Gulfshore Business Daily: May 30

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The Uncommon Friends Foundation has opened nominations for its 2019 Business Ethics Award, due by Sept. 1. Businesses in Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Hendry and Glades counties who consistently demonstrate a system-wide commitment to high ethical business practices are eligible. Businesses can nominate themselves or be nominated by a third party. The online nomination form and detailed submission guidelines are available at Finalists will be announced after the close of nominations and will be honored guests at the annual FGCU Business Ethics Roundtable, held on Oct. 30 and jointly hosted by Florida Gulf Coast University’s Lutgert School of Business and the Uncommon Friends Foundation. The recipient of the Business Ethics Award will be announced at the annual Uncommon Evening Gala, held on Nov. 14 at the Burroughs Home & Gardens in downtown Fort Myers.


Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida is providing youth Mental Health First Aid training to the organization’s pediatric office staff.  Similar to CPR or First Aid, Mental Health First Aid is designed to provide everyday people the skills to help identify, understand and respond to someone who is in a mental health crisis or developing a mental health problem such as anxiety, depression, substance disorders or psychosis. The classes will be taught by the organization’s newly certified Mental Health First Aid Instructors: director of behavioral health Dr. Courtney Whitt, behavioral health coordinator Mariana Hernandez, and human resource generalist Yenifer Diaz.

Kelly S. Kramer


Naples Global Advisors has hired Kelly S. Kramer as a client services specialist. Kramer recently graduated from Florida Southern College at the top of her class with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics as well as economics and finance. With her graduation, she was awarded the Most Outstanding Economics and Finance Major Award. During her time at Florida Southern, she served as the director of operations for the Southern Ambassador program, a mathematics department student assistant, and a student solutions peer scholar. She also established the Rotaract Club on campus, where she served as president. Kramer is a graduate of Naples High School, where she was an all-state scholar athlete and the school’s Winged Foot Award recipient. While in college, she interned at Naples Global Advisors before joining the firm full time.

Kathy Becker


Priority Marketing has hired Kathy Becker as the firm’s senior content strategist. In this newly created role, Becker works on behalf of clients to enhance public relations initiatives and generate consistent messaging through print, digital and social channels. In this role, Becker also provides strategic guidance on content strategies for clients across all departments. Becker is a journalism and public relations professional with more than 35 years of experience. She previously was a senior copywriter at the corporate level for a national clothing brand, and prior roles include editor of Naples Illustrated for nearly 14 years and a variety of editing and writing positions at Gulfshore Life, a national Gen-X magazine and The News-Press. Becker’s freelance work has appeared in Arthritis Today, The Rotarian magazine, Cleveland Magazine and other publications. Becker earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and mass communications from Drake University.


ABWA Imperial River Chapter will present Alliance Financial Group representative and former WINK, CBS and NBC anchor Stacey Adams from 6-8 p.m. on June 12 at Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport at Town Center. Adams, who launched a new career after retiring from decades in broadcast television, will share her experience and insights regarding the transition to a new career. The event is $35 to attend. Tickets are available at

Greg Shapiro


Greg Shapiro, owner and executive chef of Tastebuds Custom Catering in Naples, has been elected to the International Caterers Association (ICA) 2019 Board of Directors. The Baltimore-based ICA serves as a resource for professional caterers providing education, collaboration, and inspiration to more than 1,500 members worldwide. Prior to launching Tastebuds Custom Catering in 2008, Shapiro was a restaurant owner. He is also a member of the International Catering Association Culinary Council and leads courses each year at Catersource and the ICA’s Art of Catering Food Conference.


Gulfshore Playhouse board Chairman Bob Harden will be transitioning to a role as board member emeritus. He will continue to serve in a voluntary capacity on both the development committee and the capital campaign committee for the playhouse. The board of directors has elected current board member and former president of Fidelity Personal Investments, Steve Akin, to serve as chairman. Harden joined the board in 2005 and founded the annual Gulfshore Playhouse Charity Golf Tournament. Akin currently serves as chair of Gulfshore Playhouse’s Next Stage Capital Campaign. For more information about Gulfshore Playhouse, visit


SWFL Children’s Charities presents $1.79 million in grants

Trustees of SWFL Children’s Charities Inc. presented grants totaling $1.79 million to 14 beneficiaries of the 2019 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest to enhance pediatric healthcare services and education programs in the five-county region. A majority of the proceeds were awarded to organizations providing children’s mental and behavioral health services. Golisano Children’s Hospital, Florida Gulf Coast University and Florida SouthWestern State College are the main beneficiaries, and a portion of auction proceeds also were awarded to Blessings in a Backpack, Community Cooperative, Inc., Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Florida Lions Eye Clinic, Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida, Help a Diabetic Child Foundation, Hope Kids Care, Lighthouse of SWFL and Make-A-Wish Southern Florida.

Charity for Change receives $15,000 grant from Spring Run Charitable Foundation

Charity for Change has been awarded a $15,000 grant to support its efforts to provide fundamental character education and community engagement programs to students by the Spring Run Charitable Foundation, made up of residents of Spring Run at the Brooks in Bonita Springs. This year, the Spring Run Foundation raised $198,000 to distribute to 10 health and children’s charities in Lee and Collier counties from a home tour, cash raffle, golf outing, silent and live auctions, and cash donations by Spring Run residents.

Sanibel Captiva Community Bank opens William Jenkins Memorial Fund

A memorial fund for William “Willie” Jenkins, the Fort Myers teen who died shark fishing off the Sanibel Causeway, has been established at Sanibel Captiva Community Bank by the staff of Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, where both of William’s parents are employed. Donations can be made at any Sanibel Captiva Community Bank location to the William Jenkins Memorial Fund. After the bank made a corporate contribution to the memorial fund, a number of bank employees decided to challenge colleagues to match the bank’s donation through individual donations. Those efforts have resulted in nearly $1,500 contributed to the memorial fund by the bank and its employees. Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre has promised to match every donation, dollar for dollar. 

Southwest Florida Community Foundation announces call for Community Impact Grants

The Southwest Florida Community Foundation will open its annual call for Community Impact Grant applicants on June 3. The funding for this program comes from Field of Interest funds. Donors and philanthropists establish Field of Interest funds to address their desires and intentions for Southwest Florida, including Hendry, Glades, Charlotte, Collier, and Lee counties. This grant program reflects the intent of donors who have entrusted their money to the foundation. The call for applicants will be open until July 31. To review the details of the grants, click here.

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