©2020 by Project Detect, By: Scott Hershberger

A Brief History of Project Detect

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Project Detect was started in Riverwood in 2005 by the Riverwood Ladies Golf Association, with
the goal of helping local uninsured and underinsured women receive mammograms. Initially, the
RLGA dedicated one of its Thursday morning games to raise money to make testing available for
women in need in the Port Charlotte area. These early funds were administered through the
American Cancer Society and then the local Florida Board of Health.


Over the next few years, Project Detect expanded our efforts into additional events to raise
money for the cause through the Neighborhood Giving Program, holding Live Auctions, Silent
Auctions, Dances, and Casino Nights, and seeking donations from local businesses. From the start,
residents of the Riverwood Community have been very strong supporters of helping those less
fortunate in the greater Port Charlotte area.


Seeing the need to add corporate sponsorships to increase our fundraising activities, we applied for
and received 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status for Project Detect in March 2012. At the same time, we
expanded our mission to include early detection of all cancers for needy women and men in
Charlotte County.


At first, we continued to emphasize mammograms, and were able to secure a rare restricted grant
under the auspices of the Susan G, Komen Foundation, with the Virginia B. Andes Volunteer
Community Clinic in Port Charlotte conducting the cancer screenings. It wasn’t long before we
recognized – and fully appreciated - the caring and professionalism of the Virginia B. Andes
organization and made the decision for Project Detect to interact directly with them. About that
same time, we also began donating funds for cancer screenings to the smaller Englewood Community
Care Clinic, also in Charlotte County.


Project Detect is especially proud of the fact that we have worked very hard to increase donation
levels – and our grants to the local Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic - every year.
Please see the Project Detect Inc. Grant History (attached) for specific donations to both Clinics
since Project Detect became a 501(c)(3).