Lead Photo: Children’s Advocacy Center receives $500,000 donation from Fiddlesticks. Details below.
NCH LAUNCHES SIMULATION CENTER IN DOWNTOWN NAPLES
NCH Healthcare System hosted the grand opening and tours Tuesday of its Judith & Marvin Herb Family Simulation Center, created for training and teaching its medical staff as well as others in the community such as EMS, police, local school administrators and other medical offices. Medical simulation is an experiential teaching technique in which the learner practices in a situation that mimics a real-life event, complete with complexities and distractions that are present in the real clinical setting. The NCH Sim Center is the only multidisciplinary simulation center between Tampa and Miami. NCH Medical Director Dr. Doug Harrington led a tour of the new center’s state-of-the-art technology at NCH Medical Plaza, 311 Ninth St. N, Suite 206, in downtown Naples.
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PARENTS AND CHILD CARE PROVIDERS GET A BOOST, BUT IS IT ENOUGH?
The cost of caring for children is anything but affordable for many families, and the pandemic made the nation’s already troubled child care system even worse. Around the country, surveys show 56% of child care providers say they’re losing money every day they stay open and 46% of parents say their current child care situation isn’t sustainable long-term. But new funding through the American Rescue Plan is supposed to bring the industry back, and those in and out of the business say they need the help now more than ever. According to a 2019 study by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, only one out of every six kids eligible for child care assistance actually receives it. Overall, about half of American families with young children don’t have access to licensed child care, living in what’s called a child care desert, according to a 2018 study by the Center for American Progress, WINK News reports.
AAA PREDICTS MORE MEMORIAL DAY TRAVEL TO FLORIDA
AAA expects a significant rebound in the number of Americans planning to travel this Memorial Day holiday weekend, the company reports. More than 37 million people are expected to travel 50 miles or more between May 27 and May 31. That’s a 60% increase from last year, when only 23 million traveled, the lowest on record since AAA began recording in 2000. In Florida, more than two million residents are forecast to take a trip during the holiday weekend. That’s a 62% increase from last year, when fewer than 1.3 million residents traveled, due to the pandemic. AAA’s projections are based on economic forecasting and research by IHS Markit, a London-based business information provider. For more information, click here.
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MORE TRAVELERS CHOOSING RVS THIS SUMMER FOR FAMILY VACATIONS
Summer travel already is starting to heat up as families make up for time lost during the pandemic. The U.S. Travel Association says 72% of Americans will make at least one trip this summer. But, this year, instead of flying to their destination, many people are hitting the road and renting RVs for their trips. Local resorts like Orange Harbor Mobile Home and Park Resort in Lee County already are fully booked for next season and experiencing the highest level of reservations ever. RV rentals also are booming, WINK News reports.
PDS ARCHITECTURE STARTS CONSTRUCTION ON CAPE WEST 91 VILLA APARTMENTS
PDS Architecture has started construction on the new Cape West 91 Villa apartments. The apartment building, located at 1414 SW 17th Place in Cape Coral, will be available in early 2022 for occupancy. The building, shaped to bring attention to a landscaped and recreation-inspired courtyard in the middle, will be made to look like a residential area. The courtyard will contain a pool and shaded structures. The villas offer one- and two-bedroom options with four different models to choose from ranging from $1,400 to $1,700 a month. The $15.5 million project is being constructed by Curran Young Construction. Applications for apartments are now open.
BUFF CITY SOAP COMING THIS FALL TO MERCATO IN NORTH NAPLES
Mercato, a premier lifestyle shopping and dining destination managed by Madison Marquette, announced Tuesday that it will soon add Buff City Soap to its tenant lineup. The new 1,841-square-foot Buff City Soap will offer dozens of handcrafted plant-based soap and skincare products with more than 30 unique and customizable scents. Expected to open at Mercato this fall, Buff City Soap will be located near Tommy Bahama, across from the central piazza and Narrative Coffee. “We offer a truly unique experience where customers can see their hand-crafted soap products created right before their eyes,” says Christina Robinson, owner of the Mercato Buff City Soap store. Buff City Soap products include a wide range of plant-based soap bars, body butters, shower oils and bath bombs, as well as facial soaps, a men’s care product line, plant-based laundry soap, pup soap, and bath accessories. Each soap product is handmade daily in the retailer’s dedicated soap makeries.
MK ARCHITECTURE SELECTED FOR PROVIDENT JEWELRY EXPANSION
MK Architecture has been commissioned to complete the architectural and engineering services for the tenant improvement and expansion of Provident Jewelry on Fifth Avenue in Naples. The luxury jewelry retail store will be undergoing an expansion of its existing store into the adjoining space of 2,260 square feet. Included in this expansion will be a separate entrance for special and private events. The interior design is being provided by ID & Design International. FL Star Development has been selected as the general contractor and the project is expected to start construction later this year. Provident Jewelry has been family-owned and operated since opening its first showroom in West Palm Beach in 1993. In the past 28 years, Provident Jewelry has expanded to seven Florida locations.
CBIA TO HOST MEMBERSHIP MIXER ON MAY 26
The Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA) will hold its next general membership mixer from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on May 26 at the Wilson Lighting showroom, 2645 Trade Center Way in Naples. During the mixer, CBIA members will be able to browse Wilson Lighting’s new interactive lighting design studio. The cost is $20 per person for members who register online and $25 per member for call-in reservations. The membership mixer includes beer, wine and appetizers. For questions, call 239-436-6100 or email Nancy@cbia.net by May 24.
GREATER FORT MYERS CHAMBER TO HOST MAY 27 LUNCHEON
The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce’s next monthly luncheon, held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 27 at the Crowne Plaza at Bell Tower in Fort Myers, will explore the unique ways companies are helping their communities in Southwest Florida. The four guest speakers include Brandy Lai, senior director of human resources at NeoGenomics Laboratories; Joe Ramsay, owner, and Rusty Smith, marketing manager of Pit Stop Auto Repair; and Julio Barina, firm partner with Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co. P.A. Admission is $25 for Chamber members and $35 for nonmembers. Registration in advance is encouraged.
HOLE MONTES HIRES SENIOR PLANNER
Hole Montes has welcomed Ellen Summers to the firm as a senior planner. Summers worked in the government sector for nearly a decade, most recently serving as principal redevelopment specialist for the Bayshore Gateway Triangle Community Redevelopment Agency. In this role, Summers managed the CRA grants program while serving as a liaison with private developers and growth management staff, drafting land development code amendments, facilitating plan reviews and coordinating presentations. Summers previously held a variety of roles with Collier County’s growth management department. Summers earned a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental studies from Florida State University and a Master of Public Administration from Florida Gulf Coast University.
KIM JOINS NEIGHBORHOOD HEALTH CLINIC MEDICAL TEAM
Dr. Min Kim has joined Neighborhood Health Clinic as medical director. Kim holds degrees from Loyola University School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Lincoln Medical Health Center and the University of California. Her career focus has primarily been internal and emergency medicine. Kim joins 14 full-time and five part-time paid staff in supporting the efforts of approximately 250 physicians, 50 dentists, 100 nurses and 300 non-medical volunteers donating their expertise in providing more than 11,000 patient visits and 28,000 patient procedures to Collier County’s uninsured workers annually. Neighborhood Health Clinic provides medical and dental care to working, uninsured adults residing in Collier County.
MERISTEM FAMILY WEALTH HIRES SENIOR LEAD CLIENT ADVISOR
Meristem Family Wealth has welcomed Barb Quasius to the firm as senior lead client advisor. Quasius will be located in Meristem’s Naples office, working alongside David Legus, managing director for Florida, and the entire Meristem team. Quasius previously served as chief financial officer, board member and family office executive for a multi-generation single-family office in Kohler, Wisconsin, for more than 25 years. Along with being a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Quasius attained her Master of Business Administration from Marquette University and Bachelor of Arts in accounting, international business and Spanish from Lakeland University. Meristem Family Wealth Meristem Family Wealth is a federally registered investment adviser with $4.3 billion in assets under management.
State Farm Neighborhood Assist applications open June 2
State Farm is rewarding community projects and causes through State Farm Neighborhood Assist for the tenth straight year. Cape Coral State Farm Agents Mike and Dawn Sullivan encourage local nonprofits to apply for the program, which will award $25,000 grants to 40 causes to help fund neighborhood improvement projects. Starting at 1 p.m. on June 2, nonprofits are invited to submit their causes at the State Farm Neighborhood Assist website. The grant program will accept the first 2,000 submissions and select 200 finalists. An online vote will determine the top 40 causes.
Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida receives $500,000 donation
The Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida (CAC) received a $500,000 donation from the Bobby Nichols-Fiddlesticks Charity Foundation. Founded in 2002, the foundation has raised more than $13 million for local children’s charities through its Nichols Cup golf and tennis tournament. CAC has been one of its main beneficiaries since its beginning. Despite switching to a virtual auction event this year, the Fiddlesticks residents, sponsors and donors still raised more than $1 million.
Sunshine Ace Hardware raises more than $32,000 for Children’s Miracle Network
Sunshine Ace Hardware stores on Florida’s west coast collected more than $32,000 during a spring fundraising campaign to support the Children’s Miracle Network. Through its monthlong “Round Up for the Kids” campaign in April, customers rounded up their purchases to help provide life-changing medical care to children across the region. Donations collected at Sunshine Ace stores in Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties support Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. Sunshine Ace’s store in downtown Naples ranked No. 14 in the U.S. in total donations during April, when 1,475 Ace stores nationwide raised a collective $1.8 million to support Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.
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