NAPLES, Fla. (Nov. 10, 2021) — The Naples law firm of Woodward, Pires & Lombardo, P.A. (WPL) is helping to build bridges of hope as a sponsor of the Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) Wings of Hope “Never Say Goodbye to the Florida Panther” 2021-2022 Art Challenge Contest. The participants include over 2500 Collier County fourth and fifth grade elementary students and high school students. The young artists use their art to educate others about the Florida panther’s challenges and other important facts about Florida wildlife and natural habitat. For example, the Florida panthers’ coloration is tan, not black.
All participating students will receive a beautiful Florida panther poster sponsored by the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens. The Art teachers of the top four elementary and high school winners will receive a $100 prize courtesy of WPL and a one-year family pass to the Naples Zoo. The top four elementary and high school student-artists will receive varying cash prizes sponsored by the Florida Wildlife Federation, a panther paw print painting from the Naples Zoo and FGCU Wings of Hope swag.
FGCU Wings of Hope Program Director Mrs. Ricky Pires, explains that “with only 120-230 adult Florida panthers left in the world, all located within Southwest Florida, it is vital to save and protect this endangered species. By participating, FGCU’s Wings of Hope program helps build bridges of hope for wildlife and the natural world through education, research and awareness and kindness. The Florida Panther is considered an ‘Umbrella Species.’ When we save the Florida panther, we save all of the wildlife, clean air and water, within their habitat, resulting in saving us all.”
See the winners at 2021 art contest collage. These final eight posters will be on display the entire month of January in the Collier County Commissioner chambers with two information boards on the natural history of the Florida panther, mission and sponsors. They will also be displayed in the Collier County Public Schools lobby and at FGCU.
See the awards ceremony event coverage in the Naples Daily News here: Panther Posse celebrates Collier students with Never Say Goodbye art contest.
About Wings of Hope
Established in 2000, FGCU’s “Wings of Hope” environmental education program connects 450 university students with 5,000 elementary students each year through the life of the Florida black bear and endangered Florida panther. This nationally and state awarded program is housed in the Department of Integrated Studies and is an integral part of general education and service-learning. See www.fgcu/cas/wingsofhope for more information.
About Woodward, Pires & Lombardo, P.A.
WPL assists individuals, businesses, community development districts and governmental agencies with an array of legal matters, including Administrative Law, Business Law, Condominium Law, Community Association Law, Family Law, Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Administration, Government Relations Law, Land Use & Zoning, Real Estate Law, Securities Litigation, and Civil and Commercial Litigation. The law firm has two Florida locations: Naples and Marco Island. Proudly celebrating 50 years of providing Florida legal services, WPL was founded in 1971 by Arthur V. Woodward, Esq. as the first established law firm on Marco Island. For more information, see our all-new website at www.wpl-legal.com or call 239-649-6555.