Friends of Foster Children Forever held 5th Annual Circle of Friends Reception on January 30, 2019

Friends of Foster Children Forever (FFCF) held their fifth annual Circle of Friends reception on January 30. The awards ceremony was held to honor the extraordinary contributions and work of the Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida, and Nancy Goldszak FFCF academic mentor.

Executive director Jane Billings welcomed guests and honorees and gave a short annual review of the many FFCF educational programs and successes.

The Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida received the Stan Appelbaum Friend of Distinction Award in recognition of their 15 years of continuous care of foster children served though the Twentieth Judicial Circuit. Doug Campbell, past FFCF board chair, presented the award to Amy Plassins, Director of Mobile Operations at Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida. Since 1977, Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida has provided medical and dental care to underserved Collier County residents. The organization’s mission is to provide basic medical and dental healthcare services at an affordable cost while ensuring dignity and respect to each individual served.

Nancy Goldszak was recognized and honored with the Lynn Schultzel Friend for a Lifetime Award for her outstanding volunteer work on behalf of at-risk children in our community. The award was given in recognition of Goldszak’s 10 years of service as an academic mentor to local foster children. Les Schultzel, husband of the late Lynn Schultzel, presented the award on behalf of FFCF.

The Circle of Friends reception was underwritten by the generosity of FFCF board member, Dr. Rebecca W. Lambert along with Dr. Jonathan E. Sonne.

The FFCF mission is to focus on the children they serve by providing targeted educational and enrichment opportunities that allow each child to fulfill his or her potential. The charitable organization works to fulfill the unmet needs of every child who enters or, is at risk of entering the foster care system in Collier, Hendry and Glades Counties.

For more information about Friends of Foster Children of Forever (FFCF) or how to help, visit or call (239) 262–1808.
This article was submitted by a Guest Author of the Above Board Chamber.