Hodges Connect Offers CPR Course November 30th

November 12, 2019 –NAPLES/FORT MYERS, FLA – Hodges Connect, Professional Education and Training at Hodges University, is offering a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) class from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30 on the Fort Myers campus (4501 Colonial Blvd.) The fee for the class is $65 per person and includes course materials, training, and an electronic course completion card.

“Knowing CPR saves lives,” said Andrea Fortin, Director of Hodges Connect. “Most heart attacks happen outside the hospital, and when someone performs CPR, the chances of that person surviving doubles or triples.”

For more information about Hodges Connect and upcoming workshops and courses, visit https://pathways.hodges.edu/event/cpr-course/  or email afortin@hodges.edu.

Hodges University, a regionally accredited, private nonprofit institution founded in 1990, prepares students to leverage higher learning in their personal, professional, and civic endeavors. With over 10,000 graduates having a 93 percent rate of continued success in careers, Hodges is recognized for developing programs that are uniquely designed and delivered to serve a diverse adult learner population. With campuses in Naples and Fort Myers, Florida, Hodges provides flexible day, evening, and online classes taught by world-class faculty for undergraduate and graduate degrees. Hodges is also designated as a Hispanic serving institution, and is a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). More information about Hodges University is available at Hodges.edu.

Teresa M. Araque

AVP Marketing/Public Information Officer

Hodges University

2647 Professional Circle, Naples, FL 34119

4501 Colonial Blvd., Ft. Myers, FL  33966

(239) 598-6274 | c: (239) 821-3978

taraque@hodges.edu | www.Hodges.edu

BonitaFest Free Outdoor Concert To Feature Two Bands

Riverside Park in Bonita Springs will come alive to the sounds of two bands on Saturday, November 23rd from 3:00 to 9:00 PM.  The free music festival will feature classic rock band Iconic as the opener followed by lead act The Caribbean Chillers featuring the music of Jimmy Buffett and other tropical party favorites. BonitaFest will also feature food, beer, wine, margaritas, soft drinks and raffle prizes.

The Caribbean Chillers are Florida favorites, revered statewide as a top Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band bringing the sights, sounds and the fun of an authentic Jimmy Buffett Concert!

Southwest Florida favorite, Iconic plays the songs of your generation that make you want to dance and sing along. With excellent four-part harmonies, Iconic plays the songs you remember from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s to today’s hits.

Net proceeds for the event help support needed charities, scholarships and community service programs funded by the Rotary Club of Bonita Naples Foundation.  A donation of $5 or more will be requested to help the following:

• Dictionaries and School Supplies for local elementary school children

• College Scholarships for local high school students

• The Bonita Springs Assistance Office which provides a hand up for needy families 

• The Rotary Community Garden at the Bonita Springs YMCA

• Feeding the Hungry of Southwest Florida

• The Gift of Life organization which saves children’s lives

• The Wheelchair Foundation which provides mobility for the disabled

• International Humanitarian Projects such as Bahamas disaster relief.

Lawn chairs or blankets are encouraged.  No coolers or pets allowed. For more information: www.bonitafests.com or find us on FaceBook and EventBrite

Join us For Aviation Day This Saturday

– Donate a Non-Perishable Food Item –

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Nov. 12, 2019) – Aviation Day 2019 will be held Saturday, Nov. 16 at Page Field from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with free admission and parking. Aviation Day is an annual community event hosted by the Lee County Port Authority with the purpose of increasing community awareness of our airports. The event is held on the ramp on the north side of Page Field off North Airport Road, east of U.S. 41 and south of Colonial Blvd. Parking is available off North Airport Road and U.S. 41 with complimentary shuttle bus transportation to the event.

There will be two featured aircraft at this year’s event – a Douglas C-54E and a Douglas C-47 Skytrain. The Douglas C-54E “Spirit of Freedom” is a four-engine military transport aircraft used during World War II, the Korean War and the Berlin Airlift. Visitors will step back in time as they view a flying museum and memorial housed in the interior of this original aircraft. The Douglas C-47 Skytrain “Tico Belle” was part of the Normandy Invasion of WWII, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the historic event this year.

Other attractions will include general aviation aircraft and helicopter exhibits, plane and helicopter rides (for a fee), demonstrations by airport police and fire departments, aviation-themed shopping, food and more. In addition, there will be free children’s activities and face painting, sponsored by Kimley-Horn and Suncoast Credit Union.

We are asking those coming to Aviation Day 2019 to help our local community by bringing a non-perishable food item to benefit The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida.          

Presenting sponsors for Aviation Day 2019 are Owen-Ames-Kimball Company and Southwest Airlines; with Manhattan Construction as a platinum sponsor. Additional sponsors are: Bob FM 102.9 and Gator Country 101.9; Hertz, HMSHost, SP+ Airport Services; AECOM, Atkins Global, Cooper Hotels, Costco Wholesale, Creative Events & Rentals, Faith Group, Florida Blue, Hilton Garden Inn Fort Myers, Hole Montes, Inc., Passarella & Associates, Inc.; Allied Portables, BMO Harris Bank, Culver’s of Fort Myers S. Cleveland Ave., DeAngelis Diamond, Johnson Engineering, Inc., Paradies Lagardère, SchenkelShultz Architecture, Tru-Clean Surface Care, Universal Contracting of Florida and Waste Pro.

Southwest Florida International Airport served nearly 9.4 million passengers in 2018 and is one of the top 50 U.S airports for passenger traffic. Page Field serves general and business aviation with more than 98,000 aircraft operations annually. No ad valorem (property) taxes are used for airport operation or construction at either airport. For more information, visit www.flylcpa.com or Like Us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/flyRSW.

Media Contact:

Victoria B. Moreland, Director/Communications & Marketing

vbmoreland@flylcpa.com

(239) 590-4504

“Join the Fight” Community Event Planned to Celebrate World Aids Day

Fort Myers, FL – In observance of World AIDS Day 2019, the Florida Department of Health in Lee County (FDOH-Lee), in partnership with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Source of Light and Hope McGregor Clinic, will be hosting a joint community event titled, “Join the Fight.”
Services being offered during the event include vision and health screenings for children and adults and HIV and STD testing. The event will feature educational material on human trafficking, domestic violence, mental health issues, addiction support and information on vaccines and flu shots. There will be a basketball tournament, bounce house, face painting, arts and crafts and refreshments. All services, entertainment and refreshments will be free of charge.
WHEN: Saturday, November 23, 2019
Noon–5 p.m.
WHERE: Roberto Clemente Park
3265 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33901
World AIDS Day is celebrated on December 1St each year around the world. The 2019 national theme is “Communities Make the Difference”. World AIDS Day provides an opportunity for people and communities worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV and to address HIV/AIDS disparities, HIV related stigmas and blame while sparking dialogue towards stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS among all populations. The observance of World AIDS Day has become one of the most recognized health awareness days worldwide; it provides a key opportunity to raise awareness, commemorate those who have passed on, and celebrate victories such as increased access to treatment and prevention services. Started in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.
About the Florida Department of Health
The Department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.
Follow us on Twitter at @HealthyFla and on Facebook. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit www.FloridaHealth.gov.

Media Contact:

Tammy Yzaguirre

Lee-Pio@flhealth.gov

(239) 308-5196

Sunshine Ace Hardware, Crowder Bros. Ace Hardware to Host ‘Thanksgrilling’ Parties on Nov. 16

NAPLES, Fla., (Nov. 6, 2019) – Sunshine Ace Hardware and Crowder Bros. Ace Hardware are gearing up for the holiday season with an all-new family-friendly event that features cooking tips, product demonstrations and complimentary food samples.

A free “Thanksgrilling” party will be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 at all nine Sunshine Ace stores in Collier, Lee, Charlotte and Pinellas counties, as well as two Crowder Bros. Ace stores in Manatee County.

At Thanksgrilling, Ace’s knowledgeable grillmasters will offer alternatives to the traditional, sometimes bland oven-roasted Thanksgiving turkey. Smoking or grilling a turkey creates a flavor explosion that draws rave reviews from guests who’ve grown accustomed to uninspired cuts of meat and poultry for the holidays.

Grillmasters also will share grilling tips and secret recipes, as well as demonstrate some of the company’s top-selling brands, including Traeger, Weber and Big Green Egg. Samples of grilled turkey, grilled vegetables and even grilled desserts will be available.

The helpful associates at Sunshine Ace and Crowder Bros. Ace can arrange free delivery and assembly on all grills purchased during the Thanksgrilling party.

Thanksgrilling festivities will be held at the following Sunshine Ace and Crowder Bros. Ace stores:

Collier County

  • Downtown Naples (141 Tamiami Trail North)
  • East Naples (4433 Tamiami Trail East)
  • Marco Island (1720 San Marco Road)
  • Golden Gate (11673 Collier Blvd.)

Lee County

  • Bonita Springs (9100 Bonita Beach Road)
  • San Carlos Park (18911 Tamiami Trail South)

Charlotte County

  • Port Charlotte (3035 Tamiami Trail)
  • Port Charlotte (912a Kings Highway)

Pinellas County

  • Largo – Hammerhead (1015 W Bay Drive)

Manatee County

  • Bradenton (5409 Manatee Ave. West)
  • Lakewood Ranch (2401 Lakewood Ranch Blvd.)

About Sunshine Ace Hardware

Family owned and operated since 1958, Sunshine Ace Hardware serves Florida with nine locations in Collier, Lee, Charlotte and Pinellas counties, as well as two Crowder Bros. stores in Manatee County, and are staffed by a long-term, friendly and knowledgeable team. Focused on customer service, Sunshine Ace employees are best known for building relationships and going above and beyond to help solve a home repair or maintenance issue or to simply guide customers to the right tool for the job. For in-home support, Sunshine Ace provides a range of professional services such as rod-tip repair, screen, glass and equipment repairs. Free delivery and assembly is also provided on items such as grills, power tools, mulch, soil and more. Sunshine Ace offers a wide variety of products including plumbing, hardware and electrical supplies, houseware, fishing gear, power equipment, paint, painting supplies and more. Sunshine Ace proudly carries quality brands including Benjamin Moore paints, Scotts lawn and garden products, Craftsman tools, STIHL power tools, Weber and Big Green Egg grills, as well as Penn and Shimano fishing gear. In addition to serving residential clients, Sunshine Ace services commercial accounts, with flexible options to support contractors in managing and growing their business. For locations and hours, visit www.SunshineAce.com.

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Media Contacts:

Michael Wynn, Sunshine Ace Hardware, MWynn@SunshineAce.com, 239-992-0454

Dave Breitenstein, Priority Marketing

Dave@PriorityMarketing.com

239-267-2638 or 239-317-5424 (cell)

Hodges University Named Best for Vets


November 7, 2019 –NAPLES/FORT MYERS, FLA – Hodges University has been named a Best for Vets College for 2020 by Military Times in the four-year college category. Only 134 colleges nationally made this list, and Hodges University is one of eight colleges named in the state of Florida. This is the third consecutive year that Hodges University has been included.
 
Nearly 12 percent of Hodges University’s student population are military veterans.
 
“There are many reasons why veterans choose to attend Hodges University,” said Dr. John Meyer, president. “Our monthly class starts really work with their schedules, and our degrees are all workforce-driven in careers they want to pursue.”
 
Both Hodges University campuses include a Dr. Peter Thomas Veterans Services Center where veteran students can relax, get community resources, and network with other veteran students. Each center has a director who is also veteran. Both campuses also have designated Veterans Parking spaces.
 
Hodges University, a regionally accredited, private nonprofit institution founded in 1990, prepares students to leverage higher learning in their personal, professional, and civic endeavors. With over 10,000 graduates having a 93 percent rate of continued success in careers, Hodges is recognized for developing programs that are uniquely designed and delivered to serve a diverse adult learner population. With campuses in Naples and Fort Myers, Florida, Hodges provides flexible day, evening, and online classes taught by world-class faculty for undergraduate and graduate degrees. Hodges is also designated as a Hispanic serving institution, and is a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). More information about Hodges University is available at Hodges.edu.
 
 
Teresa M. Araque
AVP Marketing/Public Information Officer
Hodges University
2647 Professional Circle, Naples, FL 34119
4501 Colonial Blvd., Ft. Myers, FL  33966
(239) 598-6274 | c: (239) 821-3978
taraque@hodges.edu | www.Hodges.edu

Florida Litigation Attorney Amanda Sharkey Ross Discusses Legal Ethics and More in Fort Myers


Fort Myers – Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., is pleased to announce that on Tuesday, November 5, Litigation Attorney Amanda Sharkey Ross was among an esteemed list of speakers discussing “Advanced Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Law” at the Crowne Plaza in Fort Myers. She presented “Effective Settlement Negotiations and Arbitration,” as well as “Legal Ethics in Insurance Practice.”
Ross focuses her litigation practice in the areas of transportation (automobile, marine, trucking) liability, premises liability, negligent security, wrongful death, construction litigation, and product liability. Prior to joining Henderson Franklin, Ross worked in the Miami area and handled maritime and admiralty defense, as well as vessel and yacht purchase and sale transactions. Ross is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Throughout her legal career, Ross has received much recognition including being named a ‘Top Lawyer’ in 2019 by Naples Illustrated for her work in admiralty and maritime law. She is a member of the Stetson University Alumni Board, as a district representative and an active member of the University of Miami Hurricane Club. Ross also volunteers Teen Court of Lee County, Bonita Springs Little League, and Pinewoods Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization.
Ross received her undergraduate degree from Stetson University (B.A., 1999) and her law degree from the University of Miami Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2002). She may be reached at 239-344-1249 or by email at amanda.ross@henlaw.com.
Henderson Franklin is celebrating its 95th anniversary of serving the legal needs and communities of Southwest Florida. The firm is the largest, locally-based law firm between Tampa and Miami with over 55 attorneys dedicated to providing a wide range of legal services in the areas of business and tax planning, estate planning, family law, business and civil litigation, eminent domain, intellectual property, workers’ compensation, employment law, real estate, and land use and environmental law. Henderson Franklin operates offices in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, and Naples. For more information on Cook or Henderson Franklin, please visit www.henlaw.com.

Media Contact:
Gail Lamarche, Director of Marketing and Business Development
(239) 344-1186
Gail.Lamarche@henlaw.com

Poetry, Prose and Rhythm Open Mic Night at FSW

NOVEMBER 5, 2019 – FORT MYERS, FLA. – The Florida Southwestern State College (FSW) Creative Writing Club will hold Poetry, Prose and Rhythm, an open mic night event, from 7-8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14, at the FSW Lee Campus Inspiration Garden, behind the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers.

The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are invited to perform their favorite or original poems, prose, acoustic instruments and songs, or just listen to others. The event will be MC’ed by Gulf Coast Leisure. Food and drink will be available for purchase; cash only. All proceeds will benefit the FSW Creative Writing Club.

For more information, contact Ihasha Horn, FSW English professor, at Ihasha.Horn@fsw.edu.

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Florida SouthWestern State College is Southwest Florida’s largest and most affordable institution of higher education. Annually serving nearly 22,000 students globally, FSW offers a variety of nationally-ranked, career-focused academic programs with two- and four-year degrees and professional certifications, several with 100 percent licensure pass and job placements rates. Study and travel abroad opportunities are available for students through FSW’s Center for International Education. Students are also active in clubs and programs catered to their interests. FSW debuted its first Women’s Volleyball program in Fall 2019. Visit www.FSW.edu for more information.

Media Contact:

Jennifer R. Young

Media Coordinator

Marketing and Media Department

Building I, Room 213

8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers, FL 33919

239-489-9101, x11101

www.FSW.edu

MY Shower Door Toy Drive Helps Families at Golisano Children’s Hospital


People can drop off unwrapped new toys at store locations
 
FORT MYERS, Fla. (Nov. 5, 2019) — MY Shower Door / D3 Glass is counting on generous hearts to make this a special holiday season for families at Golisano Children’s Hospital. From now until Dec. 6, people can bring new, unwrapped toys to any of the three MY Shower Door locations in Fort Myers and Naples; TWO39 Work in Bonita Springs; Brown and Brown Insurance in Fort Myers and Naples; Audi of Fort Myers and CONRIC PR & Marketing in Fort Myers.
 
MY Shower Door co-owner Bill Daubmann said his company is partnering with Lee Health to spread Christmas cheer to families whose holidays deserve a special present through the Golisano Children’s Hospital Toy Drive and the Golisano Snow Pile Room, where toys are delivered. To help people with ideas for what families might need, a Child Life Wish List is available online at myshowerdoor.com/toys.
 
This drive has special meaning for MY Shower Door / D3 Glass employees. The infant daughter of company controller Jared Larson and his wife, Liz, a nurse at Gulf Coast Hospital, died from a rare birth disorder called trisomy 18 or Edwards syndrome. She spent nine days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Golisano before going home. She lived for 22 days. This toy drive and a toy collection by MY Shower Door employees two years ago are in honor of Emma.
 
“Emma touched a lot of lives,” Jared said. “The families in the hospital are going through tough times and we want to support them. It is not only hard on mom and dad but also hard on the siblings. What impresses me was how caring (Golisano employees) were, especially the nurses. Our nurse went out of her way to make sure we had everything we needed. It was like being part of the family.”
 
Now, Emma’s memory lives on.
 
“We wanted to set this up as a legacy to Emma,” Daubmann said.
Among wish list ideas are:
 
Infants and toddlers: Pop-up toys, light-up toys, rattles, teething toys, musical toys, toy phones.
 
Pre-school: Crayons, markers, Play-Doh, doctor play kits, action figures, animal figurines, balls.
 
School age: Lego sets, action figures, harmonicas, board games, card games, remote control cars, Barbies.
 
Teens: Plain t-shirts to decorate, PlayStation 4 games, over-the-door basketball hoops, advanced craft sets, gift cards for iTunes, GameStop, Walmart or Target.
 
Other items needed are shampoo, body wash, lotion, toothpaste, Chapstick, hair brushes and hair ties, nail care kits, deodorant and pajamas (infant to adult size).
 
Toys can be dropped off at:
 
●      MY Shower Door – 14261 S. Tamiami Trail, No. 2, Fort Myers,
●      MY Shower Door – 13500 N. Tamiami Trail, north Naples, 
●      MY Shower Door – 1200 Central Ave., No. 103, south Naples,
●      TWO39 Work – 24301 Walden Center Dr Suite 300, Bonita Springs,
●      Brown & Brown Insurance – 6611 Orion Dr #201, Fort Myers,
●      Brown & Brown Insurance – 1421 Pine Ridge Rd #200, Naples,
●      Audi of Fort Myers – 10050 Daniels Interstate Ct, Fort Myers,
●      CONRIC PR & Marketing – 6216 Whiskey Creek Dr., Suite B, Fort Myers.
 
MY Shower Door / D3 Glass
MY Shower Door opened its first frameless shower door showroom in Naples in
2003, with manufacturing component D3 Glass starting in 2013. Since then, the company has grown to seven Florida showrooms with over 100 employees. MY Shower Door / D3 Glass is owned by the Daubmann family of Bill and Donna Daubmann along with sons Keith and Doug. The Daubmanns have been involved in the frameless shower door industry since the mid-1980s, revolutionizing the design, installation and marketing of their products and services. They have received local, regional and national recognition for their business accomplishments and products, including the “Business Ambassador” award from then-Gov. Rick Scott. MY Shower Door is a four-time recipient of the INC 5,000 “Fastest Growing Companies in the United States” distinction. For more information, call Bill Daubmann at 239-596-3255 or visit MYShowerDoor.com

Media Contact:
Josh Milton, VP of Media Relations
(239) 690-9840
Josh@ConricPR.com