Gulfshore Business Daily: April 11

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The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce will host the  “Get Connected” luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on April 18 at Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport-Town Center in Fort Myers. The luncheon features 10 professionals who are considered industry experts in their respective fields, from branding and wellness to website development and team building. During lunch, guests can participate in an educational roundtable aimed at helping small businesses thrive in Southwest Florida’s marketplace. Admission to the April luncheon is $30 for chamber members and $40 for guests. To learn more or to register for the event, visit or call (239) 332-3624.


Collier Child Care Resources’ (CCCR) early childhood education symposium, “The Challenges of Behavior–Is There No End!?” will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on on May 18 at Avow Ispiri Community Center in Naples. This educational course is open to early childhood teachers, administrators and parents with young children. School psychologist and professor Ron Davis (pictured left) will help participants understand the “whys” behind behavior of young children, which can create issues for the child as well as the adult engaging with them, according to a press release. Davis will explain the meaning of behaviors and ways to plan more effectively for intervention. The cost is $30 per person. For more information or to register, visit or call (239) 643-3908. A certificate is available upon completion, and participants with earn .04 CEUs with an additional $18 fee paid to FLAEYC.


Friends of Foster Children Forever’s (FFCF) board of directors announces Ann Hughes (pictured right) as executive director as of April 1.  For the past seven years, CEO Jane Billings has led the nonprofit to new heights in serving the needs of foster children and their caregivers will continue to provide support for a smooth transition. Billings plans to retire July 1. Hughes previously owned a PR and marketing firm followed by five years as director of donor services at the Community Foundation of Collier County. She has also served as a foster family and on the Citizens Foster Care Review Panel.


The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida has once again achieved the GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information. The Harry Chapin Food Bank earned the accolade because of its superior transparency, financial accountability, and impact, a press release states. The food bank’s GuideStar profile includes in-depth financial information as well as qualitative information about its mission and goals. This information helps provide donors and funders meaningful data to evaluate the food bank. GuideStar’s database provides information on about 2.7 million organizations. The Harry Chapin Food Bank’s profile can be accessed at


Sagewood Institute has welcomed Iliadys Mayor as the institute’s registered nurse in charge of the esthetic department. She will be working closely with the doctors and nurse practitioners. Mayor has been a medical aesthetician for more than six years and has advanced training and certifications in PRP treatments, Botox injections, medical grade chemical peel, laser treatment, cool sculpting, permanent makeup and medical grade facials.


Joe Turner has returned to Hodges University as senior marketing and alumni outreach content creator. In this position, he is responsible for overseeing the university’s alumni relations initiatives, in addition to creating and writing marketing content that supports the university’s overall brand presence. He brings nearly 20 years of marketing, public relations and alumni relations expertise. Prior to rejoining Hodges University, he was the director of institutional promotions and development at Florida SouthWestern State College. Previously at Hodges University, he was the director of public relations and alumni affairs. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in media arts and communications from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.


Wilson Creative Group (WCG) has named Rob Kerns as the company’s new digital analyst. Kerns possesses more than a decade of hands-on coding expertise and spent three years at WCG as web developer. In his new role, Kerns is responsible for managing the digital advertising for all of the agency’s clients, including pay per click, search engine optimization, and programmatic advertising services. He analyzes results for clients monthly and provides in-depth reporting and recommendations based on trends in the data. In addition to his new role at WCG, Kerns has also been named the digital analyst of Sprickit, the agency’s new venture focusing primarily on all facets of the digital world. Kerns holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in graphic design from McDaniel College.


Babies in Bloom event to benefit Baby Basics

Babies in Bloom, benefiting Baby Basics of Collier County, will take place from 4-6 p.m. on April 17 at  Cosmos Ristorante & Pizzeria in Naples. Naples Mayor Bill Barnett, a longtime supporter of Baby Basics of Collier County, will serve as honorary bartender of the event, hosted by Gianluca and Eva Corso. With a $10 minimum donation, Babies in Bloom guests will receive a martini or special cocktail. Silent auction items include a firehouse tour with a ride in a fire truck; a dolphin watch eco tour for four; a baseball signed by Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale; a Naples Sunset Cruise for 10; an exclusive airport experience for three people including a tour of the airport and facilities, followed by a wine and cheese reception and a 30-minute sunset discovery flight over Naples; and more.

21st Century C.A.R.E. foundation to host 5K run, two-mile walk

21st Century C.A.R.E., the independent charitable foundation of the nation’s largest integrated cancer provider, 21st Century Oncology, is hosting its seventh annual “Race Against Head and Neck Cancer” 5K Run/2-Mile Walk on April 27. The race will start at 8 a.m. at CenturyLink Sports Complex at Hammond Stadium. All of the funds raised will be used locally to provide financial assistance to head and neck cancer patients in need, as well as to conduct head and neck cancer screenings throughout Southwest Florida. Registration through April 13 is $25 for adults (ages 18-plus) and $15 for youth (ages 17 and under). After April 13, the cost of registration increases to $30 for adults and $20 for youth. Children under the age of 5 can participate in the event for free. The first 100 people to register will receive a complimentary race T-shirt and gift bag. Refreshments will be provided. Participants can also enjoy awards and chance drawings after the race. For more information, to register, or to donate, click here or call (239) 936-3756.

Lee County Bar Foundation tournament to benefit area nonprofits

The annual Lee County Bar Association Foundation Charity Golf Tournament will be held on May 4 at The Forest Country Club’s Bear Course. Check-in begins at 7 a.m., and the four-player scramble begins at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start. Putting, long drive and closest-to-the-pin contests will take place within the round, as will several other opportunities to win prizes. A light breakfast and coffee will precede tee time, and a catered luncheon in The Forest’s new clubhouse will follow the golf, along with the auctions. Sponsorships are available, and auction items are still being accepted. Player registration ends on April 26. The cost is $150 per player and $550 per foursome. Register to play at Contact Lisa Poulin at (239) 334-0047 or to learn about sponsorships, auction donations and other ways to support the foundation.

Everglades Chapter of the CMAA donates to Youth Haven

Youth Haven has received a $35,000 donation from the Everglades Chapter of the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA). The funds come from their most recent charity golf classic and gala at the Bonita Bay Club. The CMAA’s contribution each year allows Youth Haven to continue protecting and empowering children, and strengthening families in Southwest Florida, a press release states.

Collier Senior Resources promotes Stamp Out Hunger

Collier Senior Resources (CSR) encourages the public to participate in the 2019 Stamp Out Hunger letter carriers food drive on May 11. Hosted the second Saturday each May by the National Association of Letter Carriers, the one-day Stamp Out Hunger food drive has collected more than 1.5 billion pounds of non-perishable food left by USPS customers’ mailboxes in 10,000 cities across the U.S., District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam. Locally, this food is delivered to Collier Harvest which then distributes to Collier charities, including Collier Senior Resources, NAMI, Youth Haven and more. Through the Golden Gate Senior Center, CSR provides a daily hot lunch and coffee bar, as well as weekly food pantry, to some of the charity’s members, serving more than 1,200 hot lunches a month to seniors in-need and providing 780-plus families weekly access to a Meals of Hope food pantry, including 330 needy seniors. For more information, visit

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