About Us
  • Daniel L. Melvin

    CEO

    Daniel Melvin was born and raised in Detroit Michigan.  After spending time in the Marine Corps, Daniel worked in management at the Detroit branch of the U.S. Federal Reserve System for 11 years where he won, an unprecedented, two Presidential Achievement Awards, the highest award to be presented by the U.S. Federal Reserve System,  as well as several other Awards of Achievement for his innovative, Creative and “Out of The Box” thinking which led to proposals that caused several departments within that branch and others across the country that followed suit, to become more cost and operationally efficient than they had ever been before.

    Although Daniel was a natural when it came to out of the box thinking in areas of Growth and Development, his passion was and still is music, more specifically, singing.  Being raised in Detroit during the Motown explosion around the world, Daniel was literally able to learn and develop his talent with the help of some of the Legends of Motown.  The results of which was him being able to travel the world as a professional singer.

    In 2001 Daniel and his wife Barbara, currently a Vice President Community Lender for First Florida Integrity Bank, moved to Florida where he continued singing while still becoming a successful, well publicized entrepreneur and an award winning Community involved partner & leader.   He’s been repeatedly written about in several of the local business and community magazines as well as The Naples Daily News who selected him as one of the Inaugural Winners of their Annual 25 over 50 Community Service Awards for his work and contributions to an array of non-profit organizations, as well as developing & mentoring young men and women who have interests and desires related to the performance and visual arts.

    In 2014 Daniel started an annual fundraising drive called “Party With  A Purpose” through his for profit corporation, Most Romantic Voice Productions, LLC., of which he, his wife and an outstanding group of volunteers have successfully been able to raise funds to donate to a newly selected Non-Profit organization each year.  Organizations such as, the Hodges University Diversity Program, Dress for Success SW Florida and the NAACP ACT-SO Program.  Daniel has donated his services to other Non-Profits such as Baby Basics, Healthy Start, The Cancer Society, The National Association for Mental Illness and many more.  In addition to the many nonprofit organizations, Daniel and his wife were the Co-Chairs of the Night of Champions Awards Dinner for 2017 and will be in that roll again for 2018.  Now, Daniel has taken his annual fundraising event and its slogan, and formed a Not-For Profit Corporation called: The Party With A Purpose Foundation, Incorporated.  The newly formed Party With A Purpose Foundation, Inc. will be hosting the 2018 Party With A Purpose #5 event at the Naples Hilton on Saturday October 13th.

  • Barbara Rhodes-Melvin

    President

    Barbara Melvin is currently the Vice President and Community Lender at First Florida Integrity Bank. Since arriving in Southwest Florida in 2001, Barbara has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to community service. She serves on many Boards in the Community. She is the Immediate Past President of Dress for Success SW FL, The Immediate Past President of The Small Business Resource Network, 1st VP of the Collier County NAACP, VP Haitian Coalition, many more. Barbara is a John C. Maxwell certified trainer, coach and mentor. Barbara is a motivational/inspirational speaker where she has spoken at many Leadership conferences, summits, symposiums, graduations and much more.

    Barbara recently was selected as one of Southwest Florida’s Most Influential Black American Achievers. In June 2017 Barbara won Tri-Town Construction Community Volunteer of the Year Award. In Jan. 2015 Barbara won The Champion Award presented by The Collier County Champions for Learning. In March 2015 Barbara won The Women Of Distinction award presented by The Delta Sigma Theta of Collier County. In 2014 Barbara won the Glass Slipper Award presented by The National Diversity Council. In 2013 Barbara was The Volunteer of the Year for Wells Fargo Bank and Volunteer of the Year for the Florida Small Business Development Center both locally and statewide.  She continues to win many awards and recognitions for her work in the Community.

  • Denise Murphy

    Vice President/Treasurer

    Denise Murphy is the Club Controller for The Players Club & Spa, an affiliate of Stock Development Associates. She started with Stock in 2001 and worked as their Corporate Controller for over 3 years. She joined The Players Club & Spa in January 2012 and enjoys working with the company and is a dedicated employee.

    Denise, an experienced accountant with various accounting certifications, has attended Edison Community College, Norfolk State University and Southern New Hampshire University. She has over 20 years experience in her field and started her career in the car business as Office Manager for the Galloway Family of Dealerships for over 6 years.

    Denise is an avid volunteer and supports various organizations such as; Guadalupe Social Services, Youth Haven, Collier County Schools, St. Matthews House and Humane Society of Collier County. In her spare time, Denise is an avid volunteer in the community and a strong supporter for education. Denise is a mentor with the Champions for Learning program which helps make a difference in the lives of children and teens in Collier County. She is also currently serving on two committees for the Champions for Learning Program, on the JROTC Booster Club for Naples High School, on the board of Greater Naples Better Government Committee, the Treasurer for Southwest Florida Wounded Vet Run, serving on the Affordable Housing Committee for Collier County Government and on the Board of Directors for Collier Child Care Resources. She is also on the Advisory Board for the Above-Board Chamber, on the SAC Board at Naples High School and serves on the NAF Board for Collier County Public Schools.

    Denise was a Girl Scout Leader for 10 years, PTA President and served on a board for 8 years, served on a SAC Board for two years and has volunteered over 11 years for Collier County Schools.  She is a proud graduate of the 2015 GAIN program with the Chamber of Commerce and is a Leadership Collier Alumni. Denise is currently the Chair of the LCF Events and Outings Committee, serves on the Public Policy Committee, Vice Chair of the GAIN Class and serving on the Youth Leadership Collier Committee. She was honored by the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce Leadership Collier Foundation as the 2017 Volunteer of the Year!

    She enjoys spending time with her two children and has coached soccer for YMCA. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and likes to watch her children play and compete in soccer, basketball and JROTC Raiders. It’s her dream to have her own non-profit one day that gives back to the under-privileged children of Collier County

  • Stephanie Lucarelli

    Board Member

    Currently the Vice Chair of the District 2 School Board and Board Member of Champions For Learning, Stephanie grew up in Middletown, NJ. She attended Rutgers University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Natural Resources Management. In addition, she completed post-graduate coursework in Science Education and attained her NJ State Science Teaching Certificate. Mrs. Lucarelli spent summers working as a Backcountry Ranger for Rocky Mountain National Park and a Team Building Leader for the Monmouth County Park System. Her passion, however, was being a 7Th and 8th grade science teacher in Fair Haven, NJ.

    Mrs. Lucarelli has been living in Naples with her husband, Domenic, since 2002. They have four children, all attending Collier County Public Schools. Stephanie has been a Guest Teacher for Collier County Public Schools since 2013, but has been volunteering countless hours at various schools since 2004. She has had the pleasure of serving on the District’s Accreditation Committee, the Headstart Policy Council, and as the Vice President of the Naples Park PTO for the past 8 years.

  • LAURA MOBILEY WILLIAMS

    A Native New Yorker, Laura’s work history is a testimony to her varied skills and capabilities.
    1 :- As a Financial Assistant for AMCENA, a Fortune 500 company, she reported directly to the CEO, the Senior VP of Finance, while also supporting two other financial VP’s. Her duties encompassed: Sole responsibility of the company’s Corporate Accounts Payable Account, Bookkeeping and Administrative Procedures. She transcribed & typed minutes, correspondence, created and typed financial reports as well as performed in depth financial support to The Board of Directors, in addition to training office staff on various computer programs.

    2:- As a Naval Officer’s wife in Okinawa Japan, she was an Executive assistant in the General’s office. With the Air Force 18th Support Group she directly supported two high ranking officers by performing just about every aspect of assisting the administrative staff of that support group.

    3:- She’s been the corporate assistant of La-Van Hawkins, a millionaire entrepreneur who owned Hawkins Food Group as well as formed La-Van Hawkins Urban City Foods Management Inc., Franchisee of several Burger King and Perkins Family restaurants and the owner of 89 Detroit area Pizza Hut Restaurants. Her duties included Support to the CEO and FCO in the daily running of 23 Burger King Franchises, Administrative, Financial, Research and more.

    4:- Laura was also a magazine publishing assistant for N2 Publishing who composed a professional “Who’s Who” monthly magazine for several high end gated communities. She was responsible for interviewing influential residents, composing stories, taking pictures, orchestrating Front Page photo shoots and she structured events.

    She has a Degree in Business Administration and a Paralegal Degree. She also has a passion for Non-Profits. Her non-profit work includes Dress for Success SWFL, After the Rain – Women’s Intervention Home (Secretary for The Board of Directors)
    Habitat for Humanity and Salvation Army – Special Events
    Lifeline Family Services – Mentor to Unwed Teen Moms and now Secretary and Board Member for The Party With A Purpose Foundation, Inc.

The Party With a Purpose Foundation, Inc.

PWAPF Tag Line:

A GOOD TIME FOR GREAT CAUSES

PWAPF Story:

“Party With a Purpose” began as a private party, held every year, in which Barbara and Daniel Melvin celebrated their birthdays and wedding anniversary with family, friends and associates. Each year, the participation grew due to their growth and development of new relationships throughout the community via Barbara’s position as a Vice President in the Banking Industry, Daniel’s singing performances throughout Southwest Florida, as well as his business services that include “The Most Romantic Voice Productions,LLC”., & Star America, LLC., their joint-venture “BMR-Melvin Consulting”, but even more so due to their large involvement in the community.  Thus the parties’ popularity exploded, prompting a new vision.  Create a Community Party Event, in a beautiful venue, where “in lieu of gifts,You purchase a ticket” and proceeds will benefit a newly chosen local charity each year.

In 2017 Hurricane Irma interrupted the party date.  The couple persevered and rescheduled.  There were minimal refund requests and many faithful attendees unable to attend, graciously donated their tickets.  Victory prevailed – making it their most productive fundraiser thus far!  Daniel rose to the occasion and took it to the the next level.  Thus, The Party with a Purpose Foundation, Inc. A Not-For Profit 501 C)(3) Corporation Was Born

PWAPF Personality:

The Party With a Purpose Foundation, Inc., is formulated by good times for Great causes, the power of love, prayer, commitment, community and helping.  It’s about generating excitement, making a difference, making that energy and love contagious and increasing the amount of individuals who desire “involvement in paying-it-forward”!

PWAPF Differentiators:

  • We use music, dancing and other entertainment to make giving fun and joyous
  • We Offer Inspiration through love and laughter.
  • We’re about helping local organizations and deserving individuals that really need help raising funds.
  • All funds raised, stay in Southwest Florida.
  • Donors can feel good that funds are going to a variety of deserving local recipients and programs via the organization.
  • We stay diligently Prayerful as we spread awareness and raise needed funds for causes underserved and individuals overlooked/and or forgotten.
  • We believe that Inclusivity grows the circle of involvement.

PWAPF Promise/Purpose:

We aspire to help a diverse multitude of individuals, organizations and programs in Southwest Florida that have dire needs and are under-served or overlooked by traditional fundraising sources.

PWAPF Positioning Statement:

The Party With a Purpose Foundation Inc. provides the Donors with a fun way to generate funds for critical and/or less known smaller community causes and individuals in need..  The Organization’s major annual event, “Party with a Purpose”, is a fun-filled Gala which offers a total party atmosphere filled with Laughter, Love, entertainment and a wide range of fundraising offerings, instead of the traditional fundraising events.

PWAPF Mission:

We are committed to bringing our resources to those who need it at any given moment. We bring those resources, wrapped in joy, laughter, love and music. Alleviating distress with laughter, sorrow with joy, and all while soothing the Soul with music.  Through fundraising and volunteerism, we transport all of this, to as many as we can, from a vehicle of Love that will benefit the community as a whole.

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  • Testimonials

    “Just wanted to take the time to let your organization know that what you do is absolutely amazing. The concept alone is an incredible one. Everyone wants to have a good time and enjoy themselves, why not do it for an organization who deserves a celebration for what it accomplishes and gives back to the community. Party with a Purpose does just that, by allowing fundraising that is fun and enjoyable, while bringing awareness to community organizations who need to support.

    I have come on board because I strongly believe that so much more can be done in bringing attention to so many different levels of mental and cognitive disorders. My family is all too familiar with Alzheimer’s disease and Autism.  Party with a Purpose is bringing attention to organizations that are requiring more research, resources, education, and funding for an overwhelming majority of individuals that are fighting a hidden battle. A little bit of support goes a long way”.

    Michele Sylvester, Former Board Member

  • Testimonials

    “PWAP is an organization unlike any other. It’s different in its vision, mission, and purpose. And for me, I love what is different and that among other things is what attracted me to PWAP. The people are at the heart of any organization, and I believe Barbara and Daniel have achieved that with our awesome board.

    I personally believe in the vision, mission, and purpose of our organization. What Daniel & Barbara have put together is phenomenal within itself. Being able to have a wonderful time & and party while serving a higher cause…”

    Glennis Carter, Former Board Secretary

  • Testimonials

     “When Daniel first approached me about helping with his mission, I was beyond thrilled seeing firsthand the passion him and Barbara have for this community.

    Knowing I had experience and extremely passionate myself, I accepted right away to become a board member for Party with a Purpose Foundation. I wanted to help them with their mission and help them make a difference within the community. Along with that, I felt an emotional connection to the mission and knew that I could help the overall sector with my experiences and skills. I love to volunteer because it teaches me something new about the community and people, about compassion and about helping others.

    Most importantly, I want to be able to help and volunteer my time, be part of the community, make a difference and have fun with people that have the same passion and principles! I honestly don’t know how to live without giving back! We should all continue in some way to try to help others and support each other and I truly believe Party with a Purpose does!”

    Denise Murphy, Board Member