NAPLES, FL (Jan. 11, 2019) – The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Collier County Commissioners selected Waterside Shops as the Business of the Month for January 2019.
Each month, the award is presented to an organization that has enhanced the community through financial, volunteer and active involvement in organizations and programs that assist in creating a better quality of life for all citizens in Collier County.
The Board of Collier County Commissioners and Bethany Sawyer, the director of membership at The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, presented Anne Fleming, general manager, with a commemorative plaque at the Jan. 8, 2019 County Commission meeting.
Founded in 1992, Waterside Shops is the Gulf Coast's premier shopping and dining destination where the finest names in luxury retail and fashionable lifestyle stores are set amid a lush landscape of 30,000 tropical plants and flowering shrubs, a 550-foot-long, hand-laid rock wall punctuated by cascading water, and dramatic lightning features.
Waterside has helped raise over $300,000 annually for local nonprofits that support children, education, healthcare, and the arts including Golisano Children’s Museum, Naples Children & Education Foundation, Guadalupe Center, Baby Basics, Artis – Naples, STARability Foundation, AVOW Hospice, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, and Champions for Learning.
Most recently, Waterside donated $25,000 to the Women’s Foundation of Collier County and $20,000 to United Way through their 25th Anniversary Shopping Days – their largest donations to date.
Each year, Waterside hosts a student fashion show featuring student models dressed head-to-toe in the latest fashions. Through this event, Waterside donates over $40,000 annually to The Community School of Naples Financial Aid Program.
Waterside Shops also hosts a Halloween celebration that benefits Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples and their efforts to support children now and into the future. Last year, they donated over $5,000 to the Children’s Museum.
Additionally, the coins in the fountains at Waterside are donated to alternating charities. These coins have benefited Baby Basics, The Shelter for Abused Women & Children, The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Avow Hospice, and many others. $10,000 is donated annually as a result of Coins for a Cause.