Gulf Coast Village to host dress collection party July 29 to benefit PACE Center for Girls, Lee County
Gulf Coast Village, a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Cape Coral, is hosting a Sugar and Spice, Bring Something Nice dress collection party on July 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. to benefit PACE Center for Girls, Lee County’s Love That Dress! event. The party will feature a silent auction, live entertainment, 50/50 raffle, fondue and cocktails. Admission to the event is granted through a $10 donation or the contribution of new or “gently loved” dresses, shoes or accessories. Register for the event by calling 239-573-4455 or emailing email@example.com.
“We are excited to support PACE Center for Girls, Lee County and the Love That Dress! event,” said Kevin Ahmadi, executive director of Gulf Coast Village. “This fun night will allow our community to come together to support the young women in Lee County and we are so thankful for this opportunity.”
All of the donations to PACE Center for Girls, Lee County will be resold for nominal prices at this year’s Love That Dress! event on Wednesday, Aug. 26 at Embassy Suites in Estero, located at 10450 Corkscrew Commons Drive. For more information on the cause and main event, visit www.LoveThatDress.org.
In the months leading up to the event, members of the Southwest Florida community are asked to donate new and “gently loved” dresses and accessories at collection parties and convenient drop-off locations across the county. Collection parties hosted by generous local businesses and organizations are a way to connect with community members and sample the local fare, all while collecting inventory, raising funds and generating awareness for the main event.
During the main event, attendees will enjoy the huge inventory with friends, a silent auction full of unique packages, and cocktails. Suite and VIP ticket holders are granted access to early shopping, private dressing rooms, clothing holds, express check-out service, complimentary adult beverages, hors d’oeuvres and a private selection of decadent chocolates. VIP Suites are now available for purchase. Tickets for the main event will go on sale August 1. Visit www.LoveThatDress.org for more information.
All proceeds from Love That Dress! will benefit PACE Center for Girls, Lee County. PACE is a non-residential program targeting the unique needs of girls, ages 12 to 18, facing challenges such as physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence, substance abuse, foster care, neglect, death of a parent, family history of incarceration, truancy and declining grades. The Florida-based, nonprofit organization is the only statewide prevention program for adolescent at-risk girls in the nation. In 2014, the Lee County program provided 116 girls with education, counseling, training and advocacy, resulting in 94 percent of girls in the program having no involvement with juvenile justice within six months of leaving PACE, 88 percent improving their academic performance and 80 percent remaining in school or obtaining employment three years after leaving PACE. As a result, PACE reduces the significant long-term costs associated with teen pregnancy, substance use, unemployment and long-term economic dependency. For more information, visit www.PaceCenter.org.
Founded more than 25 years ago, Gulf Coast Village is the premier Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Cape Coral, Florida. 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. Gulf Coast Village is located at 1333 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral, FL 33991. For more information call 239-772-1333 or visit www.GulfCoastVillage.com.
Stevens Construction has promoted Terri Sobeck to controller, announced Mark Stevens, company president.
As controller, Sobeck is responsible for the planning and management of all accounting activities for the company’s three offices, including the preparation of the financial statements, budgets, payroll and taxes. Sobeck oversees all financial practices for the company including accounts payable and receivable.
Director of Administration since 2004, Sobeck has been a critical component to Stevens Construction since its inception. Sobeck also manages human resources, project administration and maintenance of the company’s records, policies and procedures.
Active in the community, Sobeck serves as Treasurer/Secretary on the board of directors for Dress for Success SW Florida. The Florida Gulf Coast University accounting graduate is also a coach for the Goodwill Southwest Florida Microenterprise Institute. Sobeck has been a member of the Timberline Users Group for Sage 300 Construction since 2007 and has recently been named membership committee chairperson.
With offices in Fort Myers, Orlando and Tampa, 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 health care, commercial, public and hospitality facilities. For information, visit www.stevensconstructioninc.com or call (239) 936-9006.
Month-long event offers reduced prices for Murad® Healthy Skin facials and free skincare products
Massage Envy Spa of Southwest Florida has announced that from July 5 to Aug. 2, members and guests will receive $10 off of Murad® Healthy Skin facials offered by Massage Envy. In addition to this skincare promotion, during the month of July, guests who receive a Summer Glow facial in July and pre-book their facial appointment for August will receive a token of appreciation including three of Murad’s ® top selling skincare products.
Exposure to the summer sun can cause damage to the skin. Massage Envy offers four facial treatments to rejuvenate skin that has been affected by overexposure, including Environmental Shield® Vitamin C, Clarifying Enzyme Acne, Anti-Aging and Sensitive Skin. These facials offer increased circulation to facial skin layers, prevent signs of aging and provide stress relief.
“The hot sun, sweat and other warm weather factors make the summer months in Southwest Florida especially tough on the skin. It’s important to us that our community understands the many health benefits that are provided through these skincare sessions,” said John Preston, president of Massage Envy Spa of Southwest Florida. “We believe routine skincare is an important part of total body wellness and this event is an opportunity for us to thank our members and guests by providing them with what they need this summer: a relaxing and restorative skincare session with added benefits.”
Massage Envy encourages its members to maintain a healthy skincare regimen through regularly-scheduled facials because of the variety of benefits for the skin. When provided frequently, facials offer health and wellness benefits including emotional wellness through relaxation, beautiful skin, increased circulation and blood flow to the skin and a reduction in the signs of aging through the use of professional-grade topical products. Facials provided during the Summer Glow Skincare event will focus on specific problem areas in order to help guests improve the look and feel of their skin. For more information on the services provided by Massage Envy Spa of Southwest Florida or to find a location near you, visit http://www.massageenvy.com/regions/FL/Southwest-Florida.aspx.
About Massage Envy Spa
With clinics in Cape Coral, Estero, Fort Myers and Naples, Massage Envy Spa of Southwest Florida offers convenient and affordable professional massage and spa services, and has provided more than 500,000 massages locally. Just over a decade ago, Massage Envy Spa was launched to create a completely new category in the wellness industry to promote a healthy lifestyle through affordable massage and spa services. Today, there are more than 1,000 Massage Envy Spa locations in the United States. For more information, visit www.massageenvy.com.
Entrepreneur and author presents nationally on business leadership, culture and current events
Stephen Bienko, founder and president of 42 Holdings, has joined the eSpeakers Marketplace, an online catalog that enables event planners to connect with the world’s most qualified professional speakers. Bienko speaks on a variety of topics including leadership, self-discovery, American culture, the millennial generation and more.
Most recently, Bienko spoke at the Foundation for Economic Education “Young Thinkers” seminar at Chapman University in Orange, California and at Scholarcon in Orlando. During his talk at Chapman University, Bienko arranged for the Worlds’ Greatest Athlete Bryan Clay to make an appearance to the more than 100 students from around the world at Chapman University. Clay brought his Olympic gold medal and shared his insight of his quest to gold.
“I am honored to have the ability to reach out to others, to truly connect with audiences and to share my thoughts on important topics that impact our business culture and our great country,” Bienko said. “Joining the eSpeakers Marketplace has given me the opportunity to connect with people throughout our nation and I am looking forward to embarking on this new journey.”
An award-winning business owner, Bienko achieved great success in sports marketing and athlete management, working with Ivy League and Olympic Athletes including 2008 Olympic Decathlon Gold Medalist Bryan Clay. His early experiences as a New Jersey State Trooper, and as a cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy, add interesting depth and colorful anecdotes to his presentations as well. A first-generation American who overcame learning disabilities as a child to reach his success, Bienko is no stranger to the challenges faced by fellow Americans. He is a champion of traditional American values, and his patriotism shines through in every speech. To book Stephen Bienko for a speaking engagement or for more information, visit his newly launched website at www.stephenbienko.com.
Stephen Bienko is founder and president of 42 Holdings, which specializes in company ownership within the home and personal service industry. Bienko is the largest owner of the
College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving brand with offices in New Jersey, Tennessee, Ohio and Florida. Through 42 Holdings, he became a partner in bin/storage company Bin-it in 2013.
His diverse professional experience prior to 42 Holdings includes technology marketing, sports marketing, athletic training facilities, and even in the New Jersey State Police. Formerly, Bienko was the Senior Vice President of SequentialT a technology marketing company that supercharges fan engagement while producing new revenue streams for sports, music, foundational and political verticals. Before SequentialT Stephen was the Director of Marketing of Kennedy Funding. Kennedy Funding is known as the largest and most successful situational commercial lending institution in the U.S.
He’s been featured by Fox News, Fox Business, Bloomberg TV, Wall Street Journal, and Luxury Life Magazine. In October 2013, he testified before Congress regarding the Affordable Care Act and its impact on small business owners. Bienko has been honored among Gulfshore Business’ Forty Under 40, NJBIZ’s Forty Under 40 in New Jersey, Man of the Year for Habitat for Humanity, International Franchise Association Franchisee of the Year, and Franchisee of the Year by College Hunks for three straight years.
Pavese Law Firm partner Steven C. Hartsell appointed chair of Urban Land Institute, Southwest Florida District
Pavese Law Firm partner Steven C. Hartsell has been named chair of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Southwest Florida District Council. Hartsell assumes the role of chair effective July 1. ULI is a nonprofit research and education organization representing land use and real estate development disciplines working in private enterprise and public service. A multidisciplinary real estate forum, ULI facilitates an open exchange of ideas, information, and experience among industry leaders and policy makers dedicated to creating better places.
Hartsell graduated from Dickinson College with a bachelor’s degree in 1975 and Florida State University College of Law in 1980. He was a member of the FSU Law Review from 1979-1980. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1980, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, in 1982, and the U.S. Supreme Court in 1986.
Hartsell joined Pavese Law Firm in Fort Myers, Florida, in 1986 and became a partner in the firm in 1990. Prior to joining Pavese Law Firm, Hartsell served as an Assistant Public Defender in Lee County, Florida, from August, 1980-1983, and then as an Assistant Lee County Attorney from 1983-1986, advising county departments and the Board of County Commissioners with regard to various zoning and land use related matters.
Hartsell concentrates his practice in Zoning, Land Use and Development Law as well as Local Government Administrative Law matters, representing clients in administrative matters before city and county commissions, councils and boards in hearings throughout Southwest and Central Florida. His practice also includes representation in comprehensive plan amendments, developments of regional impact and code enforcement matters, and he has served in cases as a Florida Land Use and Environmental Dispute Resolution Act Special Magistrate.
Hartsell was the contributing author of Chapter 120: Dedications, in the Matthew Bender treatise Florida Real Estate Transactions (1989, and updated in 1995). He is a Past-President of the Real Estate Investment Society, a member the Lee County Bar Association, has served in the past as the Chairman of the Florida Bar 20th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee 20D, and taught Real Estate Licensure Law as an adjunct professor at Florida Gulf Coast University from 2011-2014. Hartsell is also an active member in his church, First Assembly of God of Fort Myers, as a Sunday School teacher, and volunteers as Legal Advisor to the Church Council.
He has achieved the preeminent AV Rating for legal ability and ethics from Martindale-Hubbell.
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.
Steelbridge Capital launches new website for the Offices at Pelican Bay to showcase Class A office space now available in North Naples
Steelbridge Capital has launched a new website at http://theofficesatpelicanbay.com/ to introduce The Offices at Pelican Bay. The mobile-friendly website is designed to give prospective tenants, commercial realtors and other interested parties a comprehensive overview of the property features and highlights, links to floor plans and background on the property owners and leasing contacts. The website’s photo gallery includes exterior aerial shots as well as interior images of available office spaces and amenities.
Located at 5801-5811 Pelican Bay Blvd., The Offices at Pelican Bay features two, six-story Class-A office buildings totaling 171,926 square feet of rentable office space and a three-level covered parking garage. Currently 12 office spaces are available for lease ranging from 1,200 square feet to 12,637 square feet. The Offices at Pelican Bay are managed and leased by CRE Consultants. For more information on The Offices at Pelican Bay, visit http://theofficesatpelicanbay.com or contact CRE Consultants at 239-659-1447.
Property highlights include spectacular Gulf of Mexico views, prominent visibility and signage opportunities, Pelican Bay’s only parking garage, an on-site café, on-site conference center and on-site property management. The area features upscale amenities, retail conveniences, high-end executive housing and numerous dining options within walking distance.
Steelbridge Capital, LLC is a privately held, value-focused real estate investor and real estate services provider based in Florida and Chicago. The company is dedicated to acquiring real estate – either through debt or equity or private or public markets – whose values have been temporarily discounted due to supply/demand imbalances in real estate capital, space or information markets and whose values can be significantly enhanced through redevelopment and repositioning. For more information, visit www.steelbridgecapital.com.
Regions Bank helps students understand the economics of success
A group of volunteers from Regions Bank visited Bonita Springs Middle School in Bonita Springs to host a “JA in a Day” program for eighth-grade students on Thursday, May 28. The half-day program focused on financial literacy and the Regions Bank staff used their expertise to help students understand finances, budgeting and insurance information.
“The students at Bonita Springs Middle School had a blast with the Regions Bank volunteers,” said Lysa Kennedy, program manager for Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida. “This JA in a Day session provided valuable information that will help these children succeed in the future and we are thankful that these volunteers were so excited to work with the students to help them understand the importance of financial knowledge.”
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. 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, call 239-225-2590 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stevens Construction has been awarded the construction management services and has started construction of a new cancer treatment center for Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS), located at 8260 Gladiolus Dr., announced Mark Stevens, company president.
Designed by Christopher J. Lee Architects, Inc., the new FCS cancer center incorporates principles of evidence-based design (EBD), which have been proven to ease patient anxiety while offering opportunities for privacy or for support during treatment. The 31,478-square-foot medical office will feature a porte-cochere entry that opens into a lobby and reception room accented by natural stone. The cancer center will include an expansive treatment room that will accommodate 80 patients, featuring tall windows, high ceilings and abundant greenery creating a serene surrounding with natural lighting. The new facility will also have a PET scan, blood draw room, laboratory, pharmacy, research offices, 21 exam rooms, check-out and scheduling area, employee lounge and patio.
Construction began in June and is slated to be completed in summer of 2016.
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 Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute:
Founded in 1984, Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) is the largest independent medical oncology/hematology practice in the United States. With over 180 physicians, 120 nurse practitioners and physician assistants and over 90 locations in our network, we are committed to providing world-class cancer care in community-based settings close to home. Recognized by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) with a national Clinical Trials Participation Award, FCS offers patients access to more clinical trials than any private oncology practice in Florida.
Our physicians are consistently ranked nationally as Top Doctors by U.S. News & World Report. Trained in such prestigious medical schools and research institutes as Duke, Stanford, Harvard, Emory, M.D. Anderson, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering, the physicians of Florida Cancer Specialists provide leadership and consultation in the state’s leading hospitals.
FCS serves patients on the Gulf Coast from Naples to the greater Tampa Bay area, north as far as Tallahassee, in Orlando and surrounding Central Florida communities, and on the East Coast in Daytona/Palm Coast, Vero Beach/Sebastian and in Palm Beach County.
At Florida Cancer Specialists, our primary purpose – and our passion – is to provide the most advanced cancer treatment, using cutting-edge technologies, in a setting where patients can be close to home and surrounded by family and friends.
Massage Envy Spa of Southwest Florida has announced that its Coconut Point location in Estero will now offer Hot Stone Envy, a 90-minute hot stone massage therapy session that promotes relaxation, relief of chronic pain and stress reduction.
Hot stone massage therapy promotes deeper muscle relaxation through the use of water-heated stones placed on key points of the body. The direct heat of the stones relaxes the muscles and expands blood vessels, allowing the massage therapist to reach deeper layers of muscle. This form of massage therapy delivers a healing experience for the body by providing pain relief, reduced chronic tension, improved flexibility and increased blood flow.
“We are excited to offer our customers this relaxing and restorative experience,” said John Preston, president of Massage Envy Spa of Southwest Florida. “Hot Stone Envy provides a variety of benefits from increased mobility to decreased pain from fibromyalgia, arthritis and other conditions. We know that our supporters will really benefit from this new service.”
Hot Stone Envy massages can be customized to focus on specific problem areas and can also incorporate a full-body Swedish massage. For more information on the services provided by Massage Envy Spa Coconut Point, call 239-947-3689 or visit http://www.massageenvy.com/clinics/FL/Coconut-Point-.aspx.
The Fort Myers Miracle announce that the 2016 Florida State League All-Star Game will be hosted at the newly renovated Hammond Stadium at the CenturyLink Sports Complex. The 55th All-Star Game in league history will be played for a sixth time in Fort Myers since 1985 and will be put on by the Miracle for a fifth time. A three-day All-Star break will commence on Friday, June 17 and end on Sunday, June 19. The game will be played on Saturday, June 18 at 7:05 p.m. “We are thrilled to show off this state-of-the art facility after the renovations and upgrades that have improved the fan experience the last two seasons,” said Miracle Chief Operating Officer Steve Gliner. “This event will be a great opportunity not just for local fans, but also for guests from around Florida and the United States to come and experience Fort Myers, Hammond Stadium and the beautiful Southwest Florida region.” Hammond Stadium and the CenturyLink Sports Complex underwent a two-phase, $48.5 million dollar renovation that began during the fall of 2013 and was completed prior to Minnesota Twins Spring Training in the spring of 2015. Phase I included a brand new outfield boardwalk to provide 360-degree viewing, four different types of seating options, two full service bars and new concession stands in center field. Phase II revitalized the inner-bowl with all chair seating, open air concession stands with top of the line cooking equipment, new third level terrace views, the addition of the fourth floor SkyDeck, a brand new team merchandise store, the addition of a Grand Entry at the top of the steps, a new ticket office and wider concourses. The All-Star Game will feature two teams comprised of players from the South and North Divisions. The South Division is made up of the Bradenton Marauders, Charlotte Stone Crabs, Fort Myers Miracle, Jupiter Hammerheads and Palm Beach Cardinals. The North Division includes the Brevard County Manatees, Clearwater Threshers, Daytona Tortugas, Dunedin Blue Jays, Lakeland Flying Tigers and Tampa Yankees. A Home Run Derby will precede the All-Star Game on Saturday, June 18 and a fireworks show will follow the final out. A special All-Star Weekend event will be scheduled for the evening on Friday, June 17. More details about the All-Star Game and festivities will be released in the coming months. The Miracle last hosted the All-Star Game in 2009. Then Twins prospect Chris Parmelee won the Home Run Derby and Ben Revere played in the game representing Fort Myers. Current Chicago Cub Starlin Castro picked up four hits and was named the MVP of the game. Giancarlo Stanton was also named to the 2009 South Division team. In 2003, current Major League stars that played in the game included David Wright, Ryan Howard, Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson and Joe Mauer. The 2001 All-Star Game at Hammond Stadium featured Chase Utley. The first FSL All-Star Game hosted in Fort Myers was held in 1985 at Terry Park by the Fort Myers Royals. Updates and news on the 2016 FSL All-Star Game can be found periodically by visiting www.miraclebaseball.com.