Monthly Archives: February 2019

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Leadership Day showcases career opportunities for students in Guadalupe Center’s Tutor Corps program

2019-02-28T22:02:13-04:00February 28th, 2019|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , |

Fifty sophomores, juniors and seniors from Immokalee High School had an opportunity to network with and learn from successful business leaders during Guadalupe Center’s inaugural Leadership Day on Feb. 12. Leadership Day featured a dozen professionals and entrepreneurs offering insight into their occupations and inspiration to pursue a college education and a career, both key [...]

2019 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest totals more than $1.9 million

2019-02-28T01:45:06-04:00February 28th, 2019|Categories: Events, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , |

More than 225 bidders came together for the 2019 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest on Feb. 24, with Live Auction proceeds totaling more than $1.9 million in support of SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc.’s efforts to build healthy minds and lives for the children of Southwest Florida. Held at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort [...]

Fort Myers Brewing releases ‘beer schedule’ for this weekend’s anniversary celebration

2019-02-28T01:14:50-04:00February 28th, 2019|Categories: Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , |

To celebrate its sixth anniversary this weekend, Fort Myers Brewing Company is introducing more than a dozen limited-edition specialty beers, some of which might only be flowing from the tap for a few hours. “We are always experimenting in our brewery and asking patrons and friends to provide feedback and we’re really looking forward to [...]

Shangri-La Springs hires seasoned hospitality professional Cindy Ekonomou as director of sales

2019-02-27T21:23:10-04:00February 27th, 2019|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , |

Shangri-La Springs is pleased to announce the hiring of Cindy Ekonomou as the historic property’s director of sales. A seasoned professional with more than 30 years of hospitality management experience, Ekonomou is responsible for directing, overseeing and managing all sales and catering activities. She will be the primary point of contact for prospective and current [...]

Elite RV & Boat Storage to open March 1 in south Lee County

2019-03-26T18:17:52-04:00February 27th, 2019|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

Elite RV & Boat Storage will open March 1 in south Lee County, offering covered and fully enclosed units in a premier facility conveniently located between Naples and Fort Myers. The new facility emphasizes security and safety. RVs and boats will be protected through state-of-the-art video surveillance with a motion detection system, a gated entry, [...]

The School District of Lee County to participate in FAMU’s education recruitment fair on March 6 in Tallahassee

2019-03-26T18:15:39-04:00February 27th, 2019|Categories: Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , |

The School District of Lee County, headquartered in Fort Myers, will participate in Florida A&M University’s multidiscipline internship and recruitment fair on March 6. A growing school district with more than 96,000 students, The School District of Lee County is preparing to hire hundreds of new teachers in anticipation of the 2019-20 academic year. The [...]

Earth Day Festival at Conservancy of Southwest Florida features full day of exhibits, programs and discounted admission

2019-03-26T18:06:59-04:00February 26th, 2019|Categories: Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is celebrating Earth Day on April 13 with its biggest community event of the year. The Earth Day Festival includes educational programs and interactive shows led by Conservancy staff and volunteers, as well as a “Super Science Show” with Glen Beitmen, aka Mr. Glen. Children can enjoy hands-on activities and [...]

Five Stars: Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida earns top honor from national organization

2019-03-26T18:12:36-04:00February 26th, 2019|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida has earned national recognition for meeting each of its parent organization’s operational standards for compliance, student impact, operational efficiency, financial stability and sustainability. Currently celebrating its 25th year of serving Collier, Lee and Charlotte county students, the Southwest Florida area of Junior Achievement was one of 45 nationally, and one [...]

Cypress Pharmacy now offering in-store vaccinations

2019-03-26T17:42:31-04:00February 22nd, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

Cypress Pharmacy, a locally owned community pharmacy, has expanded its patient preventative health care services, now offering a variety of affordable in-store vaccinations, including the flu vaccine. The independent pharmacy now administers vaccines for hepatitis A and A/B combination, herpes zoster (commonly known as shingles), tetanus, whooping cough, human papillomavirus (HPV), influenza (flu), measles, mumps [...]

Advanced Aesthetic Solutions names Marc Schneider, M.D. as medical director

2019-03-26T17:44:59-04:00February 22nd, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , |

Advanced Aesthetic Solutions is pleased to announce the addition of Marc Schneider, M.D. as medical director for the Fort Myers-based medical spa. In his new role, Schneider will partner with Advanced Aesthetic Solutions’ founder and owner, Cyndie Witthuhn, ARNP-BC, to lead the practice in efforts to continually enhance its client offerings and services. Witthuhn and [...]

Shell Point presents 2019 Shell Point Quilt Show March 2-4

2019-02-21T21:22:52-04:00February 21st, 2019|Categories: Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , |

Shell Point Retirement Community invites the public to join its 2019 Shell Point Quilt Show, “Great Expectations,” taking place from Saturday, March 2 through Monday, March 4 at Shell Point. Hosted by the Shell Point Quilters, the biennial quilt show will showcase a beautiful display of quilts, lovingly and artistically created by residents of Shell [...]

Bell Tower Shops seeks Southwest Florida’s baddest dogs for Pug Fest on March 2

2019-02-22T17:51:42-04:00February 21st, 2019|Categories: Events, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , |

Good dogs and bad dogs are welcome at the 14th annual Pug Fest, which will be held March 2 at Bell Tower Shops. One of Southwest Florida’s favorite dog-friendly events, Pug Fest welcomes well-mannered canines of all breeds for a costume contest, fun activities and games of skill. This year’s Pug Fest theme is “Bad [...]

Stevens Construction completes Elmquist Eye Group

2019-02-23T02:38:50-04:00February 21st, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

Stevens Construction has completed the construction management services of a 7,200-square-foot interior renovation and exterior façade upgrade for Elmquist Eye Group, announced Mark Stevens, company president. Located at 7970 Summerlin Lakes Drive on the second floor just 1.5 miles from Elmquist Eye Group’s former location, the practice is now open for business. Stevens Construction collaborated [...]

Elmquist Eye Group expands with relocation of Fort Myers office

2019-02-22T18:06:43-04:00February 21st, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

Elmquist Eye Group has relocated its Fort Myers operations to a new, expanded office, now open at 7970 Summerlin Lakes Drive in Fort Myers. The 7,000-square-foot office is conveniently positioned near the intersection of Cypress Lake Drive and Summerlin Road, only 1.5 miles from Elmquist Eye Group’s former location. The new office introduces an expanded [...]

Shell Point informational seminars coming to Southwest Florida in March

2019-02-20T23:07:01-04:00February 20th, 2019|Categories: Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , |

Area residents will have the opportunity to learn about local retirement options during Shell Point Retirement Community’s “Shell Point Retirement Roadshow,” a series of free informational seminars taking place in March. During these educational presentations, Shell Point's experienced retirement counselors will offer guests opportunities to learn about the comprehensive lifecare options and resort-style retirement offerings [...]

Junior Achievement to host its CEO Academy at FGCU for entrepreneurial teens in Southwest Florida

2019-02-22T18:30:26-04:00February 20th, 2019|Categories: Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida is seeking entrepreneurial, business-minded teens for an exclusive weeklong summer camp in which they’ll learn what it takes to become a successful business leader. Open to rising high school juniors and seniors from Charlotte, Collier and Lee counties, the CEO Academy teaches students the basics of starting and operating a [...]

Shell Point’s 2018-2019 Fine and Performing Arts Series welcomes Vienna Boys Choir Feb. 26

2019-02-22T17:47:22-04:00February 20th, 2019|Categories: Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , |

Shell Point Retirement Community continues the Performing Arts program of its 2018-2019 Fine and Performing Arts Series with a performance by Vienna Boys Choir, taking place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at The Village Church auditorium on The Island at Shell Point, 15100 Shell Point Blvd. in Fort Myers. Tickets for this event [...]

Comprehensive survey of Southwest Florida residents on impacts of changing climate reveals surprising views

2019-02-22T17:42:54-04:00February 20th, 2019|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

    A coalition of community partners on Wednesday released results of the first comprehensive survey measuring Southwest Florida residents’ views on our changing climate. As hurricanes, floods and wildfires have increased in number and intensity over the past decade, attitudes around the U.S. have been changing, including right here in Southwest Florida. Survey results [...]

Lee County high school students experience sixth annual Law Day

2019-02-22T18:19:36-04:00February 19th, 2019|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, Lee County Bar Association present Law Day 2019 Local high school students recently discovered the various facets of the Lee County legal system during the sixth annual Law Day, presented by Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida and the Lee County Bar Association. Law Day 2019 escorted 50 upper class, high [...]

The School District of Lee County to host Spring Teacher Recruitment Fair on April 13 in Fort Myers

2019-02-22T18:14:36-04:00February 19th, 2019|Categories: Events, Jobs, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Prospective teachers are invited to register to attend The School District of Lee County’s Spring Teacher Recruitment Fair on April 13 in Fort Myers. Principals and assistant principals, along with members of the District’s human resources team, will be conducting interviews with candidates seeking full-time teaching employment for the 2019-20 academic year. Teaching positions are [...]

Dunkin’ to Award $38,000 in College Scholarships to Students in Florida

2019-02-19T02:21:48-04:00February 19th, 2019|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

Dunkin’ is proud to announce the launch of its 2019 Dunkin’ Florida Scholarship Program, which will award $38,000 in scholarships to high school seniors across the state of Florida. In partnership with Scholarship America, the nation’s largest designer and manager of education support programs, Dunkin' will award $1,000 scholarships to 38 current high school seniors [...]

Child Care of Southwest Florida, FGCU to host free seminar for early childhood education teachers on Feb. 23

2019-02-22T17:58:56-04:00February 15th, 2019|Categories: Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Pre-school and kindergarten teachers in Southwest Florida are invited to the free Focus on Four Conference being held at Florida Gulf Coast University on Feb. 23. Led by renowned early childhood education specialist Lisa Murphy, the daylong conference will include presentations and discussions that focus on creating child-centered learning environments in which all children can [...]

Downtown Fort Myers’ blossoming culinary scene the topic of Leadership NEXT’s March 12 session at SoHo

2019-02-15T02:58:13-04:00February 15th, 2019|Categories: Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , |

An explosion of epicurean delight in downtown Fort Myers will be the focus of the Leadership NEXT session in March, with guests hearing firsthand from one of the masterminds behind the River District’s emergence as a hub of culinary originality. Each month, the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership NEXT program offers unique educational [...]

Guadalupe Center seeks ‘big buddies’ to partner with children for Buddy Day on March 8

2019-02-15T02:57:54-04:00February 15th, 2019|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

Additional volunteers are needed to serve as chaperones and activity leaders for Guadalupe Center’s 27th annual Buddy Day, a nature-focused field trip to be held March 8 on Marco Island. More than 100 second-graders in Guadalupe Center’s After-school Program will board buses in Immokalee en route to Hideaway Beach, where they’ll learn about and explore [...]

Hooters Fort Myers Pro Rodeo announces sponsors for Feb. 22-23 event

2019-02-15T02:46:57-04:00February 15th, 2019|Categories: Events, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , |

The seventh annual Hooters Fort Myers Pro Rodeo has secured more than two dozen generous corporate partnerships to sponsor the two-day event. Hooters is the title sponsor. Certified Heating and Cooling is the event’s presenting sponsor and Target Roofing & Sheet Metal is a major sponsor. Gold sponsors include Flood Zone Disaster Recovery Solutions and [...]

Top 10 Digital Marketing Tips to Outsmart Your Competitors

2019-02-14T23:25:52-04:00February 14th, 2019|Categories: Blogging|

This blog could easily be titled, "Top 120 Digital Marketing Tips to Outsmart Your Competitors." That's because the number of digital marketing channels has skyrocketed over the last decade. Traditional channels like radio, print and direct mail have fallen to the bottom of that list, while 79% of CMOs now rank social as their most important media [...]

Cheers to six years! Fort Myers Brewing Company celebrates sixth anniversary with beer festival on tap for Feb. 28 – March 3

2019-02-13T18:52:56-04:00February 13th, 2019|Categories: Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , |

Fort Myers Brewing Company is celebrating its sixth anniversary with a four-day festival that includes 15 food trucks, 7 live bands, a beer mile fun run, hangover party and beer… lots of beer. A trendsetter in the craft beer industry, Fort Myers Brewing is Lee County’s first brewery and has been recognized as the “Best [...]

Michael Messina named director of international education at Florida SouthWestern State College

2019-02-20T00:10:29-04:00February 12th, 2019|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , |

Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Messina as director of international education for FSW’s Center for International Education (CIE). In his new position, Messina will lead the expansion of FSW’s international education programs, overseeing strategic planning, study abroad programming, faculty and student exchanges, and the coordination of international [...]

Shell Point hosts Dr. Michael Klaper Feb. 28 to address medical breakthroughs in health care

2019-02-13T23:50:27-04:00February 12th, 2019|Categories: Events, Health and Wellness, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , |

Shell Point continues its fourth annual 2019 Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries series with a presentation by internationally recognized author and speaker, Dr. Michael Klaper, to be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28 at the Village Church Auditorium at Shell Point. This educational health care presentation, entitled “Nutrition Meets Modern Medicine: The Key to [...]

Pies, pastries and chocolate: Norman Love Confections announces 2019 lineup of cooking classes

2019-02-11T21:42:11-04:00February 11th, 2019|Categories: Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , |

Norman Love and his award-winning team of pastry chefs at Norman Love Confections will share baking and cooking tips during an upcoming series of fun, interactive cooking classes. “Cooking with Love” consists of 12 hands-on cooking classes in which participants will learn how to bake classic pies, pastries, cookies, cakes, chocolate confections and more. New [...]

Support Charity for Change through Give Where You Live Collier, Feb. 20-21

2019-02-07T23:50:47-04:00February 7th, 2019|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Charity for Change invites the community to support its efforts to provide fundamental character education and community engagement programs to local students by donating to the organization during the ‘Give Where You Live Collier’ annual fundraising initiative, which takes place Feb. 20-21. Give Where You Live Collier is a 24-hour, county-wide movement to celebrate and [...]

Guadalupe Resale Shop to host collection event at Pelican Bay Community Park on Feb. 16

2019-02-07T22:28:37-04:00February 7th, 2019|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , |

Guadalupe Resale Shop is making it easier for residents of Pelican Bay, Naples Park and surrounding communities to drop off their donations. The boutique is hosting a Collection Day event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16 at Pelican Bay Community Park. Volunteers will be on hand to collect donations of like-new [...]

Target Roofing & Sheet Metal to complete reroof of Mirage on the Gulf condominium on Marco Island

2019-02-07T19:25:23-04:00February 7th, 2019|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , |

Target Roofing & Sheet Metal has been selected to complete a reroofing project for Mirage on the Gulf, a nine-story condominium tower on Marco Island. Target Roofing, a licensed commercial roofing specialist headquartered in Fort Myers, will remove Mirage on the Gulf’s existing roof and replace it with an engineered system designed to offer supreme [...]

Lee BIA Builders Care announces date, sponsorship opportunities for 10th annual BBQ, Bands & Brew event

2019-02-06T22:01:39-04:00February 6th, 2019|Categories: Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , |

Lee BIA Builders Care, the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA), has announced April 7 as the date for its 10th annual BBQ, Bands & Brew event, presented by All Star Equipment Rentals & Sales. Celebrating this milestone year, the event will feature some of Southwest Florida’s top pit masters competing [...]

MarineMax Yacht Gala raises more than $200,000 to provide critical care at Golisano Children’s Hospital

2019-02-06T18:09:25-04:00February 6th, 2019|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The fourth annual MarineMax Yacht Gala, held Jan. 25 in Fort Myers, raised more than $200,000 to support lifesaving medical treatments and services at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. With a theme of “An Evening under the Stars,” guests enjoyed a waterfront cocktail hour at sunset and leisurely strolls aboard a selection of premier, [...]

SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. announces auction lots up for bid at 2019 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest

2019-02-06T17:52:22-04:00February 6th, 2019|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , |

SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. has unveiled the 37 auction lot offerings up for bid during the 2019 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest’s Live Auction, taking place Sunday, Feb. 24 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Bonita Springs. Supporting SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc.’s efforts to build healthy minds and lives for [...]

Packages available for Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s 15th annual Magic Under the Mangroves gala on March 7

2019-02-06T03:00:20-04:00February 6th, 2019|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Magic Under the Mangroves 2018 The Conservancy of Southwest Florida will celebrate the 15th annual Magic Under the Mangroves gala on Thursday, March 7 at the Conservancy Nature Center, 1495 Smith Preserve Way in Naples. Magic Under the Mangroves is one of the top charitable events in Naples. The eco-chic fundraising event begins [...]

Best Super Bowl commercials reflect careful planning, strong call to action

2019-02-05T22:25:26-04:00February 5th, 2019|Categories: Blogging|

Super Bowl commercials draw just about as much attention as the football game itself. Every year, viewers look forward to what creative marketers have up their sleeves - something original, clever, funny and perhaps shocking. With an audience of 100 million and at a cost of $5.25 million for a 30-second spot, according to [...]

Old Hollywood Signature Event raises $1.2 million to support education programs at Guadalupe Center

2019-02-05T21:20:24-04:00February 5th, 2019|Categories: Events, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , |

Guadalupe Center raised an impressive $1.2 million at its Old Hollywood Signature Event, funds that directly support the center’s educational programs in Immokalee. “Old Hollywood: The Glitz, The Glamour, The Giving” was held Jan. 17 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples. More than 450 sponsors, supporters, students and staff members attended the gala, dinner and [...]

Retina Health Center first to offer Yutiq, new treatment for uveitis, a form of eye inflammation

2019-02-05T18:52:49-04:00February 5th, 2019|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Retina Health Center is one of the first to offer Yutiq, a micro-insert drug delivery recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of uveitis, a form of eye inflammation that affects the middle layer of tissue in the eye wall (uvea). The third leading cause of blindness, uveitis may be [...]

Tickets now available for Pace Center for Girls, Lee County’s 2019 Grande Dames Tea

2019-02-05T18:45:54-04:00February 5th, 2019|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

March 26 event to recognize Linda Brown, Doris Colgate and Mary Fischer Tickets are now available for Pace Center for Girls, Lee County’s 2019 Grande Dames Tea, to be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26 at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers. Each year, Pace’s Grande Dames [...]

Stevens Construction completes Gulf Coast Medical Center Skilled Nursing Unit

2019-02-01T22:58:03-04:00February 1st, 2019|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Stevens Construction has completed construction of a 57,000-square-foot, post-acute care skilled nursing unit for Lee Health, announced Mark Stevens, company president. Developed by Aquila Healthcare Development, Lee Health is leasing the three-story, 75-bed medical facility, which provides post-acute services for patients needing short-term medical recovery and rehabilitation after their hospital stays. With architectural services provided [...]

Norman Love Confections offers sweet setting for chocolate romance on Valentine’s Day

2019-02-01T19:55:36-04:00February 1st, 2019|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Norman Love Confections is hosting the ultimate romantic setting for chocolate-loving couples looking to indulge this Valentine’s Day. The esteemed chocolatier is introducing Valentine’s Day Date Nights, allowing couples to partake in an elegant tasting menu capped with signature dessert creations. Valentine’s Day Date Nights will be offered on Wednesday, Feb. 13 and Thursday, Feb. [...]

Kids’ Minds Matter announces ticket, sponsorship opportunities for Secret Garden Gala on March 6 at Shangri-La Springs

2019-02-01T02:46:08-04:00February 1st, 2019|Categories: News, Public Relations|

     Kids’ Minds Matter, the region’s mental and behavioral health solution, will host its annual Secret Garden Gala on March 6 at Shangri-La Springs Resort & Spa. The Secret Garden Gala is an elegant evening affair featuring hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, a seated dinner, live auction, musical entertainment and compelling conversation aimed at raising [...]

Women in Business seeks nominations for 2019 Apex Awards

2019-02-01T00:15:42-04:00February 1st, 2019|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , |

Sanibel Captiva Community Bank named title sponsor of 14th annual event The Women in Business committee of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its 2019 Apex Awards. Nominations can be submitted through Friday, March 1 at www.fortmyers.org/events/apex-awards. Presented by Sanibel Captiva Community Bank, the annual Apex Awards event is an [...]