Southwest Florida wins big with Norman Love and Mark Loren’s EGGStraordinary Giveaways

Norman and Jo Champion

Chocolatier Norman Love Confections and jeweler Mark Loren Designs recently partnered to hide 36 “EGGStraordinary” prizes throughout Lee and Collier counties between March 19-27. In addition to the special giveaway, prize winners who posted their discoveries on social media sites using the hashtag #LoveLorenEggHunt were entered into a grand prize drawing, and Norman Love Confections and Mark Loren Designs have announced Jo Champion as the grand prize winner.

Champion discovered one of Mark Loren Designs’ prize bags at the Mercato in Collier County on her birthday, and as the grand prize winner of the EGGStraordinary Giveaway, her birthday celebration continues. She will receive a Norman Love Confections All Our Love Gift Tower, valued at $385, and a $400 gift certificate to Mark Loren Designs.

“I found the Easter egg from Mark Loren Designs on my birthday, so that was a nice surprise,” said Champion. “Then to learn that I was the grand prize winner and will receive two very special prizes from both companies, well, it feels like a never-ending birthday celebration!”

Prize bags from Norman Love Confections and Mark Loren Designs were placed throughout Lee and Collier counties at businesses, events and other high-traffic areas. Norman Love Confections and Mark Loren Designs took to social media, revealing special daily clues to help followers determine the whereabouts of the day’s prize. Both Southwest Florida residents and visitors were winners throughout the giveaway, and while many prizes were discovered unexpectedly, many people challenged themselves to be the first to interpret the daily clues in order claim the special prize. Prizes were discovered in wide variety of locations throughout Lee and Collier counties, some of which included Hammond Stadium, Matanzas on the Bay and Health Park in Lee County, and Artis, Waterside Shops and aboard a Pure Florida cruise in Collier County.

Inside eggs in the Norman Love Confections gift bag, winners found a prize voucher for Love’s internationally recognized chocolates or other offerings from Norman Love Confections. Inside eggs in the Mark Loren Design gift bag, winners discovered a gemstone, along with a gift certificate to have the stone set into a custom-designed piece from the award-winning jeweler. Love and Loren added something “EGGStra” to some of their prize bags: golden eggs with a high-valued prize for the winners. Two golden egg prizes from both Love and Loren were hidden in both Lee and Collier Counties, and were discovered at Edison National Bank and Citygate Ministries in Lee County and FineMark Bank and North Naples United Methodist Church in Collier County.

Loren is nationally known for offering unique and rare gemstones, innovative diamond rings, exceptional engagement and wedding bands and expert jewelry design and repair; all services are done on-site at the Fort Myers and Naples gallery locations. From celebrities to clients who appreciate wearing exclusive jewelry designs, Mark Loren Designs assures the finest one-of-a-kind sentimental jewelry pieces for lasting enjoyment. For more information, visit www.marklorendesigns.com.

Founded in 2001 by Norman and Mary Love, Norman Love Confections creates and distributes handcrafted artisanal chocolates from its corporate headquarters at 11380 Lindbergh Blvd. in Fort Myers.  The award-winning Fort Myers-based chocolatier has been lauded more than a dozen times by a leading consumer ratings magazine, including recognition six times for producing the best ultra-premium chocolates in the nation. Forbes.com included Norman Love Confections BLACK line on its list of the nation’s top 10 truffles; The Huffington Post listed it among the six best U.S. destinations in its Chocolate Lover’s Travel Guide; and USA Today named Love as one of its top 10 entrepreneurs for 2014. Love has recently been named as the inaugural inductee of Dessert Professional Magazine’s Chocolatier Hall of Fame, partnered with local chefs to present a six-course meal at the James Beard House in New York and Norman Love Confections was ranked among the top 10 shops in the world for chocolate lovers by U.K. media outlet Daily Telegraph.

Norman Love Confections has Chocolate Salons in Fort Myers, Estero and Naples, and Artisan Gelato by Norman Love is next door to the Fort Myers salon, off Daniels Parkway east of I-75. Chocolates, gift baskets, sipping chocolate and Love’s book, “Artistry in Chocolate, A Story of Love,” also can be ordered online at www.normanloveconfections.com. In addition, Norman Love Confections chocolates and desserts are offered on 18 Princess Cruises’ ships through the “Chocolate Journeys” partnership and at independent retail locations throughout the U.S. For more information visit www.normanloveconfections.com or call 239-561-7215.

Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s Earth Day Festival draws 1,200

Approximately 1,200 people came out to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s Earth Day Festival on April 16 to enjoy a day of fun and celebration oPhoto 7 - Bobka-Horatiof our water, land, wildlife and future. In addition to the variety of entertainment and activities available throughout the day, the event also featured a special naming announcement, declaring that the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s newest member, its loggerhead sea turtle, will be named Luna.

Presented in partnership with Community Foundation of Collier County, Naples Daily News and D’Latinos, the Conservancy’s largest community event of the year featured a variety of nearly 60 vendors and environmental exhibitors showcasing educational and entertaining family activities and experiences for guests to enjoy. Fun for all ages was featured throughout the event, including guest speakers, live music, live animal programs, unique exhibits, games, crafts,Photo 8 - Evan Vesely face painting and sand art. In addition to activities back by popular demand, the festival also offered many new activities, including Glen Beitman of “Super Science and Amazing Art,” an interactive edu-tainment show entitled Everglades Interactive, hands-on activities with Snapology Legos Presents “Nature’s Super Transformers,” live music from the Bug Tussle Ramblers, and a bounce house.

“This year’s Earth Day Festival was a huge success, and we really enjoyed sharing this fun and educational day with new faces, familiar friends and many Conservancy of Southwest members,” said Rob Moher, president and CEO of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. “Our annual festival provides a great opportunity for the Southwest Florida community to come together to celebrate our land, water and wildlife, and we enjoyed showcasing the many exciting features that nature has to offer, while instilling the importance of preserving its unique qualities and protecting its inhabitants to ensure that its natural beauty is upheld for generations to come.”Photo 6 - Gordon B. Eagle and Rob Moher

During this year’s event, the community had the opportunity to meet the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s new loggerhead sea turtle. The juvenile loggerhead joined the Conservancy of Southwest Florida on March 30, and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida reached out to the community to help name the new loggerhead. Visitors were able to submit their ideas in person at the Conservancy Nature Center between March 30 through April 10, and a committee of staff, interns and volunteers reviewed the submissions, selecting a name for the sea turtle, Luna.

Spanish for the word “moon,” the name Luna was suggested at the Conservancy’s Nature Center in light of the sea turtle hatchlings’ trek from land to sea. When sea turtles hatch, their instinct is to crawl towards the brightest light as they make their way from their nest to the ocean, and as sea turtles often hatch at night, many hatchlings find their way to the ocean by using the light reflected off the moon. Luna will serve as an ambassador for the loggerhead species within the Dalton Discovery Center at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, providing visitors a unique opportunity to learn Photo 4 - Geoff Kollender, Shelby Hoover and William Boyajianabout native sea turtle conservation.

About the Conservancy of Southwest Florida:

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is a not-for-profit environmental protection organization with a 50 year history focused on the issues impacting the water, land wildlife and future of Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The Conservancy accomplishes this mission through the combined efforts of its experts in the areas of environmental science, policy, education and wildlife rehabilitation. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, world-class Nature Center and von Arx Wildlife Hospital are headquartered in Naples, Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, south of the Naples Zoo off Goodlette-Frank Road. Learn more about the Conservancy’s work and how to support the quality of life in Southwest Florida www.conservancy.org.

KOVA Partners welcomes William Davis as property manager for KOVA Property Management

Bill DavisKOVA Partners, LLC is pleased to announce the hiring of William Davis, CAM, as a property manager for KOVA Property Management. In his new role at KOVA Property Management, Davis is responsible for the daily operations of 11 properties throughout Lee and Collier counties, serving as a liaison to facilitate the needs of owners, tenants and the company to ensure an efficient and profitable relationship for all parties.

Before joining KOVA Property Management, Davis studied hospitality at the University of Madrid and gained experience as an asset manager for IMC Equity Group out of Miami, Florida. He continues to lead his own consulting company, Davis Consulting Associates, Inc. and is a licensed insurance agent. Davis holds both Florida Real Estate Salesperson and Florida Community Association Manager (CAM) licenses and participates in continuing education courses to fulfill post-licensing education requirements. He has previously served as president of the board of directors for The Greens at Fountain Lakes and as a committee member for Chesapeake Cove. His expertise encompasses customer service and finance, and he prides himself in demonstrating company loyalty and ensuring strong client relations.

About KOVA Partners, LLC

KOVA Partners, LLC is a privately owned, full-service real estate firm and real estate investment fund manager engaged in the development, financing, investment, managing, insurance and leasing of a wide array of real estate investment products and services. With offices in Naples and Bonita Springs, as well as numerous strategic partnerships with third party affiliates, KOVA Partners is comprised of KOVA Commercial, KOVA Property Management and KOVA Insurance Group, and prides itself on its ability to enhance profitability for all of its clients through strategic partnerships and effective solutions. For additional information about KOVA Partners, LLC, please visit www.KOVAPartners.com or call 239-261-2627.

Conservancy of Southwest Florida reports on python research efforts, including removal of pythons totaling more than one ton

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In the last 90 days, Conservancy of Southwest Florida biologists and research partners have removed more than one ton of pythons from Collier County. Among the 43 snakes removed, was the largest male python on record in South Florida, weighing more than 140 pounds and measuring more than 16 feet in length, which was discovered in a rural area of Rookery Bay.

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Burmese pythons are cracking the code on the Southwest Florida habitat, learning how to survive and breed locally. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida has partnered with scientists and land managers from Denison University, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (RBNERR), U.S. Geological Survey and Southwest Florida Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area to study and address the ecological problem of pythons in Southwest Florida by locating pythons in the wild, working with public and private land owners where the pythons have been discovered, and removing the invasive species.

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The good work of Captain Kirkland, a captured male python, is credited for the recent discovery and removal of pythons in Collier County, made possible through the use of radio tagging. Captain Kirkland, a relatively small, nine-foot python, was radio tagged and released to rural parts of Collier County, where he was soon tracked to a large batch of both male and female pythons. Tracking efforts are led in partnership with Dr. Jeffrey Noble of Saint Francis Animal Hospital, responsible for surgically implanting radio tags within captured pythons that are then released into the wild. A total of 15 adult pythons are currently under surveillance by radio tag, leading researchers to more pythons, and enabling the team gain a better understanding of their movement patterns.

“The ecological impact of removing so many adult pythons from a relatively small area of Collier County can only be positive for our native wildlife,” said Ian Bartoszek, biologist for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. “We need to utilize all tools available and develop additional techniques to capture and remove Burmese pythons in Florida.”

????????????????????????????????????Activities encompassed through the research team’s project includes foot and road surveys to better understand the range of pythons in Southwest Florida; outreach efforts to educate land owners and land managers about pythons; mailings and billboard postings to raise awareness and gain information; removal of pythons across Southwest Florida; necropsies of collected pythons to obtain information about diet and reproductive activity; tracking pythons through radio telemetry to learn ecological habits; using radio-tagged pythons to find untagged pythons; and construction and testing of trapping methods.

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida and partners hope that ongoing research will help the team create a management strategy based on the extensive data being collected, including density of python population within certain areas, the distance they move and the changes within their range of movement.

To report an invasive species sighting, the public is asked to call 1-888-IVE-GOT1 or report via the “IveGot1” mobile app. For more information, visit www.conservancy.org.

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is a not-for-profit environmental protection organization with a 50 year history focused on the issues impacting the water, land wildlife and future of Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The Conservancy accomplishes this mission through the combined efforts of its experts in the areas of environmental science, policy, education and wildlife rehabilitation. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, world-class Nature Center and von Arx Wildlife Hospital are headquartered in Naples, Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, south of the Naples Zoo off Goodlette-Frank Road. Learn more about the Conservancy’s work and how to support the quality of life in Southwest Florida www.conservancy.org.

Norman Love and Mark Loren team up for EGGStraordinary Giveaways March 19-27

To celebrate Easter, chocolatier Norman Love Confections and jeweler Mark Loren Designs are teaming up and hiding 36 “EGGStraordinary” prizes throughout Lee and Collier counties including two GOLD eggs with “EGGStra” special prizes inside. During the week before Easter, March 19-27, prize bags from Norman Love ConfectioNLC_Bag_Stick_rtns and Mark Loren Designs will be placed throughout Lee and Collier counties at businesses, events and other high-traffic areas.

 

The prize bags will feature a special Easter egg tag with the message “You Are a Winner! Open to Discover an EGGSstraordinary Surprise!” prompting people who discover the bags to open them and look inside. Inside eggs in the Norman Love Confections gift bag, winners will find a prize voucher for Love’s internationally recognized chocolates or other offerings from Norman Love Confections. Inside eggs in the Mark Loren Design gift bag, finders will discover a gemstone, along with a gift certificate to have the stone set into a custom-designed piece from the award-winning jeweler. The vouchers will provide instructions on redeeming the prizes at a specific location by a specific date. Prize winners who post on Norman Love Confections and Mark Loren Designs social media sites using #LoveLorenEggHunt will be entered into a grand prize drawing as well.  Daily clues on the social media sites for both companies will help guide egg hunters in the right direction to discover the prizes.

 

Long-time friends, Love and Loren have partnered in the past on contests and giveaways, and both companies believe in giving back to the community, especially during the holidays. This year, they are adding something a little “eggs-tra” special worth hunting for – gold eggs that will offer a high-valued prize to the winners.Loren_Bag_Stick_rt

 

“As business owners, we like to give back to the community in a variety of ways – through charitable donations, special events, contests and especially these unexpected giveaways. It’s a special way that we can take our products outside our retail locations and celebrate the holiday with the entire community,” said Love.

 

“It’s fun to be spontaneous with our gift giving, like a game of hide and seek. We find hiding spots throughout the region and we leave little unexpected surprises along the way. After I make a drop, I like to hide nearby, waiting and watching for someone to find it, and then watch for the look on their face. It brings me as much joy as it does to the winners,” added Loren.

 

Loren is nationally known for offering unique and rare gemstones, innovative diamond rings, exceptional engagement and wedding bands and expert jewelry design and repair; all services are done on-site at the Fort Myers and Naples gallery locations. From celebrities to clients who appreciate wearing exclusive jewelry designs, Mark Loren Designs assures the finest one-of-a-kind sentimental jewelry pieces for lasting enjoyment. For more information, visit www.marklorendesigns.com.

 

Founded in 2001 by Norman and Mary Love, Norman Love Confections creates and distributes handcrafted artisanal chocolates from its corp
orate headquarters at 11380 Lindbergh Blvd. in Fort Myers.  The award-winning Fort Myers-based chocolatier has been lauded more than a dozen times by a leading consumer ratings magazine, including recognition six times for producing the best ultra-premium chocolates in the nation. Forbes.com included Norman Love Confections BLACK line on its list of the nation’s top 10 truffles; The Huffington Post listed it among the six best U.S. destinations in its Chocolate Lover’s Travel Guide; and USA Today named Love as one of its top 10 entrepreneurs for 2014. Love has recently been named as the inaugural inductee of Dessert Professional Magazine’s Chocolatier Hall of Fame, partnered with local chefs to present a six-course meal at the James Beard House in New York and Norman Love Confections was ranked among the top 10 shops in the world for chocolate lovers by U.K. media outlet Daily Telegraph.

 

Norman Love Confections has Chocolate Salons in Fort Myers, Estero and Naples, and Artisan Gelato by Norman Love is next door to the Fort Myers salon, off Daniels Parkway east of I-75. Chocolates, gift baskets, sipping chocolate and Love’s book, “Artistry in Chocolate, A Story of Love,” also can be ordered online at www.normanloveconfections.com. In addition, Norman Love Confections chocolates and desserts are offered on 18 Princess Cruises’ ships through the “Chocolate Journeys” partnership and at independent retail locations throughout the U.S. For more information visit www.normanloveconfections.com or call 239-561-7215.

Progressive Builders, Inc. hires David Wherry

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Progressive Builders, Inc. has promoted David Wherry to project consultant for the professional design and build remodeling company. In his new role, Wherry will be responsible for meeting with homeowners, coordinating with designers and working with subcontractors and suppliers to reach estimated budgets and costs.

Wherry is originally from St. Marys, West Virginia, and holds a business degree from West Virginia University. He relocated to Fort Myers in 2002 to work in the PGA golfing apprentice program, and went on to work for Home Depot, learning valuable business systems, management skills and what it takes to run a multi-million dollar business. He also owned his own commercial and residential cleaning company for six years, during which time he first worked for Progressive Builders, Inc. as a subcontractor. Wherry joined Progressive Builders, Inc. in 2012 and served as production manager before transitioning to his current role as project consultant.

“Wherry has shown great dedication to his work and his clients, and due to receiving great feedback from many clients singing his praises, we knew his advancement was a great move for our company,” said Mike Spreckelmeier, president and owner of Progressive Builders, Inc. “He has a fantastic ability to negotiate with other team members to ensure that our clients are receiving the desired outcomes for their remodeling projects, while creating an end product that is tailored to their budgeting needs.”

Progressive Builders, Inc. is a professional design and build remodeling company providing its services to Lee and Collier counties. Holding a solid reputation in the market place, Progressive Builders, Inc.’s mission is to provide the very best remodeling experience possible, and the company’s dedication to excellence has led to the creation of value and lifelong clients. Progressive Builders, Inc. is located at 12721 Metro Pkwy., Suite #2, in Fort Myers. For more information, call 239-939-5411, email contact@progressivebuilders.com or visit www.ProgressiveBuilders.com.

Pure Florida offers Cruise for Kids to benefit Lee and Collier county schools

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Pure Florida invites the Southwest Florida community to join in supporting the school districts of Lee and Collier counties by hosting Cruise for Kids Jan. 15-17 at its Fort Myers location and Jan. 22-24 at its Naples location, with cruises setting sail at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and sunset cruises departing one hour before sunset. Cruise for Kids at its Fort Myers location will benefit The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools and its Naples location will support Champions for Learning™, the education foundation in Collier County. During each location’s Cruise for Kids weekend, Pure Florida will donate a portion of the proceeds from any of Pure Florida’s cruises or activities to the foundations to fund tools and resources for teachers and students.

“As another school semester commences, Pure Florida understands that budgets can be limiting and that many teachers are pulling from their own pockets to create a quality learning environment for their students. This is why the Pure Education program at Pure Florida is dedicated to supporting local educators and their students,” said Lance Julian, co-founder of Pure Florida. “The funds raised during Cruise for Kids will support Pure Education’s mission to provide the tools and resources that are essential to creating an exceptional educational experience, and empower teachers and schools to continue making a difference in the lives and futures of Southwest Florida students.”

Pure Florida’s Pure Education program focuses on enhancing educational programming and outreach that teach students about the natural Southwest Florida environment, inspire commitment to preservation efforts and encourage future environmental scientists and marine biologists. Pure Education offers Marine Science Field Trips, which feature a hands-on opportunity for Pre-K – sixth grade students. Marine Science Field Trip options include approximately 1.5-hour and 2-hour educational cruises, sailing from Pure Florida’s Naples and Fort Myers locations. During these cruises, children work in groups to test the quality of local waterways for phosphate, nitrate, pH, salinity, turbidity and other related activities depending on length of cruise and grade level. Schools can also include engineering challenges, such as “Float Your Boat” and “Submersibles” for students to participate in. Marine Science Field Trips are $15 per child and $15 per adult chaperones with free admission for teachers. All programming is coordinated with the Next Generation Florida Sunshine State Science Standards, and curriculum outlines with vocabulary and ideas for additional activities are provided to each teacher.

Pure Florida offers a variety of marine experiences that showcase the natural beauty of Southwest Florida including sightseeing, river and sunset cruises, popular with passengers of all ages. Tours are guided by Coast Guard-certified captains, also master naturalists, highlighting Southwest Florida and the unique wildlife native to this region. In addition to its cruises, Pure Florida offers eco-shelling-dolphin tours, fishing trips and charters, jet boat thrill rides, boat rentals, and Jet Ski rentals and tours. The M/V Double Sunshine departs from the historic Tin City, located at 1200 Fifth Ave. S. in Naples and the M/V Edison Explorer departs from The Marina at Edison Ford, located at 2360 W. First St. in Fort Myers. For more information on Pure Florida and its cruises, visit www.PureFL.com.

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools is a private 501(c)(3) organization established in 1986. Its mission is to enhance and enrich the quality of public education in Lee County for students and educators through programs, resources and experiences made possible through corporate, individual and educational partnerships. For more information on The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, visit www.LeeSchoolFoundation.org.

Champions for Learning™, the education foundation in Collier County, was founded in 1990, and is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that makes it possible for our community to impact lives by enriching the environment for learning through educators and directly with students. For more information on Champions for Learning™, visit www.ChampionsForLearning.org.

About Pure Florida

In 2009, father-and-son duo Captains Lance and Harry Julian acquired the Naples-based Double Sunshine and Lady Brett fishing vessel, and have grown the company to include 19 vessels and two locations providing a variety of unique eco-excursions for its visitors that incorporate maritime history, tourism, sightseeing and entertainment. With locations in Naples and Fort Myers, the water attraction company offers sunset and specialty cruises as well as boat and Jet Ski rentals, fishing charters, group events and educational field trips for schools and students. In addition to Pure Florida, the founders are also partners in Marine Team International and Pure Image Productions, providing professional marine consulting, television and video production and photography services. With a long history in maritime productions, Lance and Harry Julian have helped to create some of the most memorable water scenes in film production, with credits including “Titanic” and “Waterworld,” and television credits such as the reality show, “Survivor.” As the fifth and sixth generation working within the maritime industry, Lance and Harry Julian enjoy sharing their passion and expertise with fellow adventurers in the Southwest Florida area. For more information, visit www.PureFL.com or call its Naples location at 239-263-4949 or its Fort Myers location at 239-919-2965.

Tickets, sponsorships still available for Oct. 29 Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida’s 2015 Business Hall of Fame, Collier County

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Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida has announced that tickets and sponsorships are still available for the upcoming 2015 Business Hall of Fame, Collier County, to be held Thursday, Oct. 29 at the Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples.

Junior Acthumbnail5LNVPSJHhievement of Southwest Florida’s Business Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who serve as role models for youth through their professional accomplishments and commitment to the community. During the event, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida will induct Reinhold Schmieding of Arthrthumbnailex, Inc. and Brian Stock of Stock Development into the 2015 Business of Hall of Fame, Collier County.

Business sponsorships are still available and include entrance to the event with premium diamond sponsorships at $10,000, platinum level sponsorships for $7,500 and gold level sponsorships for $5,000. These levels include eight seats, with an additional two seats reserved for students. Additional sponsorships available are silver sponsor level for $1,800 (eight seats with two additional seats for students) and bronze sponsor level for $900 which includes tables of four plus a reserved seat for one student. Individual seats are also available for $250 each.

Sponsors also are needed to support student admission, which is $125 per ticket. Junior Achievement students attending the event will have an opportunity to practice their etiquette skills while interacting with local professionals. Additionally, full-page and half-page advertisements are available in the event program book for $1,000 and $500. To reserve tables, individual tickets or to become a sponsor, call the Junior Achievement office at 239-225-2590 or visit www.JASWFL.org. Proceeds benefit local Junior Achievement programs.

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida announces sponsors for 2015 Business Hall of Fame, Collier County

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Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida is proud to announce the sponsors of the 2015 Business Hall of Fame, Collier County, to be held on Thursday, Oct. 29 at the Naples Grande Beach Resort. This year’s event title sponsors are Mutual of Omaha and Mutual of Omaha Bank. The platinum sponsors are Arthrex, Inc., Barron Collier Companies, MHK Architecture and Planning and Structure Medical, LLC. This year’s gold sponsors include Bank of America, Coleman Yovanovich Koester, DeAngelis Diamond Construction, Entech, Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida, Hodges University, IBERIABANK, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Minto Communities, Naples Daily News and Quarles & Brady.

During the event, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida will induct Reinhold Schmieding of Arthrex, Inc. and Brian Stock of Stock Development into the 2015 Business of Hall of Fame, Collier County. The prestigiothumbnail5LNVPSJHus award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who serve as role models for youth through their professional accomplishments and commitment to the community.

Business sponsorships are still available and include entrance to the event with premium diamond sponsorships at $10,000, platinum level sponsorships for $7,500 and gold level sponsorships for $5,000. These levels include eight seats, with an additional two seats reserved for students. Additional sponsorships available are silver sponsor level for $1,800 (eight seats with two additional seats for students) and bronze sponsor level for $900 which includes tables of four plus a reserved seat for one student. Individual seats are also available for $250 each.

Sponsors also are needed to support student admission, which is $125 per ticket. Junior Achievement students attending the event will have an opportunity to practice their etiquette skills while interacting with local professionals. Additionally, full-page and half-page advertisements are available in the event program book for $1,000 and $500. To reserve tables, individual tickets or to become a sponsor, call the Junior Achievement office at 239-225-2590 or visit www.JASWFL.org. Proceeds benefit local Junior Achievement programs.

 

Pure Florida supports local teachers with back-to-school cruise

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Pure Florida recently partnered with Trinity-by-the-Cove Church’s Community and Trinity outreach program on Aug. 4 to present Parkside Elementary School in Naples with a back-to-school appreciation event for teachers and school staff, in honor of the school’s continued academic achievement. Pure Florida brought 82 passengers aboard the Naples-based M/V Double Sunshine for an exclusive 90-minute breakfast cruise to ready school personnel for the upcoming academic year.

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In a recent thank you letter from Parkside Elementary School’s principal, Tamie Stewart, the school expressed gratitude for the support from Pure Florida and Trinity-by-the-Cove Church.

“Our theme for this school year is ‘Sailing to Success by Giving Our Best,’ and you certainly helped us kick off the sailing part of that in grand fashion! It was a pleasure to meet some of the Pure Florida team, as well as the wonderful Trinity-by-the-Cove folks who helped out,” Stewart wrote. “Your support through your gift of this cruise helps us in providing ‘perks’ for our staff to recognize the tremendous effort they put forth each day, as part of building that positive culture. Thank you again for helping make the Parkside vision become a reality.”

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The recent event was the second back-to-school teacher appreciation breakfast cruise that the water attraction company provided to the school personnel at Parkside Elementary School. The staff at Pure Florida believes in supporting local schools and enjoyed providing the relaxing morning to admirable Collier County teachers.

“Pure Florida is very grateful for the opportunity to support the local community and we were excited to provide this fun-filled morning to the deserving staff at Parkside Elementary School,” said Captain Lance Julian, co-founder of Pure Florida. “We greatly appreciate the teachers and school staff within our community that have devoted themselves to helping future generations succeed and we are happy to extend our thanks to this school.”

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Christine Bezjak, Jenna Jones, Tom Gemmer and Tamie Stewart

The M/V Double Sunshine departs from the historic Tin City, located at 1200 Fifth Ave. S. in Naples and the M/V Edison Explorer departs from The Marina at Edison Ford, located at 2360 W. First St. in Fort Myers. For more information on Pure Florida and its cruises, visit www.PureFL.com or call 239-263-4949.

About Pure Florida

In 2009, father-and-son duo Captains Lance and Harry Julian acquired the Naples-based Double Sunshine and Lady Brett fishing vessel, and have grown the company to include 19 vessels and two locations providing a variety of unique eco-excursions for its visitors that incorporate maritime history, tourism, sightseeing and entertainment. With locations in Fort Myers and Naples, the water attraction company offers sunset and specialty cruises as well as boat and Jet Ski rentals, fishing charters and group events. In addition to Pure Florida, the founders are also partners in Marine Team International and Pure Image Productions, providing professional marine consulting, television and video production and photography services. With a long history in maritime productions, Lance and Harry Julian have helped to create some of the most memorable water scenes in film production, with credits including “Titanic” and “Waterworld,” and television credits such as the reality show, “Survivor.” As the fifth and sixth generation working within the maritime industry, Lance and Harry Julian enjoy sharing their passion and expertise with fellow adventurers in the Southwest Florida area. For more information, visit www.PureFL.com or call its Fort Myers location at 239-919-2965 or its Naples location at 239-494-5595.