F.I.S.H. nominees named as 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 F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva.
Nicole McHale, nominated for Nonprofit Board Member of the Year, and Bailey’s General Store, nominated for Business Partner of the Year, are finalists for the 2020 awards. The foundation received 110 nominations and sold out every sponsorship category for the show to honor nonprofit leaders, donors and volunteers.
McHale was appointed to F.I.S.H. Board of Directors in 2013 to complete an unfinished term, was vice chair for part of 2017 and was chair from 2017-2019. She remains on the board as past board chair.
“Nicole is wholeheartedly engaged in the ‘neighbors helping neighbors’ motto of F.I.S.H.,” President Maggi Feiner said. “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 F.I.S.H. organization and foundation.”
McHale has furthered the reach and network of F.I.S.H. through her commitment to raising awareness of the organization. She is known locally to be a connector and frequently identifies islanders in need through her warm conversation and engaging personality, then connects them to F.I.S.H. for services.
“I’m honored to be nominated with such distinguished leaders,” McHale said. “F.I.S.H. 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 F.I.S.H. team who help others.”
Bailey’s General Store, which has been a family-owned business on Sanibel and now Captiva for over 120 years, has remained a steadfast partner of F.I.S.H. as well as the island community as a whole.
“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,” Feiner said. “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 F.I.S.H. in support of our mission almost daily.”
Bailey’s is a partner to F.I.S.H. not only in business, but the Johnson family is equally committed to improving the lives of those living, visiting and working on the islands — in complete alignment with F.I.S.H.’s mission. Bailey’s has assisted F.I.S.H. 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, alongside F.I.S.H.
“We are honored to be recognized as a significant community supporter,” Johnson said. “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.”
Due to the pandemic, the 4th Annual ENPYs will take place as a live CTN Television Broadcast on Oct. 20 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. To find your local channel or livestream it, visit ctntelevision.com.