Since 1970, Gulfshore Life magazine has captured the vibrant spirit, style and natural beauty of Southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, from Fort Myers and Cape Coral down to Naples and Marco Island. Based in Naples, Gulfshore Life is committed to highlighting and preserving the unique character and resources of our region, and partners with local charitable, cultural and business organizations in a variety of ways. For more information, please visit www.GulfshoreLife.com.

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Set in the ultra-exclusive city of Naples, Florida, Waterside Shops is a collection of the finest luxury brand retailers from around the world and elegant dining options in a tranquil, outdoor environment. Anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom, the center is home to more than 60 stores including Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Van Cleef & Arpels, St. John, MaxMara, Tesla Motors and True Food Kitchen. A truly sublime experience, visitors can wander past cascading waterfalls, lush flowering plants, and dramatic architecture all under the canopy of towering royal palm trees. For more information, please visit www.Watersideshops.com.

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