Builders Care presents BBQ, Bands and Brew fundraiser April 12

Posted November 21st, 2014 by Priority Marketing and filed in Uncategorized

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Proceeds benefit Lee BIA Builders Care

The Lee Building Industry Association (BIA) is hosting the sixth annual BBQ, Bands and Brew to benefit its nonprofit charitable arm Builders Care on Sunday, April 12 from 11 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. at the Lee County Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd in Fort Myers. All Star Equipment Rentals & Sales is this year’s title sponsor. The fundraiser is open to the public and will feature local music, several local barbecue restaurants, BBQ competition to name the Best BBQ in town and activities for kids. Admission is $10 per person. Children ages 12 and under are free, and free parking is available.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance beginning March 1 at Lee County Alliance for the Arts at 10091 McGregor Blvd in Fort Myers; Stevens Construction at 6208 Whiskey Creek Dr., Fort Myers; the Lee BIA office at 10501 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy, Suite 104, Fort Myers; or reserve your tickets by calling 239-938-0056 or e-mail bbq@bia.net. Additional information is available at www.bbqbandsandbrew.com. Sponsorships for BBQ, Bands and Brew are still available. For more information on how to become a sponsor, visit http://www.bbqbandsandbrew.com/sponsors.php and click on “2015 Sponsorship Opportunities.”

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.

Gulf Coast Village sponsors premiere screening of Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me Dec. 3

Posted November 21st, 2014 by Priority Marketing and filed in Uncategorized

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Public invited to free screening of Grammy award-winning country music star’s struggles and triumphs following his diagnosis with Alzheimer’s disease

Gulf Coast Village and its parent organization, Volunteers of America, are sponsoring a free advance screening of the new documentary Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me, which documents the nine-time Grammy award-winning country music star’s struggles and triumphs following his diagnosis with Alzheimer’s disease, on Wednesday, Dec. 3 at Regal Cinemas Bell Tower. Campbell’s music career spanned more than 50 years, with hits including “Southern Nights,” “Wichita Lineman” and “Rhinestone Cowboy.”

As providers of dementia and Alzheimer’s care and education services, Gulf Coast Village is proud to be a local sponsor of the premiere, in partnership with the Neuropsychiatric Research Center of Southwest Florida. The free local premiere will begin at 4:45 p.m. Dec. 3 at Regal Belltower Stadium 20, 13499 Bell Tower Dr. in Fort Myers. Following the film, Dr. Frederick Schaerf, M.D., Ph.D., principal investigator with the Neuropsychiatric Research Center of Southwest Florida, will hold a Q&A to discuss the film, the impact of Alzheimer’s and the latest treatments. Tickets are limited and an RSVP is required. For tickets, contact Carol Nordland at caroln@gulfcoastvillage.org or 239-573-3306.

In 2011, when Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, he joined forces with his family to fight the biggest battle of his life. He and his wife, Kim, made history by going public with the diagnosis — the first time a major American celebrity would share this experience with the world. The Campbell family then embarked on a short “Goodbye Tour,” but the three-week engagement turned into an emotional and triumphant 151-show nationwide tour de force.

The film is sponsored nationally by Volunteers of America and documents Campbell’s journey as he and his family attempt to navigate the wildly unpredictable nature of his progressing disease using love, laughter and music. It includes special appearances from Bruce Springsteen, The Edge, Paul McCartney, Blake Shelton, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Steve Martin, Chad Smith and Bill Clinton, among many others.

Gulf Coast Village, which is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2014, is the premier Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Cape Coral. Residents enjoy active independent living in an unparalleled lifestyle of comfort and convenience with a rich array of services and amenities that are focused on living well. The community also offers the security of knowing there is the full continuum of care when needed including:  assisted living, skilled nursing, specialized memory support, home health and outpatient services. For more information, call 239-772-1333 or visit www.GulfCoastVillage.com.

Gulf Coast Village is sponsored by Volunteers of America, a national non-profit faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. Founded in 1896, Volunteers of America is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit providers of quality, affordable housing for seniors and a major provider of professional long-term care, including assisted living, home health care and nursing home care. Their work touches the mind, body, heart – and ultimately the spirit – of those they serve, integrating a deep compassion with highly effective programs and services.

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida announces 2015 Advisory Board for Business Hall of Fame, Lee County

Posted November 20th, 2014 by Priority Marketing and filed in Uncategorized

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Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida announces the members of its 2015 Business Hall of Fame, Lee County, Advisory Board. The chair of the board is Dave Dale, president of Owen-Ames-Kimball Company, and the vice-chair is Brad Shultz, senior relationship manager at Wells Fargo Bank.

Other members selected to this year’s board include: Bob Bassett, Lee County market president of BB&T Bank; Justin Damiano, manager of government affairs for Comcast Cable; Jason Duke, first vice president, financial advisor with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management; David Hall, executive vice president and CFO of Sanibel Captiva Community Bank; Cary Kleinfield, senior vice president of  investments with Raymond James & Associates; Mark Loren, president of Mark Loren Designs; Travis Merrick, branch manager with GFA International, Inc.; David Mulicka, CEO/owner of Honc Marine Contracting; Steve Pontius, executive vice president and general manager at Waterman Broadcasting; Gary Tasman, founder and executive director of Cushman & Wakefield Commercial Property SWFL; Gay Rebel Thompson, CEO of Cement Industries; and Randy Toscano, business partner at Lee Memorial Health System’s Cape Coral Hospital human resources administration.

Dave Dale is chair of the board for the 2015 Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida Business Hall of Fame, Lee County and president of Owen-Ames-Kimball Company.

Dave Dale is chair of the board for the 2015 Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida Business Hall of Fame, Lee County and president of Owen-Ames-Kimball Company.

The advisory board is responsible for selecting two Laureates for the 2015 Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame, Lee County, in recognition of their service as positive role models to youth and significant contributions to the local business community. The laureates will be announced in December and will be honored at the Business Hall of Fame awards ceremony on April 16 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa. For more information including sponsorship opportunities and to purchase tickets, visit www.jaswfl.org.

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.

Conservancy of Southwest Florida invites community to Jan. 14 Water Works lunch and program to focus on water advocacy

Posted November 20th, 2014 by Priority Marketing and filed in Uncategorized

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Clean water is essential to all life, the basis of the Southwest Florida community and the foundation of its economy. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is hosting the premier of Water Works, a luncheon to support Southwest Florida’s most valuable natural resource, water. The event will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 11 a.m. at Naples Yacht Club.

The event includes a three-course, sit-down luncheon, and a meet and greet and keynote presentation by National Geographic’s Joel K. Bourne, an award-winning journalist who has covered environmental issues impacting water nationally and internationally for the past 20 years. The presenting sponsor is The Naples Trust Company, and supporting sponsors are Naples Yacht Club, Hurley Travel Experts, CRS Technology Consultants, PNC Bank and Naples Daily News.  Registrations are being accepted at www.conservancy.org/waterworksevent  or call 239-403-4200 by Dec. 22.

“Amendment 1 brought the community together, demonstrating that the vast majority of Floridians support the protection of Florida’s rivers, lakes springs, coastal waters and natural areas for future generations,” said Conservancy President and CEO Rob Moher. “Water Works is an engaging new event that brings together like-minded citizens to learn about the Conservancy’s work.  This luncheon provides the opportunity find out how they can become more involved in protection of our water quality, fisheries and estuaries, so that together we can protect our quality of life for generations to come.”

Conservancy of Southwest Florida began 50 years ago when community leaders came together to defeat a proposed “Road to Nowhere” and spearheaded the acquisition and protection of Rookery Bay. The Conservancy is a not-for-profit grassroots organization focused on the critical environmental issues of the Southwest Florida region, including Glades, Hendry, Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties, with a mission to protect the region’s water, land and wildlife. Conservancy of Southwest Florida and its Nature Center are located in Naples, Fla. at 1495 Smith Preserve Way, south of the Naples Zoo off Goodlette-Frank Road. For information about the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, call 239-262-0304 or visit www.conservancy.org.

Stevens Construction completes construction of Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida

Posted November 19th, 2014 by Priority Marketing and filed in Uncategorized

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Stevens Construction has completed construction of a new 10,580-square-foot medical office for Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida, announced Mark Stevens, president.

Located at 5700 Lee Blvd. in Lehigh Acres, the medical office includes 18 exam rooms, six nurse’s stations, an ultrasound room and six physician’s offices.

The Stevens Construction team included superintendent Jim Ruby and project administrator Sue Ziegenfus. The project was designed by Burt Hill/Pollock Krieg Architects, Inc. TDM Consulting, Inc. was the project engineer.

This is the second office for Physicians’ Primary Care that Stevens Construction has completed.  Stevens Construction completed a Fort Myers location at 7381 College Pkwy. in August.

Physicians’ Primary Care specializes in family practice, OB/GYN and pediatrics.

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.

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Regions Bank partners with Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida to bring “JA-in-a-Day” to Lee County students

Posted November 18th, 2014 by Priority Marketing and filed in Uncategorized

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Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida recently partnered with Regions Bank to host a “JA-in-a-Day” event at Tropic Isles Elementary School in Lee County.

Regions Bank provided 15 employees for the program “JA Our Nation” to teach and inspire more than 150 fifth-grade students through the “JA-in-a-Day” event. The “JA-in-a-Day” accelerated teaching format allows community and business volunteers to teach an entire Junior Achievement program, comprised of five lessons, in the course of half a school day.

“We were thrilled to receive volunteer support from Regions Bank, who has been a long-time champion of Junior Achievement,” said Anne Frazier, JA president and CEO. “The Regions volunteers used their real-life knowledge to influence these students at this most critical age, as they are just starting to learn the importance of making smart decisions for their future.”

Through the “JA-in-a-Day,” students participated in relevant, hands-on activities to learn about free enterprise and entrepreneurship, resources (how they apply to technology, workers, and the needs of businesses), and the skills needed for jobs that are important to business in a free enterprise. Through engaging activities, students learn about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills. Supplementing the curriculum provided by Junior Achievement, each volunteer shared their personal life stories and examples to enrich the lessons and bring the topics to “life.” Students were introduced to the concept of globalization of business and the need for students to be entrepreneurial in their thinking.

“It was a pleasure to present JA-in-a-Day to the children of Tropic Isles. They were engaged and happy to have us in their classroom,” said Jim Cliche, a branch manager for Regions Bank.

“We all enjoyed the day and are appreciative of the volunteers that shared with our students. It inspires them to do great things,” said Kristi Lampkins, Tropic Isles Elementary School teacher, who welcomed the program into her classroom for the day.

To find out more about JA volunteer opportunities, visit Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida’s website at www.jaswfl.org.

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.

About Regions Financial Corporation:

Regions Financial Corporation (NYSE:RF), with $119 billion in assets, is a member of the S&P 500 Index and is one of the nation’s largest full-service providers of consumer and commercial banking, wealth management, mortgage, and insurance products and services. Regions serves customers in 16 states across the South, Midwest and Texas, and through its subsidiary, Regions Bank, operates approximately 1,700 banking offices and 2,000 ATMs. Additional information about Regions and its full line of products and services can be found at www.regions.com.

 

International Jewelers to open at The Promenade at Bonita Bay

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

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The Promenade at Bonita Bay announces that International Jewelers, a fine diamond and jewelry retailer in Providence, Rhode Island, is relocating to the newly renovated retail center. Frank Calcagni, owner of International Jewelers, said the retailer specializes in jewelry designed and handcrafted in their on-site design studio, provided at competitive prices and with exceptional service. The store will also offer jewelry repair services to customers.

Calcagni and his wife, Jacqueline, founded International Jewelers in 1985. They are excited to bring their hands-on craftsmanship and reputation for excellent customer service to The Promenade. Construction on International Jewelers began earlier this month, and Calcagni plans to open the store Jan. 1.

“Through my nearly thirty years of experience, I learned how to design and create the most unusual, fine and exquisite pieces of jewelry for my customers,” Calcagni said. “Our first priority is quality, so I think we will fit right in at The Promenade.”

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; 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 Couture Bridal Salon; La Maison d’Elise; Local Roots Farmers Market; 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, call Karen Johnson-Crowther, Colliers International, at 239-418-0300 or karen.crowther@colliers.com, or visit www.promenadeshops.com.

Stevens Construction breaks ground on Memory Care Residences at Cypress Cove

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

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Stevens Construction has broken ground on the Memory Care Residences at Cypress Cove at HealthPark Florida, announced Mark Stevens, company president.

Stevens Construction is providing pre-construction and construction management services for Cypress Cove’s 37,940-square-foot, two-story residence with 44 private rooms. Located at 10200 Cypress Cove Dr. within the HealthPark campus, the 550-residency retirement community will remain operational during the project.

The Stevens Construction team includes Ken Kensinger as project manager, Sue Ziegenfus as project administrator and Jim Ruby as superintendent. SFCS is the architect of record.

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.

About Cypress Cove at HealthPark Florida

Cypress Cove—a not-for-profit organization, opened in 1999—is a well-established, highly respected, continuing care retirement community with regional and national recognition. Located on a beautiful 48-acre campus at HealthPark Florida in South Fort Myers, Cypress Cove is home to more than 500 residents and offers a variety of quality living options (independent living, home health, assisted living, skilled nursing, and rehabilitative care). For more information, visit www.cypresscoveliving.org.

Pictured left to right: Karla LaFreniere, Michele Wasserlauf, Sherry Schreier, Mark Stevens, Doug Dodson, John Noland, Dan Adams, Joel Anderson, Tye Campbell, Melissa Pritchard

Pictured left to right: Karla LaFreniere, Michele Wasserlauf, Sherry Schreier, Mark Stevens, Doug Dodson, John Noland, Dan Adams, Joel Anderson, Tye Campbell, Melissa Pritchard

Farmer Mike’s U-Pick Returns to Local Roots Farmers Markets

Posted November 13th, 2014 by Priority Marketing and filed in Uncategorized

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Farmer Mike’s U-Pick, Southwest Florida’s largest local grower and farmer of produce, returns to Local Roots Farmers Markets this month. Farmer Mike’s U-Pick brings a wide variety of fresh, local produce to Local Roots Farmers Markets, and his bright-green trailer and produce stall will be appearing at the Bonita Springs Farmers Market starting Saturday, Nov. 15; the Coconut Point Farmers Market starting Thursday, Nov. 20; and the Lakes Park Farmers Market starting Friday, Nov. 21.

Farmer Mike's bright-green trailer is a popular sight at Local Roots Farmers Markets.

Farmer Mike’s bright-green trailer is a popular sight at Local Roots Farmers Markets.

Farmer Mike’s began nearly 20 years ago with a small farm on Rosemary Drive in Bonita Springs. Soon, word spread about the fresh, locally sourced produce, and the farm moved to its current location on Morton Avenue. For the 2014-2015 growing season, Farmer Mike offers locally grown citrus and produce at Local Roots Farmers Markets, bringing competitively priced, quality produce to customers throughout Southwest Florida.

The Bonita Springs Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through April 25 and is located at 26794 South Bay Dr., at The Promenade at Bonita Bay Shopping Center in Bonita Springs. The Coconut Point Farmers Market is open on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through April 23 and is located at the Coconut Point Mall at 23106 Fashion Dr. in Estero. The Lakes Park Farmers Market is open Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through April 24 and is located at Lakes Park, 7330 Gladiolus Dr. in Fort Myers. The Sanibel Island Farmers Market is held on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 800 Dunlop Rd. on Sanibel. Beginning in January through the second Monday of March, the Fenway South Farmers Market will be open each Monday afternoon from noon to 4 p.m., Fort Myers Fenway South Drive in front of JetBlue Park.

Established in 2008 by owners Jean Baer and Betsy Ventura, Local Roots, LLC offers five of the area’s largest Farmers Markets. Local Roots is known for providing communities in Lee County with the highest quality Farmers Markets, selling local food, agricultural products and hand crafts. For more information, visit www.BuyLocalLee.com.

Lakes Park announces winners of “Scarecrows in the Park” contest

Posted November 13th, 2014 by Priority Marketing and filed in Uncategorized

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Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation announces the winners of the “Scarecrows in the Park” contest chosen by attendees during the Lakes Park Fall and Halloween Festival, held Oct. 17-31 at Lakes Park. The Manatee Elementary School Art Club won Best Children’s-Built for “So Frozen Haunted Mansion.” Reflection Key won Best Business or Organization-Built for “Bride and Groom.” Riva Del Lago won Most Creative for “The Bones Family Creepy Motor Home.”

“Scarecrows in the Park had another wonderful year this year, with more than 30 entries received,” said Wendi Carroll, chairperson for the Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation. “With more than 115,000 people visiting, it was our best Fall Festival ever!”

In addition to “Scarecrows in the Park,” the festival included a pumpkin patch, bounce houses, hayrides, and a Halloween Express train.

The Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation established in 2004 by a group of Lee County business leaders and dedicated citizens who recognize Lakes Park as an extremely important green area in Lee County. The foundation’s main focus is to assist Lee County Parks and Recreation in the continued implementation of the $30 million Lakes Park Master Plan, enhancing the park’s environmental aesthetics, wildlife habitat and recreational amenities for the community to enjoy for many years to come. Currently, the Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation is focusing its fundraising on creating a botanical garden at Lakes Park and adding wildlife viewers to improve visibility of birds in the rookery. For more information on the foundation, visit www.LakesParkEnrichmentFoundation.org.