Featured Event – Love That Dress!
Aug. 19-21: Pace Center for Girls, Lee County is hosting its annual Love That Dress! shopping event over three fun-filled days. Love That Dress! features a collection of 9,000 high-quality, brand-new boutique and gently used dresses, shoes, handbags and accessories sold at deeply discounted prices. Inventory will be continuously restocked throughout the shopping event.
Proceeds from Love That Dress! provide academic programs and counseling services to girls and young women ages 11 to 18 who are working to overcome risk factors such as poverty, substance abuse, domestic violence, foster home placement, neglect, grief, incarceration of a family member, mental health and physical, emotional or sexual abuse.
LINK: Love That Dress!
Additional client events in August include the following:
Aug. 3: The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce is offering a workshop that allows business leaders to learn more about the profile of today’s FGCU graduate. The summer workshop series shows businesses how to attract graduates to positions and retain local talent. LINK: FGCU Recruitment
Aug. 4: The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business Committee will host an APEX Awards Kick-off Social at The Wine Room. The event previews the APEX Awards, which recognize outstanding women in our community who excel in the areas of professionalism, philanthropy, and leadership. LINK: Kick-off Social
Aug. 5: Gulf Coast Village, a pet-friendly Continuing Care Retirement Community, is hosting a “Lunch & Learn” with the Cape Coral Animal Shelter, which will bring adoptable pets and lead a discussion about how the shelter is helping animals in Southwest Florida. LINK: Lunch & Learn
Aug. 9, 16, 23 & 30: Gulf Coast Village is hosting a “Munch & Learn” series that covers numerous topics of interest to seniors and their families, including the benefits of continuing care, contracts, moving options and more. LINK: Munch & Learn
Aug. 10: Leadership NEXT, a networking and educational opportunity through the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, will gather at The Collaboratory, where attendees will learn about an initiative to solve social problems within the community. Collaboratory CEO Sarah Owen will be the featured speaker. LINK: Leadership NEXT
Aug. 10 & 26: Senior Choice at Home’s Dine & Discover workshops cover an innovative, member-based program that offers healthy older adults an option to remain in their homes as they age, thus allowing for freedom and a lifelong commitment to care, asset protection and the ability to receive individualized care coordination as needs change. LINK: Dine & Discover
Aug. 12: Early risers can enjoy the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce’s Business Before Breakfast, which features light refreshments and networking. This month’s session is hosted by Seed & Bean Market. LINK: Business Before Breakfast
Aug. 12: Better Together’s Church Partner Job Fair Training in Fort Myers offers an introduction to a comprehensive set of steps that church families can take to create job fairs in their communities. LINK: Job Fair Training
Aug. 12: Guests of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce’s Summertime Backyard BBQ Beer Dinner will enjoy beers from Palm City Brewing paired with a charcuterie board, cheeses and watermelon during the cocktail hour, followed by a summer salad, appetizer, steak dinner and dessert. Proceeds will benefit the Chamber’s Foundation, which provides grants to educators and educational institutions. LINK: Backyard BBQ
Aug. 13: Magician Brian Boyd will put on an entertaining magic show as guests enjoy lunch and learn about Senior Choice at Home’s Life Plan Retirement options. LINK: The Magic of Senior Living
Aug. 18: Drivers 55 and older can attend AAA’s Defensive Driver Course at Gulf Coast Village. The class covers tips and techniques to drive defensively, and safely, in a variety of situations. LINK: Defensive Driving
Aug. 18: The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce’s August luncheon will feature a dynamic panel of business professionals who have implemented creative and unique ways to help the community through partnerships with nonprofits and educational institutions. LINK: August Luncheon
Aug. 25: Chef Anthony Bonanni at Gulf Coast Village will take local foodies on a culinary trip to Thailand as he leads participants through fun cooking demonstrations while providing a sampling of unparalleled epicurean adventures that residents enjoy every day. Thailand is the eighth stop in this international cooking series. LINK: Cooking around the World
Aug. 27: Dress for Success SW Florida’s signature fundraising event, A REcycled Night Through the Decades, will feature 15 local designers showcasing runway-ready ensembles crafted from bags of recycled clothing and accessories that have been donated to the nonprofit. Gala guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, champagne, a three-course seated dinner, silent and live auctions, and more. Proceeds help support programs that are offered free to women in Lee, Collier and Hendry counties. LINK: REcycled Night
Aug. 27: The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business Committee will announce the winner of its 15th annual APEX Award, which recognizes local women with outstanding reputations for professionalism, philanthropy and leadership. Finalists include Kathleen O. Berkey, Kerri Goldsmith and Alicia Miller. LINK: APEX Awards
Wednesdays & Thursdays: Shangri-La Springs Resort & Spa is offering an organic mango sale on Wednesdays and Thursdays during August. A 5-lb bag costs $10 and a 10-lb bag costs $20; mangoes are sold on a first come, first served basis. LINK: Mango Sale