• Maggie Goldsmith

Bailey’s General Store and Nicole McHale Named Finalists for ENPY Awards

Hosted by the Cape Coral Community Foundation, the 4th Annual ENPYs – Excellence in Nonprofit Performance Yearly awards – will feature two locals, nominated by FISH OF SANCAP. Nicole McHale, nominated for Nonprofit Board Member of the Year and Bailey’s General Store, nominated for Business Partner of the Year are both finalists for the 2020 award. The Cape Coral Community Foundation received 110 ENPY award nominations and sold out every sponsorship category for the show to honor nonprofit leaders, donors, and volunteers.

Nicole McHale was appointed to the FISH Board of Directors in July 2013 to complete an unfinished term, was Board Vice Chair January-May, 2017 and was Board Chair June 2017 – December 2019; she remains on the FISH Board as Past Board Chair. States Maggi Feiner, President & CEO, FISH, “Nicole is wholeheartedly engaged in the ‘neighbors helping neighbors’ motto of FISH. Always an advocate for the organization, she contributes hours of involvement in many aspects of the organization including its leadership, fundraising and awareness within the community. Nicole is an active volunteer who also serves as chair or co-chair of committees for the FISH organization and foundation.”

McHale has furthered the reach and network of FISH through her commitment to raising awareness of the organization for all islanders. She is known on the island to be a connector and frequently identifies islanders in need through her warm conversation and engaging personality and then connects them to FISH for services. “I'm honored to be nominated with such distinguished leaders. FISH is representative of an army of selfless people who work hard to promote a positive impact on our remarkable community. I love being a part of the FISH team who help others,” states McHale.

Bailey’s General Store, which has been a family-owned business on Sanibel (and now Captiva) for over 120 years and has remained a steadfast partner of FISH as well as the island community as a whole. States Maggi Feiner, “Richard Johnson, his wife Mead and daughters Callie and Bailie, and son Dane, who own and operate Bailey’s, are personally invested in our agency, its continued growth and success. Despite their full-time jobs running the supermarket and catering company, and Richard’s position as a Sanibel City Councilman, the Johnson’s avail themselves to FISH in support of our mission almost daily.”

Bailey’s is a partner to FISH not only in business, but the Johnson family is equally committed to improving the lives of those living, visiting, and working on Sanibel and Captiva, in complete alignment with FISH’s mission. Bailey’s has assisted FISH over the years by donating food, collecting food for the food pantry as a drop off location, preparing the Meals-by-FISH food, helping to order food pantry products at wholesale cost, and continuously answering calls to serve those in need, side by side with FISH.

States Richard Johnson, “We are honored to be recognized as a significant community supporter. As Sam and Francis taught Mead and myself, community is everything. We are fortunate to have the ability to partner with our island nonprofits to provide necessary services. When you shop at Bailey’s and our family of companies, you help deserving organizations further their mission.”

The ENPYs ceremony will take place on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 featuring mistress of ceremonies Wendy Fullerton, News Director for the News-Press. This year due to the Coronavirus Pandemic and following the recommendations from the CDC and local government, the efforts of Southwest Florida nonprofits and the accomplishments of nonprofit leaders will collectively be recognized on a special live televised broadcast airing across Southwest Florida and watched around the world by live streaming at ctntelevision.com.

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