Close Friend Foundation supports causes that may be underserved, but which are vital to their organizations' missions. We are a catalyst for initiatives that contribute to the quality of life in Southwest Florida, for a sustainable environment, children and families, and the arts. We believe that staying involved throughout the relationship will make a positive difference to the programs and projects we support.
Involved and making a difference.
Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida
(Specifically Behavioral Health Services and Music Therapy)
Where our causes inspire you, we encourage you to join our philanthropic efforts by contributing to Close Friend Foundation
in the name of your selected cause. Please visit our Donate page. You can be assured that 100% of your causes will be donated to the cause of your choice. We would be pleased to assist you with personal introductions to our causes and their organizations.
American Red Cross Florida Southern Gulf Region
Marty has been a board member and active participant in the organizations annual fund raiser.
As a celebrity dancer in 2011 she won the “Top Fundraiser” award.
Folds of Honor
The Folds of Honor Foundation is rallying the nation to ensure no family is left behind. Through scholarships and
other assistance they give back to the spouses and children of soldiers killed or disabled in service to our country.
Since John sponsored a Patriot Golf Day at our local golf club in 2010, helping to raise $7,000, the Foundation
continues to support Folds of Honor with financial gifts focused on our local community.
For over 20 years The Immokalee Foundation has committed itself to strengthening the Immokalee community with
programs ranging from early childhood literacy education to college preparation and advanced vocational training.
Our modest financial gift supported these scholarships.
Music therapy is a creative opportunity for patients and families to express emotions within an atmosphere
of comfort and relaxation. Our modest financial gifts support music and art therapy at the Hope Hospice facility.
As a Deacon of her church, Marty has been the chairperson of, and participated in the Visitation Ministry. This team
of more than 50 people contacts church members and friends who are homebound, in the hospital, in rehabilitation,
or in assisted living, by making visits and phone calls, and sending personal cards. In 2013 the Visitation Team made
over 4,000 contacts with those in need.
Krannert Art Museum
Since the first Krannert Art Museum – Week at the Museum (KAM-WAM) in 2011, more than 700 Champaign and Urbana
elementary school students have participated in this interdisciplinary arts education experience. The Foundation
provided funds for educational art supplies, and donated a work of art for the auction.
Cambodian Living Arts
Cambodian Living Arts (CLA) is a non-governmental organization based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and a program of
the Marion Institute that works to support the revival of traditional Khmer performing arts and to inspire contemporary
artistic expression. Our contribution helped to fund projects for exceptional students to teach traditional music and
dance to younger students. Included in this is support for artists and Studio CLA that produced the Khmer Jazz Fusion CD.
Center for Khmer Studies
The Center for Khmer Studies (CKS), with head office in Siem Reap, Cambodia, has had for more than 15 years the mission
to promote research, teaching and public service in the social sciences, arts and humanities as they relate to Cambodia.
Our sponsoring contribution supported the start of a new intern training program in Cambodia. In addition, John’s participation
in several CKS board meetings raised the issue of bottom-up educational support. As a result, CKS added a children’s section to their library in Siem Reap.