Monthly Archives: May 2020

Launching Power Packs to reenergize small businesses and non-profits

2020-05-29T18:08:06-04:00May 29th, 2020|Categories: Advertising, Marketing, Priority Marketing News|

Priority Marketing is introducing economical marketing solutions called Power Packs designed specifically to reenergize and relaunch small businesses and organizations looking to refresh or restart marketing campaigns following COVID-19. Three types of Power Packs are available and include social media, email marketing and public relations services to help meet established goals [...]

Child Care of Southwest Florida to reopen two additional learning centers on June 1

2020-05-28T09:46:59-04:00May 28th, 2020|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , |

Child Care of Southwest Florida will reopen two additional early learning centers in Fort Myers to accommodate demand as parents return to work following COVID-19 closures. The nonprofit organization also has announced that families facing economic hardships caused by COVID-19 can apply for federal funds to help cover their weekly child care costs. The two [...]

Mark Pelafas joins Stevens Construction Inc.

2020-05-27T13:51:05-04:00May 27th, 2020|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

Mark Pelafas has joined Stevens Construction as project manager, announced Mark Stevens, company president. Bringing 20 years of construction experience, Pelafas has completed more than $265 million in healthcare and commercial construction within the last five years, including multiple projects for HCA Healthcare and Arthrex. As project manager, Pelafas will oversee the field team, ensuring [...]

Things to do: Client events in June

2020-05-29T21:09:52-04:00May 26th, 2020|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , |

The official start of summer is June 20, immediately followed by Father’s Day on June 21. Below are some client events and activities, mostly virtual, being held in June: May 29-June 4: Sunshine Ace Hardware increased its inventory of hurricane supplies and created special displays in advance of Florida’s Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, which [...]

Client headlines: Healthcare Network, Charity for Change and more

2020-05-29T21:08:06-04:00May 26th, 2020|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , |

Each month, we spotlight some of the outstanding media coverage of our clients’ news and events. You’ll see them featured frequently in newspapers and magazines, on television and radio, and on blogs and social media.   In May, Healthcare Network, which was founded in 1977 to serve migrant farmworkers and their families in Immokalee, launched [...]

Florida by the numbers: Greater Fort Myers Chamber’s May 28 virtual program to present the Florida Scorecard

2020-05-26T13:32:55-04:00May 26th, 2020|Categories: Economic Development, Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , |

The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce is hosting a virtual presentation from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 28 that will provide in-depth economic insights and metrics for Florida and Lee County. The Chamber has invited Dr. Jerry Parrish from the Florida Chamber Foundation to present the Florida Scorecard, a data-based information scorecard [...]

Sunshine Ace Hardware, Crowder Bros. Ace Hardware raise more than $25,000 for Children’s Miracle Network

2020-05-26T13:18:46-04:00May 26th, 2020|Categories: Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , |

Customers at Sunshine Ace Hardware and Crowder Bros. Ace Hardware teamed up to raise more than $25,000 for local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals through the “Round Up for the Kids” charitable campaign. Between March 16 and April 30, customers were given the option of rounding up their purchases at the cash register through a new [...]

Rising above COVID-19’s challenges requires strong internal communications

2020-05-26T12:47:38-04:00May 26th, 2020|Categories: Blogging|Tags: , |

Florida is now reopening in phases, and many businesses and organizations are more than ready to begin a cautious and gradual return to business operations. However, not everything will return exactly as it was before COVID-19, at least not in the near future. Employers are making tough decisions about how to do business moving forward. [...]

Charity for Change hosts free webinar May 28 with Alexander Havard on character and leadership

2020-05-26T10:15:05-04:00May 26th, 2020|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , |

Charity for Change will host a free webinar on character and leadership with well-known international speaker and leadership expert Alex Havard, May 28 at 8:30 a.m. Havard will show how building good character is a life-long project that helps people achieve their personal best and become great leaders. Havard is the founder of the Virtuous [...]

Conservancy’s Marisa Carrozzo selected for second term as co-chair of Everglades Coalition

2020-05-21T13:16:38-04:00May 21st, 2020|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

Marisa Carrozzo, Everglades and water policy manager at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, has been selected to serve a second term as co-chair for the Everglades Coalition. The Everglades Coalition is an alliance of over 60 local, state and national environmental organizations focused on restoring the Greater Everglades Ecosystem, an area that stretches from Central [...]

Sunshine Ace Hardware boosts inventory to prepare for hurricane season, sales tax holiday

2020-05-21T13:09:57-04:00May 21st, 2020|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , |

Sunshine Ace Hardware has increased its inventory of hurricane supplies and is featuring key items to help customers prepare for hurricane season. The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs June 1 to Nov. 30. Forecasters are predicting another above-average storm season, with as many as 18 named tropical systems. “We have stocked up so you can stock [...]

Greater Fort Myers Chamber to host virtual 5K May 22-25

2020-05-20T11:16:47-04:00May 20th, 2020|Categories: Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , |

The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce invites the community to lace up and hit the pavement, treadmill or backyard for a virtual 5K this Memorial Day weekend. The Chamber’s Business as (Un)usual Virtual 5K will take place Friday, May 22 through Monday, May 25, encouraging participants to get active while respecting social distancing guidelines. [...]

Guadalupe Center receives $25,000 grant from Suncoast Credit Union to help Immokalee families, students

2020-05-20T08:54:26-04:00May 20th, 2020|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Brands that Inspire, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

Suncoast Credit Union has awarded a $25,000 matching grant to Guadalupe Center as the nonprofit continues providing Immokalee families with access to high-quality education programs. To maximize the impact of Suncoast Credit Union’s grant, Guadalupe Center is launching a Phone-A-Thon campaign that will help offset Early Childhood Education Program weekly fees for parents facing extreme [...]

Charity for Change receives a $5,000 grant from the Pelican Sound Charitable Foundation for new curriculum

2020-05-18T11:15:37-04:00May 18th, 2020|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Brands that Inspire, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , |

Charity for Change has received a $5,000 grant from the Pelican Sound Charitable Foundation that will be used to add curriculum content, update the proprietary platform and create videos to compliment the curriculum. The new curriculum and videos will support the transition to distance learning and make it possible to reach more children. “With the [...]

Stevens Construction completes Good Shepherd United Methodist Church

2020-05-18T09:10:40-04:00May 18th, 2020|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

Stevens Construction has completed construction of a 4,979-square-foot building for Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, announced Mark Stevens, company president. Stevens Construction provided construction management services for a new administrative building that features an expanded choir room, offices and conference rooms. Located at 2951 Trail Dairy Circle, the building is situated on the occupied Church [...]

Guadalupe Center receives United Way grant to bolster After-school Tutoring Program in Immokalee

2020-05-15T12:39:38-04:00May 15th, 2020|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , |

United Way of Collier and the Keys has provided Guadalupe Center with a $74,000 grant to enhance learning opportunities for 840 students enrolled in its After-school Tutoring Program. The highly successful program offers homework help and academic assistance in language arts, math and science, and instruction is led by certified teachers, paraprofessionals and tutors. “The [...]

Shangri-La Springs reopens property and gift shop; organic farm-to-table restaurant Harvest & Wisdom reopens for lunch

2020-05-14T16:24:47-04:00May 14th, 2020|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

Shangri-La Springs, an award-winning historic property in downtown Bonita Springs, has reopened, including the gift shop and Harvest & Wisdom, the property’s farm-to-table restaurant specializing in fresh, organic cuisine. The property and the gift shop will be open Wednesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Harvest & Wisdom will be open from 11 [...]

Healthcare Network receives $27,500 grant from United Way of Collier County to support its integrated behavioral health program

2020-05-14T15:15:21-04:00May 14th, 2020|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , |

Healthcare Network received a $27,500 grant from United Way of Collier County to support its integrated behavioral health program. The grant will fund care for 900 patients. Healthcare Network’s behavioral health providers cared for more than 6,200 patients in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2019. Integrated behavioral health addresses traditional mental health concerns and [...]

Women in Business announces new date for 2020 APEX Awards

2020-05-14T10:27:02-04:00May 14th, 2020|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , |

The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business committee has announced a new date for its 2020 APEX Awards, which will now be held on Friday, Nov. 13 at The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village in Cape Coral. The annual APEX Awards recognizes outstanding women in the Greater Fort Myers community [...]

Charity for Change receives a $2,500 capacity grant from the Community Foundation of Collier County

2020-05-13T09:37:04-04:00May 13th, 2020|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , |

Charity for Change has received a $2,500 capacity grant from the Community Foundation of Collier County that will be used to update the program platform and 12-year-old Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) educational programs. “Social distancing will undoubtedly have profound impacts on our children and society,” said Karen Conley, founder and CEO of Charity for Change. “Social-emotional [...]

Healthcare Network offers mental health conversations for frontline health workers

2020-05-12T16:12:03-04:00May 12th, 2020|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , |

Healthcare Network, known in Collier County for providing integrated primary care that addresses both mind and body, will host a series of free virtual conversations tailored for healthcare workers throughout Florida. The discussions, beginning Tuesday, May 19, will focus on reactions, coping strategies and resilience building related to COVID-19. “While no one is completely immune [...]

Bell Tower retail stores, restaurants reopen as SWFL looks to ‘Experience More’

2020-05-12T16:05:12-04:00May 12th, 2020|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , |

Following Gov. Ron DeSantis’ directive allowing additional Florida businesses to resume operations, Bell Tower, a newly renovated, open-air lifestyle shopping center in Southwest Florida, announced that retailers have begun to reopen for business. The center will temporarily observe reduced hours of operation, which will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and noon [...]

Conservancy of Southwest Florida to host virtual Baby Shower for wildlife on June 6

2020-05-12T14:06:08-04:00May 12th, 2020|Categories: Events, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

Spring may have looked a little different for us, but for wildlife, it was business as usual. And that means baby bird season has arrived! The Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s von Arx Wildlife Hospital, which treats injured, sick and orphaned animals, is hosting a virtual Wildlife Hospital Baby Shower on Saturday, June 6 to help [...]

Fort Myers Brewing Company to celebrate American Craft Beer Week with new brews

2020-05-11T16:46:46-04:00May 11th, 2020|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , |

Fort Myers Brewing Company is celebrating American Craft Beer Week by debuting limited-edition, specialty brews each day. American Craft Beer Week runs May 11-17 and is an annual celebration of small and independent craft breweries. Fort Myers Brewing was the region’s first microbrewery when it opened in 2013, and the locally owned business is launching [...]

Creighton Construction & Development employees deliver acts of kindness during pandemic

2020-05-08T16:52:41-04:00May 8th, 2020|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , |

As communities across the country are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic, generous employees of Creighton Construction & Development are delivering acts of kindness to support local frontline medical staff and first responders as well as restaurants, families and others in need. When the pandemic first began impacting Southwest Florida, Creighton Construction & Development founder Dan [...]

Child Care of Southwest Florida to reopen centers starting May 18

2020-05-08T16:38:34-04:00May 8th, 2020|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

Child Care of Southwest Florida has announced reopening plans for its early learning centers along with revised operating procedures to ensure the safety of children and staff. The nonprofit closed its six accredited learning centers on March 27 to protect the health and wellbeing of children, teachers and parents. In the weeks since, facilities have [...]

Elmquist Eye Group reopens for all eye care appointments

2020-05-08T16:02:20-04:00May 8th, 2020|Categories: Health and Wellness, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: |

Elmquist Eye Group is once again seeing patients for in-office appointments, providing a range of medical, surgical and emergency eye care services and optical solutions through offices in Fort Myers and Cape Coral. Elmquist Eye Group is serving patients at its Fort Myers office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and is [...]

Fort Myers Brewing Company collects 3,000 pounds of food and more than $1,400 at drive-thru food drive for Community Cooperative

2020-05-08T15:48:06-04:00May 8th, 2020|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Events, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , |

  Fort Myers Brewing Company hosted “Gateway CAN do it: Food Drive Rally” and collected 3,000 pounds of food and raised more than $1,400 for Community Cooperative Thursday, April 30. The donations of food and money is enough to feed approximately 525 people for a week. Another drive-thru food drive is planned at Fort Myers [...]

Pace Center for Girls launches #MakeSpaceForPace virtual dress collection campaign

2020-05-08T15:18:39-04:00May 8th, 2020|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Events, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , |

Pace Center for Girls, Lee County is gearing up for its annual Love That Dress! shopping event with a virtual dress collection that encourages the community to #MakeSpaceForPace. To help build an expansive inventory of fashion-forward apparel for the highly-anticipated Love That Dress! event, Pace is inviting Southwest Floridians to clean out their closets for [...]

Guadalupe Resale Shop to reopen May 11 with new hours, private shopping experiences

2020-05-08T15:09:14-04:00May 8th, 2020|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

Guadalupe Resale Shop will reopen to the public on May 11 on a modified operating schedule that includes both general shopping hours and private shopping experiences. The Resale Shop will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The store will limit capacity to 10 shoppers as a means of [...]

Successful side hustles: Leadership NEXT goes virtual for May 12 program

2020-05-07T14:30:40-04:00May 7th, 2020|Categories: Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , |

Leadership NEXT, a monthly program for advancing business professionals, will host a virtual program at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12 to highlight the ins and outs of how to make a side hustle successful. As the effects of the pandemic have continued to rock the business community, many are looking for alternate or supplemental [...]

Sunshine Ace Hardware now carries Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Home paint collection

2020-05-07T11:42:51-04:00May 7th, 2020|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , |

Customers at Sunshine Ace Hardware can bring a little HGTV magic to their next DIY painting project with the introduction of Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Home paint collection at stores in Naples, Bonita Springs and Largo. Along with her husband, Chip, Joanna Gaines emerged as one of the nation’s trendiest interior design specialists during a five-year [...]

Priority Marketing wins District ADDY Award for SalusCare video

2020-05-11T12:34:26-04:00May 6th, 2020|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The American Advertising Federation, 4th District, has presented a prestigious silver ADDY Award to Priority Marketing for a compelling public service video that raised awareness and support for SalusCare. Priority Marketing is the only Southwest Florida agency to be honored through AAF’s 4th District, which includes Florida and all of the Caribbean.Additionally, Priority [...]

VIP Realtors introduces innovative approach to real estate combining 3-D walkthroughs with real estate agents for 24/7 viewing from the comfort of home

2020-05-06T10:43:31-04:00May 6th, 2020|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , |

VIP Realty is using technology at a higher level than ever before, combining two technologies – Nodalview, a 3D-Tour platform designed for Real Estate and Call Page to provide potential buyers with a live conversation and real-time home visit available 24 hours a day. The new virtual real estate tool, “Visit This House from your [...]

Norman Love Confections, FineMark National Bank & Trust partner with Frontline Foods Southwest Florida to honor nurses with artisan chocolate

2020-05-06T10:17:37-04:00May 6th, 2020|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , |

Two local businesses are partnering to honor frontline heroes with a gift of “love” during National Nurses Week, which is May 6-12. In partnership with Frontline Foods Southwest Florida, Norman Love Confections and FineMark National Bank & Trust are gifting a four-piece box of decadent artisan chocolates from Norman Love Confections to 4,500 nurses at [...]

BINGO! When we Shine the Light on Southwest Florida, we all win!

2020-05-05T17:06:07-04:00May 5th, 2020|Categories: Blogging|

Our local businesses and organizations have always been there for us, now it’s time for us #ShineTheLight for them – while adding a little amusement to the process! No need for markers or a bingo hall to win this round – just download the BINGO cards linked below. And, since May is Small Business [...]

PierSide Grill reopens on Fort Myers Beach

2020-05-04T17:47:20-04:00May 4th, 2020|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

PierSide Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar has reopened its doors on Fort Myers Beach with adjusted hours from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. starting Monday, May 4. Best known for family-friendly dining and amazing sunset views, PierSide Grill serves lunch and dinner daily. Popular for its seafood platters, wings and “almost” world famous beach bread, [...]

The Island Cow reopens on Sanibel Island

2020-05-04T17:20:54-04:00May 4th, 2020|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

The cows have officially come home, and The Island Cow on Sanibel Island is udderly thrilled to reopen for indoor and outdoor dining with adjusted hours starting at noon Tuesday, May 5. Serving up generous portions of Old Florida coastal comfort food and travel inspired recipes, The Island Cow is open for lunch and dinner [...]

Matanzas on the Bay on Fort Myers Beach reopens indoor, outdoor dining options

2020-05-04T16:28:11-04:00May 4th, 2020|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , |

Matanzas on the Bay on Fort Myers Beach has reopened its indoor and outdoor dining options with adjusted daily hours from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. starting Monday, May 4. Serving Fort Myers Beach for 35 years, Matanzas on the Bay is known for its waterfront views and as a popular destination for those visiting [...]

Gulf Coast Village earns 5-star rating from federal agency

2020-05-04T12:35:22-04:00May 4th, 2020|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , |

Gulf Coast Village’s Care Center has received a 5-star rating from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a federal agency that evaluates nursing homes on quantitative and qualitative measures. A 5-star rating indicates superior marks on health inspections, staffing and quality measures. “CMS holds senior living communities to an extremely high standard, so [...]

Kids’ Minds Matter announces guest speaker lineup for virtual mental health series ahead of Mental Health Awareness Month

2020-05-01T14:46:32-04:00May 1st, 2020|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , |

Kids’ Minds Matter has announced the guest speaker lineup for the virtual series “Mental Health Mondays” during Mental Health Awareness Month. Among the five segments that will be hosted in May will be a Spanish-language session on May 18, as well as representatives from Lee Health, Golisano Children’s Hospital and the School District of Lee [...]

Growing Climate Solutions welcomes new women-led organizations to its growing coalition of leaders

2020-05-01T14:29:46-04:00May 1st, 2020|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, the League of Women Voters of Collier County and Women for a Better Lee have joined Growing Climate Solutions in its efforts to expand climate change education and action in Southwest Florida. Since its leadership kickoff meeting in March, Growing Climate Solutions has welcomed more than 20 influential community, health, [...]

Mark Loren Designs creates, donates necklaces to families hit hard by COVID-19 crisis for Mother’s Day gifts

2020-05-01T14:05:16-04:00May 1st, 2020|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , |

In support of families hit especially hard during the COVID-19 crisis, Mark Loren Designs has created sterling silver and diamond necklaces to be gifted to 200 Southwest Florida moms in time for Mother’s Day. Families who have been adversely impacted by coronavirus and wish to honor their mothers with a special gift can pick up [...]

Charity for Change launches GiverTV, an interactive video resource

2020-05-01T12:35:49-04:00May 1st, 2020|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

  Charity for Change, the Collier County nonprofit behind the classroom-based Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Giver Program, announces the launch of GiverTV, an interactive video series. The series allows the program to reach students beyond its afterschool, summer school, in-school and pre-school settings that in 12 years have reached 62,000 children in Florida and several other [...]

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