Gulfshore Business Daily: April 8

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BASE OPERATIONS AT PAGE FIELD EARNS INTERNATIONAL RANKING

Base Operations at Page Field has been ranked in the top 10 percent of fixed-base operators in an international survey conducted by Aviation International News (AIN). This is the seventh consecutive year Base Operations at Page Field has been named a top fixed-base operator by AIN. Base ranked first in the Fort Myers/Naples area, had the third-best score in the facilities category and landed in the top 20 overall for FBOs in the Americas. The FBO Survey is conducted annually and asks pilots, flight attendants and dispatchers to provide feedback on the level of customer care at individual business and general aviation service providers throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, South and Central America and the Caribbean.

BANYAI RECEIVES PAULETTE BURTON CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD

Andrew Banyai, executive director of the Lee County Legal Aid Society, received the Paulette Burton Citizen of the Year Award. The accolade goes each year to a Lee County citizen who has provided outstanding civic contributions to Lee County government. It was created in 1991 to memorialize Burton, a longtime Sanibel resident and government watchdog who died tragically in an automobile crash. Banyai spends every Tuesday afternoon answering legal questions of all kinds at the Self Help Center, offering as much insight as he can to help people who can’t afford an attorney sort through cases too complex for them to effectively resolve on their own. He had spent more than a decade as a trial attorney when a freak accident destroyed his right eye and triggered the onset of a latent genetic defect in his left eye. It left his vision profoundly and permanently compromised, and he could no longer perform some of the basic functions of his job. That’s when he sought the position he has now, for which his disability is no hindrance.

ZAMNIAK NAMED TO LIAISON POST AT HODGES

Michelle Zamniak has been named partnership development liaison at Hodges University (Hodges.edu). She is responsible for enhancing existing community partnerships and developing new ones for the university. She is working with several constituencies in the southwest Florida region, including area high schools, corporations, governmental agencies, and higher education institutions to develop partnerships and articulation agreements. She brings over 20 years of expertise in the areas of management in nonprofits and education institutions. While at Hodges University, she has held positions as community relations manager and most recently, director of student success.

APPLE BLOSSOM AWARDS SLATED FOR APRIL 13

The Apple Blossom Awards, hosted by Collier Child Care Resources, will honor three early childhood educators with a “Teacher of The Year” award for their excellence in educating and caring for children ages birth to 5 years old. Recipients will be named at the annual Apple Blossom Awards Luncheon from 11a.m. – 1:30 p.m. held on April 13 at Hilton Naples. All nominees were observed in the classroom and were evaluated based on C.L.A.S.S. criteria. Lavern Norris Gaynor will also receive the Myra Shapiro Early Childhood Leadership Award for decades of philanthropy directed toward giving children opportunities for success. In addition to the awards ceremony, the event includes lunch and a keynote address. Tickets to the event are $40. For any additional questions, contact Laura Bidireanu, laurab@collierchildcare.org, (239) 643-3908, or visit collierchildcare.org.

KERSKIE TO SPEAK AT PLANNED GIVING COUNCIL MEETING

The Planned Giving Council of Lee County Inc. will present “Cybersecurity for Non-Profits & Organizations” at the April 25 meeting.  The speaker is Carrie Kerskie, a national speaker, trainer, author and consultant on the topics of identity theft, fraud and data privacy. The meeting will be held at Blue Coyote Business & Social Club, 9854 Caloosa Yacht and Racquet Club Drive.  Networking begins at 11:30 a.m., lunch and program begin at noon.  The event is free to members.  The cost for nonmembers is $30and includes lunch.  Reservation deadline is Monday, April 22 at noon. To RSVP, visit plannedgivinglee.org.

BONITA CHAMBER TO HOST WORKSHOP

The Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce invites local business professionals to attend its April 23 Business Smarts workshop: “Harness the Power of the Inbox.” The 8 to 9 a.m. seminar will be led by Barbara Langdon, owner of Market Momentum, and held at the Bonita Springs Chamber: 25071 Chamber of Commerce Drive, Bonita Springs. In her workshop, Langdon will share five tips for effective email marketing, including strategies to get your emails opened, track the results and create content that drives customer action. Registration is $20. Call (239) 992-2943 to reserve your seat.

Charitable Notes

Inaugural Fox Sports Radio Golf Scramble on tap

The first Fox Sports Radio Golf Scramble will be held May 11 at The Forest Country Club in South Fort Myers. Registration is open now at www.FoxSportsFM.com for four-person teams, with the tournament benefiting the Southwest Florida Junior Golf Association. Practice and on-site check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Lunch and an awards presentation will follow play. Cost is $300 per team. Call (239) 479-5562 for more details, or visit the website above.

Community Cooperative receives $10,000 grant

The League Club Inc. has awarded Community Cooperative as a 2019 grant recipient from their Community Trust Fund. The $10,000 grant assists their Meals on Program, which serves more than 700 homebound seniors and chronically ill individuals.The League Club Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization of women in Southwest Florida strengthening communities through fellowship, education, volunteerism and philanthropy.

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