Gulfshore Business Daily: August 31

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Bonita Bay Club has been selected to host a $100,000 U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) women’s professional circuit tennis tournament from May 6-12. he USTA Pro Circuit is the pathway to the U.S. Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players. Players ranked from 30 to 60 in the world according to the USTA will compete in the 2019 tournament at Bonita Bay Club, which is one of only two of its level in the country, and the first in Southwest Florida. The USTA tournament is one of three major tennis events Bonita Bay Club is hosting this upcoming season. The club will also host a collegiate open tournament with Florida Gulf Coast University Oct. 26-28. The 38th Annual Naples-Ft. Myers Challenge will also return to Bonita Bay Club on Nov. 10. For more information, visit


Dr. Ashley M. Clark has joined Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida as a family medicine physician. Clark earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia and her Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry and molecular biology at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio. She completed residency at the Florida State University Family Medicine Residency Program at Lee Health in Fort Myers, where she was co-chief resident and served on quality improvement projects relating to diabetes and falls in the elderly. She also received Patient Centered Medical Home training. Clark is a member of the Lee County Medical Society, American Academy of Family Physicians, the Florida Academy of Family Physicians and the American Medical Association. Clark will see patients at the Fort Myers Family and Internal Medicine office in Fort Myers.


Pam Fultz, a member of the Southwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association, has earned professional public relations accreditation and received the designation of Accredited in Public Relations (APR). Fultz joins the more than 4,300 active public relations professionals worldwide who represent an elite group of skilled professionals committed to practicing with high ethical standards, including 36 currently in Southwest Florida. Fultz is the community relations manager for Vi at Bentley Village. She has an extensive background in both public relations and radio and television news broadcasting, as a reporter, anchor and news director. Fultz earned a master’s degree in corporate and organizational communications from Northeastern University in Boston and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She is the immediate past-president of the Gulf Coast Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. She also serves on the marketing and wildlife committees at The Conservancy of Southwest Florida. To earn public relations accreditation, candidates must pass an oral presentation and rigorous written examination administered by the Universal Accreditation Board.


Lake Michigan Credit Union (LMCU) of Florida has hired David Collins as executive mortgage loan officer for its Fort Myers branch office. He reports directly to LMCU’s vice president of regional mortgage production, Jayne Malinowski, and will be serving the Southwest Florida market. Collins graduated from Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, with a bachelor’s degree in business. His previous positions include loan origination at Mutual of Omaha Bank, Regions Bank, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and AmSouth Bank.


Saxe Doernberger & Vita P.C. (SDV) has hired Ashley N. Adams at its southeast office located in Naples. Adams brings extensive courtroom and trial experience from her time at the Office of the State Attorney in Fort Myers. In addition to handling a comprehensive caseload with the Office of the State Attorney, Adams served as an office’s liaison to residents of an impoverished Fort Myers community as well as the Florida Gulf Coast University’s police department with respect to training on proper arrest and investigative procedures.


Project HELP Inc. invites the public to “Waffle Cone Wednesday,” held from 6-9 p.m. on Sept. 5 at 3050 Horseshoe Drive N., Building B, Suite 280, Naples. Guests can tour Project HELP’s offices while enjoying an ice cream social and meeting with Project HELP staff and volunteers who provide the community with a 24/7 multi-language Crisis & Referral Helpline. To register for the event, email The Crisis & Referral Helpline is offered at (239) 262-7227.


Uncommon Friends Foundation awards scholarships

Uncommon Friends Foundation has selected the winners of its 2018 student scholarships. The winners are: Jessica Groll-Whipple, Berne Davis Future Teacher Scholarship; Skylar Zamniak, James D. Newton Student Chair in Leadership Scholarship at Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW); Bryan Whitworth, Veteran’s Scholarship; Eudoxie Elidor, Florida Prepaid Scholarship; Alexandria Thompson, Single Parent Scholarships; Brindy Klym and Nicole Reyes-Sime, Health Sciences Scholarships; Michelle Mendoza, Ellie Newton Student Chair in Literature Scholarship at FSW; Sabrina Valdes and Ivanna Tonge, PACE Center for Girls of Lee County Scholarships and a scholarship funded by Sandy Stillwell Youngquist; Josefina Diaz, James F. Chelius Jr. Scholarship for a Disabled Student; Enrique Jimenez, Technical College Scholarship; Berniece Cervantes and Daneisha Germany, Hilliard Scholarships; and Gerardo Alvarado,  Maegan Mikkelson and Reginald St. Fort, 2018 Special Recognition Scholarships. . Scholarships are awarded to deserving students, veterans, challenged adults, and single parents who are pursuing degrees in education, technology and other studies. Nominees came from Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades, and Hendry Counties who demonstrate need of financial assistance, excel in school and in their personal lives, and possess the high character qualities representative of the Uncommon Friends. The annual scholarship committee is chaired by Uncommon Friends Foundation board member Susan Minaya and other volunteers.  

Charity for Change celebrates 10 years

Charity for Change celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with major milestones, including serving more than 52,000 children and donating more than $127,000 to 100 charities across five Florida counties and four states since its inception in 2008. The Naples-based nonprofit serves 4,700 Collier County children with its weekly curriculum and 9,700 students nationwide with an expansion to Orange County, Florida for the 2018-19 school year. Unlike traditional education, the organization has a three-part focus that teaches social and emotional learning through character development, charity and community involvement, and academics. In the program, each month represents a different character trait and the curriculum for that month is designed to portray that trait. Charity for Change provides and administers its three-part education system, titled The Giver Program, in Florida and nationwide. For more information, visit or call (239) 592-6787.

Higdon Group raises $70,000-plus for March of Dimes

The Higdon Group held its Prospecting and Duplication Summit event in Orlando with more than 500 network marketing professionals from across U.S. and globe, including those from Australia, Bahamas, Canada, England, Kenya, and Spain. During the three-day event, the Higdon Group held a fundraiser which raised more than $70,000 for the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction that will take place on Oct. 3 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa.  

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