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.

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.

See the sea turtles: Conservancy of Southwest Florida offers last chance to see Turtles on the Town loggerhead sculptures and the real resident loggerhead, Betsy

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Photo 1 - Off like a heard of turtles by marjorie pesekFor two weeks, 15 of the Turtles on the Town sculptures are on display at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center, now through March 23. In addition to the final opportunity to view the sculptures, now is the final chance to give the turtles permanent homes in the community. The community is urged to support this project by bidding in the online auction, open now through 7:30 p.m. on March 23, 2016. Click here to access the auction catalog, register and start bidding.

No place for a turtle at your home? Please consider bidding on a turtle to be donated to a local nonprofit or public space. The Conservancy will work with interested bidders to find a suitable home.

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Learn more about Turtles on the Town, a community arts and education project benefitting the Community Foundation of Collier County, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, and the United Arts Council at www.turtlesonthetown.com.

Say Goodbye to Betsy 

While visiting the Turtles on the Town exhibit, guests can say goodbye to Betsy, the Conservancy’s beloved loggerhead turtle. Betsy has grown up, and is now large enough to be released into the wild. As soon as conditions are right, she will be released into the Ten Thousand Islands.

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See her one last time in the Dalton Discovery Center at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center before she is off to start her new life. Learn more about Betsy the loggerhead and the amazing story about how she got her name at www.conservancy.org/nature-center/dalton-discovery-center/betsy-sandstrom.

 

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, Fla., 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.

Magic Under the Mangroves™ raises $1.2 million to benefit the Conservancy of Southwest Florida

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The Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s 12th annual Magic Under the Mangroves™ gala dinner and auction fundraiser raised $1.2 million to benefit the organization. Presented by Northern Trust, Magic Under the Mangroves™ recognizes the continuing importance of protecting the natural environment and quality of life in Southwest Florida, and the event is a key source of revenue for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. All proceeds from the fundraiser support the Conservancy’s mission to protect our water, land, wildlife and future.

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“As one of the top charitable events in Southwest Florida, and our largest annual fundraiser at the Conservancy, Magic Under the Mangroves™ is an important part of funding the work we do daily to protect Southwest Florida’s natural resources,” said Rob Moher, president and CEO of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. “The funds raised from this event will allow us to continue the influential work of our biologists, policy advocates, education team and wildlife rehabilitation staff, allowing us to make a difference in Southwest Florida for years to come. We extend our sincerest thanks to all who joined us in making this year’s event such a success.”

One of the highlights of the evening was an exceptional video experience. Calling attention to the majesty of the environment, the video emphasized that the natural beauty of our beaches, estuaries and the Everglades are not to be taken for granted. The video also portrayed the unique qualities of the Conservancy, noting how the organization’s initiatives impact the local environment and benefit its inhabitants.

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The visionary of this immersive journey through Southwest Florida’s natural treasures was Conservancy supporter and board member, William Boyajian of Port Royal Jewelers, who served as chairman for the 2016 Magic Under the Mangroves™ event.

“When you love something, it is your responsibility to protect it, and I am passionate about the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and Magic Under the Mangroves™ because I believe that it is up to us to care for the world we live in,” Boyajian said. “Magic Under the Mangroves™ is all about protecting what we love about Southwest Florida, and this video demonstrates all that is at stake, and why we should be investing in the future of our community.”

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“We have all been touched in some way by the power of nature, and we recognize the deeper value in preserving the natural beauty of Southwest Florida. Our home is truly like no other, and Magic Under the Mangroves™ does so much to protect our water, land, wildlife and future,” said Ken Krier, board chair of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s board of directors. “We believe that there is no better way to ensure the success of our mission, than to get people excited about what we do, and we are honored to receive such passionate support from our Southwest Florida community.”

In addition to Northern Trust as the presenting sponsor, supporting sponsors of the Magic Under the Mangroves™ event include AVMedia, Gulfshore Life, Florida Weekly, NBC-2 and the Naples Daily News.

For more information on Magic Under the Mangroves™, call 239-403-4218 or visit www.conservancy.org/events/magic-under-the-mangroves.

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, Fla., 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.

Tumaini Fund to Host Colors of Hope Benefit Gala

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Proceeds to Aid Impoverished Orphans and Widows in Tanzania

The Naples-based nonprofit organization Tumaini Fund USA will host its annual “Colors of Hope” benefit gala March 19 to raise funds to help thousands of  impoverished AIDS orphans and widows in the Kagera region of northwest Tanzania, one of the poorest regions of the world. The event, which will begin at 6 p.m. at the Naples Sailing & Yacht Club at 896 River Point Drive in Naples, will feature live and silent auctions of fine artwork, luxury travel packages to Napa Valley; Camden, Maine; and Cordon Bleu of Ottawa, Canada. Ticket price of $95 includes dinner buffet, two drink tickets, entertainment, valet parking and a presentation by Tumaini Fund CEO and founder, Dr. Susan Wilson.

Event proceeds will help Tumaini Fund USA continue its support for more than 25,000 Tanzanian orphans, supplying them with necessities such as food, blankets, mosquito nets and access to clean water. The Tumaini Fund strongly promotes educational opportunities in order to help orphans become self-sufficient and end the cycle of poverty.

“The Colors of Hope gala is our largest fundraiser of the year and we hope the 2016 event is more successful than ever before,” said Rick Swope, president of Tumaini Fund USA. “This organization has brought hope to the lives of so many children and it wouldn’t be possible without the giving spirit of the Southwest Florida community.”

To register for the event, email info@tumainifundusa.org. For more information, contact Grace Gokturk at 501-454-8428 or bluedatca@gmail.com, or visit www.TumainiFundUSA.org.

About Tumaini Fund USA

Tumaini Fund USA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Naples, Florida and was founded in 2009 to help alleviate the suffering of an estimated 200,000 impoverished AIDS widows and orphans in Kagera, the northwest province of Tanzania, Africa. Tumaini is the Swahili word for “Hope,” and the organization was named accordingly because it strives to bring hope to the Kagera people who live in one of the poorest regions in the world. Tumaini Fund USA currently supports 25,000 orphans by working to improve their health, providing basic needs and encouraging education to help them become self-sufficient and break the cycle of poverty. The organization prioritizes education and provides educational resources such as school supplies and building classrooms while helping to meet basic needs such as nutritional support, clothing, housing, mosquito nets and access to clean water. For more information, visit www.TumainiFundUSA.org or email info@TumainiFundUSA.org. Follow the organization on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TumainiFundUSA or on Twitter @TumainiFundUSA.

Bell Tower Shops hosts Super Pug Fest on Jan. 30

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Bell Tower Shops is teaming up with the Gulf Coast Humane Society to host Super Pug Fest Jan. 30, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Center Court at Bell Tower Shops. The free event is open to the public and all breeds. Super Pug Fest will feature pet contests, a silent auction, vendor/sponsor activities and entertainment for pets and humans alike. The event is a fun dog-centered fundraiser with proceeds to benefit the Gulf Coast Humane Society (GCHS), a no-kill shelter located in Fort Myers. Admission is free, with a $10 donation to compete in a SUPER contest and a $5 donation for additional contest categories.

A variety of SUPER contests will take place throughout the Super Pug Fest including a Superhero Look-Alike Contest, which will honor all Marvel Comics characters in two categories: Ready Made Costumes and Hand Crafted Costumes. There will be a Super Powers & Skills Competition to showcase the pet contestant’s best super power skills to the audience and the Captain America Obstacle Course, a micro agility course that will attempt to defy super-dog abilities. For the hairiest mutts with wolf-like features a Wicked Wolverine contest will take place and HulkMania Madness will feature the largest and most incredible canines in Southwest Florida.

Discounted rates at pet friendly hotels are available for those attending Super Pug Fest from out of town, call 877-411-FIDO to speak with a pet travel expert. For more information on the upcoming Super Pug Fest event or to become a sponsor, call 239-332-0364. To learn more about pet adoption or other ways to help, visit www.gulfcoasthumanesociety.org.

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.

Matanzas on the Bay raises $880 for Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida

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Matanzas on the Bay has raised a total of $880 for the Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida through its annual fundraising event, which was held Dec. 11 at Matanzas on the Bay on Fort Myers Beach. Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida held a raffle drawing, and Matanzas on the Bay contributed five percent of the day’s sales, all to benefit Southwest Florida’s only professional core chorus. Throughout the day, guests had the opportunity to enjoy caroling by the Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida, followed by an evening of live performances from Father Al and the Jazz Congregation and Terry Stewart.

“It is an honor to once again hold our annual fundraiser for Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida, and we are extremely thankful for those who joined us in supporting such a great organization,” said Glen Petrarca, general manager of Matanzas on the Bay. “This is one of the many ways that Matanzas on the Bay remains involved in the great community of Southwest Florida, and we are excited to have the opportunity to share this involvement with our valued guests.”

To learn more about the Symphonic Chorale, visit www.SymphonicChorale.org. For more information about Matanzas on the Bay, call 239-463-3838 or visit www.MatanzasontheBay.com.

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 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.

Conservancy of Southwest Florida presents second annual Water Works Luncheon Jan. 20 to promote water advocacy

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Global Water Policy Project founder to give keynote

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida will host its second annual Water Works Luncheon, an event which advocates for Southwest Florida’s most valuable natural resource, water. The fundraising event will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 11:30 a.m. at Naples Yacht Club, located at 700 14th Ave. S. in Naples. The event will feature a meet and greet with the featured speaker and organization staff, served lunch and keynote presentation by Sandra Postel, National Geographic Freshwater Fellow and founder of the Global Water Policy Project. Proceeds from the luncheon will support the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s efforts to protect water quality, fisheries and estuaries in Southwest Florida.

With more than 25 years of experience working to resolve water challenges, Postel is an expert on international freshwater issues and related ecosystems. An award-winning author, Postel has developed books, scholarly articles and popular writings on fresh water, and also serves as Freshwater Fellow for the National Geographic Society. Postel founded the Global Water Policy Project in 1994, dedicating the organization to advocating for the protection and sustainable consumption of the world’s freshwater supply.

“Clean water is essential to all life, and is truly the foundation of Southwest Florida and its economy. Our annual Water Works Luncheon offers an engaging environment that provides participants with the opportunity to learn more about the Conservancy’s efforts, converse with like-minded individuals and to get involved in protecting the clean water supply in Southwest Florida,” said Rob Moher, President and CEO of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. “It is up to our community to protect this natural resource and preserve it for future generations. We look forward to encouraging our community to make a difference in Southwest Florida.”

The presenting sponsor of the Water Works event is The Naples Trust Company, and supporting sponsors are Naples Yacht Club, Presstige Printing and Waller Financial Planning Group. For more information, or to purchase your seat at the upcoming Water Works Luncheon, visit www.conservancy.org/water-works or call 239-430-2466.

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.