A Collier County organization that has helped hundreds of people realize the American Dream got a million-dollar shot in the arm this week.
The local Habitat for Humanity chapter will use the $1 million gift to finalize a land purchase in East Naples clearing the way for the construction of 120 more homes for hard-working families. Year in and year out, the past decade, the Collier County affiliate has built more homes than any Habitat chapter in the United States. Since 1978, when ground was broken for the first Habitat for Humanity home in Immokalee, 1,400 houses have been constructed locally.
Naples resident Toni Stabile donated the money in the memory of her brother, Vincent Stabile, who listed Habitat for Humanity as one of his favorite charities. The new Habitat community will be named Vincent's Acres. The donation to Habitat was spurred by the Stabiles' appreciation for the unique program that allows would-be homeowners to invest their own hard work and sweat in the construction of a house.
The Stabile family is known for its philanthropy in Naples as well as in New York, where Toni Stabile was a noted investigative reporter and freelance writer. She wrote three books investigating health issues related to the cosmetic industry. Her writings led to U.S. Senate hearings and a mandatory labeling of the ingredients of grooming products. Her 2006 gift to Columbia University in New York led to the creation of the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism. The Osteoporosis Center at Columbia University Medical Center also carries Toni Stabile's name.
Vincent Acres will be yet another reminder of the Stabile family's generosity and Toni Stabile's commitment to making the world a better place.