Lipman, North America’s largest open field tomato grower, has committed $200,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County (BGCCC) to help fund the nonprofit’s first location in Immokalee. The 16,000-square-foot facility, which is slated to open in early 2016, will serve more than 400 children and young adults with after school and summer programming.
“As an Immokalee-based company, we take pride in our local community and want to ensure that our charitable efforts directly impact those who need it most,” said Jaime Weisinger, director of community and government relations for Lipman. “We need an organization like the Boys & Girls Club in Immokalee to serve our children and youth, and we’re proud help build the new facility.”
For the past three years, Lipman has provided scholarships and supported BGCCC services like the Miracle Plus, an after school program that teaches skills to help students become responsible citizens and leaders. As part of Lipman’s current commitment, the company will provide $50,000 annually for four years to BGCCC.
“In Collier County, more than 63% of children live at or below the poverty line — and that number is even higher in Immokalee,” said Theresa Shaw, president and CEO of BGCCC. “Because of the generosity from the community, and companies like Lipman, we’re able to increase our reach to help even more children and families.”