Guest column: Preferred Travel starts travel fund for college students
Many students awarded scholarships from The Immokalee Foundation are the first in their families attend college – many of them attend Florida universities. Plenty of others head north to institutions in much colder climates than they’ve grown up in, and it’s often difficult for them to afford to come home for holidays and summer.
A recent donation of $26,100 by Preferred Travel will be the basis of a travel fund helping students not only come home during the academic year but, also furnish them with the warm clothes many of them need for the first time.
The donation, presented by Preferred Travel President and CEO Wilma Boyd, along with CFO and Agency Manager Olga Placeres, to foundation Executive Director Noemi Perez, represents 100 percent of the proceeds from “The Dazzling World of Travel” at the Club at Pelican Bay. The showcase featured more than 50 luxury travel partners from the United States and other countries, who spoke with nearly 450 people about the most exciting and desirable travel destinations and experiences in the world, including active adventures, celebration travel, luxury jet transportation, family and land travel, private jet, river cruising and more.
Each year, Preferred Travel selects one worthy nonprofit in the area to receive money from the event.
Many of the talented students have had little if any exposure to areas outside of Immokalee. Cornell University among the college’s students have attended upon leaving Immokalee. Considering that the student enrollment at Cornell is roughly equivalent to the entire population of Immokalee, larger schools can be intimidating, and students can become homesick. Knowing that they can come home to see their families sometime during the academic year can be a very big relief for Immokalee students.
With this donation, Preferred Travel and showcase attendees will ease the way as these students begin a very big transition in their lives.
The Immokalee Foundation provides a range of education programs that focus on building pathways to professional careers through support, mentoring and tutoring, and life skills development leading to economic independence. To learn more about The Immokalee Foundation, becoming a mentor, its signature events, volunteering as a career panel speaker or host, making a donation, including the foundation in your estate plans, or for additional information, call 239-430-9122 or visit https://immokaleefoundation.org.
Noemi Y. Perez, executive director of The Immokalee Foundation, can be reached at email@example.com.