PierSide Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar donates $1,000 to support Fort Myers Beach Fourth of July firework celebration

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PierSide Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar on Fort Myers Beach recently donated $1,000 to benefit the community production of the annual Fort Myers Beach Fourth of July firework celebration.

The Fort Myers Beach community is working hard to raise $25,000 to fund the annual production of the Fort Myers Beach Fourth of July firework display, and their goal is within reach. The charge is led by the FMB Fireworks Fund, a committee of business owners and residents on Fort Myers Beach who have stepped forward to assist in offsetting the expenses for the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve fireworks shows on Fort Myers Beach.

PierSide Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar has supported the community’s fundraising efforts throughout the year by hosting several fundraisers and offering fundraising drink specials to benefit the annual firework production.

“The biannual firework displays are a special tradition that the Fort Myers Beach community enjoys on the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve,” said Martin York, managing partner of PierSide Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar. “We are happy to take part in supporting this community effort, and we encourage others to join the cause to help keep this firework show alive on Fort Myers Beach.”

For more information, or to donate to the FMB Fireworks Fund, visit www.gofundme.com/fmb-fireworks-fund.

Located on Fort Myers Beach directly next to the public pier in Times Square, PierSide Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar is a family-friendly restaurant featuring award-winning food, drinks and sunsets. Open seven days a week from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., PierSide Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar serves lunch and dinner daily, and happy hour from 3 – 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For more information, visit www.PierSideGrill.com.

Matanzas on the Bay to host third annual Bluegrass, Brew and BBQ May 28

Check Presentation-Chef David Chetwin, Jennifer Shannahan, Captain John 'Giddyup' Bunch, founder of Operation Open Arms, and Glen PetrarcaMatanzas on the Bay on Fort Myers Beach will host its third annual Bluegrass, Brew and BBQ event on Saturday, May 28 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. to benefit Operation Open Arms, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the care and treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in military personnel and veterans.

The event will feature live music from the Bugtussle Ramblers from 1 to 4 p.m. and the Cooter Creek Bluegrass Band from 5 to 8 p.m., craft beer from Fort Myers Brewing Company, face painting for children, a 50/50 raffle and a $15 barbecue buffet featuring ribs, smoked pork shanks, potato salad and corn on the cob, offered from noon to 8 p.m. Free car parking and boat dockage will be available for guests traveling by land or sea.

Last year’s Bluegrass, Brew and BBQ event raised more than $7,500 for Operation Open Arms, more than dBluegrass, Brew and BBQ-2oubling the proceeds from its inaugural event in 2014. This year, 50 percent of proceeds from the barbecue buffet, 10 percent of all restaurant proceeds and 50 percent of the 50/50 raffle will benefit Operation Open Arms.

“More than 900 people joined us last year in supporting a great cause, and we l ook forward to another day of great food, phenomenal entertainment and spectacular waterfront views, all while honoring members of our military and supporting a great cause,”Bluegrass, Brew and BBQ-1 said Glen Petrarca, general manager of Matanzas on the Bay. “We invite the community to join us in supporting Operation Open Arms’ invaluable contribution to our U.S. military and veterans, and to learn more about what this organization has to offer the many men and women who have and continue to serve our country.”

For the past 11 years, Operation Open arms has continued to make a difference in the lives of military personnel and veterans, facilitating $12.2 million in direct tangible benefits for more than 3,000 U.S. troops. For more information about the organization and its cause, visit www.OperationOpenArms.org.

Matanzas on the Bay and Petey’s Upper Deck are best known for waterfront views, fresh seafood and old Florida ambience and is located at 416 Crescent St. on Fort Myers Beach on Estero Bay. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily, as well as caters to special occasions and private parties. As part of its commitment to use as Bluegrass, Brew and BBQ-5many locally sourced products as possible, Matanzas on the Bay offers fresh produce in partnership with Oakes Farm, rum from the Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery and draft beer from Fort Myers Brewery. Its upstairs sports bar, Petey’s Upper Deck, is popularly known for its Dave’s DocksiBluegrass, Brew and BBQ-4de Pizza, named the best pizza on Fort Myers Beach. The restaurant is located adjacent to the Matanzas Bayside Inn waterfront accommodations, just steps away from the Fort Myers Beach entertainment district. Free car parking and boat dockage is available. To book your party or for more information, call 239-463-3838 or visit www.MatanzasontheBay.com.

Toll Brothers donates appliances, countertops, cabinets and more to Lee BIA Builders Care

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Toll Brothers, the nation’s leading builder of luxury homes, recently made a significant donation of high-end appliances, cabinets, countertops, fixtures, decor and more to Lee BIA Builders Care to help support local homeowners in need of emergency construction repairs. The items had been featured at Toll Brothers’ Southwest Regional Design Studio, which is currently being redesigned.

 

“Toll Brothers is a proud supporter of Lee BIA Builders Care in Southwest Florida,” said Kevin Brown, Toll Brothers Southwest Florida Division Vice President. “We admire the organization’s commitment to Lee County and are grateful to be a part of its mission.”

 

The goods donated by Toll Brothers will be used directly in renovation projects coordinated by Builders Care or offered during the “Building Product Blow Out Sale,” held annually by the organization. Funds raised will help provide wheelchair ramps, handicap accessibility, widened doorways, and roof and air conditioning repairs to elderly and disabled homeowners in Lee County.

 

Toll Brothers’ Southwest Florida communities include Bonita Lakes and Cordova at Spanish Wells, both located in Bonita Springs, and Palazzo at Naples. For more information, visit TollBrothers.com

 

About Builders Care

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 nearly $3.8 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. Major supporters include Cape Coral Plumbing, Ferguson Enterprises, Minto Communities, Nilles Design Group, Priority Marketing of Southwest Florida, Stock Development and The Aubuchon Team of Companies. Builders Care is headquartered at the Lee BIA offices at 10501 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy., Suite 118 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. For more information, visit www.LeeBuildersCare.org.

 

About Toll Brothers

Toll Brothers, an award-winning Fortune 1000 company founded in 1967, embraces an unwavering commitment to quality and customer service. Toll Brothers is currently building in 19 states nationwide and is a publicly owned company whose stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: TOL). In FORTUNE Magazine’s 2016 Survey of The World’s Most Admired Companies®* Toll Brothers was ranked #6 worldwide across ALL INDUSTRIES in Quality of Products/Services Offered after Apple, Walt Disney, Amazon, Alphabet, and Nordstrom and before Netflix and Facebook. In the same 2016 survey, Toll Brothers was named the #1 Home Builder Worldwide. The Company was named America’s Most Trusted Home Builder™ 2015† by Lifestory Research, receiving the highest numerical score among the largest 133 home builders in the country. Toll Brothers was also recently honored as national Builder of the Year by BUILDER magazine, and was twice named national Builder of the Year by Professional Builder magazine.

 

* FORTUNE Magazine’s survey of the “World’s Most Admired Companies®” for 2016 began with over 1,500 companies across more than 50 industries, and asked over 4,000 executives, directors, and analysts to rate companies in their own industry on nine criteria (Go to http://fortune.com/worlds-most-admired-companies/ for the full methodology.) From FORTUNE Magazine, March 1, 2016 ©2016 Time Inc. FORTUNE and The World’s Most Admired Companies are registered trademarks of Time Inc. and are used under license. FORTUNE and Time Inc. are not affiliated with, and do not endorse products or services of, Toll Brothers, Inc. † Toll Brothers received the highest numerical score in the United States in the proprietary Lifestory Research 2015 America’s Most TrustedTM Home Builder study. Study based on 43,200 new home shoppers in 27 markets. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed between January and December 2014.

Tumaini Fund USA launches 2016 fundraising campaign

Headquartered in Naples, Fla., Tumaini Fund USA held its sixth annual fundPhoto 3raising event March 19 at the Naples Sailing & Yacht Club, raising more than $65,000 to support its mission of alleviating suffering of the tens of thousands of AIDS widows and orphans in Kagera, the North-West province of Tanzania, Africa. Funds raised will be used to continue to provide services to the area, such as offices and vehicles, which Parish workers need to navigate the area’s rough terrain, new classrooms and fresh water wells for villages, as well as bicycles for transportation and renovating houses for families. Additionally, the organization will use funds to supply the more than 25,000 orphans in the area supported by Tumaini Fund with basic necessities, such as mosquito nets, education, solar lamps, clothing and much more.

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The campaign launch included the organization’s signature event Colors of Hope, featuring works of art from local and nationally renowned artists, including Paul Arsenault and Gary Akers. Th ere were also many quality silent auction items. A live auction included luxury trip packages to Napa Valley, Cordon Bleu in Ottawa, Canada and Maine. It also included fund-a-need items such as solar lamps, mosquito nets and water wells for the orphans. More than 150 people gathered to hear from Tumaini Fund founder and CEO Dr. Susan Wilson, about her recent trip to Tanzania and the work of the organization. Corporate Table sponsors included Jeff Wilson Pools, Gulf Coast International Properties, The Vanderbilt Beach Resort and Brooks Insurance Services. In-kind donations from Driftwood Garden Center, Sunshine Ace Hardware, The Great Frameup and Penny Taylor Photography.

 

The fundraiser was part of a 10-day fundraising campaign embarked upon by the all-volunteer staff and board of directors of Tumaini Fund UPhoto 1SA, which raised funds for the nonprofit organization. Other fundraising initiatives included speaking engagements around Southwest Florida by Wilson during her visit to the area. The fundraising efforts will continue throughout 2016 in order to reach the goal of $200,000 to make the necessary impact in the service area of the organization.

 

Tumaini is the Swahili word for “hope.” The Tumaini Fund seeks to alleviate the suffering of AIDS widows and orphans in Kagera, the North-West province of Tanzania. The Tumaini Fund now supports more than 25,000 orphans, supplying the nePhoto 6cessities for life such as food, blankets, mosquito nets and medical assistance to the villagers. The organization also provides opportunities for education and rebuilds derelict shelters and houses, strengthening families and communities, so they can take care of their children. Ninety-five percent of the funds raised by The Tumaini Fund USA are used to fund programs, supplies and education for the mission. To help or learn more, visit www.tumainifundusa.org.

BBQ, Bands & Brew fundraiser raises $116,000 to benefit Lee BIA Builders Care

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Builders Care, the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA) raised a record total of $116,000 during the seventh annual BBQ, Bands & Brew event held Sunday, April 3 at the Lee County Alliance for the Arts. Presented by All Star Equipment Rentals and Sales, the fundraiser attracted more than 7,500 guests, featuring live music, local barbecue restaurants, vendors, a barbecue competition, the fourth annual Poker Run, a cornhole tournament and activities for children. Funds raised from the event benefited Builders Care, which provides emergency repairs and construction services to elderly, disabled and economically disadvantaged residents in Lee County.

“With the help of about 175 volunteers, a dedicated board of directors and our hardworking staff, we produced another amazing evenPhoto 7t to benefit Builders Care, achieving a 38 percent increase in funds raised over last year’s event,” said Christi Pritchett Sarlo, executive director of Builders Care. “We thank the local bands, vendors, sponsors, fantastic weather and phenomenal Southwest Florida community for making this day such a success.”

Live music was performed throughout the festivities by Soapy Tuna, Rocker, Deb & the Dynamics and The Alter Ego Band of Fort Myers, and nine barbecue vendors and Artisan Gelato by Norman Love provided delicious food for guests to enjoy. A team of celebrity judges voted BurgerQue as winner of Best BBQ in Town. Other winners included Best Side Dish by Famous Dave’s, Best Ribs by MOFO’s, Best Chicken by Sweetwater Wings & Ribs,Photo 2 Best Pork by BurgerQue, Best Presentation by Famous Dave’s, and for the seventh year straight, the People’s Choice Award went to Jonesez BBQ.

The seventh annual BBQ, Bands & Brew was presented by All Star Equipment Rentals and Sales as title sponsor. Other sponsors included Ferguson, Sunset Air Conditioning, Gateway Charter School, Cape Coral Plumbing, Moen, Minto Communities, Stock Development, Action Automatic Door & Gate, Acra Electric, Banks Engineering, Brent’s Music, Carter-Pritchett Advertising, Everglades Farm Equipment, Five County Insurance, Florida Hydronic Solutions, Florida Weekly, Grabber Construction Products, Happenings Magazine, iHeartMedia, Kinetico Quality Water, Land Solutions Inc., Lee County Electric Cooperative (LCEC), J Steakley Wealth Management, Juniper Landscaping, J.W. Craft Portable Restrooms, Lightning Wireless Solutions, N Square, Nilles Design Group, Priority Marketing, Promotional Incentives, Sarlo Power Mowers, Southern Accents Catering, Southern Gulf Equipment, Stevens Construction, Suncoast Beverages/Budweiser,Photo 6 and WINK-TV.

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 $3.8 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, 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 118 in Fort Myers. The BuilPhoto 9ding 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.

Spearfishing tournament at Matanzas on the Bay reels in more than $800 for FGCU Spearfishing

Matanzas on thePhoto 1 - Ft. Myers Freedivers Bay on Fort Myers Beach recently hosted the FGCU Spearfishing Pelagic Rodeo to benefit the FGCU Spearfishing sports club. The freediving-only spearfishing tournament featured raffles and prizes, which raised more than $800 to benefit future FGCU Spearfishing events and tournaments.

The tournament aimed to promote safe and responsible freediving, while offering local spearfishermen the opportunity to test their skills and enjoy the sport of spearfishing. Divers competed within the Gulf waters stretching between Marco Island and Venice, and the tournament concluded with a weigh-in ceremony at Matanzas on the Bay.

Offering 100 percent payout, cash prizes were awarded to the biggest fish for each category as well as the top three overall winning teams. Overall winners included Ft. Myers Freedivers in first place, Saltwater Syndicate in second place and Red Tide Spearfishing in third place.

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Amberjack, 104.85 pounds

Team: Ft. Myers Freedivers

 

Africa Pompano, 9.4 pounds

Team: Stella

 

Barracuda, 31.85 pounds

Team: Redtide Spearfishing

 

Cobia, 48.30 pounds

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Snapper, 32.55 pounds

Team: Ft. Myers Freedivers

 

Permit, 31.90 pounds

Team: Stella

Matanzas on the Bay and Petey’s Upper Deck are best known for waterfront views, fresh seafood and old Florida ambience and is located at 416 Crescent St. on Fort Myers Beach on Estero Bay. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily, as well as caters to special occasions and private parties. As part of its commitmentPhoto 3 - Red Tide Spearfishing to use as many locally sourced products as possible, Matanzas on the Bay offers fresh produce in partnership with Oakes Farm, rum from the Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery and draft beer from Fort Myers Brewery. Its upstairs sports bar, Petey’s Upper Deck, is popularly known for its Dave’s Dockside Pizza, named the best pizza on Fort Myers Beach. The restaurant is located adjacent to the Matanzas Bayside Inn waterfront accommodations, just steps away from the Fort Myers Beach entertainment district. Free car parking and boat dockage is available. To book your party or for more information, call 239-463-3838 or visit www.MatanzasontheBay.com.

 

 

Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest ranks fourth highest-grossing charity auction by Wine Spectator

Cheryl and Dave Copham cheering by Michael Shapiro PhotographyWine Spectator has released its top 10 U.S. Charity Auctions of 2015, and the 2015 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest ranked fourth highest in the nation. Held at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club, last year’s Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest raised $2.2 million through ticket sales and auction lots and brought in an additional $1.1 million through fund-a-need donations, bringing the total raised and donated to $3.3 million.

 

“We are honored that Wine Spectator has ranked the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest among the top-grossing wine fests in the country,” said Elaine Hawkins, board president of SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. “This was all possible due to the $350,000 contributed by generous trustees and sponsors to underwrite the cost of the event so that every dollar raised at the two-day festival serves our region’s children and students. To achieve this highly regarded ranking is a truly reflection of the generosity of the Southwest Florida community.”

 

The SWFL Children’s Charities Inc.’s annual signature fundraiser, the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, has raised $15.6 million over the past seven years. The nonprofit, SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. donates 100 percent of the event proceeds to three local beneficiaries. Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida is the primary beneficiary of the event, and the money raised helps to fund the building of the new family-centered children’s hospital that will provide new and expanded medical services and subspecialty services to children from Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. In addition to providing funds for the new state-of-the-art Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. supports pediatric health care programs and provides scholarships for students at Florida SouthWestern State College and Florida Gulf Coast University. For more information, visit www.swflwinefest.org.

Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation to hold “Grow the Garden” Gala and Art Auction

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The Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation is holding its third annual Grow The Garden Gala from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 17, at Lakes Regional Park, 7330 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers. Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvre, entertainment, live and silent auctions and park tours. All proceeds benefit the continued development of the Children’s Learning Garden, the next step along the path of the Botanic Garden at Lakes Park. This event is being sponsored by Denny’s Restaurants of Fort Myers, Ada’s Natural Market, FineMark Bank and Galeana Family of Dealerships.

The mission of the Children’s Learning Garden is to excite and educate young people about the life of plants and their environmental importance. Children will investigate the relationships of soil, water and sun to the growth of plant life.

Live and silent auctions feature dining and boating experiences, get-a-ways, golf packages and more. Art in a variety of mediums has been donated by area artists. All will be on display and available for silent auction bidding throughout the gala. The gala is open to the public. Admission is $50 per couple, $30 per person or $100 per couple for VIP tickets. The VIP package will include: valet parking, reserved tables in tent area, escorted tours of Children’s Garden area, concierge checkout service and a floral table centerpiece. For reservations, call 239-533-7575 Ext. 5.

Lakes Regional Park opened in 1984. Amenities include walking and jogging paths, a water feature, bicycling, paddlecraft rentals, The Railroad Museum of South Florida, fishing locations, bird watching spots and a lodge that features bathrooms, a kitchen, ceiling fans and tables with chairs. Plant lovers can meander through various gardens. For other park information, visit www.leeparks.org. Park users can volunteer or join the efforts of the Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation. More information on the Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation can be found at www.LakesPark.org.

Sip in Style Fashion Blast coming to Bell Tower Shops April 14

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Fashion event to showcase latest trends, proceeds to benefit Gulf Coast Humane Society

The trendy Sip in Style Fashion Bash returns to Bell Tower Shops Thursday, April 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. The event, benefiting the Gulf Coast Humane Society, will showcase the latest designer fashions for spring, presented by select Bell Tower Shops. The event will feature trending fashions for all ages, specialty cocktails, raffles and prizes, and a fashion show with some of Southwest Florida’s finest community leaders, philanthropists and local celebrities.

Doors will open at 6 p.m., where guests will be treated to specially-concocted beverages and light hors d’oeuvres. The fashion show will begin at 7:30 p.m., which will feature fashions from Saks Fifth Avenue, Fab’rik, Saratoga Sundress, Brodeur Carvell, Drapers & Damon’s, Chico’s, A’Tu, White House | Black Market and more.

Trendy apparel and a great cause combine to make Sip in Style a must-attend fashion show. The high energy production will include an impressive lineup of Southwest Florida’s finest business leaders sporting the latest in seasonal fashions and accessories. The celebrity model lineup includes representatives from Florida Gulf Coast University, Six Bends Harley-Davidson, and Edison Ford Winter Estates.

Limited VIP seating is available for $20 per person, reservations are encouraged by calling 239-489-1221. Proceeds from VIP tickets will benefit the Gulf Coast Humane Society. Admission is free for students from Florida Gulf Coast University and Florida SouthWestern State College are with Student ID. For more information, visit www.thebelltowershops.com.

About Bell Tower Shops

Bell Tower Shops is the premier dining and fashion destination of the Fort Myers-Cape Coral market. The open-air center is anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue, The Fresh Market, Bed Bath & Beyond and a 20-screen Regal Cinema complex. Exceptional specialty retailers include: World of Beer, White House Black Market, Francesca’s Collection, Ulta, Banana Republic and Williams-Sonoma.

About Madison Marquette

Madison Marquette is a private real estate investment and operating company and a member of the global investment firm Capital Guidance, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. Founded in 1992, the firm employs a proven repositioning and redevelopment strategy to create value in infill and mixed-use assets in major urban gateway markets throughout the United States. Madison Marquette enhances returns while mitigating risk by directly controlling and managing the execution of its investment strategies. With more than 230 employees, Madison Marquette covers major U.S. markets through its offices in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Diego, New York, Philadelphia, Dallas and Fort Lauderdale. For more information, visit the company website at www.MadisonMarquette.com.

Builders Care presents BBQ, Bands and Brew fundraiser April 3

Builders Care, the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA) is hosting the seventh annual BBQ, Bands and Brew on SuPhoto 2nday, April 3 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 and Sales is this year’s title sponsor. The fundraiser is open to the public and will feature live music from Soapy Tuna, Rocker, Deb & the Dynamics and The Alter Ego Band of Fort Myers, along with several local barbecue restaurants, vendors, 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.

Also part of the event is the fourth annual Poker Run that begins at 9 a.m. at Six Bends Harley-Davidson and includes a ride around Fort Myers before ending at BBQ, Bands & Brew at the Lee County Alliance for the Arts. Registration is $25 and $10 for passengers, and includes admission to the event. Best hand wins $500 and Harley-Davidson gear.

New to this yeaPhoto 8r’s event is a cornhole tournament, which will begin with registration from 11 a.m. to noon, with the tournament commencing at noon. The tournament is open to the public, double-elimination format and participants must bring a partner to play. The cost is $20 per two-person team, and prizes include $400 for first place and $100 for second place.

The seventh annual BBQ, Bands and Brew is presented by All Star Equipment Rentals and Sales as title sponsor. Other sponsors include: Ferguson, Sunset Air Conditioning, Gateway Charter School, Cape Coral Plumbing, Moen, Minto Communities, Stock Development, Action Automatic Door & Gate, Banks Engineering, Brent’s Music, Carter-Pritchett Advertising, Everglades Farm Equipment, Five County Insurance, Florida Weekly, Grabber Construction Products, Happenings Magazine, iHeartMedia, Kinetico Quality Water, Land Solutions Inc., Lee County Electric Cooperative (LCEC), J Steakley Wealth Management, Juniper Landscaping, J.W. Craft Portable Restrooms, Lightning Wireless Solutions, N Square, Nilles Design Group, Priority Marketing, Promotional Incentives, Sarlo Power Mowers, Southern Gulf Equipment, Stevens Construction, Suncoast Beverages/Budweiser, and WINK-TV.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or at Lee County Alliance for the Arts at 10091 McGregor Blvd. in Fort MyePhoto 1rs, Stevens Construction at 6208 Whiskey Creek Drive in Fort Myers and the Lee BIA office at 10501 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Suite 118, in Fort Myers, or tickets can be reserved by calling 239-938-0056 or emailing BBQ@bia.net. Additional information is available at www.BBQBandsandBrew.com.

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 $3.8 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, 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 118 in FoPhoto 3rt 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.