1. Doreen Ruane and Kevin Ruane
2. Scott Fischer and Mary Fischer
3. Rudi Hamer and Kyle DeCicco
4. Carl Baracco Jr., Amy Rohde and Carl Baracco
5. Stephanie Davis, Marc Collins and Fran Fenning
6. Valerie’s House CEO Angela Melvin and David Lucas
7. Mary Love, Carly Haller and Norman Love
Supporters of Valerie’s House tore down the walls of grief and built up the walls of love at the capital campaign fundraiser hosted April 7 by Norman and Mary Love and Elaine and Fred Hawkins.
A total of $1 million was raised for the new forever home of Valerie’s House to be built on Veronica Shoemaker Boulevard in Fort Myers. A total of $2.5 million has now been raised toward the $3 million goal.
“Norman and I have always believed in the mission of Valerie’s House and Angela Melvin’s passion. To be able to witness the evolution of a child grieving into a child thriving is unbelievable,” said Mary Love.
In addition to providing a safe place for children and their families to grieve, the new 7,000-square-foot home also will allow Valerie’s House to help more children and provide wrap-around services, such as individual grief counseling to support families who desperately need it.
A $500,000 challenge grant from David and Linda Lucas was matched by Creighton Construction & Development in December for a total of $1 million toward the campaign. The city of Fort Myers donated land for the new home with a $1 per year lease.
Additional major sponsors of the Valerie’s House Forever Home include the Clark Family Foundation, Bob and Christa Huseby, the Jordan Ashley Gutheim Foundation, Sanibel-Captiva Community Bank, Unto the Least of These Foundation in honor of John Sheppard, Victory Layne Chevrolet, Christina Schwinn, Linda and Angela DePardo, Gayle Rosemann, the Galeana Foundation, the Gerner Family Charitable Fund, Boots Tolles and the Verrill Foundation.
Valerie’s House has helped more than 2,000 children and their families since its founding in 2016 by Angela Melvin, whose own mother was killed in a car accident in 1987.