THe Penny Bear Company Honored by Kelly Capolino with Diamond Volunteer Award

The Penny Bear Company, a volunteer-run, not-for-profit organization that makes and donates teddy bears, celebrated a special evening at the Diamond Volunteer Program reception that was held in their honor.
By: E. Sue Huff
March 8, 2010 - PRLog -- The Penny Bear Company, a non-profit organization, was recently honored by the Diamond Volunteer Program.  A reception was held to honor their volunteers on February 25, 2010. This was the second in the line of three winning non-profit groups for 2010; the Penny Bear Company was awarded the Diamond Volunteer Award by Kelly E. Capolino, local real estate professional and presenter of the 2010 program. The award honors and recognizes well deserving volunteers in our community.

The reception was held in the private residence of Dan Ressler of Aqualane Shores. “It was great to be given the chance to help with this amazing program. The ladies from The Penny Bear Company truly graced my home.”

“This is an organization with such an important message of love and nurturing that sometimes gets overlooked, and I was so proud to present this award to them,” said Kelly Capolino. “The volunteers that I met were caring souls that really lived out the philosophy that the Penny Bears embody, of gentle love and kindness.”

Capolino added, “Founding the Diamond Volunteer Program and knowing that non-profits are hurting for donations to keep their organizations alive  ... I have pledged of 15% of my commission to the organization if a client mentions Penny Bear Company when buying or listing. This is just one more way that they can do fundraising.”

The Penny Bear Company creates and donates teddy bears, full to bursting with stuffing and love. They share a message of hope and comfort to all ages by providing a friend to hold on to through difficult times. Penny Bear is also involved in numerous community outreach programs, such as Circles of Hope, a support group for those ill or grieving, and the Penny Bear Friendship Club, a school program promoting respect, kindness, and the importance of building meaningful friendships.

"The evening was a very special one for us" said Penny Wigglesworth, founder and president.  "Since the organization is based both here in Naples and in Massachusetts, it was a wonderful opportunity for both groups to meet each other and share their connection to Penny Bear.  Also, it gave me a chance to thank all these caring volunteers who truly help make a difference ... one bear, one person at a time.  The reception was lovely and we were deeply touched to have been chosen."

Penny Wigglesworth accepted the award that read: “Giving comfort, compassion, friendship, and love unconditional to any and all in need. Healing hearts with warmth and a hug. Offering hope for a gentler world and a happier future.”

More about The Penny Bear Company:
Since 1995, the all-volunteer, non-profit Penny Bear Company has provided people of all ages with a variety of opportunities to extend their mission of sharing messages of love, hope, and comfort through charitable outreach projects in local communities and beyond. Penny Bears have been gifted to other non-profit organizations such as: Hospice, Hope for Haiti, Abused Women and Children’s Shelter, and Lee Memorial Hospital, among others. Based in Marblehead, Massachusetts, it was established to provide opportunities for people of all ages to work together with their hands and hearts for a common bring love and healing to anyone in need of a hug.  

About Kelly E. Capolino:
Capolino has earned the prestigious designation of International President’s Circle, representing the top 2.6% of all Coldwell Banker Sales Associates nationwide.  Her expertise in real estate is far-reaching with extensive knowledge and experience in luxury properties, acreage properties, investment properties, and renovation opportunities.  Capolino ranked #16 out of 5,000 real estate agents with the Naples Board of Realtors in 2009, excluding foreclosure agents. Capolino was named Coldwell Banker’s “Listing Leader” in Naples for the month of December 2009.

Capolino’s office is located at Coldwell Banker, 550 5th Avenue South Naples, FL 34102. She can be reached at 239-262-7131 ext. 149 or 800-741-7131 ext. 149 or online at or

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Kelly Capolino has much experience in luxury properties, acreage properties, renovation opportunities and more. She has her office at Coldwell Banker, 550 5th Avenue South Naples, FL 34102. She can be reached by email or phone at 239-262-7131 ext. 149.
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