ALLEGIANT OFFERS NEW FLIGHTS TO PUNTA GORDA
Allegiant announces five new nonstop routes to Punta Gorda Airport (PGD), including Charleston, South Carolina; Elmira, New York; Memphis, Tennessee; Norfolk, Virginia; and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The new seasonal routes will begin between Nov. 13-15, depending on the location. The new nonstop routes will operate twice weekly and bring nearly 29,000 passengers to the Punta Gorda area annually. The company is currently offering one-way fares on the new routes starting at $49. Flight days, times and more can be found at allegiant.com.
NEW NCH PRESIDENT/CEO TO SPEAK AT NEWSMAKER PROGRAM
Paul Hiltz, newly named president and CEO of NCH Healthcare System, will be the featured speaker at a special Naples Press Club “Newsmaker” program starting at 5 p.m. on Sept. 24 at Tiburon Golf Club. The public is invited to attend. Reservations and advance payment are required. The cost is $35 for guests and includes the program, followed by a Q&A facilitated by retired CBS News Correspondent Bob Orr, and a meet and greet reception with a Taco Tuesday buffet and cash bar. RSVP by Sept. 20 here. Currently president and CEO of Mercy Medical Center in Canton, Ohio, Hiltz begins his new role on Sept. 3. Hiltz has more than 25 years of experience in hospitals and related fields.
CELEBRITY PYTHON HUNTER, BIOLOGIST HEADLINE ‘DING’ DARLING DAY
Everglades Burmese python hunter Dusty “Wildman” Crum and biologist Mike Kirkland will co-present a free program about their work to save Everglades’ wildlife from total devastation at the appetite of exotic Burmese pythons at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on “Ding” Darling Day, held at 11 p.m. on Oct. 20 in the Visitor & Education Center Auditorium. The 31st annual eco-festival runs all day Oct. 20 with free activities. Note: There will be no live pythons presented as part of this program. For more information, visit www.dingdarlingdays.com or call (239) 472-1100.
FLORIDA LIONS EYE CLINIC WELCOMES DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
The Florida Lions Eye Clinic has named Valarie Bostic as director of development. Bostic has more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit organizational management and fund development. Prior to her position at the Florida Lions Eye Clinic, she served as executive director of the Healthy Start Coalition of Southwest Florida and executive director of Pathways Early Education Center of Immokalee (formally known as Immokalee Child Care Center). Bostic is a graduate of the State University College of New York at Oswego and was featured as a distinguished professional in the 2016 and 2017 Women of Distinction Magazine.
NORMAN LOVE CONFECTIONS HIRES ZOLLARS
Norman Love Confections has hired Liz Zollars as its new corporate sales manager for Central Florida. In this newly added role, Zollars will serve as the chocolatier’s concierge for Orlando-area businesses and organizations wishing to create a corporate gifting program for their valued employees, clients and prospects. Zollars previously was the national sales director for NOAH’s Event Venue, which offers event venues for business meetings, corporate seminars, weddings and special occasions across 23 states. She also held positions as a regional manager and event venue director for the company. Zollars’ prior roles include positions as an assistant event coordinator, event design assistant, business and sales development assistant, and project coordinator for a variety of corporations and major events in Central Florida. Zollars earned a Bachelor of Science degree in event management from the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management and an Associate of Art degree in business administration and management from Valencia College.
HILTON NAPLES PROMOTES DEL VECCHIO
Hilton Naples has promoted Caprice Del Vecchio, special events manager at the hotel, to senior special events manager. Del Vecchio joined the Hilton Naples team in 2017, serving as an intern before being promoted to special events manager. She is a certified wedding professional, designated by The Bridal Society. Del Vecchio is part of an award-winning sales department team responsible for earning the hotel nine consecutive WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards, awarded to the top 5% of wedding venues worldwide. Del Vecchio holds a degree in resort and hospitality management with a concentration in event managing from Florida Gulf Coast University.
DENIKE AWARDED FULL SCHOLARSHIP TO PUBLIC MEDIA CONFERENCE
WGCU Major Gifts Officer Jennifer Denike recently returned from the 2019 Public Media Development & Marketing Conference (PMDMC) in Dallas. She was one of six public media development officers nationally to receive a full scholarship to the event from the Public Radio Association of Development Officers. The PMDMC is public media’s largest conference devoted to issues surrounding revenue generation, marketing and management. The conference featured the first program by the Public Media Women in Leadership, titled “Brave Talk.” Host for the conference, held July 10-12, was Greater Public, an organization that supports public media stations’ fundraising efforts. Denike joined WGCU in November 2017.
Golden Gate Senior Center Health & Wellness programs return with grant
Collier Senior Resources (CSR) announce that a grant from Moorings Park Foundation means the return of Health & Wellness programs at the Golden Gate Senior Center. Starting this week, the line-up for Health & Wellness programs includes chair yoga at 2 p.m. on Mondays, tai chi and meditation at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, and yoga at 3 p.m. on Fridays. Collier Senior Resources at the Golden Gate Senior Center offers seniors on a modest/fixed-income fellowship, enrichment, wellness services, continuing education and basic services. For more information, visit www.CollierSeniorResources.org.
FIRPTA Solutions collecting school supplies for The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools
FIRPTA Solutions is collecting school supplies to benefit The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools. Needed are two-pocket folders, highlighters, three-ring binders, backpacks, calculators, dry erase markers, glue, graph paper, markers, notebooks, pens, pencils, pencil boxes, rulers, and scissors. Donations can be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday now through Aug. 30 at FIRPTA Solutions, 709 Cape Coral Parkway W., Cape Coral. FIRPTA Solutions can be reached at (239) 347-4830 or www.firptasolutions.com.
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