DeRomo’s Gift Baskets & Catering now open

Posted December 17th, 2014 by Priority Marketing and filed in Uncategorized

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Francis J. Cuomo, owner of DeRomo’s Gourmet Market and Restaurant at The Promenade at Bonita Bay, announces the opening of DeRomo’s Gift Baskets & Catering. Located in suite 132, DeRomo’s Gift Baskets & Catering offers specialty gift baskets with items hand-selected and assembled by DeRomo’s staff to meet each customer’s specific requirements. The specialty gift baskets contain a variety of items from DeRomo’s Gourmet Food Market, including fresh ingredients, rare imported foods and baked goods from DeRomo’s Bake Shop. In addition, DeRomo’s will soon open a pastaria inside the gift shop to include a variety of pastas made fresh daily including gnocchi, ravioli, and more.

DeRomo’s Gift Basket Shop also features themed gift baskets for special events and holidays. Customers may also customize a gift basket by selecting specialty items throughout the market, which will be assembled into a gift basket by DeRomo’s staff.

In addition, DeRomo’s now offers catering services, either in-house or off-site, for 25 to 1,000 people. The catering service is ideal for family gatherings, banquets, weddings, graduations, corporate functions or holiday parties.

“Our gift basket selection is the perfect solution when you’re looking for a gift for someone who enjoys authentic, gourmet imported foods,” said Cuomo. “I invite everyone to come by to see me in the market, restaurant or gift shop. Whether you need gifts or are looking to feed a large group this holiday season, our catering department can offer a top-quality menu tailored to your needs.”

Located in the Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 South Bay Dr. in Bonita Springs, DeRomo’s Gourmet Market and Restaurant is the anchor tenant for the recently renovated Promenade at Bonita Bay and occupies nearly 18,000 square feet featuring a premier gourmet market with fresh meats and seafood, prepared foods and deli, pizza, fresh produce, bakery and coffee bar, wine and an expansive selection of cheeses, gift baskets and full catering, outdoor bar and seating area and much more.  For more information, call 239-325-3583 or visit www.deromos.com.

The Jingle Bell Tuck has begun at Pure Barre in Naples

Posted December 17th, 2014 by Priority Marketing and filed in Uncategorized

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To get a kick start on battling the holiday bulge, Pure Barre in Naples is inviting the public to participate in the National Jingle Bell Tuck. The “tuck” is a movement used during Pure Barre class. Now through the end of December, Pure Barre participants completing at least 15 classes will be entered to win a three-night getaway for two to the Canyon Ranch, which operates destination health resorts in Tucson, Arizona; Lenox, Massachusetts and Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach, Florida. In addition, everyone who completes the challenge at Pure Barre in Naples will be entered to win a FREE barre-ty (private party) for themselves and 20 of their friends. Pure Barre Naples is located at 1410 Pine Ridge Rd., Suite 10.

“We know the holidays are a busy time of year, and Pure Barre is challenging folks not to let the Grinch steal your ledge!” said co-owner Lenga Valigurska. “The ballet barre workout is a great way to help avoid gaining those unwanted holiday pounds, reducing the stress that this busy season brings, and helping you keep the focus on healthy living as you enter the New Year.”

Pure Barre classes are 55 minutes and are offered Mondays through Thursdays from 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Fridays from 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 7 a.m. to noon. In addition to studio space, Pure Barre offers a retail boutique featuring exercise equipment, DVDs, apparel and accessories.

Pure Barre is the largest, most established barre franchise in the nation, with more than 200 studios across the country, and more opening every month. Pure Barre is a total body workout that utilizes the ballet barre to perform small, isometric movements, which burn fat, sculpt muscles and create long, lean physiques. Pure Barre was founded by dancer, choreographer and fitness guru Carrie Rezabek Dorr. For more information, visit http://purebarre.com/fl-naples or “like” Pure Barre on Facebook, or call 239-384-9684.

The Center Bar at The Promenade at Bonita Bay hosts Rock-‘n’-Roll musical performance by Florida’s Dead Letter Society

Posted December 17th, 2014 by Priority Marketing and filed in Uncategorized

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The Center Bar at The Promenade at Bonita Bay hosts Florida’s Dead Letter Society from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19 with a free performance of Rock-‘n’-Roll dance hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, along with some original songs. The Center Bar is the social center of The Promenade at Bonita Bay and features a full wine, beer and cocktail menu. Live entertainment is featured each week Wednesday through Saturday evenings.

Established in 2009, The Dead Letter Society was inspired by dance club music played in the Philadelphia area.  Each member of the band played in the Philadelphia club scene before joining together in Florida. Three of the band members work for the post office, which is what inspired their name. Their music influences include classic and progressive rock, funk and dance music.

The Center Bar will be open until midnight on Wednesdays and Thursdays and until 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays for musical performances. The Center Bar will feature live musical performances Wednesdays through Saturdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and music from local DJs starting at 9 p.m. Every performance is free and open to the public.

The Center Bar’s menu includes martinis, margaritas, and specialty and frozen cocktails. In addition, The Center Bar features happy hour from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily. Happy hour offers include domestic beers for $2.75, imported beers for $3.75, well drinks for $3.50, house wines for $4.50, and house margaritas, Captain Morgan cocktails and Smirnoff cocktails for $5.00.

For a full listing of music performances please contact The Center Bar at (239) 325-3583, email Info@TheCenterBar.com or visit www.TheCenterBar.com.

About The Promenade at Bonita Bay:

The Promenade at Bonita Bay is an open-air retail and Class A office center enhanced by a beautiful tropical landscape, gazebos, water features and sheltered walkways which complement its spectacular Mediterranean-style architecture. Conveniently located on U.S. 41 at South Bay Drive in Bonita Springs, the average daily traffic rate is 40,000 vehicles. Current and future Promenade tenants include Antica Murrina; Bonita Bay Farmer’s Market; Children’s Couture; DeRomo’s Gourmet Market, Restaurant, Gift Baskets & Catering; Divino Gelato; Enchanted Ballroom; Epic 31; Evelyn & Arthur; International Jewelers; Jami’s Young Contemporary; John Craig Clothier; Kay Casperson Lifestyle Spa & Boutique; Kay’s On The Beach; Kelly Chase Bridal; La Maison d’Elise; Molino’s Ristorante; Robert of Philadelphia; Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion; Signatures; Tara Grinna Swimwear; The Center Bar; and To The Moon.

The Promenade at Bonita Bay hosts year-round special events including live music, fashion shows, festivals and fundraisers.  The Promenade at Bonita Bay is owned by national real estate company R.L.R. Investments LLC. For more information, visit www.promenadeshops.com.

Pure Barre in Naples hosts holiday toy drive for Youth Haven

Posted December 15th, 2014 by Priority Marketing and filed in Brands that Inspire

 

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In Collier County, more than 1,000 school-age children experienced homelessness last year. That’s why this holiday, Pure Barre in Naples is collecting gifts for Youth Haven. The donations go directly to children in their emergency shelter who come to them with nothing.

“Many of these kids are not looking forward to the holidays, but thanks to the generosity of our clients, they get to experience the love and spirit of the holidays,” said Lenka Valigurska and Olga Metzler, co-owners of Pure Barre in Naples.

Pure Barre is a total body workout that utilizes the ballet barre to perform small, isometric movements, which burn fat, sculpt muscles and create long, lean physiques. For more information or to support the toy drive, call 239-961-5155.

Founded in 1972, Youth Haven provides services to more than 2,400 children and family members annually, is fully-accredited by the nationally-recognized Council on Accreditation (COA), a member agency of the United Way of Collier County and Naples Children & Education Foundation beneficiary. Youth Haven has been in continuous operation for more than 40 years.

Youth Haven a 501(c)(3) is Collier County’s only residential emergency shelter for boys and girls ages 6-17 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. They provide them with a safe haven where they are given shelter, clothes, food as well as resources they need to improve their resiliency so that they may grow into happy healthy and productive adults. They do this by providing counseling, support services and a place to call home. Youth Haven also provides an array of home and community-based parenting education, child and substance abuse prevention programs, and onsite and community based emotional and psychological counseling. Youth Haven provides services to more than 2,400 children and family members annually, is a COA nationally accredited organization, a member agency of the United Way of Collier County, and has been in continuous operation since 1972.

Pure Barre is the largest, most established barre franchise in the nation, with more than 200 studios across the country, and more opening every month. Pure Barre is a total body workout that utilizes the ballet barre to perform small, isometric movements, which burn fat, sculpt muscles and create long, lean physiques. Pure Barre was founded by dancer, choreographer and fitness guru Carrie Rezabek Dorr. In addition to classes, Pure Barre also offers DVDs, equipment and exercise apparel. For more information, visit http://purebarre.com/fl-naples or “like” Pure Barre on Facebook, or call 239-384-9684.

Habitat Collier ranked first nationally among nonprofits

Posted December 15th, 2014 by Priority Marketing and filed in Uncategorized

Color (2)Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities, has rated Habitat for Humanity of Collier County the highest-ranked charity in the nation for Community and Housing Development. This tremendous honor represents the hard work and efforts of Habitat Collier’s faithful volunteers, compassionate donors, passionate staff, its dedicated board and committed Habitat partner families.

 

Charity Navigator published this information with their annual holiday giving guide, which the organization describes as “a quick reference guide to the highest and lowest-rated charity in each cause that we evaluate.”

 

“Charity Navigator is one of the premier organizations for rating what nonprofits are doing and taking vital signs to provide good information to donors so that they can make the best decisions on where their resources are committed,” says Lisa Lefkow, Executive Vice President of Habitat for Humanity of Collier County. “We’ve paid very careful attention to Charity Navigator’s metrics so that we can ensure donors can invest with great confidence in this great work.”

 

“We congratulate Habitat for Humanity of Collier County on being the highest rated charity among the Community and Housing Development charities, located across the country, which we evaluate,” says Ken Berger, President and CEO of Charity Navigator. “This achievement should give its donors comfort in knowing that it excels in financial health, accountability and transparency and therefore is a charity worthy of their investment.”

 

Habitat for Humanity of Collier County is both the oldest and largest producing Habitat affiliate, building more than 1,700 homes throughout its 36 years in Collier County. Despite the organization’s efforts, there remains a tremendous need as 10 area families apply for each Habitat home constructed.

 

“More than 1,000 families inquire about housing each year yet we are only able to fund and build 100 homes. We hope this recognition will inspire donor confidence and that this generous community will respond to the critical need by making a gift to support the work of Habitat for Humanity in Collier County.  Through our unique business model, donor dollars are reinvested through homeowner mortgage payments,” says Lefkow. “This is truly a hand-up organization that makes families part of their own housing solution.”

 

Habitat for Humanity of Collier County provides affordable housing in our community by offering interest-free, at-cost mortgages. To learn more about Habitat for Humanity of Collier County or to make a donation, please visit www.HabitatCollier.com or call 239-775-0036.

 

Pavese Law Firm partner Christina Harris Schwinn’s article on overtime compensation published in Northeastern University Law Journal

Posted December 11th, 2014 by Priority Marketing and filed in Uncategorized

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An article on overtime compensation authored by Pavese Law Firm partner Christina Harris Schwinn has been published in the Northeastern University Law Journal. The article was adopted from Schwinn’s thesis for the Employment Law LL. M. Program at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School.

The article titled, “Half-Time or Time and One-Half? Recent Developments Deprive Employees of their Rightful Overtime Compensation Under the Fair Labor Standards Act,” discusses the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit’s decision in Urnikis-Negro v. American Family Property Services, et al., 616 F.3d 665 (7th Cir. 2010); cert. denied, 131 S.Ct. 1484 (February 22, 2011). The case involved the payment of overtime compensation based upon half-time to the plaintiff essentially retroactive in an exempt misclassification case under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, 29 U.S.C.

The article discusses the legislative history and the appli­cable statutory provisions and regulations, as well as analyzes the Seventh Circuits holding in the Urnikis-Negro decision.

Schwinn’s asserts that the application of the fluctuating workweek methodology of paying the overtime in a misclassification case is improper, and is not authorized under the FLSA, its regulations, interpretive bulletins or under the United States Supreme Court’s holding in Overnight Motor Transp. Co., Inc. v. Missel, 316 U.S. 572, 62 S.Ct. 1216 (1942).

The full article can be viewed online at http://nulj.org/node/64

“While much about business and employment has changed in the movement from the industrial age that existed in the 1930s to the technological age of today, the underlying purposes of the FLSA have not,” Schwinn concluded in the article. “Congress passed the FLSA to ensure that covered employ­ees were paid the minimum wage, to ensure they were compensated for overtime work, and to encourage employers to hire new employ­ees rather than working existing employees long hours.”

Schwinn received her second Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School on May 19. The LL.M. degree is an advanced law degree with a focus on a particular practice area. Schwinn’s second LL.M. is in Employment Law and her first LL.M. is in Real Property Land Development and Finance Law which she received from the University of Miami’s Graduate School of Law in 1991.

Schwinn’s primary practice areas are employment law, business transactions, community association law and real estate law. Schwinn is an accomplished public speaker and regularly writes articles that have been published both locally and nationally in a variety of publications. Schwinn is available to speak to local businesses and organizations on a variety of employment law topics and she can be reached at 239-336-6228 or christinaschwinn@paveselaw.com.

Pavese Law Firm is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and West Palm Beach. The firm provides a broad range of legal services for individuals, families, small businesses and large corporations. Practice areas include agricultural, banking and finance, bankruptcy, business and taxation, civil litigation, community association, employment, environmental and water, estate planning, probate and trust, family, land use and government, and real estate law. Established in 1949 as a one-person general practice firm, Pavese Law Firm has grown into one of the largest legal practices in Southwest Florida. With a long history of service to Southwest Florida, Pavese Law Firm has played a significant role in the growth of local businesses, communities and major development projects. For more information, visit www.paveselaw.com.

Retina Health Center invites public to free symposium Jan. 17 on macular degeneration

Posted December 11th, 2014 by Priority Marketing and filed in Uncategorized

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Retina Health Center and the Foundation Fighting Blindness will host the 12th annual Southwest Florida Macular Degeneration Symposium on Saturday,  Jan. 17. The symposium will feature world-renowned experts providing the latest information on treatment options and new discoveries.

Attendees will learn about groundbreaking new treatment options, including gene therapy. For the first time, gene therapy offers the hope of a cure, or at least a long-term solution, for patients with both wet and dry macular degeneration.  They will also learn about the roles of lifestyle, nutrition and genetic testing in the management of macular degeneration; find out how they can become involved in clinical trials studying new medications for both dry and wet macular degeneration, and learn about new technologies designed to improve eye injections and retina imaging.

This free, three-hour presentation will be given twice on Jan. 17, from 9 a.m. to noon and from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, 5001 Coconut Rd. in Bonita Springs. To reserve a seat, attendees must register in advance by calling 800-586-6765.

Dr. Stephen Bramer, Ph.D., chief development officer for RetroSense Therapeutics, a biotechnology company, will be the keynote speaker. Dr. Bramer will focus on the exciting new development of gene therapy for the treatment of dry macular degeneration. RetroSense’s game-changing gene therapy is designed to “install” new photosensors, restoring vision irrespective of which gene defect is responsible for vision loss, which will allow the treatment to apply to a broad spectrum of dry-AMD patients.

In addition, Drs. Alexander Eaton and Hussein Wafapoor of Retina Health Center will provide an overview of macular degeneration and discuss ongoing Retina Health Center studies that are helping patients at the local, national and international level.

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About the keynote speaker, Dr. Bramer

Dr. Bramer has more than 26 years of academic and industrial experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology fields. He is an associate adjunct professor at The Ohio State University, and he has presented at major scientific meetings and has authored numerous publications. He has also served as the chief drug development officer for the Foundation Fighting Blindness and its clinical arm, the National Neurovision Research Institute, which is co-sponsoring this year’s symposium.

Retina Health Center was established in 2002 by Dr. Alexander M. Eaton, a long-time Southwest Florida resident, who has been practicing ophthalmology in Lee and Collier counties since 1993. Dr. Eaton and Dr. Hussein Wafapoor of Retina Health Center are principal investigators for the Macular Degeneration Research Center, founded by Dr. Eaton, which has conducted numerous studies to prevent and treat macular degeneration. For more information on the latest studies or to make an appointment, call 239-337-3337 in Fort Myers or 239-793-5200 in Naples or visit www.RetinaHealthCenter.com.

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida to induct Joseph Catti and Elaine Hawkins into 2015 Business Hall of Fame, Lee County

Posted December 11th, 2014 by Priority Marketing and filed in Uncategorized

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Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida will induct Joseph R. Catti, director, president, and CEO of FineMark Holdings, Inc., and FineMark National Bank & Trust, and Elaine A. Hawkins, president/principal of Private Client Insurance Services, LLC, and president/owner of Specialty Risk Management Services, LLC into the 2015 Business Hall of Fame, Lee County, at a dinner and awards ceremony April 16 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa.

The prestigious award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who serve as role models for youth through their professional accomplishments and commitment to the community. Catti and Hawkins will join a distinguished group of individuals who have been inducted into the Business Hall of Fame since it was founded in 1999. For more information including sponsorship opportunities and individual tickets, visit www.jaswfl.org.

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Catti, a Florida native and graduate of Florida International University, has used the same skills that helped him build a bank and investment company to help countless individuals and organizations in the community. He serves as a member of the Executive and Finance Committee of the Lee Memorial Health System Foundation and is a member and past chairman of the Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation. He is or has been a member of the board of directors of several other institutions and organizations, including the Southwest Florida Community Foundation; Canterbury School; the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools; Cypress Cove; United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee; the Edison-Ford Winter Estates Foundation; Lee Health Care Resources; Community Cooperative and the FGCU Board of Trustees. He is also the campaign chairperson for Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

In 2005, Catti received the Lee County Philanthropist of the Year award from Gulfshore Life magazine for his fundraising efforts. He was also recognized with the Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen of the Year award for Lee and Collier Counties in 2009. He also served as campaign chairperson for the United Way for 2009 and 2010, and he was selected as one of Gulfshore Life Magazine’s Men of the Year in 2010.

Catti was appointed to the FGCU Board of Trustees by the Board of Governors in January 2011 and the Canterbury School Board of Trustees in January 2012. He was also selected as Voice of the Year by Voices for Kids of Southwest Florida, Guardian Ad Litem in November 2012.

Catti and his wife, JoAnn, have been married for over 30 years, and they have four children: Christopher, Jennifer, Jessica and Nicholas.

Elaine Hawkins

Hawkins began her career with Liberty Mutual Insurance Company in Miami in 1975 and moved to Fort Myers in 1979. From 1980 to 1999, she served as vice president of risk management for the Mariner Group, and in 1999, she formed Specialty Risk Management Services, which provides unique property insurance program alternatives for commercial risks. In 2002, Hawkins formed Private Client Insurance Services, which is one of the area’s leading underwriters for residential associations.

Hawkins’ dedication to the community is shown through her efforts on behalf of dozens of local organizations. She is president of the Southwest Florida Children’s Charities, and she was the chair of the 2014 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, which benefits the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, Florida Gulf Coast University music therapy program and the Florida SouthWestern State College pediatric nursing program. She will chair the event again in 2015.

Hawkins currently serves as an officer for the Board of Trustees of the Lee Memorial Health System Foundation. She is also involved in numerous philanthropic organizations, giving both her time and money to the capital campaign for PACE Center for Girls of Lee County; American Heart Association, Heart Heroes, Go Red and Circle of Red; Southwest Florida Community Foundation Women’s Legacy Fund; Community Cooperative; Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program;David Lawrence Center; Special Equestrians; Lifeline Family Center; Hope Hospice; Hodges University; 3 Wishes, which benefits Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida and Make-A-Wish of Southwest Florida; and Alliance for the Arts. Hawkins was recognized as a Power Woman by Florida Weekly in 2011 and a Woman of the Year by Gulfshore Life Magazine in 2014.

Hawkins has been married for more than 20 years to Fred Hawkins, CFO of Private Client Insurance Services. She has two grown children, Michael and David; two stepchildren, Ryan and Amanda; and three grandchildren.

About Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida (JASWFL)

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, Inc.’s 5-8-GRADUATE program focuses attention and resources on 5th grade, 8th grade and high school students in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties. The program focuses on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Today, JA reaches 4.4 million students per year in 117 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.8 million students served by operations in 121 other countries worldwide. For more information about Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida visit www.JASWFL.org or contact Anne Frazier at 239-225-2590 or info@jaswfl.org.

Inaugural PopUp Party for The Women’s Fund of Southwest Florida helps raise $4,000 for Dress for Success SW Florida

Posted December 10th, 2014 by Priority Marketing and filed in Uncategorized

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The Women’s Fund of Southwest Florida’s inaugural PopUp Party, held Oct. 23 at Angelina’s Ristorante in Bonita Springs, raised $4,000 in donations and grants for Dress for Success SW Florida.

PopUps, which stands for Philanthropy on Purpose Uniting People Spontaneously, are fundraising events that are open to the public and hosted at a variety of Southwest Florida venues such as restaurants, businesses, and area attractions, with the goal of raising funds for a predetermined local nonprofit organization that directly benefits women and girls. The PopUp Party received $2,000 in donations from attendees and virtual donors, which was matched by The Women’s Fund of Southwest Florida with an additional $2,000 to fund a $4,000 PopUp Grant.

Dress for Success SW Florida promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire and a network of support and career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. The $4,000 PopUp Grant awarded to Dress for Success SW Florida will provide support for as many as 60 women involved in the Entrepreneurial Spirit Program in 2015, which provides women with workshops, information, resources and the tools needed to start a one-person business, develop a career path, or both.

“I’m so happy to see how generous the community and The Women’s Fund has been in supporting our efforts to help women,” said Barbara Dell, founder of Dress for Success SW Florida. “We can’t wait to put these funds to use by helping women in Southwest Florida thrive in their careers and lives.”

PopUp events are an initiative supported by a group of young community leaders dedicated to furthering the mission of The Women’s Fund and expanding the impact of funds raised by the organization through more frequent grant-making in the community. PopUps follow The Women’s Fund proactive grant making approach of identifying organizations and programs that align with The Women’s Fund’s vision to enhance the quality of life for women and girls in Southwest Florida.

“We were amazed by the turnout and the donations that came in. I’d like to thank Angelina’s Ristorante for the great food and wine they provided, and of course, all the donors who gave so generously to make this event a success,” said Brenda Tate, president of The Women’s Fund of Southwest Florida. “Clearly, in PopUp Parties, we’ve found a platform for philanthropy that engages the community in a really fun way.”

About The Women’s Fund of Southwest Florida
The Women’s Fund is the only non-profit in Southwest Florida focused exclusively on women and girls and was the first to publish academic research assessing the status of women in the area. Signature programs include (1) stopping the sale of our children for sex and (2) economic security for women. The Board of Directors will build a $5 million endowed organization dedicated to the advancement of women and girls in Southwest Florida by 2020. With this sustained funding source, The Women’s Fund of Southwest Florida will make significant and sustainable investments in collaborative partnerships, create and fund innovative solutions to complex problems and deliver measurable impact. 

The Women’s Fund of Southwest Florida committed $150,000 to establish the Regional Resource Center on Human Trafficking.  The Center is hosted on the campus of Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) and supports the multi-agency Human Trafficking Task Force, led by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Florida. The Center covers Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry, Glades and DeSoto counties. The broad regional representation on the Human Trafficking Task Force positions the proposed Center to address human trafficking in a coordinated manner. The Women’s Fund of Southwest Florida continues to seek financial contributions to support the Regional Resource Center on Human Trafficking at www.womensfundflorida.org or via email at contact@womensfundflorida.org.

Follow The Women’s Fund online at http://facebook.com/womensfundfl and on http://twitter.com/womensfundfl.

Pavese Law Firm partner Christina Harris Schwinn to be a facilitator at Southwest Florida Community Foundation iLab

Posted December 9th, 2014 by Priority Marketing and filed in Uncategorized

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Pavese Law Firm partner Christina Harris Schwinn will serve as a facilitator for the Southwest Florida Community Foundation’s iLab workshop on Thursday, Dec. 18 at Miromar Design Center in Estero, Florida. A daylong workshop, iLab brings together nonprofit organizations interested in learning more about the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation grant process, and exposes them to great ideas and best practices. The topic for this iLab event is “Designing Collaborative Projects.”

More and more often, funding for projects requires collaboration between organizations, according to the Foundation. These collaborations are most successful when they begin at the project design phase. The iLab event will allow participants to learn and practice collaborative project design techniques that make agencies more attractive to funders and more effective in their missions. Topics on the agenda include a collective goal-making activity, asset-based community development and appreciative program design, and collaborative program design. To learn more about how to apply, including how to register for the iLab on Dec.18 and other key dates in the application process, please visit the Foundation’s website at www.floridacommunity.com or contact Jacqueline Ehlers at JEhlers@floridacommunity.com or by phone at 239-274-5900.

“We hope to provide nonprofit agencies with practical wisdom and advice on how to better design and apply for collaborative grants, not to mention do great collaborative work in the region,” said Dr. Dave Fleming, chief strategic officer for the Southwest Florida Community Foundation. “The facilitators for the iLab, like Christina, play a crucial role in the day. We couldn’t do it without them, and we’re so grateful they are willing to give of their time and expertise to make the day a reality.”

Schwinn is available to speak to local businesses and organizations on a variety of employment law topics and she can be reached at 239-336-6228 or christinaschwinn@paveselaw.com.

Schwinn’s primary practice areas are employment law, business transactions, community association law and real estate law. Schwinn is an accomplished public speaker and regularly writes articles that have been published both locally and nationally in a variety of publications.

Pavese Law Firm is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and West Palm Beach. The firm provides a broad range of legal services for individuals, families, small businesses and large corporations. Practice areas include agricultural, banking and finance, bankruptcy, business and taxation, civil litigation, community association, employment, environmental and water, estate planning, probate and trust, family, land use and government, and real estate law. Established in 1949 as a one-person general practice firm, Pavese Law Firm has grown into one of the largest legal practices in Southwest Florida. With a long history of service to Southwest Florida, Pavese Law Firm has played a significant role in the growth of local businesses, communities and major development projects. For more information, visit www.paveselaw.com.