FL Governor Wife Gift Initiative

FL GOVERNOR'S WIFE GIFT INITIATIVE

Historical Memorial Weekend Gift
Delivered On Behalf of Veterans and Veterans- Supporters

AMOR Umbrella and in unity and collaboration of Civilian Minorities and Veteran Small Owned Business in unity and collaboration of Civilian Minorities and Veteran Small Owned Business have extended their hands of love to The Honorable Governor of Florida’s first family. Mrs. Casey DeSantis, who is the wife of veteran Ron DeSantis, received festive and historic gifts following an announcement that she is now a breast cancer survivor. The purpose of the gift is to celebrate her full recovery and show gratitude to the DeSantis family for their tireless leadership efforts.

 

As a heart-centered organization, AMOR Umbrella, has reached out to Mrs. Casey DeSantis with a gift full of symbolism, respect, and deep gratitude.  This gift was specially curated for her and included a signature heart-shaped pink AMOR umbrella signed by veterans…pink as it symbolizes cancer-awareness and a specially prepared military care package filled with goodies like coffee, a bullet thermos and much much more.

This is Amor Umbrella’s and other contributors, second time reaching out with a gift that aligned with the Agency’s purpose. The first time the organization sent a gift to the newly elected VP Kamala Harris (sent in 2021). This first gift was sent as a symbol to commemorate women’s empowerment.

The initiative resonates deeply with the goal of the AMOR Umbrella organization, as it shows their support for and creation of awareness/understanding… as it pertains to our military families. A main mission of this agency is to help bridge the communication gaps between veterans and civilians  (2M+ women veterans, 1,983,236 military family members, and 19M U.S veterans ).

To finalize wrapping and putting together this special gift, I have to personally travel to Boston, MA to meet our new friends and collaborators that were such an incredible asset to this project. We wanted to reflect the diversity of our military family, so every detail that made the gift had a special meaning.

We can now say:

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!!

The Historical Memorial Weekend Gift was mailed roughly at 810 AM on Sunday 31 May 2022.

Curious note: The post office were we mailed from is steps away from the original Boston Tea Party.
Address: 306 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210, USA

What was Included?

This gift was specially curated for her and included a signature heart-shaped pink AMOR umbrella signed by veterans…pink as it symbolizes cancer-awareness.  

It also included a handmade leather travel case by Donald Dodson, a veteran skilled artisan. The design of this brown and pink travel case was a collaborative effort between Nefertiti San Miguel and Niurka Castaneda. An illustrated novel titled “Venture into the Everglades” was included. This novel highlights our natural Florida treasure, the Everglades, AND Veteran mental-health wellness/awareness efforts. This novel was co-written by Niurka Castaneda (Founder of AMOR umbrella,) and Masha Andreoni, LCSW (a licensed veteran-centered therapist…and a collaborator in this gift effort). 

A special Furoshiki style bag designed by Mrs. San Miguel was also included. Last but not least, the gift package also included a 50 Cal Ammo case military care package filled with goodies like coffee, a bullet thermos and much much more.

AMOR Pink Signature umbrella TM

The umbrella that started it all, pink as it symbolizes cancer-awareness. It was hand signed by several veteran and military women to show their support, respect, and deep gratitude

AMOR Brown & Pink Signature Travel Carrier Case TM

This multipurpose and practical travel carrying case is made of a very tough and durable thick leather with an artistic flap shaped as a double heart clip strap that goes over your shoulder and around your body. It is both functional, and stylish customized for this initiative. The holster itself is approximately 37″ long
It was handcrafted by Donald Dodson of Dodson Designs, a veteran owned company.
Designed by Nefertiti San Miguel of Etnia Fusion & Niurka Castaneda, founder of AMOR umbrella.
Proudly Made in USA.

AMOR umbrella & Etnia Fusion Military Wooden Tags

A set of custom wooden military tags made by fellow veteran, and former marine Frank Manteau owner of Kamikaze Wood Werks to represent AMOR umbrella, the organizer of the event and the designer Nefertiti San Miguel that collaborated in putting together the gift and both our organizations's missions.

Aroma de Amor - Military Care Package Espresso & Dark Roast Coffee Bundle with Novel

We are firm believers of the power of storytelling and we like to connect with other like minded people over a cup of coffee. Whether we boil, press, pod, cold brew or drip, sipping some form of our favorite coffee beverage is so integrated with our military culture, that it was a natural fit for our care package. Aroma de Amor specialty coffee brand was born out that desire of bringing our community together. The care package specially delivered in a 50 cal ammo case, included both our espresso speciality blend and our America dark roast as another way to represent the military diversity that we drink it in the field, in the garrison, in our deployment next to our brother and sister in arms. Espresso, because really who does not like a good cup of cafecito, a shot of pure magic..and a nod off to Governor's DeSantis Italian heritage. Dark roast coffee because that is how we drink it in the field, in the garrison, in our deployment next to our brother and sister in arms, package inside of our camo double heart embroidered bags with matching face mask to avoid spillage. A unique bullet shape design thermos suitable for travel and outdoor activities, contributed by Jose Roberto Alanis, another veteran to help keep the coffee warm throughout the the working day, or keep iced coffee cool in the hot summer. and a companion canteen cup designed with our coffee brand and printed by another veteran owned business, Really?Designs The bundle also included an autographed copy of our Venture into the Everglades novel and specially designed greeting card by AMOR umbrella.

camo bag and face mask

Embroidered Drawstring bag & Face Mask set

To avoid accidental spillage, we send the 2 bags of coffee inside of embroidered double heart Camo drawstring waterproof bag made of polyester. it was accompanied by a matching camo embroidered face mask and of course it had to be camouflaged

Furoshiki Designer Style Bag

Designed by Nefertiti San Miguel for this initiative and inspired by the Furoshiki Japanese custom of using a square piece of cloth that is traditionally used to wrap, carry or protect items like our special military ammo care package.

That first trip with Fishing with America Finest it did not only inspired the novel but also the first filmed episode of our new veteran focus tv show. Learn more about the veteran focus tv show and how you can be part of it as a guest, sponsor or by being part of the behind the scenes magic here

AUTV (AMOR umbrella TV) is on a mission of Giving, Restoring & Recovering HOPE One Story at a Time by highlighting organizations and individuals contributing to our military and veteran community with a WARM HEART and a HELPING HAND instead of just a verbal thank you for your service.

Get full access and immerse yourself in this veteran focus show, made for veterans by a veteran. Available to watch on all streaming devices.

An autographed copy of the book "Venture into the Everglades & Greeting card ​

A signed greeting card designed by Niurka Castaneda and an autographed copy of the Venture into the Everglades novel, signed by both coauthors Niurka Castaneda & Masha Andreoni was sent as part of the gift. 

 

Venture into the Everglades tells the story of taking chances, exploring new environments, and connecting trauma survivors on a deep soul-level. It is about a group of friends that participated in a recreationally therapeutic fishing adventure. This adventure helped unlock healing, discovery, history, education, and the knowing that there is no other place on earth like the Everglades; a magical ecosystem full of stunning landscapes and exotic wildlife that have withstood the test of time. The novel was inspired by a trip to the Everglades courtesy of Fishing with America Finest, a veteran nonprofit that is dedicated to heal veterans one cast at a time… it was only natural to use this magical place that hides in our backyard as the them of inspiration for the colors of the gift, the greeting card and so much more…

That first trip with Fishing with America Finest it did not only inspired the novel but also the first filmed episode of our new veteran focus tv show. Learn more about the veteran focus tv show and how you can be part of it as a guest, sponsor or by being part of our filming crew here

AUTV (AMOR umbrella TV) is on a mission of Giving, Restoring & Recovering HOPE One Story at a Time by highlighting organizations and individuals contributing to our military and veteran community with a WARM HEART and a HELPING HAND instead of just a verbal thank you for your service.

Get full access and immerse yourself in this veteran focus show, made for veterans by a veteran. Available to watch on all streaming devices.

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Meet the collaborators 

This initiative would have not been possible without the guidance and collaboration of many people, some that choose to remain anonymous and other listed here. We cannot say thanks enough for all their help. We will keep updating this page with more details and pictures in order to tell you the whole story. We will keep updating this page with more details and pictures in order to tell you the whole story.

 

Meet Andy Nelson at Fortis LLP

There were so many parties involved in this effort that we turned to  the best legal advisor that we know and trust when comes to any legal matters, he is not only a brilliant Attorney at Fortis LLP, but a veteran as well: Andy Nelson 
 
 
 

Meet Masha Andreoni

Masha was born in Miami Beach the same year her parents emigrated from the former U.S.S.R. (side note: Made in Italy ;). Upon arriving, her parents chose law enforcement and nursing as lifelong careers. Widowed at 33, she discovered her newfound passion and will to go on by serving those who served. Today she is a licensed therapist, proud single mother, and founder of Empowered Veterans of America

 
 

Meet Donald Dodson from Dodson Designs

Donald Dodson is the owner of Dodson Designs where he crafts fine handmade leather goods with a creative flair. A life-long artisan who loves sharing his interests with others, he has explored many arts including jewelry, printmaking, pottery, woodworking, and painting, all of which he uses in his current work. He is most passionate about creating something that is not only artistic, interesting, and creative; but something that has an inherent practical use to the client. 

Donald has been a graphic artist, web designer, and high school history teacher. Donald is a combat veteran and served for 20 years. He started Dodson Designs in 2016 and never looked back.
He lives near Lancaster, PA with his wife, and his two dogs.

Meet Nefertiti San Miguel from Etnia Fusion

 

She is a vivid advocate for the arts, neuroscience and mental health. As an international mixed-media artist, Ikebanist, performer, speaker, entrepreneur, published author and trailblazer, she raises eyebrows across numerous industries. With a reputation for rocking her eclectic style, Nefertiti is the founder of Etnia Fusion, a Boston based small enterprise dedicated to promoting and cultivating multiculturalism through educational programs, functional/wearable art and dance. She is the creator of the community project What Is Your Reality? and guide From Chaos To Calmness. 

She’s been featured on radio and television programs, web series, newspapers and magazines across the nation, and in recent years has been garnering international attention through podcasts from New Zealand, Canada and Australia. Since 2021, Nefertiti has been sharing her talents with AmorUmbrella, a Veterans Organization serving military women transitioning into civilian life and the business world. Her current endeavors include: teaching her method of art installations NM3 (Narrative Multi-Sensory Mixed Media Art) as therapeutic activity for stress management and 3D Vision Board for life achievers. Her personal time is spent unplugging from big city living, exploring the world, and getting naturally high on extreme sports

Meet Frank Manteau from Kamikaze Wood Werks

Frank joined the United States Marine Corps right out of high school. As 7 1/2 years of service he entered back into the civilian sector where he has held many position from security, bounty hunter, auto parts sales, scare actor, haunted trail director, wed designer, heavy equipment shop service writer, wood shop owner, and many others.

He is the owner of both Kamikaze Wood Werks and also in the treats business. 4 years ago he and his business partner Cassandra turned the joke of calling Marines Crayon Eater into a reality by bring the first colorable chocolate crayon to market. They created Crayons Ready-to-Eat.

We cannot thank enough to all the individuals, organizations, veterans and supporters that showed up, inspired me to start this movement and collaborated to make it a reality. More pictures to follow illustrating the epic efforts invested into this year long project. 

However, we are far from done!!
  

Would you like to collaborate with us in putting together the next gift initiative representing our military families?