Gulfshore Business Daily: June 11

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The 20th Annual Big Backpack Event returns July 28.


The Lee Health board of directors has announced its new governance structure, establishing five committees to assist the board in its responsibility for oversight of the health system’s performance. The publicly elected Lee Health Board of Directors is responsible for one of the nation’s largest public health care systems. Last fall, the board of directors commissioned a governance task force to make recommendations to optimize the board’s structure and function. The creation of a committee structure provides the board members with a greater opportunity for consideration of significant agenda items and further engages physicians and community members in its work. About 90 percent of public health system boards of directors in the U.S have a committee structure and they are widely considered a best practice, a press release states.



The ABWA Neapolitan June Chapter Meeting, “How to Build Your Business Using Facebook,” will take place from 6-7:45 p.m. on June 25 at Hilton Naples. Networking runs from 5:15-5:55 p.m. Mary Shallies, owner and operator of AdSource, will discuss Facebook tips such as optimizing your page, creating sharable content, the difference between Facebook ads and boosted posts, and what makes an effective ad. Register at For more information, contact Sam Black at (314) 517-0447 or



Alex Breault, director of work-based learning for The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, will discuss “Bridging the Gap: Connecting Business & Education,” at the NAF Next National Conference on July 7-10 in Detroit. NAF is a national network of education, business, and community leaders who work together to ensure high school students are college, career, and future ready. In coordination with Collier County Public Schools, Breault will discuss how to better connect business and education to improve community talent growth. The Leadership Collier Foundation, an affiliate of the Naples Chamber, has partnered with Collier County Public Schools to promote and connect work-based learning opportunities for NAF Academy students. 



Avow has won the 2019 Synergy Award and Program Innovation Award, presented by the Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Association. The awards were conferred at the association’s Hospice Works Forum, held May 30-31 in Orlando. The Avow Kids program received the Excellence in Program Innovation Award, which recognizes services and programs provided by a hospice organization that demonstrates the power of creativity and ingenuity in a program. The Synergy Award goes to the group that makes collaboration happen. This year, the Avow Hospice Extubation Task Force was honored for their work to develop and implement a compassionate extubation program for patients.



Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida will close its Sanibel Retail & Donation Center on June 29. The store, located at 2440 Palm Ridge Road, will relocate 11 miles east and open this fall in the McGregor Pointe Shopping Center on McGregor Boulevard. Sanibel store employees will be transitioning within the organization and at the new location. Other businesses that recently opened in the renovated plaza include Big Lots and Habitat for Humanity’s Restore.  Ultimately, the Goodwill McGregor Bookstore that fronts McGregor will occupy a large space within the new store. For more information, visit or call (239) 995-2106. 

Dominique Chandler



Dominique Chandler has joined Sanibel Captiva Community Bank as a human resources administrative assistant at the College Parkway operations center. She is responsible for preparing payroll transactions, maintaining human resource records and assisting in employee benefits administration. In addition to human resources, Chandler has experience in the retail, banking and customer service industries. Prior to joining Sanibel Captiva Community Bank, she was a personnel and asset coordinator for a local construction company. 



The 20th Annual Big Backpack Event returns July 28.

Thousands of kids to get free backpacks, school supplies, haircuts

The Multicultural Centre of Southwest Florida’s 20th Annual Big Backpack Event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 28 at the Fort Myers Skatium. The Multicultural Centre will hand out 2,000 new backpacks full of items like notebook paper, folders, crayons, glue, pens and pencils provided by the community and sponsors. The event will also include free haircuts, face painting and youth entertainment. Neal Communities is the title sponsor for the fourth year in a row. Last year’s Big Backpack Event drew more than 8,000 people, so the Multicultural Centre is urging parents and guardians to get to the Skatium early. Lines have begun to form as early as 7 a.m. in previous years, though they typically move quickly once the doors open. The first 2,000 children ages 5 to 12 who are accompanied by parents or guardians will receive the backpacks and school supplies. For information, visit or email 


Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties celebrates Women Build season

Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties celebrated the completion of its ninth Women Build season with a “Thank You Party” hosted at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Bonita Springs. During the 2019 Women Build season, more than 332 volunteers contributed 1,872 hours to complete two new Habitat houses for two single moms, each with five children. Women Build fundraising teams, individual donors and local companies raised more than $243,000 to fund the construction costs of the homes.


David Lawrence Center Young Executives to host eighth annual Sunset Cruise for mental health.

DLC Young Executives to host Sunset Cruise

David Lawrence Center (DLC) Young Executives will host its eighth annual Sunset Cruise on June 13 aboard the Naples Princess at 550 Port O Call Way. Boarding begins at 6 p.m. with the cruise taking place from 7 to 9 p.m. The two-hour cruise along Naples Bay will feature music, hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Attendees are encouraged to wear their most patriotic apparel in honor of Flag Day. Causal red, white and “nautical” blue attire is welcome. A prize will be awarded to the most patriotic outfit. All proceeds from DLC Young Executives events benefit the mission, operations, and expansion of David Lawrence Center’s community-based prevention and treatment programs. There are three ticket levels ranging in price from $60 to $90, depending on the number of drink tickets and raffle tickets included at the time of registration. For sponsorship information or to register, visit or contact DLC at (239) 354-1445 or

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