Lee County Sports Development sponsors fourth annual Captiva Tri Sept. 13-14 at South Seas Resort

Posted July 22nd, 2014 by Priority Marketing and filed in Events, News

PrintLee County Sports Development is sponsoring the Galloway Captiva Tri adult triathlon on Sunday, Sept. 14 at South Seas Island Resort. With more than 750 participants, Lee County Sports Development anticipates that this year’s event will generate an estimated $200,000 in direct economic impact, filling more than 500 hotel room nights.

A portion of the race registration will be donated to Community Cooperative’s annual school backpack program providing emergency food to more than 2,000 Lee County children. Last year’s event raised $20,000 to benefit Community Cooperative.

“Lee County Sports Development is proud to be the event sponsor for the Captiva Tri adult triathlon. Not only has this become a favorite local race, but it’s earned a reputation as a top-notch event that attracts athletes from all over the U.S. as well as other countries,” said Jeff Mielke, executive director of Lee County Sports Development. “Most importantly, this is a great event that brings families together and provides much-needed dollars to help local children in need.”

The kids’ race will be held on Saturday, Sept. 1:

  • Ages 6-8: 100-yard swim, 1.5 mile bike, half-mile run
  • Ages 9-10: 100-yard swim, 1.5 mile bike, half-mile run
  • Ages 11-13: 200-yard swim, 3 mile bike, one-mile run

On Sunday, Sept. 14, the Galloway Captiva Tri is a sprint-length event:

  •  A quarter-mile swim (440 yards) in the Gulf of Mexico just offshore from the northern end of the resort
  • 10-mile bike ride along the paved island roads of Captiva (which will be closed during the bike portion)
  • 5K-run along the Gulf of Mexico, Redfish Pass and the South Seas golf course on a combination hard-sand and paver course

A USA Triathlon sanctioned event, participation is limited. To register for the event and for more information, visit www.captivatri.org.

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Lee County Sports Development was created in 2003 to meet the growing demand for sports development in Lee County, and is recognized by the Florida Sports Foundation as one of the state’s 25 Regional Sports Commissions. The Lee County Sports Development office leads the recruitment and implementation of amateur and professional sports events and activities in Lee County, with the goal of providing economic impact to Lee County. Through local partnerships with Lee County Parks and Recreation and others, the Lee County Sports Development office provides services designed to address the needs of local, national and international sports entities including housing, access to venues, event management, transportation assistance, event promotion, marketing and local sponsorship opportunities. For more information, call 239-344-5201or visit www.leeparks.org.

Antica Murrina opening at The Promenade at Bonita Bay

Posted July 21st, 2014 by Priority Marketing and filed in News

80x200coll_bali1The Promenade at Bonita Bay announces the opening of Antica Murrina jewelry store. Owned and operated by Angelo and Victoria Molinari, the store specializes in Antica Murrina handcrafted jewelry by Murano Glass in Venice, Italy. It is only the second signature status Antica Murrina store in the U.S. The original signature status Antica Murrina store is located in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

“We look forward to bringing Antica Murrina to the Promenade and seeing many loyal Southwest Florida customers and friends upon the much-anticipated opening of this new store,” said Molinari, who previously owned the fine jewelry store Peyton Ross Jewelers in Fort Myers.

Artistic Glass has been known for centuries for its uniqueness, style and originality. All Antica Murrina jewels and beads are entirely hand made by following the ancient techniques of glass Masters. Each jewel is therefore a unique creation. Each product has been individually worked, strictly following the ancient tradition methods. More information about Antica Murrina jewelry is available at www.anticamurrina.com. For information about the new store, opening in the Promenade unit 119 on Aug. 1, call 239-362-1789.

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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 Promenade tenants include Kay’s on the Beach, Enchanted Ballroom, Epic 31, Evelyn & Arthur, Jami’s, Kay Casperson Beauty Inside Out, Molino’s Ristorante, Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion, Royal Shell Property Management, Royal Shell Real Estate Seasonal and Annual Rentals, Say I Do TV, Signatures, To the Moon, Fagan & Michaud Insurance, Premier Commercial, Premier Sotheby’s International Real Estate, Private Wealth Consultants, Robert of Philadelphia, Divino Gelato and Antica Murrina. In addition, DeRomo’s Gourmet Market and Restaurant will occupy nearly 15,000 square feet featuring a gourmet market, bakery and restaurant, a Tuscan-style outdoor bar and seating area, full-catering service, gifts and more. DeRomo’s is scheduled to open late summer 2014. 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, call Karen Johnson-Crowther, Colliers International, at 239-418-0300 or karen.crowther@colliers.com, or visit www.promenadeshops.com.

Identify theft protection seminar set for July 30

Posted July 16th, 2014 by Priority Marketing and filed in Discussions, Events

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To educate the aging population about identity theft and ways to safeguard personal information, Senior Choice at Home is hosting a free identify theft seminar on Wednesday, July 30 at 2 p.m. The seminar will be held at Estero Country Club, 19501 Vintage Trace Circle in Fort Myers. The program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and attendees are asked to register by July 23 by calling 239-349-3004.

The program will be presented by Kevin Brown, a former U.S. Military Police Officer and retired law enforcement officer. Brown will provide information on how to recognize and avoid identity theft, how identities are stolen and what thieves do with the personal information, how to protect one’s personal information, and what to do if you or a loved one becomes a victim of identity theft.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, Florida ranks highest among the 50 states for identify theft cases, and 36 percent of identity theft victims are age 50 or older.

Senior Choice at Home by Gulf Coast Village is a membership-based program that provides comprehensive long-term care and personal services for older adults enabling them to live independently at home. Services include personal care coordination, home inspections, medically necessary transportation and emergency response system services. In addition, referral services are offered for social and wellness programs, home health services and companion care. For more information on Senior Choice at Home, visit www.seniorchoiceathome.com or call 239-362-9153.

Grand Opening of South Fort Myers ReStore Slated for July 19

Posted July 16th, 2014 by Priority Marketing and filed in Events, Fundraising, News

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Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties will host the grand opening of its new South Fort Myers ReStore Retail and Donation Center on July 19 inside the former Hadinger Carpets building at 16133 S. Tamiami Trail in Fort Myers. Open to the public, the grand opening event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Following the grand opening, the Fort Myers Habitat ReStore will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

With nearly 12,000 square feet of space featuring new and gently used donated items, shoppers will have a myriad of products to choose from, including furniture, home décor, electronics, appliances, hardware, and building materials for a fraction of the retail price. Many customers have been repurposing items found at ReStore locations for home or office decor. During the grand opening, ReStore staff will be handing out free Habitat for Humanity ReStore t-shirts to the first 50 customers through the door.

“This new ReStore will offer a convenient location in South Fort Myers to drop off and purchase items. Our goal is to provide easy access to quality, discounted items, with all sales proceeds helping to provide affordable homes in our community. The new ReStore is filled with great merchandise and new items arrive daily,.” says Tammy Gregory, vice president of Habitat retail operations.

Donations of new and gently used items will be accepted at the new location, as well as the two existing ReStore locations in North Fort Myers and Bonita Springs. Free pickup of large donated items can be arranged by calling 239-652-0388. Proceeds from the sales of donated items are used to support the mission of Habitat for Humanity to provide decent, affordable homes for families in need so they may build better lives. The Habitat ReStore provides a more affordable avenue for home improvement projects, while keeping tons of perfectly good items from ending up in the landfill.

Habitat for Humanity ReStores partner with many of Southwest Florida’s finest furniture stores, appliance dealers, interior designers, building supply and other local businesses to offer fabulous items at great prices! For more information, or to schedule pickup of large items, please call 239-652-0388 or email ShopReStore@habitat4humanity.org.

About Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties

Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties is one of the largest Habitat affiliates in the country, and has helped more than 1,300 families in Lee and Hendry counties become homeowners.  Habitat homes are built through the use of volunteer labor and donations of money and materials. The homes are then sold to low-income families with an interest-free mortgage and monthly payments set at 30% or less of the homeowner’s income, making homeownership an affordable reality.  Habitat homeowners must qualify financially for the program; save $1,700 toward their closing costs; attend classes focusing on successful homeownership, budgeting and home maintenance; and complete 300 hours of “sweat equity” by volunteering at Habitat. It also supports

Habitat for Humanity International by tithing a portion of its proceeds, allocated to Habitat’s global fund, disaster recovery in Haiti and initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean. Corporate Sponsors include Bank of America, Chase, FineMark National Bank & Trust, Florida Community Bank, IberiaBank, Northern Trust and Sam Galloway Family of Dealerships. For more information call (239) 652-0434 or visit www.habitat4humanity.org.

Stevens Construction begins Landmark Hospital of Southwest Florida

Posted July 15th, 2014 by Priority Marketing and filed in Media Relations, News

hires_landmarkStevens Construction has started construction of Landmark Hospital of Southwest Florida, a 50-bed, long-term acute care facility, announced Mark Stevens, company president.

Located on Goodlette-Frank Rd. in Naples, Florida, the 86,676-square-foot, three-story hospital will specialize in wound care, low-tolerance rehabilitation, mechanical ventilation and treatments.  Landmark Hospital will also offer programs for post-stroke, post-surgery and post-cardiac patients.

The first floor of Landmark Hospital of Southwest Florida will be shell space available for lease.  The second floor of the hospital will accommodate operating rooms, conference rooms, CT scan and administrative offices.  The third floor will feature a ten-bed intensive care unit, ten-bed progressive care unit and 30 medical and surgical beds.

The Stevens Construction team includes Dan Adams, LEED AP, senior project manager; Mark Jackson, superintendent and Kathryn Gomez, project administrator. Designed by HuntonBrady Architects, construction is scheduled for completion in Spring of 2015.

With offices in Fort Myers, Tampa and Orlando, Fla., Stevens Construction specializes in providing construction management, general contracting and consulting services to clients and design professionals. Other services include site and design team selection, budgeting, project scheduling, permitting, cost and quality control and warranty service. The company builds healthcare, commercial and hospitality facilities. For information, visit www.stevensconstructioninc.com or call 239-936-9006.

SOUTH FLORIDA GREEN BUILDING COMMUNITY CAN NOW SAVE MORE ON GREENER PURCHASES

Posted July 15th, 2014 by Priority Marketing and filed in Hot Tips, Public Relations

Office Depot and Windfall Partner to Launch Green Group Savings Program; Provides U.S. Green Building Council (USBGC) South Florida Chapter Members Discounts on Eco-Conscious Office Products

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The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) South Florida Chapter has partnered with Office Depot, Inc., a leading global provider of office products, services, and solutions formed by the merger of Office Depot and OfficeMax, and Windfall, Inc., a group purchasing organization, to create a first-of-its-kind Green Group Savings Program for members of the USGBC South Florida Chapter.

Windfall, the group savings experts, worked with Office Depot to develop an extensive program that will provide USGBC South Florida Chapter members access to substantial savings on eco-conscious products, ranging from paper products and ink & toner, to cleaning and breakroom supplies, featured in the 10th Anniversary of The Green Book® from Office Depot and on the company’s GreenerOffice™ website.  The partnership marks the first such customized group savings program for USGBC Chapters focused on greener products.

“We’re very excited that our new program brings together two local champions of environmental sustainability,” said Donna Marks, CEO of Windfall.  “This is an exciting partnership — the USGBC South Florida Chapter, a member-organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings, and Office Depot, long recognized as an environmental leader with its outstanding green-products, practices and solutions.  Both organizations have proven that building green is a sound economic strategy, and now with this program they’re helping make buying green even better for the bottom line.”

“We’re proud to be the first organization in the USA to offer Windfall’s new Office Depot Green Group Savings Program,” said Sandra Lee, President of the Chapter.  “This is an exciting new benefit that helps our members get discounts on greener products for their everyday needs.”

This Green Groups Savings Program is also a first for Office Depot.  “We saw a great opportunity to create the first group savings program for a USGBC Chapter, right here in our backyard,” explained Yalmaz Siddiqui, Senior Director, Environmental & Supplier Diversity Strategy for Office Depot.  “South Florida Chapter members who are supporting the growth of the green building movement have a natural propensity to also want to buy green.  This new program simplifies their access to greener products, while providing substantial savings.”

Windfall and Office Depot have collaborated for more than a decade to provide a variety of group savings for businesses and associations.  Like other group savings programs developed by Windfall, Office Depot’s Green Group Savings Program for the USGBC South Florida Chapter is free to Chapter members, with no obligations to achieve certain volume thresholds of purchases.  To maximize convenience, savings apply to in-store as well as online purchases.

To become a member of the USGBC South Florida Chapter or to learn more about Office Depot’s new Green Group Savings Program, please visit www.usgbcsf.org/groupsavings.

About Windfall

Based in Cape Coral, Florida, Windfall, Inc. is a group purchasing organization connecting members directly to great savings from preferred suppliers.  Established in 1996, the company has grown with the buying power of hundreds of thousands of business members across the nation.  Windfall negotiates outstanding money-saving discounts from brand-name suppliers on the products and services businesses use every day.  The company’s Association division helps organizations attract and retain members with custom designed, turn-key benefit programs. For more information, visit http://getwindfall.com

About USGBC South Florida Chapter

The U.S. Green Building Council South Florida Chapter, a nonprofit (501[c][3]) organization, serves five Branches across the region.  The Chapter has nearly 6,000 dedicated members and friends committed to transforming the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling a sustainable and socially responsible, healthy and prosperous environment for people to live, work, learn and play.  One of 76 USGBC Chapters across the nation, the South Florida Chapter’s volunteer leadership provides programs and activities designed to educate, enlighten and empower the region to adopt an approach to building that is ecologically and economically sustainable.  For more information, visit http://usgbcsf.org.

About Office Depot, Inc.

Formed by the merger of Office Depot and OfficeMax, Office Depot, Inc. is a leading global provider of products, services, and solutions for every workplace – whether your workplace is an office, home, school, or car.

Office Depot, Inc. is a resource and a catalyst to help customers work better.  We are a single source for everything customers need to be more productive, including the latest technology, core office supplies, print and document services, business services, facilities products, furniture, and school essentials.

The company has combined pro forma annual sales of approximately $17 billion, employs over 60,000 associates, and serves consumers and businesses in 57 countries with more than 2,200 retail stores, award-winning e-commerce sites and a dedicated business-to-business sales organization – all delivered through a global network of wholly owned operations, joint ventures, franchisees, licensees and alliance partners.  The company’s portfolio of leading brands includes Office Depot, OfficeMax, OfficeMax Grand & Toy, Viking, Ativa, TUL, Foray, and DiVOGA.

Office Depot, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ODP. Additional press information can be found at: http://news.officedepot.com.

Additional information about the recently completed merger of Office Depot and OfficeMax can be found at http://officedepotmaxmerger.com.  Office Depot is also well regarded as an environmental leader, having ranked as America’s #1 Greenest Large Retailer in Newsweek Magazine’s green rankings in 2010, 2011 and 2012.  Details can be found at: http://officedepotcitizenship.com/.

Christina Harris Schwinn discusses legal differences between employees and independent contractors at July 15 COMA Fort Myers meeting

Posted July 10th, 2014 by Priority Marketing and filed in Events, Hot Tips

The distinction between whether an individual is classified as an employee or an independent contractor can affect business owners in a variety of ways, and misclassification of an individual may result in a number of costly legal consequences. Pavese Law Firm partner Christina Harris Schwinn will provide more information and answer questions about the differences between employees and contractors during a CEU course at the COMA Fort Myers chapter meeting on Tuesday, July 15. COMA is a Florida non-profit educational and informational networking organization created to promote lines of communication for the benefit of Condominium Owners, Community Associations, Community Managers and Affiliated Professionals.

The program will be held at The Plantation Golf and Country Club, 10500 Dartington Dr. in Fort Myers. The presentation begins at 4 p.m., and is free and open to the public. The members-only reception, meeting and dinner will follow, starting with networking and cocktails at 5:45 p.m., followed by the COMA members meeting and dinner. For more information, visit http://comaoffl.com/. To attend, please contact Bonnie Schinke at b.schinke@cmgflorida.com.

 

Schwinn will provide attendees with what they need to know about employment law related to independent contractors including:

  • the economic realities test analysis that is used to examine independent contractor relations;
  • are you paying workers under the table? Think again!
  • whether written agreements really mean anything in the eyes of the government;
  • changes on the horizon in employment law;
  • costly consequences;
  • potential penalties that may arise as a result of misclassification; and
  • why the law favors the finding of an employment relationship.

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.

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida elects new board members

Posted July 9th, 2014 by Priority Marketing and filed in Fundraising, Marketing, Media Relations

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida is pleased to announce the appointment of its new board members, elected to serve a three-year term beginning July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2017. The new board members are Brandon Phillips, President and CEO, Global HR Research; Brent Lessing, Vice President Improvement Processes & Program Management, Hertz Corporation; Carleton Case, vice president of business development of Brown & Brown Benefits; Doug Connell, President, Douglas M. Connell, Inc.; Irene Benfatti, Director of Advanced Studies & Gifted Learners, Collier County Public Schools; Kim Pitts, Senior Commercial Banker, Mutual of Omaha Bank; Susan Faw, Vice President – Legal/Chief Compliance Officer, Chico’s FAS, Inc.; Dr. Sandra Kauanui, Chair, Department of Management Director, Institute for Entrepreneurship, Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship, Florida Gulf Coast University Lutgert College of Business; Suzanne Specht, Assistant Director, Florida Small Business Development Center.

Board members of Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida manage the business, property, and affairs of the organization with the responsibility and authority to determine operating policies and practices. Key roles include trusteeship, strategic planning, policy and evaluation and resource development.
“This is a tremendous class of board members,” said Tom Pitser, incoming chair of the board of directors of Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida. “We are fortunate to add business expertise in communications, operations, human resources, fiscal management, and community relations. Our board is very active, and we pride ourselves on working together to inspire and prepare our young people to succeed in a global economy.”

Click here to access images of the new board members!

About Junior Achievement:
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. provides in-school and after-school programs for more than 12,000 students in Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties that focus 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.

Public invited, free admission to July 26 North American Roller Hockey Championships Pro games at Germain Arena

Posted July 9th, 2014 by Priority Marketing and filed in Events

Lee County Sports Development and the North American Roller Hockey Championships (NARCh) invite the public to attend the NARCh Pro Championship Games on Saturday, July 26 at Germain Arena. There is no admission and games begin at 10 a.m. and run throughout the day until 10 p.m. Highlights from the event will also be televised on NBC Universal Sports Network on August 6 at 7:30 p.m.

The NARCh games are held from July 11-27, when 280 teams, including more than 15 teams from Southwest Florida, representing more than eight countries, and 12,000 players and family members will converge on Lee County for this year’s event.

Lee County Sports Development anticipates that this year’s event will generate an estimated $7 million in direct economic impact, filling more than 13,000 room nights, and providing more than $123,000 in resort taxes. Lee County last hosted NARCh in 2011 at Germain Arena, welcoming teams from as far away as Japan, France, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and of course Canada. Lee County has hosted the finals an unprecedented five times. This will be the sixth year the event has been held in Lee County, more than any other city or county in the U.S. and Canada.

NARCh draws many highly skilled players and teams from all over world. The annual championships are widely accepted as being the best inline hockey teams in the world.  The NARCh Pro Division is known as the pinnacle of inline hockey and $20,000 in prize money will be awarded to the champions. In all there are 32 different divisions ranging from ages six and under to 45 and over, including women and girls.

Based out of Encinitas, California, NARCh was founded in 1994 and held its first finals in St Louis, Missouri with 39 teams.  For more information about NARCh, visit http://narch.com/.

Lee County Sports Development was created in 2003 to meet the growing demand for sports development in Lee County, and is recognized by the Florida Sports Foundation as one of the state’s 25 Regional Sports Commissions. The Lee County Sports Development office leads the recruitment and implementation of amateur and professional sports events and activities in Lee County, with the goal of providing economic impact to Lee County. Through local partnerships with Lee County Parks and Recreation and others, the Lee County Sports Development office provides services designed to address the needs of local, national and international sports entities including housing, access to venues, event management, transportation assistance, event promotion, marketing and local sponsorship opportunities. For more information, call 239-344-5201or visit www.leeparks.org.

Ferguson hosts golf tournament to benefit Builders Care

Posted July 2nd, 2014 by Priority Marketing and filed in Events, Fundraising

Ferguson Bath Kitchen & Lighting hosted its sixth annual charity shootout golf tournament at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples on May 31. All proceeds of the event went to Builders Care, the nonprofit arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA) to help provide emergency construction services to elderly and disabled Lee County homeowners in need.BCare- Ferguson Donation 14

Nearly 100 participants vied for the naming rights of top team and each participant had their choice of a TaylorMade golf club and golf shirts.  Raffles and other activities at the tournament also helped to raise money for Builders Care.

After the numbers were tallied, Ferguson representatives presented a check for $10,625.00 to Heidi Taulman, executive director of Lee BIA Builders Care.  To date, Ferguson Enterprises has raised more than $40,000 for Lee BIA Builders Care through this annual event.

“We are so thrilled to be involved with Ferguson Enterprises again for this awesome event,” said Taulman. “We are grateful for their support.”

“At Ferguson, we pride ourselves on being vested members of our community.  Partnering with Builders Care is a perfect way for us to be involved and give our support,” said Chris Brasher, general manager, Ferguson Southwest Florida.

Sponsors of the event included Ferguson, American Plumber, Broan Mutone, Dornbracht, Elmwood Cabinetry, Everpure, Moen, MTI, Rinnai, Ronbow, Suncoast Sales/Delta, Sub-Zero & Wolf and Thermasol.

Builders Care is the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA). Its objective is to provide emergency repairs and construction services to elderly, disabled and economically disadvantaged people who are unable to obtain home repairs through traditional means. To date, Lee BIA Builders Care has put more than $2.6 Million in construction services back into the community at no cost to homeowners in need.  Builders Care enlists the volunteer services of Lee BIA members and leverages grants and donated materials to provide construction and remodeling services to qualified homeowners throughout Lee County. Certified Building Partners include Stock Development and Minto Communities.

Major supporters include Cape Coral Plumbing, Ferguson Enterprises, Harbor Springs Building Company, Nilles Design Group, Priority Marketing of Southwest Florida, Sunset Air and The Aubuchon Team of Companies. Builders Care is headquartered at the Lee BIA offices at 10501 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy., Suite 104 in Fort Myers. The Building Industry Association (www.BIA.net ) is a 50-year-old association affiliated with National Home Builders Association and Florida Home Builders Association to serve the local building and related industries to strengthen our community by advancing a professional building industry through advocacy, education and services. Donations can be made online at www.LeeBuildersCare.org, or to the Builders Care general fund at BB&T Page Field branch at 4959 South Cleveland Ave. in Fort Myers. More information is available by calling 239-938-0056.