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Clips for Cancer raises $170,000 for Barbara’s Friends

2020-09-30T17:42:02-04:00September 30th, 2020|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , |

Throughout September, child advocates and supporters of Barbara’s Friends “braved the shave,” allowing local childhood cancer survivors to shave their heads to raise awareness and support for Barbara’s Friends - the cancer fund for Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. In all, $170,000 was raised during the event that this year went virtual. In addition [...]

Golisano Children’s Hospital publishes special COVID-19 issue of Kids First magazine

2020-09-29T17:28:58-04:00September 29th, 2020|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , |

Golisano Children’s Hospital has published the latest issue of Kids First magazine, a free resource for Southwest Florida’s families and the region’s only publication solely dedicated to sharing expert-sourced pediatric health and wellness information. The special COVID-19 issue is complete with seasonal advice and tips from local physicians and health care providers with a focus [...]

Nonprofit fundraising during times of uncertainty requires creativity, communication

2020-09-29T11:55:19-04:00September 29th, 2020|Categories: Blogging|Tags: , , , |

Successful fundraising campaigns and initiatives support a nonprofit’s mission through the good times and bad.  During times of crisis, though, fundraising can be a challenge. Potential donors may be facing financial or personal hardships of their own. Foundations may be more cautious when awarding grants. More charitable causes are vying for a limited pool of resources.  Don’t give up!  Charities that cultivated and nurtured relationships with donors over the years have laid [...]

Community Cooperative is awarded the inaugural Bay Pines Director’s Cup for service to veterans

2020-09-29T10:22:49-04:00September 29th, 2020|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , |

Community Cooperative was presented the inaugural Bay Pines Director’s Cup for service to Southwest Florida’s veterans through bimonthly mobile food pantries held at Lee County Veterans Affairs (VA) Clinic in Cape Coral. Until the pantries were stopped in March due to the pandemic, Community Cooperative served more than 500 veterans a month since 2017. “We’re [...]

Client headlines: Better Together, FYZICAL and more

2020-09-29T08:40:54-04:00September 29th, 2020|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations, Uncategorized|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 September, Better Together, an organization with a mission of reducing poverty through work and to protect children by strengthening their [...]

Things to do: Client events in October

2020-09-29T11:39:46-04:00September 29th, 2020|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , |

Through Oct. 4: Oktoberfest 2020 at Fort Myers Brewing will feature specialty beer releases, sneak peeks of new swag and an extensive lineup of food trucks. To properly social distance, Oktoberfest is a to-go festival. The taproom will follow its regular operating hours during the six-day event. LINK: Oktoberfest 2020   Through Oct. 31: Spirit Halloween stores will be raising money [...]

Guadalupe Center announces date, sponsorship opportunities for ‘Circtacular’ virtual fundraising extravaganza

2020-09-28T12:36:48-04:00September 28th, 2020|Categories: Events, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , |

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, prepare to be amazed at Circtacular, Guadalupe Center’s circus-themed virtual event to be livestreamed on Jan. 21. In 2021, Guadalupe Center’s signature fundraising gala will be a circus-themed virtual extravaganza featuring an interactive livestreaming experience that captures the excitement and energy of the circus. Rather [...]

Fort Myers financial advisor receives national recognition for philanthropy, Golisano Children’s Hospital receives $45,000 for children’s cancer

2020-09-24T13:46:23-04:00September 24th, 2020|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , |

Duane Chaney, financial advisor at Raymond James in Fort Myers, was awarded the Community Service Award at the national 14th Annual Invest in Others Awards. Chaney was honored in a video presentation and watch party Tuesday at Lee Health Foundation for founding Madisen’s Match, a tennis tournament benefitting Barbara’s Friends, the cancer fund for Golisano [...]

Greater Fort Myers Chamber to discuss proposed amendments during Sept. 30 Ballot Review

2020-09-23T16:10:05-04:00September 23rd, 2020|Categories: Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce will host a virtual program at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30, educating attendees on the six Florida amendments on the November ballot. The non-partisan review will be led by Andrew Wiggins, senior director of political affairs and coalitions advocacy at the Florida Chamber of Commerce. During the [...]

Community partners launch Healthy Minds initiative, to offer free educational events, screenings for healthier minds in Lee, Collier counties

2020-09-24T14:43:37-04:00September 23rd, 2020|Categories: Events, Health and Wellness, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The mental and emotional effects of COVID-19 are impacting well-being in significant ways amid the pandemic, with 40% of U.S. adults reporting symptoms of anxiety or depression, in addition to increases in substance use and thoughts of suicide. To address this urgent and increased need for support on a local level, 17 behavioral health organizations [...]

Stevens Construction begins Truly Nolen Operations Building

2020-09-23T10:42:03-04:00September 23rd, 2020|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

Stevens Construction has started construction of a new operations building for Truly Nolen, announced Dan Adams, vice president/principal, Stevens Construction, Inc. Stevens Construction is building a two-story, 9,722-square-foot facility, which will house Truly Nolen’s Fort Myers sales, service and administration departments, as well as provide warehouse storage. Located at 2715 Edison Ave., the project is [...]

#MakeSpaceForPace dress collection campaign breaks collections records for Pace’s Love That Dress! event

2020-09-21T12:58:53-04:00September 21st, 2020|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Events, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

  Pace Center for Girls, Lee County’s virtual dress collection, #MakeSpaceForPace, has raised a record number of fashion-forward apparel for its Love That Dress! shopping event. Initially scheduled for fall 2020, Love That Dress! will now take place in 2021, with a new date to be announced. The #MakeSpaceForPace campaign encouraged the community to clean [...]

Opportunity brewing: The School District of Lee County to host Coffee & Conversation Sept. 29

2020-09-21T11:31:39-04:00September 21st, 2020|Categories: Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , |

The School District of Lee County is hosting Coffee & Conversation on Tuesday, Sept. 29, an informational event that will provide insight on careers within the District. Ideal for prospective career-changers and working professionals, the virtual session will offer opportunities to meet members of the District’s team, learn about the variety of career paths available [...]

Better Together launches #BeBetterChallenge, invites community to support A Community Thrives Campaign Sept. 21 through Oct. 16

2020-09-21T11:23:41-04:00September 21st, 2020|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , , |

Better Together has been selected as a participant in the A Community Thrives campaign, a grantmaking and crowdfunding program funded by the Gannett Foundation, which invests in community-building initiatives across the country related to education, arts and culture, wellness and other positive local nonprofit initiatives. Better Together is a voluntary, community-driven alternative to foster care [...]

More than a dozen leaders representing Lee Health support children with cancer

2020-09-18T15:43:05-04:00September 18th, 2020|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , |

  Throughout September, child advocates and supporters of Barbara’s Friends are “braving the shave,” allowing local childhood cancer survivors to shave their heads to raise awareness and support for Barbara’s Friends - the cancer fund for Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. In addition to raising money for the 25th year of Barbara’s Friends, Clips [...]

Bruce Chartrand joins Stevens Construction as project manager

2020-09-23T09:32:20-04:00September 18th, 2020|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , |

Bruce Chartrand has joined Stevens Construction as project manager, announced Michael Waskiewicz, Orlando division manager. Chartrand brings 30 years of experience in health care, hospitality and commercial construction totaling $350 million in completed projects. Chartrand previously served as a project manager for a global water amusement design company where he led projects at SeaWorld Aquatica [...]

Stefanie Edwards of Community Cooperative earns Certified Fund Raising Executive credential

2020-09-18T08:21:45-04:00September 18th, 2020|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Brands that Inspire, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

Stefanie Edwards, chief development and operating officer of Community Cooperative, was recently awarded her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) Certification, showing professional achievement and commitment to fundraising. The credentials are awarded based on work experience, continuing education and passing an exam. Each CFRE recipient signs an ethics agreement. Founded in 2001, CFRE International is an [...]

Elmquist Eye Group welcomes Dr. Yasaira Rodriguez, introduces new cosmetic procedures

2020-09-16T12:53:22-04:00September 16th, 2020|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

Elmquist Eye Group is pleased to welcome Yasaira Rodriguez, M.D. to the practice, a comprehensive ophthalmologist specializing in cosmetic procedures. Rodriguez is a caring and committed physician who strives to provide the highest quality of personalized eye care. She specializes in surgical and nonsurgical procedures that enhance and reshape structures of the face and eyelids [...]

USF honors Priority Marketing, Teri Hansen with ‘Fast 56’ award

2020-09-15T11:42:22-04:00September 15th, 2020|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

The University of South Florida Alumni Association has recognized Priority Marketing and its founder, Teri Hansen, as a 2020 USF Fast 56 Award winner. USF, which was founded in 1956 and has 360,000 alumni worldwide, created the Fast 56 awards program in 2013 to honor the top 56 fastest-growing businesses worldwide that are owned or [...]

Christine Picciano joins Advanced Aesthetic Solutions

2020-09-14T12:17:37-04:00September 14th, 2020|Categories: Health and Wellness, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

Christine Picciano, LME, CME, CCE has joined Advanced Aesthetic Solutions as a licensed medical esthetician and laser specialist, announced company founder and owner, Cyndie Witthuhn, APRN. Picciano brings 20 years of experience in medical esthetics to her role at the Fort Myers-based medical spa. She specializes in all phases of skin care with special focus [...]

Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz launches updated website JusticeStartsNow.com

2020-09-11T09:01:10-04:00September 10th, 2020|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , |

Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, with offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres, Naples and Port Charlotte, has launched a redesigned website, JusticeStartsNow.com that offers a fresh look, improved functionality and user-friendly navigation to create an enhanced experience. With the launch of site, the attorneys at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz can [...]

Elite Jets Charters earns ‘Best of Naples’ gold award

2020-09-10T13:12:36-04:00September 10th, 2020|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , |

Elite Jets Charters was named the Best Private Aircraft Charter service in Naples by readers of the Naples Daily News and NaplesNews.com. Elite Jets won the media company’s Gold Award following online voting that was conducted in June and July. “Private charters are experiencing increased demand since the pandemic began, and our team is proud [...]

Norman Love Confections hires Bethany S. Janney as local sales manager

2020-09-10T12:59:11-04:00September 10th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

Norman Love Confections has hired Bethany S. Janney, a seasoned sales and food and beverage executive, as local sales manager serving Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties. Janney will be responsible for sales strategies and community outreach throughout Southwest Florida. Janney joins Norman Love Confections with expertise in catering sales, meetings and special events at high-end [...]

Stevens Construction completes PopStroke

2020-09-09T08:37:44-04:00September 9th, 2020|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

Stevens Construction has completed PopStroke, a technology-infused golf entertainment concept merging TGR Design team’s first-ever 36-hole putting facility, coupled with outdoor dining, announced Mark Stevens, president, Stevens Construction, Inc. Delivered ahead of schedule, Stevens Construction built a 6,901-square-foot building, which includes an open-air restaurant and bar, commercial kitchen, restrooms, covered playground and lobby with retail [...]

Sunshine Ace Hardware raises over $37,000 for Children’s Miracle Network through ‘Round up at the Registers’ summer campaign

2020-09-04T18:37:54-04:00September 4th, 2020|Categories: Brands that Inspire, Fundraising, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , |

Sunshine Ace Hardware raised more than $37,000 for two Children’s Miracle Network hospitals on Florida’s west coast through the company’s “Round up at the Registers” summer campaign. From July 1 through Aug. 31, Sunshine Ace customers were able to make donations and round up their purchases at the register to support Children’s Miracle Network. Between [...]

Conservancy of Southwest Florida to hold 27th annual RedSnook Catch & Release Charity Fishing Tournament Oct. 24 and 25

2020-09-04T18:29:32-04:00September 4th, 2020|Categories: Events, Health and Wellness, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , |

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida will hold the 27th annual RedSnook Catch & Release Charity Fishing Tournament Oct. 24 and 25 to benefit the Conservancy’s commitment to water quality protection, as well as preservation and enhancement of local fisheries. In light of the pandemic, the traditional in-person Friday Night Kickoff Party will not be held. [...]

Leadership NEXT to review career resources at Sept. 8 virtual program

2020-09-04T18:06:57-04:00September 4th, 2020|Categories: Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , |

Leadership NEXT, a monthly program for advancing business professionals, will present a virtual program on “Tips and Resources for Redirecting Your Career Path,” to be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8. As the current job climate continues to change as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many business professionals are switching [...]

FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers offering complimentary fall-risk screenings during ‘Fight the Fall’ campaign

2020-09-04T08:37:00-04:00September 4th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers is offering complimentary fall-risk screenings to Southwest Florida residents as part of its annual “Fight the Fall” awareness campaign. During National Fall Prevention Awareness Week, which is Sept. 21 to 25, FYZICAL will provide free personal fall-risk screenings to help patients identify compromises in balance, flexibility and strength that make [...]

Edith Long a finalist for Human Resource Professional of the Year

2020-09-03T11:34:24-04:00September 3rd, 2020|Categories: Awards and Recognition, Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , , , |

Edith Long, executive vice president of Integrity Employee Leasing Inc., was recognized as a finalist for the Human Resource Professional of the Year from the HR Florida State Council Inc., an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). “Working in human resources, especially for a PEO, is an exciting, ever-changing career. Every day [...]

Stevens Construction begins Buena Vista Urgent Care

2020-09-03T11:26:32-04:00September 3rd, 2020|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , |

Stevens Construction has been awarded the construction management services of Buena Vista Urgent Care, announced Michael Waskiewicz, Orlando division manager. Stevens Construction is providing a complete interior renovation of an existing 6,700-square-foot building to house the primary and urgent care facility. Open 365 days a year, Buena Vista Urgent Care will house nine exam rooms, [...]

GrowFL names Priority Marketing as finalist for 2020 ‘Florida Companies to Watch’

2020-09-02T09:14:47-04:00September 2nd, 2020|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , |

Priority Marketing has been named among Florida’s top-ranked businesses as a finalist in GrowFL’s 2020 Florida Companies to Watch recognition program. Now in its 10th year, Companies to Watch honors impressive second-stage companies that are developing valuable products and services, creating quality jobs, enriching communities and broadening new industries throughout Florida. GrowFL has recognized only [...]

Gulf Star Marina opens new ‘smart marina’ on Fort Myers Beach

2020-09-01T11:00:57-04:00September 1st, 2020|Categories: Media Relations, News, Public Relations|Tags: , , , |

Gulf Star Marina, Southwest Florida’s first fully automated “smart marina,” is now open on Fort Myers Beach. Developed by Carroll Properties, Gulf Star Marina is the first in the world to feature Austrian-based LTW’s stacker crane technology that delivers vessels from storage racks to the water within minutes. Boat owners can use an app to [...]

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