COLLIER NAMED HEALTHIEST PLACE IN FLORIDA
Collier County ranked No. 1 in Florida for SmartAsset’s “America’s Healthiest Places” list. To help find the healthiest places in Florida, SmartAsset analyzed three metrics, including length of life, health behaviors and healthcare access. Collier County was reported with 5,292 in years of potential life lost before the age of 75 per 100,000 residents; 11.1% adult smokers; 21.4% adult obesity; 15% excessive drinking; 72 primary care physicians per 100,000 residents; 21.6% uninsured rate; and an overall Healthiest Places index of 83.41. For more information on the study, including the methodology and interactive map, visit https://smartasset.com/life-insurance/life-insurance-quotes#Florida.
ASSOCIATION OF FUNDRAISING PROFESSIONALS COLLIER-LEE CHAPTER ANNOUNCES NEW OFFICERS AND BOARD MEMBERS
The Collier-Lee Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has announced its new officers and board members for 2020. The new officers are president Z. Allen Abbott, Cypress Cove; vice president/president-elect Michelle Davis, The Humane Society of the U.S.; secretary Rochelle Jackson, FGCU Foundation; treasurer David Langiulli, Fundraising leadership, LLC; and immediate past president Miriam Pereira, STARability Foundation. The new board members are Gina Dengler, WGCU Public Media; Nikkie Dvorchak, Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce; Angela Katz, LARC Lee County; Betsy Keteltas, AVOW Foundation; Carolyn Rogers, SWFL Community Foundation; Katie Schweikhardt, United Way of Collier County; and Jessica Stanfield, Guardian Ad Litem. Continuing board members are Jane Badger, The Village School; Tracy Connelly, Guadalupe Center; Karen Govern, STARability Foundation; Niccole Howard, Collier Child Care Resources; Aaron Lapp, Conservancy of Southwest Florida; Jeff Muddell, Sanibel-Captiva Trust; John Riley, Riley Philanthropy; Tamika Seaton, Naples Image Consultants; and Tiffany Heck Wilezewski, Artis-Naples.
REIS TO PRESENT CYBERSECURITY ISSUES, SOLUTIONS
Rachel Busch of Cigent will address the importance of cybersecurity for Southwest Florida businesses and governments at the Real Estate Investment Society (REIS) held at 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 14 in the Osprey Room at Pelican Preserve’s Clubhouse in Fort Myers. After her presentation, Busch will respond to questions from the attending real estate development and investment professionals. Busch is a certified economic development professional with experience in both the public and private sectors. For over 15 years, Busch has worked in business development, real estate, marketing and public relations. The meeting is sponsored by LSI Cos. Admission is $30 for members and $40 for guests, which includes lunch. Reservations are required by Jan. 9 and may be made at www.reis-swfl.org.
FLORIDA SKIN CENTER TO PROVIDE FREE SKIN CHECKS
Florida Skin Center will participate in various health fairs throughout the coming year. The first will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Jan. 8, 2020 at the Healthy Life Center in Cape Coral. Physician Assistant Demi Soulet—who practices predominantly in Florida Skin Center’s Fort Myers office—will conduct full-body skin checks to address and treat common skin conditions and diseases. All skin checks will be completed in private rooms using a dermascope, a microscope-like tool for inspecting cancerous characteristics in lesions. These free skin checks on Jan. 8 are available exclusively to members of the Healthy Life Center—a health club that offers a fitness facility, group fitness classes, events and programming—under the Lee Health brand. An appointment for these skin checks are required prior to the event date. Call the Healthy Life Center at (239) 424-3220. For more information, visit FloridaSkinCenter.com. Florida Skin Center will be back at the Healthy Life Center on March 12, May 14, July 9 and Sept. 10. Details to follow.
YOUTH HAVEN’S ‘GIVING TUESDAY’ A SUCCESS
Youth Haven Inc. held its Giving Tuesday campaign on Dec. 3. Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 to encourage people to do good and give back. Youth Haven was presented with a $20,000 donation from The Trevor Smith Memorial Foundation. The Foundation hosted its annual fishing tournament, T-Rex One Last Cast, in October in Marco Island to raise funds. Youth Haven also received a $2,000 donation from United Way of Collier County as part of United Way’s efforts to give back to other organizations in honor of the movement. In addition to these two donations, multiple donations were received via Youth Haven’s online donation form. All funds will support Youth Haven’s programs and services that support children and teens ages 6-19 that have been abused, abandoned, neglected or are homeless. For more information, visit www.youthhavenswfl.org,
THE IMMOKALEE FOUNDATION CO-CHAIRS HOST CHARITY CLASSIC GUEST RECEPTION
The Immokalee Foundation’s Charity Classic Celebration event co-chairs Janet and Jerry Belle hosted a reception at their home to introduce the community to The Immokalee Foundation in advance of the three-day Charity Classic gala and golf tournament. More than 50 guests, including foundation board members, supporters and local business leaders, heard remarks by board chairman Steve Pryor, president and CEO Noemi Y. Perez, and Jerry Belle, a board member who is also a mentor for an Immokalee High School student. Pryor spoke about the focus of this year’s gala event, The Immokalee Foundation’s recently launched career model, “Career Pathways: Empowering Students to Succeed.” Donations to the Charity Classic support the career-based programs and college scholarships available through The Immokalee Foundation. The Charity Classic Celebration included the dynamic Fund A Dream auction, a live bidding experience during which donors contribute to support various foundation programs that support Immokalee’s children in specific and tangible ways. The two-day Charity Classic Pro-Am featured some of Naples’ most philanthropic amateur golfers and two dozen members of the PGA tour. For more information, visit www.immokaleefoundation.org.
Robbie’s Riders, Grampy’s Charities and Sanibel Captiva Community Bank present custom-made tricycles to special-needs children
For the third consecutive year, Robbie’s Riders, Grampy’s Charities and Sanibel Captiva Community Bank presented adaptive tricycles to Southwest Florida children with special needs during the third annual Grampy’s Pro-Am, presented by Sanibel Captiva Community Bank at Fiddlesticks Country Club. Robbie’s Riders provides special adaptive bicycles and tricycles to children with disabilities, according to their individual capacities and needs. The tournament was established 30 years ago by McDonald’s owner/operator Fred Frederic, founder of the Fort Myers Ronald McDonald House until his passing in 2015. At that time, Grampy’s Charities offered to coordinate future tournaments and raised more than $80,000 at the inaugural Pro-Am in 2017. The 2019 tournament raised over $100,000 to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida.
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