Junior Achievement Hall of Fame Event Honors Laureates, Raises More Than $126k

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida’s annual Business Hall of Fame event was held virtually on Thursday, Feb. 25, drawing more than 190 virtual attendees and generating more than $126,000 in funds for the organization. This was the first time the event was held virtually and the first time both Lee and Collier laureates were recognized in one event.

James J. Guerra, MD, Sarah Owen, Senator Kathleen C. Passidomo, and William T. Prather were recognized as the newly inducted laureates to the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame. The prestigious acknowledgment honors influential, visionary leaders from the business community that have made a significant impact, created new opportunities and elevated the educational landscape for youth in their communities regarding financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work-readiness.

Funds raised at the event will support Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida’s life-changing, no-cost programs on financial literacy and career and work readiness delivered to students in our community. To learn more about Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida and how you can support their mission by donating, volunteering, or becoming a sponsor, visit www.JASWFL.org.

IBERIABANK/First Horizon was the presenting sponsor for the event. Title Professionals of Florida was the Diamond sponsor, and Publix Super Market Charities was the Platinum sponsor. Gold sponsors included BB&T now Truist/McGriff Insurance, Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, Edison National Bank, Naples Daily News, and News-Press.

About Junior Achievement
Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. Junior Achievement programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches more than 4.8 million students per year in more than 107 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.2 million students served by operations over 100 other countries worldwide.

Locally, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida partnered with classroom business volunteers during the 2019-2020 school year to provide nearly 70,000 hours of instruction to nearly 10,500 students in 453 classes throughout Collier, Lee, and Charlotte counties. For more information on Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, visit www.JASWFL.org, call 239-225-2590, or email info@jaswfl.org.

This article was submitted by a Guest Author of the Above Board Chamber.