In 2013, Myra Janco Daniels, founder and former CEO of the Philharmonic Center for the Arts in Naples, Florida, responded to the plight of more than 11,500 school children in Collier County who came home every day to an empty house. Mrs. Daniels agreed to chair a capital campaign to raise $5 million for the construction of The Salvation Army’s new Fran Cohen Youth Center. The Youth Center was officially dedicated in April 2017 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by local dignitaries, Latchkey League members, Salvation Army representatives and many others.
The mission of the Latchkey League, Inc. is to support educational, cultural and recreational services to children in Collier County who need after-school supervision and activities. Particular emphasis shall be given to the arts.
Latchkey League offers fundraising opportunities throughout the season to financially support latchkey children attending after-school programs which provide opportunities for kids to learn dance, music, art and theater in addition to actively mentoring and tutoring them where possible.
Latchkey League became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 2015 to continue supporting the Fran Cohen Youth Center and expand its ability to help more children by providing grants to eligible Collier County organizations offering after-school programs.
“It is a good cause, shaping the life of children.” – Myra Janco Daniels
HOW TO HELP
The Latchkey League’s mission is to support and provide educational, cultural and recreational services to children in the greater Collier County area who are in need of after-school supervision and activities, and to promote educational development for their future.
Currently, the Latchkey League raises funds through a series of events – luncheons and parties – held throughout the year. These funds are then distributed via Grants to eligible nonprofit organizations who meet eligibility criteria.
For a mere $50 per year, membership in the Latchkey League means joining one of the most exciting and rewarding philanthropic groups in Collier County! At nearly 300-strong, our members are passionate about making a difference in the lives of latchkey children.
Latchkey League members are encouraged to volunteer their talents and time in a number of ways: serve on a committee, host a Latchkey party for 25-50 people in your home or private club (both tax-deductible and rewarding), assist at a Latchkey party, or mentor/tutor at The Salvation Army’s Fran Cohen Youth Center.
You may make your tax-deductible donation in one of the following ways: checks (payable to
the Latchkey League), in-kind donations to our Latchkey League parties and silent auctions,
or bequests* (designating Latchkey League as a beneficiary of your Trust, Will, IRA, retirement or insurance plan)