Gulfshore Business Daily: December 13

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Lee Health and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals announced a new partnership that will help fund the growth of services while maintaining nationally recognized care at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. Through this partnership, the community can support their local children’s hospital by purchasing a paper Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals “Miracle Balloon” at checkout from participating retailers; joining Extra Life, a 24-hour gaming and fundraising marathon; or supporting other Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals partner campaigns and events. Donations will support research and training, purchase equipment and pay for uncompensated care. While local businesses have been raising money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals for years, this partnership will allow the dollars raised in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Glades and Hendry counties to stay local to help Southwest Florida’s children. The money raised through this partnership will be maintained in a designated fund within the Lee Health Foundation and earmarked for use exclusively to benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital. For more information, visit



The Horizon Council, Horizon Foundation and Lee County Economic Development Office (EDO) will host their 2020 annual meeting from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 31, at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Fort Myers. The annual meeting aims to educate attendees on Horizon Council, Horizon Foundation and Lee County Economic Development Office successes in 2019 and plans for 2020. Tickets include a buffet lunch and keynote speaker presentation. This year’s keynote speaker is Larry Burns, a retired General Motors vice president of research and development. Burns also serves on the board of Kitson & Partners, developers of Babcock Ranch, a master-planned community located in southeastern Charlotte County and northeastern Lee County. Tickets for the annual meeting will go on sale soon; details will follow.


Brian Hamman


The Lee Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) appointed commission chairman Brian Hamman as chair of the Tourist Development Council (TDC) at the TDC’s regularly scheduled meeting held on Dec. 12. The chairmanship becomes effective immediately. A Lee County native, Hamman graduated from Cape Coral High School, attended Florida SouthWestern State College and earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Gulf Coast University. Hamman serves on various boards and volunteers at his church, Crosspoint Christian. Hamman, who was named BoCC chairman Nov. 19, replaces TDC Chairman and Lee County Commissioner Cecil Pendergrass. Hamman previously served as TDC chair for a year in 2014-2015. The nine-member TDC was established as an advisory board to the BoCC in 1983 to increase off-season tourism in Lee County. For more information about the TDC, visit and



The South Lee Economic Development Council announces three new board members: Sabra Smith of London Bay Homes; Aysegul Timur, Ph.D., of Florida Gulf Coast University; and Stephanie Wardein of Lee Health. The South Lee EDC is committed to supporting and developing a thriving business community. Current projects, including a transportation study that will evaluate potential traffic impacts over the next five years, will help the organization improve regional quality of life, increase business retention and expansion and develop the workforce. For more information, visit or contact Tiffany Esposito at (239)333-2332 or


Fort Myers Community Concert Association President Mary Lee Mann and Board Member Frank Mann Sr.


World-renowned artists from throughout Europe, Russia, and Poland will travel to Fort Myers this winter to perform for the Fort Myers Community Concert Association in its 71st annual concert series. Single tickets are now on sale for each of the five performances.  Prices are $55 for orchestra seats, $35 for lower balcony seats and $25 for upper balcony seats. Mezzanine seats are sold out. All performances will start at 7:30 p.m. at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall on the Florida SouthWestern State College campus in Fort Myers.  For tickets, call the Barbara B. Mann Hall box office at (239) 481-4849. The Fort Myers Community Concert Association, now in its 71st concert season, is an all-volunteer not-for-profit organization founded by Barbara B. Mann. For Community Concert Association membership information, visit



Sara James, director of membership & marketing at Kensington Golf & Country Club, was selected as the 2019 Membership Directors’ Association of Southwest Florida (MDASF) Member of the Year. James received the award at the MDASF Annual Holiday Party on Dec. 3 in recognition of her contributions and support of the MDASF over the past year. The MDASF is an organization whose purpose is to create a resource for club marketing/membership professionals in the private club industry and to encourage the advancement of the position by providing educational programs and support. The MDASF currently represents more than 87 golf clubs, country clubs, and yacht clubs. Learn more


Jetless pedicure basins at PAINT Nail Bar


PAINT Nail Bar, which recently opened at 515 Fifth Ave. S. in Naples, offers fume-free natural nail treatments. Wendy and John Ciotti own the business, which is one of more than 10 nationwide franchises of Sarasota, Florida-founded PAINT Nail Bar. To achieve a fume-free atmosphere, all tools used during nail services are pre-cleaned with soap and water, dried, sealed into a sterilization envelope, and autoclaved. Certain tools, such as buffers and manicure sticks, are used only once and nontoxic nail polishes are “5-7-9 free”–meaning they contain no ingredients like formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, camphor or dibutyl phthalate (DBP). PAINT uses water-based gel polishes that will not damage the natural nail. PAINT also offer non-gel polishes, such as vegan, cruelty-free, and non-toxic brands. LED lamps, as opposed to UV lamps, are used for gel manicures and ceramic pedicure basins are used because they are guaranteed to not harbor bacteria, according to a press release.  For more information or to make an appointment, visit, email or call (239) 354-7800. 


Charitable notes

Naples Senior Center to host eighth annual fundraiser gala

The Naples Senior Center, a nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive programs and social services for seniors and their families, will host its eighth annual “Evening for Better Tomorrows” at 6 p.m. on Jan. 11 at the Royal Poinciana Golf Club, 1600 Solana Road in Naples. The event, themed “Motor City Magic: Memories of Motown,” will feature cocktails and dinner followed by dancing with live music performed by Shadows of the ’60s, led by former Drifter and lead singer of the Persuasions, Dave Revels. Tickets are $375 per person. Patron tables are available for $7,500. Proceeds support Naples Senior Center and continued expansion of its services. For additional information or reservations, call (239) 325-4444 or visit


MNMW team with gifts.

MNMW team members play Santa for foster children

This Christmas, 40 children will receive gifts through Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co., P.A. (MNMW). Every year MNMW participates in a gift donation program for Foster Care Advisory Services. For 2019, a total of 70 gifts fulfilled the wish lists of the 40 children sponsored by MNMW team members.  Foster Care Advisory Services was founded in 1984 and is dedicated to improving the lives of abused and neglected children. This 100% volunteer-supported organization provides additional support for foster care providers. For more information, visit


The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools (FLCPS) holds Classroom & School Grants Ceremony 

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools held its annual Classroom & School Grants Ceremony on Dec. 2 at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. Educators, administrators, The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools’ executive board members, Selection Committee members, and sponsors gathered to recognize the recipients for their grant projects that will enhance student learning in the 2019-2020 school year. Approximately $72,000 has been awarded totaling 58 grants funded to educators, schools, and administrators throughout the School District of Lee County through its Classroom & School Grants Program.


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