Friends of Foster Children Forever to host 4th Annual Circle of Friends Luncheon on December 5, 2017

Friends of Foster Children Forever (FFCF) will host their 4th annual Circle of Friends luncheon on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. The event is being held to honor the extraordinary contributions and work of the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF), founders of the Naples Winter Wine Festival and Laces of Love.

The Naples Children & Education Foundation will receive the Stan Appelbaum Friend of Distinction Award for their extraordinary history of support and advocacy on behalf of at-risk children, served through the Twentieth Judicial Circuit. Since 2001, in addition to Friends of Foster Children Forever, NCEF through the support of organizations such as the Children’s Advocacy Center, Youth Haven, Legal Aid, and the Shelter for Abused Women & Children has provided a voice and protection for our community’s most vulnerable children.

Laces of Love will be recognized and honored with the Lynn Schultzel Friend for a Lifetime Award for outstanding volunteer work on behalf of at-risk children in our community. The Laces of Love Charitable Foundation, Inc. is a 501-c-3 not-for-profit organization that has provided over 90,000 pairs of new shoes to low-income and disadvantaged children and educates the public about the needs of these children.

The Circle of Friends luncheon is underwritten by the generosity of FFCF board member, Susan K. Erb, Senior Vice President and Wealth Management Advisor for Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and the Miami, Naples & Islands Complex.

For more information or to request an invitation to the luncheon, contact Gisela Estrada at 239-262-1808 or email

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.