Monthly Archives: November 2018

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Guadalupe Center’s Kelly Krupp earns ‘Certified Fund Raising Executive’ designation

2018-11-30T01:31:25-04:00November 30th, 2018|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

Kelly Krupp, director of major gifts for Guadalupe Center, has been awarded the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation by CFRE International. The designation means Krupp has met a series of standards that include tenure in the profession, education and demonstrated fundraising achievement. Krupp also had to pass a rigorous written exam and agree to [...]

Wynn’s Market celebrates 80th anniversary with weekend-long celebration Nov. 30 – Dec. 2

2018-11-29T03:24:27-04:00November 29th, 2018|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

Wynn’s Market, a locally owned and operated grocery store, will commemorate its 80th anniversary with a weekend-long celebration from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2. The celebrations will take place on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m., offering live music, food samples, wine tastings and special discounts. [...]

Creighton Construction & Development completes new 7-Eleven store, gas station in Celebration

2018-11-30T00:26:55-04:00November 28th, 2018|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , |

Creighton Construction & Development has completed construction on a new 7-Eleven convenience store with gas station in Celebration, Florida. Located at 1730 Celebration Blvd., the 7-Eleven is positioned at Exit 62 along I-4, the primary entryway to Celebration, and near the Mickey Mouse Power Pole landmark. Creighton provided ground-up construction services for a new 3,000-square-foot [...]

The Joy in Childhood Foundation Awards $8,000 in Grants in Southwest Florida in Celebration of Giving Tuesday

2018-11-28T02:23:35-04:00November 28th, 2018|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The Joy in Childhood Foundation, an independent organization powered by Dunkin’ and Baskin-Robbins, is celebrating #GivingTuesday in a big way. Today, the Foundation announced it has awarded a total of $2 million in funding to 150 organizations nationwide, including Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida and Lee Health Foundation in Southwest Florida as part [...]

Bell Tower Shops’ festive tree lighting ceremony to dazzle, delight on Dec. 7

2018-11-27T20:22:12-04:00November 27th, 2018|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Upscale center to feature Strolling Santa, musical performances during holiday season Bell Tower Shops will officially ring in the holiday season on Dec. 7 with a festive tree lighting event filled with caroling, joyous spirit and an appearance by Santa Claus. As one of Southwest Florida’s favorite pre-Christmas traditions, Bell Tower Shops’ annual tree lighting [...]

Sunshine Ace Hardware celebrates 60 years in business with holiday anniversary celebration Dec. 15

2018-11-27T17:39:22-04:00November 27th, 2018|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

Sunshine Ace Hardware, a Naples-based family-owned hardware company celebrating 60 years of serving the Southwest Florida community, will host a holiday anniversary celebration from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15 at its downtown Naples store located at 141 Tamiami Trail North. The free celebration will feature a festive performance by The Naples Carolers, [...]

Gulf Coast Village introduces virtual reality memory support program at Palmview

2018-11-28T01:26:51-04:00November 27th, 2018|Categories: Health and Wellness, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , |

Residents of Palmview, an assisted living and memory support residence in Cape Coral, will now have access to a virtual reality program designed to combat the effects of memory loss and dementia, announced Gulf Coast Village. Utilizing virtual reality technology, Palmview has implemented a new program that is geared to spark positive cognitive results for [...]

2019 Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans Fort Myers Tip-Off field announced

2018-11-21T18:28:39-04:00November 21st, 2018|Categories: Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations, Sports|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Intersport today announced the four men’s college basketball programs that will comprise the 2019 Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans Fort Myers Tip-Off field, adding to the excitement surrounding the final day of the inaugural tournament. The second annual tournament will include the Bradley Braves of the Missouri Valley Conference, the Kansas State Wildcats of the [...]

Trivia Nite helps Guardian ad Litem Foundation raise $7,145 to provide local children with volunteer advocates

2018-11-20T20:13:57-04:00November 20th, 2018|Categories: Events, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , |

Guardian ad Litem Foundation, 20th Judicial Circuit, raised $7,145 at its lively Trivia Night on Nov. 1 to support the organization’s “I am for the child” program. The 60 guests in attendance enjoyed an extensive appetizer buffet and drinks at Bokampers Sports Bar & Grill in Naples. Participants then formed teams and competed for prizes, [...]

Lehigh Acres Middle School to showcase innovative programs, culture of success at school choice open house on Dec. 13

2018-11-19T22:58:42-04:00November 19th, 2018|Categories: Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The school’s Sixth-Grade Academy, the first of its kind in Lee County, aims to promote a smooth transition to middle school Lehigh Acres Middle School is inviting current fifth-graders and their parents to a school choice open house on Dec. 13. Lehigh Acres Middle is one of just two schools in Lee County to offer the [...]

Guadalupe Center’s Tracy Connelly wins ‘Fundraising Executive of the Year’ award

2018-11-19T22:05:59-04:00November 19th, 2018|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , |

  Tracy Connelly, vice president of development at Guadalupe Center, was honored as “Fundraising Executive of the Year” by the Lee-Collier chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Connelly joined Guadalupe Center two years ago to lead the nonprofit organization’s philanthropic and fundraising initiatives. Since his arrival, Guadalupe Center has experienced a 50 percent [...]

Matanzas Craft Beer Fest on the Bay raises $3,500 for Operation Open Arms

2018-11-19T19:45:10-04:00November 19th, 2018|Categories: Events, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Event proceeds to benefit military outreach efforts, PTSD mental health care Matanzas on the Bay’s first-ever craft beer event, “Matanzas Craft Beer Fest on the Bay,” has raised $3,500 for Operation Open Arms, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the care and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in military personnel. Held at Matanzas on the [...]

Terri Russell joins Stevens Construction Inc.

2018-11-19T19:37:54-04:00November 19th, 2018|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

Terri Russell has joined Stevens Construction as project manager, announced Troy Hernly, vice president, central Florida. Russell will have overall responsibility for the management and execution of health care projects during all phases of design and construction, ensuring projects maintain budget and schedule. Russell will also work closely with the design team to provide value [...]

Sipping is Believing: Dunkin’ Celebrates Launch of New Espresso Experience Nov. 29

2018-11-16T23:08:06-04:00November 16th, 2018|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , |

Free event offers espresso tastings, food samples and giveaways Dunkin’, long recognized for keeping on-the-go guests energized with its signature hot and iced coffees, is now the go-to for great-tasting espresso beverages with the launch of Dunkin’s new espresso experience. To celebrate its lineup of new espresso offerings, Dunkin’ is hosting a first sip event [...]

Guardian ad Litem Foundation raises $10,000 at ‘Fashion to a Tea’ to support Southwest Florida children

2018-11-17T00:53:02-04:00November 16th, 2018|Categories: Events, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , |

Guardian ad Litem Foundation, 20th Judicial Circuit, raised $10,028 at the nonprofit organization’s Fashion to a Tea fundraising event on Nov. 7. Held at Twin Isles Country Club in Punta Gorda, Fashion to a Tea included an elegant high tea luncheon, silent auction and fashion show to raise money for Guardian ad Litem, which pairs [...]

Young conservationists invited to Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s ‘Little Explorers’ program this fall, winter

2018-11-16T02:29:19-04:00November 16th, 2018|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , |

Conservancy of Southwest Florida has announced its lineup of activities for its popular children’s educational program, offering unique hands-on activities for the area’s youngest conservationists. Little Explorers, which is geared toward children ages 18 months through 5 years, features all-new themes this fall and winter. Children will learn about animals and insects native to Southwest [...]

Guadalupe Resale Shop launches ‘Boutique Bash’ social events to collect donations

2018-11-15T20:25:57-04:00November 15th, 2018|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , |

Guadalupe Resale Shop has announced a new “Boutique Bash” donation program that allows party hosts to incorporate a charity collection event into their social gatherings. Churches, businesses, community groups and neighborhood associations can host a “Boutique Bash” at any location, requesting that each invited guest brings at least one donation for the Guadalupe Resale Shop [...]

Elite RV & Boat Storage taking reservations for new storage facility in south Lee County

2018-11-14T21:27:13-04:00November 14th, 2018|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , |

Elite RV & Boat Storage, a premier storage facility conveniently located between Naples and Fort Myers, has begun taking reservations in anticipation of a grand opening in January 2019. Upon completion, the facility will feature 255 covered and fully enclosed storage units that can accommodate luxury recreational vehicles and high-end boats. Individual units will range [...]

Guadalupe Center seeks donations for Holiday Gift Shop

2018-11-14T21:11:58-04:00November 14th, 2018|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , |

Guadalupe Center is seeking donations to stock the tables of its popular Holiday Gift Shop, a unique shopping experience that allows Immokalee parents to select holiday presents for their children. Last year’s Holiday Gift Shop provided gifts for a record-breaking 1,185 children from 448 families. Now through Dec. 10, Guadalupe Center will accept new, unwrapped [...]

GMA Architects wins three prestigious Summit Awards for exceptional architectural designs

2018-11-14T20:37:29-04:00November 14th, 2018|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

GMA Architects & Planners won three prestigious “Best Architectural Project” awards for innovative design concepts showcasing exceptional artistry and functionality. Each year, the Lee Building Industry Association recognizes excellence in the commercial building industry through the highly competitive Summit Awards. GMA Architects won “Best Architectural Project” awards for the following categories: Best Restaurant: Deep Lagoon [...]

Lee Health introduces Kids’ Minds Matter as Southwest Florida’s official children’s mental and behavioral health solution

2018-11-14T03:13:08-04:00November 14th, 2018|Categories: Health and Wellness, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , |

New $10 million community-wide campaign to bring new four-tiered model of care, change landscape of pediatric mental illness in region Lee Health and Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida today announced a new $10 million campaign to support Kids’ Minds Matter, the region’s new strategic solution for bringing improved access to care for families and [...]

Ring in the holiday season at Sunshine Ace Hardware’s Neighborhood Christmas Party Dec. 1

2018-11-13T19:13:28-04:00November 13th, 2018|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , |

Sunshine Ace Hardware is spreading holiday cheer this season with its Neighborhood Christmas Party, a festive family-friendly celebration filled with jolly spirit and holiday-themed activities. The celebration will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Sunshine Ace’s nine stores throughout Collier, Lee, Charlotte and Pinellas counties.  The free family-friendly [...]

Stevens Construction completes Alva United Methodist Church 115-year-old steeple ravaged by Hurricane Irma

2018-11-14T02:59:01-04:00November 13th, 2018|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , |

Stevens Construction has completed a steeple replacement project at the Alva United Methodist Church located at 21440 Pearl Street in Alva, announced Mark Stevens, company president. Built in 1903 and established in 1886, the Alva United Methodist Church sustained wind damage as a result of Hurricane Irma in 2017. The entire steeple blew off onto [...]

Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce to celebrate Leadership Program graduates at Nov. 15 luncheon

2018-11-14T20:41:29-04:00November 13th, 2018|Categories: Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , |

Business and community leaders will be celebrated during the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce’s November General Membership Meeting. Recent graduates of the Chamber’s Leadership Program will be congratulated for completing a rigorous 11-week leadership development program that offers an in-depth look into issues of critical importance for Southwest Florida. Weekly sessions covered education, criminal [...]

Target Roofing & Sheet Metal completes post-Irma reroofing project at Estero High School

2018-11-09T20:42:41-04:00November 9th, 2018|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Target Roofing & Sheet Metal has completed an extensive post-Irma reroofing project at Estero High School that spanned more than 210,000 square feet of roof space. Target Roofing, a licensed commercial roofing specialist headquartered in Fort Myers, provided new sloped metal roofing across 160,000 square feet of roof space, plus a reroof of an additional [...]

Bell Tower Shops to host car show, fundraiser for Harry Chapin Food Bank on Nov. 17

2018-11-07T23:30:40-04:00November 7th, 2018|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , |

Bell Tower Shops will host a charity car show on Nov. 17 to help raise money for the Harry Chapin Food Bank. GulfShore Mustang Club of Southwest Florida, a nonprofit group of Ford Mustang enthusiasts, is sponsoring the car show, but participants may enter custom and stock vehicles of all makes and models, including trucks [...]

Partnership provides Guadalupe Center students with pumpkins, expanded vegetable garden

2018-11-07T19:02:09-04:00November 7th, 2018|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Nearly 270 Guadalupe Center students had an opportunity to scour a pumpkin patch before Halloween in search of the perfect pumpkin, thanks to an expanded partnership with an Immokalee grower. HM.CLAUSE, a global seed company with a research station in Immokalee, created a temporary pumpkin patch at Guadalupe Center so students in the Early Childhood [...]

SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. names nine new beneficiaries of dollars raised at 2019 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest

2018-11-06T22:07:59-04:00November 6th, 2018|Categories: Events, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. has announced nine new beneficiaries of its 2019 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, thereby extending its reach throughout the five-county region. In support of a variety of children’s programs including hunger, health, education and counseling, the new beneficiaries include: Blessings in a Backpack, Community Cooperative, Inc., Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Florida [...]

Bell Tower Shops’ Yappy Hour offers pets, people a chance to give thanks on Nov. 9

2018-11-06T19:49:34-04:00November 6th, 2018|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

November’s Yappy Hour social event at Bell Tower Shops is dedicated to giving thanks while giving second chances to animals in need of a forever home. With its “Give Thanks” theme, Bell Tower Shops is asking pet-lovers to contribute donations to Gulf Coast Humane Society, an organization that provides a safe refuge and medical care [...]

Stevens Construction earns Contractor of the Year for eighth year

2018-11-06T22:00:49-04:00November 6th, 2018|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

Stevens Construction Inc. earned four awards at the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA) Industry Awards event on Nov. 3, including the highest honor of Contractor of the Year. A panel of nationwide judges named Stevens Construction Contractor of the Year based on criteria such as the company’s achievement of goals, client relations, professional certifications and [...]

Dunkin’ fuels FGCU men’s basketball fans with special $1 game day promotion for 2018-19 season

2018-11-05T23:17:01-04:00November 5th, 2018|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

Dunkin’ of Southwest Florida, the Official Coffee of Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) Athletics, has the fuel fans need to cheer the FGCU Eagles men’s basketball team on to victory. Throughout the 2018-19 season, DD Perks Members will score a $1 medium hot or iced coffee on Eagles men’s basketball game days. Valid at participating [...]

Gulf Coast Village creates ‘Pamper Day’ to offer afternoon of relaxation to devoted caregivers in Southwest Florida

2018-11-05T21:14:42-04:00November 5th, 2018|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

To thank caregivers for their selfless dedication, Palmview at Gulf Coast Village is hosting a community-wide “Pamper Day” on Nov. 13 so caregivers can relax and learn in a stress-free environment. With a theme of “It’s all about you,” Pamper Day participants can choose from yoga and light exercise classes, facials, chair massages and salon [...]

Vladimir Trivunovic Named Executive Chef of Ocean Prime Naples

2018-11-05T22:09:27-04:00November 5th, 2018|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , |

Ocean Prime Naples, proudly named one of OpenTable’s 100 Best Restaurants in America for a Big Night Out, introduces Vladimir Trivunovic as its new executive chef. Trivunovic brings more than eight years of culinary experience to his new role of executive chef. Born and raised in Serbia, Trivunovic joined Ocean Prime Naples during its opening [...]

Robin Hamilton named chair of 2019 Magic Under the Mangroves gala

2018-11-05T20:34:15-04:00November 5th, 2018|Categories: Events, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , |

15th anniversary event in support of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida The Conservancy of Southwest Florida announces Robin Hamilton as the chair for the 2019 Magic Under the Mangroves gala. Hamilton is a long-time Conservancy supporter and member of the Magic Under the Mangroves event committee. “As we celebrate the 15th anniversary of our signature [...]

Shell Point’s 2018-2019 Fine and Performing Arts Series welcomes ‘The Golden Years of Broadway’ Nov. 15

2018-11-05T20:23:45-04:00November 5th, 2018|Categories: Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Shell Point Retirement Community kicks off the Performing Arts program of its 2018-2019 Fine and Performing Arts Series with “The Golden Years of Broadway” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 at The Village Church auditorium on The Island at Shell Point, 15100 Shell Point Blvd. in Fort Myers. Tickets for this event cost $40 [...]

Stevens Construction Inc. celebrates 15th year anniversary

2018-11-03T01:18:23-04:00November 3rd, 2018|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Stevens Construction, a healthcare and commercial construction management firm, is celebrating its 15th year anniversary. Named Contractor of the Year in 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011 and 2007 by the Lee Building Industry Association, Stevens Construction was founded in 2003 in Fort Myers by Mark Stevens. Earning a position on the Inc. 5000 as [...]

Sunshine Ace Hardware expands commercial paint services, hires Jennifer Taylor as commercial paint manager

2018-11-02T18:44:58-04:00November 2nd, 2018|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Sunshine Ace Hardware is pleased to announce the expansion of its commercial paint services, with the acquisition of two Sunny South paint and decor locations in Collier County, which will serve as the company’s Sunshine Commercial Paint & More locations. With the expansion, Sunshine Ace has also hired Jennifer Taylor as commercial paint manager, who [...]

Lee BIA Builders Care announces exclusive ‘Burly Wine Experience’ fundraising event

2018-11-01T20:50:05-04:00November 1st, 2018|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

  Lee BIA Builders Care has announced an exclusive food and wine experience that offers a rare opportunity to learn about the art of winemaking directly from an acclaimed Napa Valley vintner. The “Burly Wine Experience” on Dec. 1 will feature an exquisite four-course meal personally crafted by acclaimed executive chef Brian Roland, owner of [...]

Shell Point’s Gulf Coast Model Railroad opens for season

2018-11-01T20:35:32-04:00November 1st, 2018|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , |

Shell Point Retirement Community is pleased to announce the reopening of its popular Gulf Coast Model Railroad attraction on Monday, Nov. 5. Free tours are open to the public from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through April 2019. Modeled in the shape of Florida, the 43'-by-41' Gulf Coast Model Railroad is [...]