Pure Barre offers ‘Pure Madness’ challenge: 20 Classes in 31 Days

Posted February 26th, 2015 by Priority Marketing and filed in Uncategorized

Pure-Barre-Full-Body-BurnDuring March, Pure Barre is challenging its clients to participate in 20 classes in 31 days. Pure Barre members can register online at challenge.purebarre.com by March 11 and need to select a studio to support during the challenge. In Southwest Florida, both Pure Barre Naples and Pure Barre Estero will be participating in the challenge. The studio with the most participants who complete the challenge will win a day of pampering, surprises and free t-shirts for those who completed the challenge. Participants are also encouraged to use the hashtag #PureBarreChallenge on Twitter and Instagram as they work toward their goal. Also during March, new clients receive unlimited classes for $99 for one month.

“Pure Madness is the ultimate challenge for our clients,” said Lenka Valigurska, co-owner of Pure Barre Naples and Pure Barre Estero. “So many men and women throughout Southwest Florida have experienced the amazing results Pure Barre offers. With the Pure Madness challenge, our clients will find motivation, momentum and support, and at the end of the month, they’ll be amazed at how much they’ve improved in just 31 days.”

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 is now open in Naples at 1410 Pine Ridge Rd., Suite 10 and 21740 South Tamiami Trail, Suite 113 in Estero. The Fort Myers studio will open soon at 7381 College Pkwy., Suite 100. For a complete schedule of classes, visit purebarre.com/fl-naples/ or purebarre.com/fl-estero/. 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 250 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 www.purebarre.com, “like” Pure Barre on Facebook, or call 239-384-9684.

PopUp Party for The Women’s Fund of Southwest Florida raises $4,000 for Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida

Posted February 26th, 2015 by Priority Marketing and filed in Uncategorized

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The Women’s Fund of Southwest Florida’s PopUp Party, held Feb. 9 at Richlin International in Miromar Design Center, powered a $4,000 PopUp Grant to Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast 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.

Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida is the area’s premier leadership experience for girls. The mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouting has existed on the Gulf Coast of Florida since 1925. The $4,000 PopUp Grant will inspire fifteen girls in afterschool programs in Lee County to develop new knowledge, skills, friendships and communication strategies to make informed decisions about their future.

Girls targeted “at risk” socially, emotionally, financially and educationally will participate in a 72 hour Baby Think It Over® experience, an amazingly realistic infant simulator that offers learning by doing.

“Thanks to the generosity of the donors, more girls will know that the community supports them and their ability to develop confidence, critical thinking and positive communication skills to make smart decisions that impact their growth, development, and academic successes,” said Sue Stewart, CEO of Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc.

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 thrilled by the turnout, donations and support that came in. Donors who gave so generously and sponsors like Richlin International in Miromar Design Center are essential for building awareness and maximizing the impact of PopUp Parties and The Women’s Fund in our community,” said Brenda Tate, president of The Women’s Fund of Southwest Florida. “PopUp Parties are a great platform for philanthropy that engages the community in a really fun way.”

 

Junior Achievement and FGCU present CEO Academy

Posted February 26th, 2015 by Priority Marketing and filed in Uncategorized

blu techEntrepreneurial teens can discover what it takes to become a successful business leader at CEO Academy, an exclusive one-week summer camp. Presented by Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida in partnership with the Institute for Entrepreneurship at the Lutgert College of Business at Florida Gulf Coast University, CEO Academy will take place at the Lutgert College of Business June 22-26. Applications for the camp are now being accepted until May 1, 2015.

Open to rising high school juniors and seniors from Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties, CEO Academy teaches students the basics of starting and operating a successful business. With the guidance of experienced local business leaders, entrepreneurs and FGCU professors, students work in project teams to develop a unique business concept and comprehensive business plan.

Through local support, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida is pleased to announce that $1000 college scholarships will be awarded to each of the students on the winning team for the business plan competition that is held at the conclusion of the camp. The judging panel will consist of past Junior Achievement Laureates, who themselves are exceptional entrepreneurs and have been recognized for making a significant contribution to the economic development of Southwest Florida while adhering to high moral and ethical principles. This opportunity provides students with invaluable knowledge and experience from successful business leaders and entrepreneurs, an excellent addition to a college application and the chance to participate in future Junior Achievement events.

Interested students may apply by visiting Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida’s website or call the office at 239-225-2590. There is a $100 application fee, which is fully refundable if the student is not selected. The deadline for applications to the Junior Achievement office is May 1, 2015.

Please find application details at: http://www.jaswfl.org/classroom. Camp hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Stevens Construction Inc. adds senior superintendent

Posted February 25th, 2015 by Priority Marketing and filed in Awards and Recognition, Jobs, News, Public Relations

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Michael PerryStevens Construction has expanded its Tampa team with the addition of Michael Perry as senior superintendent, announced Mark Stevens, company president.

Perry, who specializes in healthcare construction, comes to Stevens Construction with more than 35 years of experience. Prior to joining Stevens Construction, Perry served as senior superintendent for a construction management firm where he completed more than $525 million in healthcare construction projects, including a tower addition for Sarasota Memorial Hospital and a 95-bed facility for Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando.

Perry earned his Healthcare Construction Certificate from the American Society for Healthcare Engineering and has completed OSHA safety training.

With offices in Tampa, Fort Myers and Orlando, 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, public and hospitality facilities throughout Florida. For more information, visit www.stevensconstructioninc.com or call 239-936-9006.

School District of Lee County participating in TopSchoolJobs eXPO 2015 Virtual Job Fair

Posted February 24th, 2015 by Priority Marketing and filed in Events, Jobs, News, Public Relations

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College graduates who are interested in teaching in Florida are invited to chat with representatives from The School District of Lee County at the TopSchoolJobs eXPO Virtual Career Fair from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST on March 5 at expo.topschooljobs.org. The District is looking for elementary teachers for grades K-5, special education teachers, science and mathematics teachers, and reading and language arts teachers.

During this virtual job fair, participants will be able to learn more about the School District of Lee County and take part in one-on-one chats with staff from the District. The TopSchoolJobs eXPO Virtual Career Fair offers a dynamic and convenient event that allows prospective employees to advance their K-12 careers from the convenience of their home computer, tablet or smartphone.

Dr. Nancy Graham, superintendent of the District, is looking for educators who are willing to grow and learn alongside their students and colleagues. “We want you to be as invested in your own growth and development as you are in that of your students,” she said. “We pride ourselves on remaining ahead of the curve in incorporating research-based teaching strategies, relevant curriculum, current technology and meaningful professional development to prepare a work force that is providing ongoing learning opportunities for all students in our schools.”

The District’s efforts to put “The Right Talent in the Right Place” mean that new teachers who have the talent and growth opportunities the District is looking for will find the support and resources they need to succeed once they are hired.

“It is truly a great pleasure and honor to be a part of ‘SimpLee the Best’ school district,” said Porsche Chapman, a third-grade teacher at Franklin Park Elementary School. “I am part of an environment where I can live, learn and grow daily. It is a work environment everyone dreams of and a positive learning community where ‘each one teaches one to reach one.’ From the sunny skies to the bright smiles, this is where you belong!”

Registration for the TopSchoolJobs eXPO is free. Those interested in participating can register, upload their resumes and browse the virtual employer “booths.” For more information or to register, visit expo.topschooljobs.org.

The School District of Lee County serves over 86,000 students in 96 schools and is the ninth-largest school district in Florida. Located on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, the District serves Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, Cape Coral, Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Pine Island, Bonita Springs, Lehigh Acres and Alva. People come from all over the world to enjoy Lee County’s beautiful beaches, boating, fishing, watersports and nature attractions. Most importantly, Lee County is a community of people who care about the education of children.

The School District of Lee County provides competitive benefits, and continuing education opportunities are available at Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida SouthWestern State College and other local colleges and universities. The District includes a Microsoft Certified High School, Dunbar High School; a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, The Sanibel School; and one of the top International Baccalaureate High Schools in the world, Fort Myers High School. To learn more about the District, watch the teacher recruitment video on YouTube.

About The School District of Lee County: Lee County Public Schools is the ninth-largest district in Florida and the 37th-largest district in the United States. The District educates more than 86,000 students in grades K-12 and is a model for others in the state and around the nation. With approximately 10,000 full- and part-time employees, the District is one of the county’s largest employers. As the District builds new schools and renovates and expands existing facilities to accommodate the unprecedented growth experienced in the last several years, the District has become one of Southwest Florida’s largest developers.

Matanzas on the Bay, Petey’s Upper Deck offer St. Patrick’s Day specials

Posted February 23rd, 2015 by Priority Marketing and filed in Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations

Enjoy live music from Gregg Watts and John Friday, plus the best corned beef on Fort Myers Beach

Matanzas on the Bay LogoMatanzas on the Bay and Petey’s Upper Deck on Fort Myers Beach will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Tuesday, March 17, with live music, a buffet featuring Irish specials from Chef Dave and drink specials. Guests will be randomly chosen to receive free t-shirts, necklaces, can koozies, necklaces, pins and other giveaways. Petey’s Upper Deck will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. with Happy Hour drink specials available from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Chef Dave Chetwin will offer a full Irish buffet feast, featuring the best corned beef on Fort Myers Beach, cabbage, baby carrots, creamer red potatoes and homemade rolls for only $15.

Performers will be on hand providing live music for the festivities. Gregg Watts will perform from noon to 4 p.m. and John Friday will perform from 5 to 9 p.m. Drink specials will be available, including Jameson cocktails and green beer.

Petey's Upper Deck Logo NEW“There’s no better place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Fort Myers Beach than Matanzas on the Bay,” said Glen Petrarca, general manager. “Between Chef Dave’s amazing buffet, our extended Happy Hour, drink specials and live music, everyone who comes is guaranteed to have a great time!”

Free car parking and boat dockage is available for both Matanzas on the Bay and Petey’s Upper Deck. Both restaurants are located at 416 Crescent St. on Fort Myers Beach.

Matanzas on the Bay offers waterfront dining in a tropical setting on Estero Bay on Fort Myers Beach. Serving fresh seafood, steak and a full bar, the restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily, as well as caters to special occasions and private parties. The restaurant is located adjacent to the Matanzas Inn Resort waterfront accommodations, just steps away from the Fort Myers Beach entertainment district. To book your party or for more information, call 239-463-3838 or visit www.matanzas.com.

Design Studio by Raymond recognized with Best of Houzz Award for Design

Posted February 19th, 2015 by Priority Marketing and filed in Awards and Recognition, Brands that Inspire, News, Public Relations

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Design Studio by Raymond has earned the “Best Of Houzz 2015” award for Design. The company’s diverse and comprehensive product portfolio was voted most popular by the Houzz community.

PrintThe online Houzz profile for Design Studio by Raymond features 16 residential projects and includes photos and descriptions of the various products used in the build and design.  The projects featured are homes in Southwest Florida that showcase Design Studio by Raymond’s products including custom cabinetry, appliances, windows, interior and exterior doors, custom millwork and more.

Living Room“As part of the Raymond Building Supply family of companies—locally owned and operated for over 50 years— Design Studio by Raymond is able to not only offer a comprehensive product selection, but our experienced in-house consultation and product specialist team ensures a flawless selection of cabinetry, millwork and appliances that fit our clients’ needs and compliment the design of their home,” said James Martin, vice president of operations. “It’s truly an honor to be recognized for our commitment to excellence. On Houzz, we have photos and descriptions from a variety of beautifully executed projects that allow industry professionals and homeowners to view our finished work, ask questions about our home products and get inspired about their plans.”

Houzz (www.houzz.com) is a leading online platform for home remodeling and design, connecting people with home professionals for their project by providing the a 360-degree view of a professional, from their portfolio, client reviews, awards and accreditations to their work style and expertise based on their participation in the Houzz community.

As part of the Raymond Building Supply family of companies, Design Studio by Raymond offers a diverse and comprehensive product selection and superior design services. Backed by more than 50 years of industry experience, the design studio offers turnkey installation and contractor services, as well as design support from trained industry professionals for a high-end one-stop shopping experience. The recently opened Naples showroom is located at 990 1st Ave. N., Naples 34102. Hours of operation and more information are available online at www.DesignStudiobyRaymond.com or by calling 239-278-1334.

Lee County to host two upcoming swimming events at Miromar Lakes

Posted February 19th, 2015 by Priority Marketing and filed in Events, Health and Wellness, News, Public Relations

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Gulf Coast Swim Team in Fort Myers is hosting two events this spring at Miromar Lakes in Estero. The first event, the second-annual Fran Crippen 10K Cup, will be held Saturday, March 28 at the FGCU Waterfront in Miromar Lakes. The second event, the 2015 Open Water Festival, will be held Friday, April 24 through Sunday, April 26.

The Crippen Cup is a 10K event created to honor Fran Crippen, an internationally ranked open water swimmer who died tragically in 2010 during a race in the United Arab Emirates. Water temperatures were excessively high during that event, and Fran’s death brought a surge of awareness to open water safety issues. USA Swimming is holding the Crippen Cup as an alternative to this year’s event in the UAE, which they are boycotting. The cash purse, currently at $22,000, is expected to draw swimmers from around the world to compete. Athletes must have a verified qualifying time to enter the Crippen Cup. The registration deadline is March 16. The event is open to the public, and spectators can view the event from the FGCU campus.

The 2015 Open Water Festival will include events on all three days. The USA Swimming National 10K and World Championship Trials Selection Event will be held Friday, April 24. Saturday’s events include the National Age Group Open Water Invitational, the Open Water Clinic and the Crippen Sunset Mile and Buddy Swim. On Sunday, the events include the USA Swimming National 5K OW Championships, the Florida Swimming OW Championships, the LCS Challenge and the OW Festival Race. Registration is now open, and lodging is available through Lee County Sports Housing.

“We’re truly thrilled to host the National Open Water Championships in Southwest Florida again,” said Jeff Mielke, executive director of Lee County Sports Development. “Miromar Development has been a great partner with us in hosting events on Lake Como and Lake Maggiore, and we’re looking forward to putting on one of the best Open Water Festivals ever.”

For more information on the Crippen Cup or the 2015 Open Water Festival, visit www.openwaterfestival.org. For more information on the Gulf Coast Swim Teach, visit www.gcst.org.

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida nets more than $50,000 with Over the Edge USA rappelling fundraiser

Posted February 18th, 2015 by Priority Marketing and filed in Awards and Recognition, Brands that Inspire, Events, Fundraising, Media Relations, News

 

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Over the Edge LogoJunior Achievement of Southwest Florida (JASWFL) netted more than $50,000 during the Over the Edge rappelling event Feb. 13 and 14 at the Naples Grande Beach Resort. Sixty-seven Edgers took part in the two-day event, including State Sen. Garrett Richter, Naples Mayor John F. Sorey III, North Naples Fire Chief Orly Stolts and Lt. Paul Cummins of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. The fundraising event allowed participants to raise pledges ($1,000 minimum) in exchange for the thrilling experience of rappelling over the edge (170 feet) of the Naples Grande. Donations towards participating edgers are still being accepted. Because the event took place on Valentine’s Day, several couples took the “lover’s leap” together, including Christina Schwinn, partner at Pavese Law Firm, and her husband, Jim, and Dr. Aysegul Timur, dean of the School of Business at Hodges University, and her husband, Mete.

4 - Adria StarkeyThis unique fundraising event benefits students in Southwest Florida. The money raised will fund all grade-school economic education programs with a focus on 5th grade, 8th grade and high school students.

“I had a great time, and now, when I’m in the classroom with JA students, I can truly talk to them about facing their fears and taking risks,” said Carrie Kerskie, president of Kerskie Group, a champion volunteer and one of the Edgers.

“The success of this event demonstrates the great entrepreneurial or ‘risk-taking’ spirit our business and community leaders will take for JA,” said Anne Frazier, president and CEO of Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida. “The participating ‘Edgers’ had a blast rappelling 18 stories down the Naples Grande, and we are so grateful to them for taking a leap of faith and supporting JA in bringing entrepreneurship, financial literacy and workforce readiness skills to students throughout Southwest Florida.”

About Over the Edge

2 - Mayor SoreyOver the Edge (OTE) is a special events company that provides signature events for non-profit organizations anywhere in North America and it is currently expanding globally. Business leaders, individuals and community members are invited to raise donations in exchange for the experience of going over the edge of a prominent building. This unique event generates front page news, raises thousands of dollars and provides participants with a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Over the Edge is responsible for all technical aspects of the event including the insurance, professional staff and rappelling equipment.  In addition, OTE provides a comprehensive Event Manual and tools to conduct a successful fund raising event. The mission of OTE is to create a legacy with a 10-year goal to help non-profit organizations throughout North America raise $50 million.

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 programfocuses 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.

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School District of Lee County, Fla. coming to Out-of-State Teachers Fair at Grand Valley State University March 2-3

Posted February 18th, 2015 by Priority Marketing and filed in Events, Jobs, Marketing, News, Public Relations

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Michigan college graduates who are interested in teaching in Florida are invited to visit with teachers and administrators from The School District of Lee County, Florida at the Out-of-State Teacher Fair, being held this year on Monday, March 2 in the Kirkhof Center at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. Representatives from the District will be at the fair from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Select students will be invited to return for interviews between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 3. The District is looking for elementary teachers for grades K-5, special education teachers, science and mathematics teachers, and reading teachers.

Dr. Nancy Graham, superintendent of the District, is looking for educators who are willing to grow and learn alongside their students and colleagues. “We want you to be as invested in your own growth and development as you are in that of your students,” she said. “We pride ourselves on remaining ahead of the curve in incorporating research-based teaching strategies, relevant curriculum, current technology and meaningful professional development to prepare a work force that is providing ongoing learning opportunities for all students in our schools.”

The District’s efforts to put “The Right Talent in the Right Place” mean that new teachers who have the talent and growth opportunities the District is looking for will find the support and resources they need to succeed once they are hired. “It is truly a great pleasure and honor to be a part of ‘SimpLee the Best’ school district,” said Porsche Chapman, a third-grade teacher at Franklin Park Elementary School. “I am part of an environment where I can live, learn and grow daily. It is a work environment everyone dreams of and a positive learning community where ‘each one teaches one to reach one.’ From the sunny skies to the bright smiles, this is where you belong!”

The School District of Lee County serves over 86,000 students in 96 schools and is the ninth-largest school district in Florida. Located on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, the District serves Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, Cape Coral, Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Pine Island, Bonita Springs, Lehigh Acres and Alva. People come from all over the world to enjoy Lee County’s beautiful beaches, boating, fishing, watersports and nature attractions. Most importantly, Lee County is a community of people who care about the education of children.

The School District of Lee County provides competitive benefits, and continuing education opportunities are available at Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida SouthWestern State College and other local colleges and universities. The District includes a Microsoft Certified High School, Dunbar High School; a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, The Sanibel School; and one of the top International Baccalaureate High Schools in the world, Fort Myers High School. To learn more about the District, watch the teacher recruitment video on YouTube.

The Out-of-State Teacher Fair is free and open to student candidates from colleges and universities across Michigan. For more information, visit www.gvsu.edu/careers/.

About The School District of Lee County: Lee County Public Schools is the ninth-largest district in Florida and the 37th-largest district in the United States. The District educates more than 86,000 students in grades K-12 and is a model for others in the state and around the nation. With approximately 10,000 full- and part-time employees, the District is one of the county’s largest employers. As the District builds new schools and renovates and expands existing facilities to accommodate the unprecedented growth experienced in the last several years, the District has become one of Southwest Florida’s largest developers.