Goodwill Hosts Annual Breakthrough Awards: Recognizing seven community standouts for 2023

FORT MYERS, Fla. - March 28, 2024 - PRLog -- Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida (SWFL) hosts their annual Breakthrough Award ceremony at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, on Thursday, April 11th. The event recognizes individuals and businesses who have advanced the Goodwill Mission throughout the prior year.

The event includes a plated meal and videos of each honoree. Tickets are $150 each, or $1,000 for a table of 8, and are available online

The 2023 Breakthrough Award recipients are:
  • Hermelinda Herrera, Goodwill employee, Chet Perry Achiever of the Year
  • Jacqueline Hann, Lee Health Employee, William J. Barrett Graduate of the Year
  • Keepsake Plants, Employer of the Year
  • Goodwill Store 125, Employee of the Year
  • Strayhorn, Persons-Mulicka & Fisher, Business of the Year
  • Junior League of Fort Myers Sustainer Members, Philanthropist of the Year
  • Alma Baez, Volunteer of the Year

The Junior League of Fort Myers Sustainer Members came together in a kind and giving way for the Goodwill Pathways to Opportunity program in 2023. Their "Showering the Pathways to Opportunity" project "refreshed" the PTO lobby area, updated the shower and restroom areas, provided clothing racks filled with clothing, and added yard games for everyone to enjoy.

Pathways to Opportunity is a life skills program that serves 96 individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Goodwill SWFL is a nonprofit organization committed to serving people with disabilities and disadvantages by offering life-changing opportunities to achieve independence.  They have provided services to people with disabilities and disadvantages since 1966 in five counties of Southwest Florida: Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Glades & Hendry counties. For more information about Goodwill SWFL visit

Debra Donatto, Director of Communications & Marketing
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