Frances Pew Hayes Named International College's 2002 Humanitarian of the Year

Frances Pew Hayes, a Naples resident and respected community philanthropist, will be honored by International College as the 2002 Humanitarian of the Year.

The Sixth Annual Humanitarian of the Year reception and luncheon will be held March 21 starting at 11 a.m. at the Ritz Carlton-Golf Resort Naples Tiburon, 2600 Tiburon Drive.

Since 1997, International College has recognized a local person for public service and benevolence through civic endeavors. A video biography of Hayes will highlight the event.

“I think this honor is something that’s justly deserved. She is somebody who has been giving since the age of 15. It’s nice to be recognized for good deeds,” said Jay Black, Hayes’ son. “I’m extremely proud of her.”

Past winners are Earl G. Hodges, founder of the Earl G. Hodges Funeral Chapel; Corbin Wyant, publisher of the Naples Daily News; J.R. “Jack” Humphrey, president of International Packaging Machines, Inc.; Myra Janco Daniels, president and CEO of the Philharmonic Center for the Arts; and philanthropist Lavern “Lal” Gaynor.

Since relocating to Southwest Florida in 1973, Hayes has given to as many as 35 community service and charitable organizations, including the Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Hospice House of Naples and Moorings Park. In addition to donating money, Hayes also has donated her time by serving on various boards, including Youth Haven, the YMCA of Collier County and Naples Community Hospital.

Hayes has shown an affinity for organizations that support enriching and improving the lives of children and the elderly. She has given a sizeable donation to Youth Haven, a social service agency for abused children. The money was used to build three cottages where troubled children stay to feel safe, secure and nurtured. Hayes also founded the Teddy Bear Museum in 1990, which offers retirees the opportunity to stay active as volunteers.

Though Hayes enjoys giving to the community publicly, she also relishes giving anonymously, Black said.

“She enjoyed reading the newspaper and being able to write a check to bail people out of whatever difficulty they faced,” her son said. “That’s where the genuine joy of doing this came in.”

Hayes was chosen by a Humanitarian Award Committee, made up of past winners, International College friends and supporters, and both the International College President’s Council and Board of Trustees.

“Fran Hayes is a humanitarian in the true sense of the word,” said Myra Daniels, president and CEO of the Philharmonic Center for the Arts, and who served on the nominating committee for the award. “She cares about the community and has given generously to make it a better place in which to live.”

Anne Simon, executive director of Youth Haven, echoes Daniels’ sentiment.

“She is extremely charitable and very interested in vulnerable children,” she said. “She has been kind and generous not only to Youth Haven but to other charitable organizations in Collier County.”

Lou Traina, International College vice president of Institutional Advancement and a member of the nominating committee, describes Hayes as a “builder of philanthropy in the community.”

“Her lead gifts encourage others to give,” Traina said. “She was a unanimous choice by the committee members. She gives the gifts of talent, time and treasure in ways that truly change the quality of life in our community.”

Major sponsors of the event are Sprint and Moorings Park. Supporting sponsors are The Conservancy of Southwest Florida and the YMCA of Collier County.
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