Tri-Town Classic Golf Tournament Benefits Valerie's House

8th Annual Tri-Town Classic Golf Tournament & Charitable Awards

Tournament raises $11,000 to benefit Valerie’s House

Danielle Visone, Marc Devisse, Angela Melvin and Brandie Packard Dickerson at the 8th Annual Tri-Town Classic Golf Tournament.

Danielle Visone, Marc Devisse, Angela Melvin and Brandie Packard Dickerson at the 8th Annual Tri-Town Classic Golf Tournament.

ESTERO, Fla. – May 8, 2017 – The 8th Annual Tri-Town Classic Golf Tournament & Charitable Awards held May 5 at Stoneybrook Country Club raised $11,000 to benefit Valerie’s House, a nonprofit organization that provides grief support services to children and families. Five charitable awards were also awarded to unsung heroes who generously give back to the community and support local causes.   

Founder Christy Ivie of Christy’s Cause won the inaugural Tara Parla Passion award. Ivie rose up from a difficult and abusive childhood to become a freedom fighter for child sex trafficking by collaborating with law enforcement, state agencies, educators, health professionals, and service providers.

Barbara Melvin of First Florida Integrity Bank was named Volunteer of the Year in recognition of years of exemplary commitment to community service. She has held leadership positions at Dress for Success, the Haitian Coalition, NAACP-Collier, Collier County Education Foundation, Small Business Resource Network, and the Florida Diversity Council.   

HBKS Wealth Advisors and its Principal and Senior Financial Advisor R. Dean Piccirillo were recognized as the Most Charitable Large Business for years of dedicated philanthropy with the March of Dimes and Golisano Children’s Hospital to help reduce premature births and infant mortality and improve the health of newborns.

The Above Board Chamber of Commerce of Florida and its Founder Jeanne Sweeney were recognized as the Most Charitable Small Business for bringing people of faith together for educational programs and to raise awareness of charitable organizations by providing them display opportunities.  

Brooke Guerry, a wife and mother of two and a student in Elementary Education at Florida SouthWestern State College was named Student Volunteer of the Year for all the ways she works with classmates, professors and children in classrooms, at events, in her church, and as a Glades County 4-H leader. She has a heart for humanity and for being of service to others.

Tri-Town Construction LLC is a fully licensed and insured general and roofing contractor based in Southwest Florida. Founded by Marc Devisse in 2006, it specializes in residential and commercial construction with an emphasis on remodeling and roofing. It is also licensed in mold, water, and fire remediation. For more information, visit www.Tri-TownConstruction.com  or call (239) 895-2058.

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Introducing a New Support Group for Grieving Fathers

Valerie’s House to Launch Support Group for Grieving Fathers

Organization recognizes special needs of men who have lost a wife

FORT MYERS, Fla. - May 4, 2017 - Valerie’s House is introducing a new support group for men who are grieving the loss of a spouse and raising their children alone.  The program will bring fathers together, led by a licensed therapist to address issues dads are facing since their wife’s death.  Their children grieving the loss of Mom will also be meeting, using a variety of art therapy, and bonding with other children.

The needs of grieving fathers can be different from a mother who has lost a husband, or grandparents raising their grandchildren due to the loss of an adult child.  

Angela Melvin, founder and president of Valerie’s House, understands this as she herself was a child of loss, raised by her father. “Dads often find it difficult to ask for help when raising their children in grief,” Melvin said. “This is a special group for those Dads and their children to connect and help each other.”

Father of two Marshall Mills has been involved with Valerie’s House for the past year and is looking forward to a group concentrating on supporting grieving Dads.

“The ability to gain insight from men wearing the same shoes as I am is very exciting,” Mills said. “I look forward to sharing and learning together, as we all walk baby steps through this journey." 

The Valerie’s House Dads group will meet twice a month at the Valerie’s House-Fort Myers location at 1618 Avalon Place. The services are at no cost to families. To learn more about the days and times, please contact Angela Melvin at 239-841-9186 or Angela@valerieshouseswfl.org. 

Valerie’s House is serving 105 children and their caregivers from Lee, Collier, Charlotte and Hendry counties.  Valerie’s House has three meeting locations: 1618 Avalon Place in downtown Fort Myers, Cape Christian Church, 2110 Chiquita Blvd S. in Cape Coral, and in Naples at The Village School at 6000 Goodlette-Frank Road. 

Valerie's House is fully supported through generous donations from the community. For more information or to support, visit www.valerieshouseswfl.org or mail to Valerie’s House, Inc., PO Box 1955, Fort Myers, FL 33902. 

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High School Holds Teddy Bear Drive for Grieving Children

Teddy Bear Drive Spearheaded by Bishop Verot High School Honor Students 

Scholars Academy Students Support Nonprofit for Grieving Children

FORT MYERS, Fla. – April 3, 2017 –  Bishop Verot Catholic High School students collected more than 200 teddy bears for the local non-profit, Valerie’s House, with hopes that the grieving children in the program would have a cuddly toy to comfort them when they are talking about their loss. 

To help comfort with loss, children at Valerie's House have their choice of a teddy bear thanks to the students of Bishop Verot High School. . 

To help comfort with loss, children at Valerie's House have their choice of a teddy bear thanks to the students of Bishop Verot High School. . 

Valerie’s House was selected to receive this generous donation by tenth graders Sophia Prendiville and Megan Piller as part of a Bishop Verot High School Scholars Academy service project.  Prendiville and Piller were aware of the nonprofit organization through Prendiville’s mother, Christina Mehta Prendiville, who serves on the Executive Board of Valerie’s House.  The teens also volunteer with the program by serving dinner at group night meetings and helping out at holiday parties and fundraisers.

Angela Melvin, Founder and President of Valerie’s House, said, “The Valerie’s House children look forward to getting a chance to go into the teddy bear library, and because of the generosity of the Bishop Verot staff and students, we will have plenty of cuddly bears for our kids in grief.  Thank you to everyone who helped us this year.”

Melvin said the teddy bear drive has also increased awareness of the new nonprofit within the Bishop Verot High School community, and several teens who have suffered a loss have come forward and enrolled in the program.

Valerie’s House is serving 105 children and their caregivers from Lee, Collier, Charlotte and Hendry counties.  Valerie’s House has three meeting locations: 1618 Avalon Place in downtown Fort Myers, Cape Christian Church, 2110 Chiquita Blvd S. in Cape Coral, and in Naples at The Village School at 6000 Goodlette-Frank Road. 

Founded by Angela Melvin, Valerie’s House is named after her mother, Valerie Melvin, a 31-year old nurse and mother of two daughters who was killed in a car accident in 1987 as she drove to pick up her girls from summer camp. 

Interested families or mental health professionals who would like to volunteer can contact Danielle Visone at 239-841-9186 or Danielle@valerieshouseswfl.org. Valerie's House is fully supported through generous donations from the community. For more information or to make donations, visit www.valerieshouseswfl.org or mail to Valerie’s House, Inc., PO Box 1955, Fort Myers, FL 33902.

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Gulfshore Life Features Valerie's House Expansion

Teens at Valerie's House use a Jenga game to talk about their grief. Each block has a different prompt, such as "How did your friends react to your loss?" and "Tell a special memory of the person who died." 

Teens at Valerie's House use a Jenga game to talk about their grief. Each block has a different prompt, such as "How did your friends react to your loss?" and "Tell a special memory of the person who died." 

The long-term grief support program started by Angela Melvin in Fort Myers has grown to grown to include locations in Naples and Cape Coral. Gulfshore Life covers the story of Valerie's House and how far it has come in a little over a year. Check out the full story!

To learn more about Valerie’s House and its programs, or to volunteer or donate, click here

Proceeds from Top Wine Fest Benefit Valerie's House

Valerie’s House Recognized with First-Time Grant from Naples Children & Education Foundation

New Nonprofit Honored with Proceeds from Top Wine Fest

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FORT MYERS, Fla. – March 23, 2017Valerie’s House, a new Lee County-based non-profit that launched in Collier County this month, has been recognized for its quick success and valuable work with children coping with grief with a grant from the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF), the organization that manages proceeds from the hugely successful Naples Winter Wine Festival. Angela Melvin, founder and president of Valerie’s House, learned Valerie’s House is one of only a handful of new grant recipients and that Valerie’s House will receive a $50,000 grant from NCEF this month. Valerie’s House was singled out by the festival as a promising new children’s charity in Collier County.

“We’re humbled by this great honor and show of confidence from the Naples Children and Education Foundation,” Melvin said. “This award is going to help us build our grief support services in Collier County, where close to a third of the Valerie’s House families live and work.”

The NCEF awarded $12.5 million to more than 34 charities to benefit organizations and long-term initiatives for children in Collier County this year.  The Naples Winter Wine Festival, held annually in January, was once again named “Wine Spectator” magazine’s list of the highest-earning charity wine auctions in the country. 

Valerie’s House is serving 105 children and their caregivers from Lee, Collier, Charlotte, and Hendry counties. The non-profit has three meeting locations: 1618 Avalon Place in downtown Fort Myers; Cape Christian Church, 2110 Chiquita Blvd S. in Cape Coral; and in Naples at The Village School at 6000 Goodlette-Frank Road. 

Interested families or mental health professionals who would like to volunteer can contact Danielle Visone at 239-841-9186 or Danielle@valerieshouseswfl.org. Valerie's House is fully supported through generous donations from the community. For more information or to make donations, visit http://www.valerieshouseswfl.org or mail to Valerie’s House, Inc., PO Box 1955, Fort Myers, FL 33902.

The Naples Children & Education Foundation is committed to supporting charitable programs that improve the physical, emotional and educational lives of underprivileged and at-risk children in Collier County. Its primary fundraiser, the Naples Winter Wine Festival, is the largest global event of its kind, and has raised in excess of $161 million in its first 17 years for annual grants to over 40 beneficiary organizations and 7 strategic initiatives.

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Naples Daily News Profiles Newest Valerie's House Location

Lead facilitator Megan Goddard goes over the rules before the start of a group session on the opening night of Valerie's House in North Naples on Thursday, March 9, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Nichole Raucheisen/Naples Daily News)

Lead facilitator Megan Goddard goes over the rules before the start of a group session on the opening night of Valerie's House in North Naples on Thursday, March 9, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Nichole Raucheisen/Naples Daily News)

Valerie’s House celebrated a major milestone — the opening of a new location in Collier County. Naples Daily News shares what Valerie's House has to offer to families suffering from grief in the area. Check out the full story!

To learn more about Valerie’s House and its programs, or to volunteer or donate, click here