Lee County/Horizon Council now accepting applications for the 25th annual Industry Appreciation Awards honoring local businesses

HC 25 Anniversary logoTo salute excellence in Lee County’s business community, the Lee County Economic Development Office and the Horizon Council are seeking submissions for the 25th annual Industry Appreciation Awards. The honorees will be recognized during the Industry Appreciation luncheon on Thursday, Aug. 25 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Estero. Networking begins at 10:30 a.m. and the program is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Horizon Council will honor businesses in four categories:

  • the LocalLee Grown Business Award will be awarded to a company that was founded in Lee County and is distinguished by its operational excellence and commitment to the vibrance of Southwest Florida’s business climate;
  • the Business Citizenship Award honors a company whose financial, volunteer and active involvement in organizations and programs have helped create a better quality of life in Lee County;
  • the Emerging Business Leader Award will be awarded to a relative newcomer to Lee County that is experiencing marked growth while introducing inventive products, services or business practices;
  • the Bruce T. Gora Legacy Award has been added to honor the 25th anniversary of the Industry Appreciation Awards. It recognizes an individual who during the last 25 years has established a history of distinguished service and contributions to the betterment and growth of Lee County’s business community.

Applications for the 2016 Industry Appreciation Awards are now being accepted online at LeeCountyBusiness.com. The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 27.

The Horizon Council is a public-private board established in 1991 to advise the Lee County Board of Commissioners on economic development issues. The Council has over 70members representing six cities; chambers of commerce; economic development and trade organizations; community, business, and education organizations; along with various officers and at-large members.  TheLee County Economic Development Office works to attract new and diversified businesses to the area, and improve the overall business environment in Lee County. For more information, visit www.leecountybusiness.com or call 239-338-3161.

Red Sox, Twins draw record number of fans during Spring Training 2016

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Florida’s Spring Training Baseball reached a record high per game attendance this season, with the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins ranking No. 2 and No. 3 respectively, for largest crowds during the 2016 Major League Baseball Spring Training Games. Florida hosts 15 Florida Grapefruit League teams, and Lee County is the Spring Training home to the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park and the Minnesota Twins at Hammond Stadium at the CenturyLink Sports Complex.

In 2016, the Boston Red Sox played 15 games at JetBlue Park with a total attendance of 149,397, with an average of 9,960 attendees per game. The largest crowd tallied 10,103 on March 10, when the Red Sox played the Minnesota Twins.

At Hammond Stadium at the CenturyLink Sports Complex, the Minnesota Twins also played 15 games in 2016, and the total attendance was 121,005, with an average per game of 8,067 attendees. Their largest crowd peaked at 9,109, when the Twins took on the New York Yankees on Sunday, March 20.

Attendance figures are compiled by the Florida Sports Foundation from daily box scores of games, between Major League teams played in the State of Florida, and verified by each of the 15 teams in the Florida Grapefruit League.

The estimated total economic impact for the Red Sox and Twins spring training seasons in Lee County is $48 million annually. That’s according to a 2009 study, the most recent for which such Lee County data is available.

Lee County Sports Development was created in 2003 to meet the growing demand for sports development in Lee County, and is recognized by the Florida Sports Foundation as one of the state’s 25 Regional Sports Commissions. The Lee County Sports Development office leads the recruitment and implementation of amateur and professional sports events and activities in Lee County, with the goal of providing economic impact to Lee County. Through local partnerships with Lee County Parks & Recreation and others, the Lee County Sports Development office provides services designed to address the needs of local, national and international sports entities including housing, access to venues, event management, transportation assistance, event promotion, marketing and local sponsorship opportunities. For more information, call 239-533-5273 or visit www.leegov.com/sports.

Cape Coral BMX Eagle Classic returns to Lee County April 30 – May 1

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Lee County will host the Cape Coral BMX Club’s Cape Coral BMX Eagle Classic April 30 through May 1 at the Strausser BMX Park, 1410 SW 6th Place in Cape Coral. Sanctioned by Florida BMX Association, this year’s event will be the fourth year held in Lee County, bringing a total of 800 riders to compete in Cape Coral, with 500 participants traveling to the area and 300 from Southwest Florida. The Cape Coral BMX Eagle Classic is free and open to spectators.
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Last year’s event resulted in approximately 1,000 hotel room nights, $5,000 in resort tax and $300,000 in direct economic impact.

“This is a unique sporting opportunity for the Southwest Florida community to come out and enjoy, and we are looking forward to an exciting event,” said Jeff Mielke, executive director of Lee County Sports Development. “Our community is a great destination for a wide variety of sports activities and competitions, and the Cape Coral BMX Eagle Classic is a great example of the many spectacular events that are held right here in Lee County.”

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Lee County Sports Development was created in 2003 to meet the growing demand for sports development in Lee County, and is recognized by the Florida Sports Foundation as one of the state’s 25 Regional Sports Commissions. The Lee County Sports Development office leads the recruitment and implementatCape Coral BMXion of amateur and professional sports events and activities in Lee County, with the goal of providing economic impact to Lee County. Through local partnerships with Lee County Parks & Recreation and others, the Lee County Sports Development office provides services designed to address the needs of local, national and international sports entities including housing, access to venues, event management, transportation assistance, event promotion, marketing and local sponsorship opportunities. For more information, call 239-533-5273 or visit www.leegov.com/sports.

 

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

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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.

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.

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.

Lee County Sports Development scores another record-setting year for sports tourism

2015 Roy Hobbs World SeriesLee County Sports Development hosted 115 amateur sporting events in 2015, marking its second-highest year on record and bringing 148,073 sports visitors to Lee County last year. During 2015, the events resulted in 152,400 hotel room nights sold and $61,465,750 in direct visitor spending. The figures were announced Thursday at the Lee County Tourist Development Council monthly meeting.

“Lee County continues to be a leading destination for world-class sports,” said Jeff Mielke, executive director, Lee County Sports Development. “Once again, we hosted a record number of events last year, and that continues to keep our facilities and maintenance team from Lee County Parks & Recreation extremely busy, yet they continue to keep our fields and complexes in top quality condition. We are grateful for their commitment to making Lee County one of the most desirable locations for amateur and professional sporting events.”

Among the 2015 highlights:

  • To accommodate its West Coast divisions, the North American Roller Hockey Championships split its championships into west and east coast events, causing a drop in July sports tourism numbers over last year when the entire event was hosted in Lee County. Still, July 2015 events resulted in 29,117 room nights sold.
  • Perfect Game in October was a major player in setting an October all-time high with 16,206 room nights.
  • November was the second-highest hitting month in terms of room nights, event attendance and spending. The Roy Hobbs World Series and Senior Softball Winter Nationals, as well as a number of other amateur events, resulted in 23,569 room nights sold and $11,490,049 in direct economic impact.
  • In December, Everblades Youth Hockey Invitational, the Perfect Game Underclass Showcase, City of Palms Basketball Classic and USA Gymnastics brought in a strong showing of visitors. However, the Florida State Senior Games were on a mandated two-year rotation, and their absence in Lee County in December led to a decrease in spending and room nights over December 2015.

“With NARCh’s east-west split and Senior Games on a two-year mandated rotation, we experienced a very slight decrease in overall spending and room nights in 2015 compared to 2014,” Mielke said.

The Florida State S2015 Open Water Festivalenior Games’ event regulations allow communities to serve as a host location for only two consecutive years at a time, and as Lee County held the Florida State Senior Games in 2013 and 2014, it was unable to host the event in 2015. Lee County anticipates the return of the Florida State Senior Games, following the mandated two-year hiatus. “We look forward to the return of Florida State Senior Games and bringing additional events to Lee County in the coming year,” Mielke said.

Operated by Lee County Parks and Recreation, Lee County’s five county-owned baseball complexes play host to more than 200 days of amateur baseball tournaments a year when they aren’t being used for spring training games.

In 2014 – the largest year for sports tourism in Lee County – Lee County hosted 113 amateur sports events, bringing 158,194 sports visitors, 159,530 hotel room nights sold and $63 million in direct visitor spending to Lee County.

Lee County Sports Development was created in 2003 to meet the growing demand for sports development in Lee County, and is recognized by the Florida Sports Foundation as one of the state’s 25 Regional Sports Commissions. The Lee County Sports Development office leads the recruitment and implementation of amateur and professional sports events and activities in Lee County, with the goal of providing economic impact to Lee County. Through local partnerships with Lee County Parks & Recreation and others, the Lee County Sports Development office provides services designed to address the needs of local, national and international sports entities including housing, access to venues, event management, transportation assistance, event promotion, marketing and local sponsorship opportunities. For more information, call 239-533-5273 or visit www.leegov.com/sports.

Owen-Ames-Kimball hires Rick Mercer as project manager

Owen-Ames-Kimball (O-A-K), a Fort Myers-based construction contracting and management company, has hired Rick Mercer as project manager.

Mercer has over 2Rick Mercer5 years of experience in the construction industry serving in previous roles as construction engineer, land development director, operations manager and most recently as director of construction for all 171 of Florida’s State Parks from Pensacola to Key West. Mercer has a degree in Civil Engineering, is a Florida Certified General Contractor and has served in the role of guest-professor for college level courses on community development. As development director, Mercer has led multi-discipline professional teams in the design, permitting and construction of heavy-civil site infrastructure and vertical construction projects ranging in size from small commercial sites to $100 million master planned communities. Mercer also has experience in commercial land acquisition, land management, and as a prior business owner, provided consulting services to financial institutions related to real estate asset portfolio management.

Owen-Ames-Kimball Company has provided premier general contracting, design-build, and construction management services in Southwest Florida since 1982. OAK’s Florida operation is an affiliate of its parent company located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Florida operation has offices in Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties. Its Lee County office is located at 11941 Fairway Lakes Drive in Fort Myers. Learn more about OAK at www.owen-ames-kimball.com.

School District of Lee County participating in Diversity Teacher Recruitment Virtual Career Fair April 19

 

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Prospective educators are invited to chat with representatives from The School District of Lee County, Florida at the Diversity Teacher Recruitment Virtual Career Fair, hosted by DIVERSITY in Ed, on April 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST at www.CareerEco.com/events/DiversityinEd. The District is currently hiring for the 2016-2017 school year, and diverse candidates who are seeking careers in the field of education will have an opportunity to learn more about the School District of Lee County and take part in one-on-one chats with District representatives in a live virtual setting.

The District’s efforts to put “The Right Talent in the Right Place” mean that new teachers will receive the support and necessary resources that will enable them to share their talents and succeed upon entering the field of education. A full range of teaching positions are available for future educators, as the District is currently seeking elementary teachers for grades K-5, special education teachers, science and mathematics teachers, and reading and language arts teachers. For current listings, visit the District’s career page at www.leeschools.net/careers.

The School District of Lee County serves more than 93,000 students in 96 schools and is the ninth-largest school district in Florida. Located on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, the District serves Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, Cape Coral, Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Pine Island, Bonita Springs, Lehigh Acres and Alva. People come from all over the world to enjoy Lee County’s beautiful beaches, boating, fishing, watersports and nature attractions. Most importantly, Lee County is a community of people who care about the education of children.

The School District of Lee County provides competitive benefits, and continuing education opportunities are available at Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida SouthWestern State College and other local colleges and universities. The District includes a Microsoft Certified High School, Dunbar High School; a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, The Sanibel School; and one of the top International Baccalaureate High Schools in the world, Fort Myers High School.

Registration for the Diversity Teacher Recruitment Virtual Career Fair is free and open to all jobseekers. For more information or to register, visit www.CareerEco.com/events/DiversityinEd. For more information on applying to the School District of Lee County, email careers@leeschools.net.

About The School District of Lee County: Lee County Public Schools is the ninth-largest district in Florida and the 33rd-largest district in the United States. The District educates more than 93,000 students in grades K-12 and is a model for others in the state and around the nation. With approximately 10,000 full- and part-time employees, the District is one of the county’s largest employers. As the District builds new schools and renovates and expands existing facilities to accommodate the unprecedented growth experienced in the last several years, the District has become one of Southwest Florida’s largest developers.

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.