William Raveis Real Estate has been busy opening its first 3 offices in Naples in the first 3 months of 2016, but has already reached out to support the Naples community through a variety of philanthropic endeavors. One includes the Freedom Waters Foundation.
Naples is recognized around the globe for its abundance of sunshine, sugar-sand beaches, incredible lifestyle, cultural activities, and recreational opportunities, especially those that take place on the rivers, back bays and the Gulf of Mexico.
For many, there’s no better place to “get away from it all” than on the water. Leaving their worries behind, water enthusiasts take great pleasure in enjoying the splendor of Southwest Florida from an aquatic perspective.
Perhaps no organization knows that better than the Freedom Waters Foundation. With a mission to improve the lives of individuals with special needs, as well as veterans, the Freedom Waters Foundation provides therapeutic marine-related experiences on the waters throughout South Florida.
Several times a month, boats leave the docks up and down the area’s coastline with delighted passengers on board, many of whom are children facing the challenges of a life-threatening illness.
“Giving these children an escape from their daily health-related struggles and to watch their faces light up as they take to the open waters is simply one of the best feelings in the world,” said Debra Frenkel, Founder and Executive Director of the Freedom Waters Foundation. “However, it’s not just an escape for the children, but also their families who work so hard to ensure their child has experiences to remember, and have at least one day when they can simply be a kid.”
The mission of the Freedom Waters Foundation inspired William Raveis Real Estate to become the lead sponsor of the organization’s 2nd annual Kind Mariner’s Ball fund raising event in March of 2016.
“William Raveis is more than a real estate company – it’s a family owned business,” said Matt Lane, Senior Vice President and General Manager of William Raveis – Florida. “We’re extremely proud of our association with such a worthy organization whose mission is to improve the lives of individuals with special needs and veterans by providing therapeutic marine related experiences on the waters of South Florida.
William Raveis Real Estate has a long history of charitable giving and community outreach in all the communities in which they operate. Since its establishment in 1974, founder William Raveis has supported a wide variety of causes including the Audubon Society, Damon-Runyon Cancer Institute, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, the Center for Abused Women and Children, as well as, the preservation of historic community landmarks, to name just a few.
“Our sponsorship of the Freedom Waters Foundation follows a long commitment to the causes our communities deeply believe in,” said Lane. “Life is to be celebrated. And that’s exactly what we wish for everyone associated with – and helped by – the Freedom Waters Foundation.”
Learn more about helping our local community throughout 2016 through the Freedom Waters Foundation or find out where your local William Raveis Real Estate offices are located by visiting freedomwatersfoundation.org or raveis.com.