JASWFL to induct Kathy Bigham and Sen. Garrett Richter into Hall of Fame

Kathy Bigham

Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are now available for Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida’s 2016 Business Hall of Fame, Collier County, to be held Wednesday, Oct. 26 with a cocktail reception at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples. Mutual of Omaha and Mutual of Omaha Bank are this year’s event title sponsors. During the dinner and awards ceremony, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida will induct laureates Kathy Bigham, president and CEO of Bigham Jewelers, and Sen. Garrett Richter, president and director of First Florida Integrity Bank and president of TGR Financial, Inc. To reserve tickets or become a sponsor, visit www.JASWFL.org or call 239-225-2590.

Garrett RichterThe prestigious award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who serve as role models for youth through their professional accomplishments and commitment to the community. Bigham and Richter will join a distinguished group of individuals who have been inducted into the Business Hall of Fame since it was founded in 1988.

Business sponsorships are available and include entrance to the event with premium diamond sponsorships at $10,000, platinum level sponsorships for $8,000 and gold level sponsorships for $5,500. These levels include eight seats, with an additional two seats reserved for students, as well as many other benefits. Additional sponsorships available are silver sponsor level for $2,000, which includes eight seats with two additional seats for students, and bronze sponsor level for $1,000, which includes four seats at a reserved table. Individual seats are also available for $250 each.

Sponsors also are needed to support student admission, which is $125 per ticket. Junior Achievement students attending the event will have an opportunity to practice their etiquette skills while interacting with local professionals. Additionally, full-page and half-page advertisements are available in the event program book for $1,000 and $500 respectively. To reserve tables, individual tickets or to become a sponsor, call the Junior Achievement office at 239-225-2590 or visit www.JASWFL.org. Proceeds benefit local Junior Achievement programs.

About Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida (JA):

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA of Southwest Florida programs are delivered to students in Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches more than 4.6 million students per year in 113 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.6 million students served by operations in 118 other countries worldwide. Junior Achievement USA is a member of JA Worldwide. Visit www.JA.org for more information. For more information about JA of Southwest Florida visit www.JASWFL.org, call 239-225-2590 or info@jaswfl.org.