Monthly Archives: September 2015

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Attorneys Craig R. Hersch and Michael B. Hill host Florida Residency and Estate Planning Workshop Nov. 2 in Fort Myers

2016-11-08T14:59:42+00:00 September 30th, 2015|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , |

 Attorneys Craig R. Hersch and Michael B. Hill, partners with Sheppard, Brett, Stewart, Hersch, Kinsey & Hill, P.A., will host a Residency and Estate Planning Workshop Monday, Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. at Temple Beth El, located at 16225 Winkler Road in Fort Myers. Hersch and Hill will discuss considerations and advantages for declaring residency [...]

Stevens Construction Inc. wins best commercial project

2016-11-08T14:59:42+00:00 September 30th, 2015|Categories: Awards and Recognition|Tags: , , , |

Stevens Construction has won a Sand Dollar award for best commercial project by the Collier Building Industry Association. In a ceremony held on Sept. 26 at the Ritz Carlton Tiberon in Naples, Stevens Construction earned a Sand Dollar award in the commercial category for DeVoe Cadillac in Naples. Stevens Construction completed a complex, multi-phase renovation [...]

The Offices at Pelican Bay welcomes Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP and Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

2016-11-08T14:59:42+00:00 September 30th, 2015|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Economic Development, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

The Offices at Pelican Bay welcomes new tenants Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, an award-winning, full-service law firm with eight offices nationally, and Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a Maryland-based pharmaceutical company. Both companies have completed long-term lease agreements, including complete office space redesign and rebuild. Major renovations were recently completed at Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, [...]

Norman Love Confections chefs take home 2015 Chocolatier of the Year

2016-11-08T14:59:42+00:00 September 30th, 2015|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Brands that Inspire, Media Relations, News, Public Relations, Social Media|Tags: , , , , |

  Norman Love Confections is pleased to announce that chefs Brittany Mateika and Molly Rothermel of Norman Love Confections have received national recognition as first and second place winners of Pastry Live’s 2015 Chocolatier of the Year competition. Sixteen chocolate artisans from across the country participated in the 2 015 Chocolatier of the Year competition, [...]

SWFL Children’s Charities announces $1 million in scholarships to be awarded to healthcare students at Florida Gulf Coast University

2016-11-08T14:59:42+00:00 September 30th, 2015|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , |

SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc., announces a $1 million pledge to Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) to benefit students studying to become healthcare professionals. Over a five-year period beginning in May 2016, $200,000 will be awarded annually as SWFL Children’s Charities Scholarships and granted to qualifying students. Qualified candidates will be undergraduate or graduate students who [...]

Cape Coral Association of REALTORS® and the REALTOR® Association of Greater Fort Myers and the Beach propose union of associations

2016-11-08T14:59:42+00:00 September 30th, 2015|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Economic Development, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , |

          The boards of the Cape Coral Association of REALTORS® and the REALTOR® Association of Greater Fort Myers and the Beach announce their unanimous agreement to unite the two organizations into one Association, pending approval of their memberships in accordance with each association’s bylaws. Members of both Cape Coral Association of [...]

PierSide Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar unveils new website

2016-11-08T14:59:42+00:00 September 29th, 2015|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , |

PierSide Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar on Fort Myers Beach has revamped its website at www.PierSideGrill.com, offering guests access to a wide array of user options, including online menus and photo tours. The newly launched website features full lunch and dinner menus and a photo gallery of the restaurant, bar and dining options. Visitors will [...]

Gulf Coast Village welcomes Karyn Katz as new director of marketing and sales

2016-11-08T14:59:42+00:00 September 29th, 2015|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , |

Gulf Coast Village has hired Karyn Katz as director of marketing and sales for the Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Cape Coral. Katz has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and sales for senior living and hospice companies and has worked for a variety of well-known senior-living communities in this capacity. Katz [...]

Pure Florida supports breast cancer awareness with special October promotion

2016-11-08T14:59:42+00:00 September 29th, 2015|Categories: Brands that Inspire|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Pure Florida’s Naples and Fort Myers locations are honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October with a special promotion to support the fight against breast cancer. When guests purchase any Pure Florida cruise, tour, excursion, gift card or apparel in October and wear pink on the day of their Pure Florida experience, a portion of [...]

Norman Love to speak at Naples Area Professional League of Executive Services’ annual “Big Event”

2016-11-08T14:59:42+00:00 September 28th, 2015|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

Norman Love, founder, owner and president of Norman Love Confections, will present at the upcoming Naples Area Professional League of Executive Services (N.A.P.L.E.S.) annual “Big Event,” to be held Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 5:30 p.m. at Shula’s Steak House at the Hilton Naples, located at 5111 Tamiami Trail N. in Naples. The event is open [...]

Sandy Stilwell and Andie Vogt named 2016 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest Chairs

2016-11-08T14:59:43+00:00 September 28th, 2015|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Events, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , |

SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. has appointed Sandy Stilwell and Andie Vogt as chairpersons for the 2016 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, a two-day signature fundraising event benefiting local charities that are dedicated to serving children in Southwest Florida. With a focus on “gracious giving” to support children’s charities in Southwest Florida, the 2016 Southwest [...]

Matanzas on the Bay launches new website

2016-11-08T14:59:43+00:00 September 28th, 2015|Categories: Brands that Inspire, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

Matanzas on the Bay on Fort Myers Beach has launched a new website at www.MatanzasontheBay.com. The mobile-friendly website offers users a more enhanced website experience, featuring upcoming events, online party bookings and online menus. The new site is dedicated to providing an all-inclusive look into the many features of waterfront dining at Matanzas on the [...]

Norman Love Confections supports breast cancer awareness, offers special limited-edition pink heart box during October

2016-11-08T14:59:43+00:00 September 25th, 2015|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Brands that Inspire, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Norman Love Confections is observing Breast Cancer Awareness month with a special promotion, offering the community a sweet way to raise breast cancer awareness and support those who are currently fighting against breast cancer. During the month of October, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each limited-edition pink heart gift box will [...]

Healthy Lee challenges Lee County residents to join Million Mile Movement, collectively move 1,000,000 miles in 90 days

2016-11-08T14:59:43+00:00 September 24th, 2015|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Events, Health and Wellness, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , |

Can Lee County residents collectively move 1,000,000 miles in 90 days? That is the “million mile question” for Lee County residents, posed by Healthy Lee, a community collaboration comprised of local business, health, school, government, religious  and community organizations focused on building a healthier Lee County. Healthy Lee is inspiring healthy lifestyle choices through the [...]

Pure Florida hosts book signing and cruise event Oct. 17

2016-11-08T14:59:43+00:00 September 24th, 2015|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Brands that Inspire, Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Children’s book by Anna Taylor inspired by Pure Florida cruises Pure Florida’s Naples location, in partnership with Kiwanis Club of Greater Collier, will host author, Anna Taylor, for a book signing event on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 9 a.m. to noon at the Tiki Hut at Tin City. Taylor, whose book was inspired by Pure [...]

Conservancy of Southwest Florida hires major and planned gifts manager, Aaron Lapp

2016-11-08T14:59:43+00:00 September 24th, 2015|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , |

Conservancy of Southwest Florida welcomes Aaron Lapp as its new major and planned gifts manager. In this position, Lapp is responsible for overseeing the stewardship of major and planned gifts by cultivating relationships with current and prospective donors. Lapp graduated with his Bachelor of Science in graphic design from State University College at Buffalo. With [...]

Florida High School Baseball State Championships to Remain in Lee County through 2018

2016-11-08T14:59:43+00:00 September 22nd, 2015|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Events, Health and Wellness, News, Public Relations, Social Media|Tags: , , , |

The Florida High School Athletic Association and Lee County have agreed on a three-year extension for Lee County to continue serving as the host for the Florida High School Baseball State Championships. “Some of the premier high school baseball players, coaches and teams in the nation are on display during the Florida High School Baseball [...]

Conservancy of Southwest Florida hosts RedSnook Catch and Release Charity Tournament

2016-11-08T14:59:43+00:00 September 22nd, 2015|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Events, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Annual competition to promote clean waterways The Conservancy of Southwest Florida invites Southwest Florida anglers to participate in its annual RedSnook Catch and Release Charity Tournament Oct. 23-25. The three-day fundraising event will feature a kick-off party, two full days of fishing and an awards reception, all while raising awareness of the need for clean [...]

Bell Tower Shops holds “Wedding Crashers” reception

2016-11-08T14:59:43+00:00 September 18th, 2015|Categories: Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , |

Southwest Florida couple to be married at Bell Tower Shops  Bell Tower Shops cordially invites the Southwest Florida community to attend a “wedding crashers reception” on Saturday, Oct. 10 from 8 to 10 p.m. Inspired by the movie “Wedding Crashers,” the soon-to-be husband and wife, Paul Johnson and Shelly Osterhout, are inviting the public to [...]

Local business honored at 2015 Industry Appreciation Awards

2016-11-08T14:59:43+00:00 September 18th, 2015|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Brands that Inspire, Discussions, Economic Development, Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , |

The 2015 Industry Appreciation Week awards ceremony held Friday, Sept. 18, drew nearly 1,000 attendees to the Harborside Event Center to honor local companies and leaders for their role in continuing to improve the business environment in Lee County. Presented by the Horizon Council, an advisory group to the Lee County Board of Commissioners and [...]

Conservancy of Southwest Florida appoints Jean Marie Zeller as grants and program planning manager

2016-11-08T14:59:43+00:00 September 18th, 2015|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , |

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida recently selected Jean Marie Zeller for the position of grants and program planning manager for the organization. In this role, Zeller is responsible for the acquisition and management of grants in support of program initiatives for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Zeller joined the Conservancy in December 2014 as the [...]

Fillet and Release Fishing Tournament at Matanzas on the Bay raises $24,000 to benefit Hope Hospice

2016-11-08T14:59:43+00:00 September 16th, 2015|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Brands that Inspire, Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

Local anglers recently raised $24,000 to benefit Hope Hospice, during the 11th Annual Fillet and Release Fishing Tournament, held at Matanzas on the Bay on Fort Myers Beach. A total of 106 boats participated in the competition on Sept. 12, raising a record amount for Hope Hospice. “This year’s Fillet and Release Fishing Tournament was [...]

Carroll & Carroll, Inc. hires Gary Moser

2016-11-08T14:59:43+00:00 September 16th, 2015|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Jobs, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , |

Carroll & Carroll, Inc. has hired Gary Moser as an appraiser within its residential real estate appraisal division. As a State-Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser, Moser will serve the company through his specialization in appraisals for residential real estate, mortgage loans, estate purposes, market valuation and analysis and buying and listing decisions. Before he entered [...]

Gulf Coast Village launches the first phase in a three-phase redevelopment project with a new assisted living and memory care center in Cape Coral

2016-11-08T14:59:43+00:00 September 15th, 2015|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Economic Development, Events|Tags: , , , , , |

A new assisted living and memory care center is coming to Southwest Florida, part of a three-phase redevelopment project at Gulf Coast Village, a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Cape Coral. Gulf Coast Village has started construction of Palmview, a state-of-the-art, 130,980-square-foot assisted living and memory care support residence located next to the existing [...]

Pure Florida launches Pure Education, offering field trips for schools, individuals and organizations

2016-11-08T14:59:43+00:00 September 14th, 2015|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , |

Pure Florida has launched Pure Education, a division that focuses on programming and outreach in order to teach students of all ages about the natural Southwest Florida environment in hopes of inspiring preservation efforts and future environmental scientists and marine biologists. Pure Education offers Marine Science Field Trips, which incorporates coordinated life science curriculum for [...]

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida announces sponsors for 2015 Business Hall of Fame, Collier County

2016-11-08T14:59:43+00:00 September 11th, 2015|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Brands that Inspire, Events, News, Public Relations, Social Media|Tags: , , , , , , |

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida is proud to announce the sponsors of the 2015 Business Hall of Fame, Collier County, to be held on Thursday, Oct. 29 at the Naples Grande Beach Resort. This year’s event title sponsors are Mutual of Omaha and Mutual of Omaha Bank. The platinum sponsors are Arthrex, Inc., Barron Collier [...]

Norman Love Confections launches Mother’s Day contest, seeks flavors inspired by real moms for 2016 Mother’s Love Collection

2016-11-08T14:59:43+00:00 September 11th, 2015|Categories: Brands that Inspire, News, Public Relations, Social Media, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

There’s nothing sweeter than a mother’s love. With the goal of designing its 2016 Mother’s Day collection around real moms, Norman Love Confections is launching a contest, seeking flavors inspired by moms, for moms. With mom in mind, Norman Love invites the public to submit flavors for its 2016 Mother’s Love Collection. Based on submissions, [...]

Elmquist Eye Group Earns Esteemed 2014 Angie’s List Super Service Award

2016-11-08T14:59:43+00:00 September 10th, 2015|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Brands that Inspire, Health and Wellness, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service Elmquist Eye Group has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2014. “We are honored to receive this recognition from Angie’s List and are [...]

Fort Myers Technical College and Cape Coral Technical College offer students additional enrollment period for select programs

2016-11-08T14:59:44+00:00 September 9th, 2015|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Jobs, News, Public Relations, Social Media|Tags: , , , , , , , |

        While fall semester is underway, Cape Coral Technical College and Fort Myers Technical College are now enrolling students for select programs with classes beginning in October and November. Program start dates vary, with a majority of classes beginning Oct. 7. At Cape Coral Technical College, programs now accepting enrollment include Medical [...]

PierSide Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar hosts 2015 Island Hopper Songwriter Fest Sept. 25-27

2016-11-08T14:59:44+00:00 September 8th, 2015|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , |

PierSide Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar on Fort Myers Beach will present a series of live performances from nationally acclaimed singer-songwriters as part of the 2nd Annual Island Hopper Songwriter Fest, to be held Sept. 25-27 on Fort Myers Beach. Live performances at PierSide Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar are free and open to the [...]

Stevens Construction begins Unity of Fort Myers

2016-11-08T14:59:44+00:00 September 4th, 2015|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Home and Garden, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , |

Stevens Construction has started construction of a new addition to the campus of Unity of Fort Myers, announced Mark Stevens, company president. Stevens Construction is adding a 7,060-square-foot building which will house a 400-seat sanctuary, a dais, bridal suite, restrooms and lobby.  Slated for completion in January 2016, construction is occurring while the church remains [...]

ParkerAire and Builders Care surprise local family with new air conditioning

2016-11-08T14:59:44+00:00 September 4th, 2015|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , |

WWII veteran and hospice patient use air conditioning only at night Due to financial constraints and medical bills, more than 10 homeowners are seeking support from Builders Care, and are currently waiting for air conditioning replacements in Lee County. In response to asking building partners and businesses to assist them in helping local homeowners, Ferguson HVAC and [...]

Junior Achievement fosters school adoption for local elementary school in need

2016-11-08T14:59:47+00:00 September 4th, 2015|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , |

CNLBank supports Bonita Springs Elementary School with annual “Adopt a School Supply Drive” Dozens of school supplies were donated to Bonita Springs Elementary School on Aug. 19 through the fundraising efforts of five Southwest Florida branches of CNLBank. The successful “Adopt a School Supply Drive” was fostered through Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida’s mutual partnership with [...]

Local Rotary clubs host 2nd annual Hallowheels event Oct. 3

2016-11-08T14:59:47+00:00 September 3rd, 2015|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Events, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

  The Rotary clubs of Cape Coral Goldcoast, North Fort Myers and Cape Coral North have partnered to bring the 2nd annual Hallowheels event to the Southwest Florida community on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 3 p.m. at the Sun Splash Family Water Park, in Cape Coral. The premier evening of motorcycles, hotrods and rock and [...]

“Run Wild” Halloween 5K race to benefit wildlife conservation efforts at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida

2015-09-03T08:57:48+00:00 September 3rd, 2015|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Events, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Gulf Coast Runners will host the “Run Wild” 5K race on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Gordon River Greenway Park in Naples. Proceeds from the event will benefit wildlife conservation efforts at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and the Naples Zoo. During the 5K race, runners will wind through the new [...]

Lee County businesses honored at 2015 Horizon Council Healthy Business Awards

2016-11-08T14:59:47+00:00 September 2nd, 2015|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Brands that Inspire, Health and Wellness, Public Relations, Social Media|Tags: , , , , , |

In recognition of their outstanding commitment to employee wellness, three local businesses received the 2015 Horizon Council Healthy Business Awards on Aug. 26 at the Lee County Workplace Wellness Summit. Edison National Bank/Bank of the Islands was honored with the Small Business Award for the company’s long-term, comprehensive commitment to workplace wellness. The company has provided a variety [...]

Attorneys Craig R. Hersch and Michael B. Hill named to 2015 Super Lawyers list

2016-11-08T14:59:47+00:00 September 1st, 2015|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Brands that Inspire, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Sheppard, Brett, Stewart, Hersch, Kinsey & Hill, P.A. partners Craig R. Hersch and Michael B. Hill have been named to the Florida Super Lawyers list of top attorneys in Florida for 2015. No more than five percent of the attorneys in Florida are selected to the list. Hersch is a Florida Bar Board Certified Wills, [...]

The Bell Tower Shops presents Craft Beer & Music Festival Sept. 12

2016-11-08T14:59:48+00:00 September 1st, 2015|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Events, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations, Social Media, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Bell Tower Shops is hosting the return of the popular Craft Beer & Music Festival at its shopping center Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 from 3 to 7 p.m. The event will feature live music, delicious food, fine wines and a large assortment of craft beer from over 30 local, regional and national breweries. General [...]

Pavese Law Firm attorney and certified land planner to present on planning and social entrepreneurship at the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association’s annual conference

2016-11-08T14:59:48+00:00 September 1st, 2015|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Discussions, Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

Kathleen Oppenheimer Berkey, AICP, a land use, zoning, and local government attorney and certified land planner at Pavese Law Firm, will present at the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association’s (APA) annual conference to be held Sept. 8-11 at The Diplomat, a Hilton Curio Hotel, in Hollywood, Florida. The presentation titled “The Planner as a Social Entrepreneur” [...]