Gulfshore Business Daily: November 21

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Michael Jonas, Anthony Emma, Lee Norris


The Winter 2019 Edition of Sizzle SWFL Restaurant Week, powered by Linga POS, will take place from Dec. 2-15 with more than 60 participating restaurants from Cape Coral to Marco Island. Sizzle SWFL Restaurant Week is a semi-annual, charity-driven event that celebrates the culinary landscape in both Collier and Lee Counties. Each of the participating restaurants will offer a three-course prix fixe dinner menu for $26 or $36, some with special upgrades. Restaurants may also offer two-course prix fixe lunch menus for $16 or $21, and/or brunch for $21 or $26. Of each Restaurant Week meal purchased during the two-week event, $1 will be donated to the Sizzle SWFL FGCU Food & Beverage Scholarship. Guy Clarke and Rafael J. Feliciano founded Sizzle SWFL, which has raised more than $100,000 for local charities, with more than $25,000 of that going to the FGCU Scholarship since its inception in spring 2018. For more information, click here.



The Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) Board of Trustees has approved Florida Skin Center as a clinical rotation site for the Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program at FGCU. Completed at the leading dermatology practice’s Cape Coral office, the opportunity will serve as one of 12 rotations in multiple medical disciplines that runs for four weeks. Students will obtain supervised experience in taking a guest’s history and conducting physical exams, the synthesis of assessment and treatment plans, and dermatological rounds, as well as the interpretation of lab tests, for guests of all ages. Florida Skin Center providers are also available to offer observation, performance feedback and mentoring to students during their rotation. The final rotation grade is then determined by the director of clinical education, with emphasis on the practice’s end-of-rotation evaluation form. Florida Skin Center will accept one PA student per rotation, pending an agreement with FGCU. The start and end dates of the rotation are also determined by both parties.


Michael Jonas, Anthony Emma, Lee Norris


KOVA Cos. is expanding its appraisal service offerings with the acquisition of two appraisal firms: Carlson, Norris and Associates Inc. and MPJ Real Estate Services Inc. Operating as Carlson, Norris and Associates, the acquisition under the KOVA Appraisal & Consulting Services division will expand KOVA’s portfolio of valuation and advisory services. KOVA Cos. was founded in 1990 as a privately owned, full-service commercial real estate firm. Its Appraisal & Consulting Services division provides a host of appraisal services. The acquisition will enable KOVA to serve a diverse range of commercial and residential property types. KOVA’s Carlson, Norris and Associates team is led by three Florida natives with over 100 combined years of real estate appraisal experience. The team includes five MAI-designated professionals, six staff appraisers and an office manager. Former MPJ Real Estate Services Principal Michael Jonas, MAI, AI-GRS, CCIM, has been appointed managing director of Carlson, Norris and Associates. Jonas is joined by Bill Carlson and Lee Norris, the founding partners of Carlson, Norris and Associates.



Creighton Construction & Development has hired attorney Cathrine A. Hunter to join its in-house legal team. Hunter brings 18 years of expertise in tax, employment, business and environmental law to her new role. She is the second in-house attorney in the company’s growing legal team, responsible for legal advising on real estate projects and transactions. Hunter earned a Master of Laws in taxation from the University of Florida, Levin College of Law; a Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law; and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of South Florida. Prior to joining Creighton Construction & Development, Hunter led her own practice, specializing in the areas of health care law, employment law, trust and estates, privacy law and corporate entities, corporate compliance and corporate regulation.



Naples Botanical Garden recently received two 2019 American Alliance of Museums awards for its publications. The Garden magazine, distributed to members three times a year, received second place in the Alliance’s Magazines/Scholarly Journals category. The 2018 Hats in the Garden invitation, themed “Rubies & Roses,” received first place in its Invitation to Events category. Both award-winning publications were produced in coordination with Sherri Morrison Creative Design.



The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Gulf Coast Chapter will host “Legends of Media Holiday Social,” featuring Bob Orr and Denise LeClair Cobb, from 5-7 p.m. on Dec. 3 at the Hilton Naples. In an informal setting, Orr, the former the justice and homeland security CBS news correspondent, and LeClair Cobb, one of the original news anchors at CNN, will tell stories about their roles early in their careers and the memorable media changes and challenges over the years. Cost is per person for PRSA members is $30, $38 for nonmembers, and $25 for students. Reservations must be made by Nov. 29. For additional information or to register, click here.



The Founders Scholarship Fund has appointed its 2020 Board of Trustees, including Adam Crescenzi as chairman; Susan Brown; Pat Chadwick; Paul Duncan as treasurer; Michele Farrell; Rich Gale; Phil Leone; John Lord; Sue Luconi; Sue McNaghten; Jim O’Brien; Olga Placeres; Elba Rodburg; Cindy Schappert; Ted Swan; Dawson Taylor; George Thomas; Bob Tyre; and Meg Tyre. Stacy Lee-Williams, the fund administrator, will also be serving as the secretary. The advisory board includes past board members: Dick Censits, Rick Ermler, John Levy, Maureen O’Gorman, Joan Thomas, Robert McNaghten, and Karen Pulte. The local 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization was founded in 1991 by members of Club Pelican Bay. The organization provides scholarships to students from Collier County in their pursuit of a higher education.



Youth Haven Inc. announces holiday opportunities

Youth Haven Inc. offers holiday opportunities for 2019. Community members and businesses can contribute to Collier County’s only emergency and residential shelter for boys and girls ages 6-19 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, abandonment or are homeless, in the following ways: host a Holiday Donation Drive; purchase an item from Youth Haven’s Wish List; volunteer to gift wrap at Youth Haven. Youth Haven can only accept new, unused and unwrapped gifts. To drop off donation items by Dec. 16, call (239) 774-2904. For more information, contact Laura Lafakis at (239) 774-2904 or email


2019 Shop for Success raises nearly $50,000 for Dress for Success SW Florida

More than 300 guests came together to help raise nearly $50,000 for Dress for Success SW Florida at the nonprofit’s biggest shopping event of the year, Shop for Success. Held on Nov. 8 at the Crowne Plaza Fort Myers at Bell Tower, the event featured 5,000 square feet of gently used designer fashions starting at $5. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the event benefited Dress for Success SW Florida and its mission to jumpstart a woman’s career by providing work-appropriate attire through its Suits for Self Sufficiency program, and education and training through its custom Women Empowered Through Employment Series.

Blessings in a Backpack asks for community’s help on Giving Tuesday

Blessings in a Backpack has designated Dec. 3 as Giving Tuesday. People are asked to go to the local organization’s website at, where there is a donate button, and make a contribution. Giving Tuesday follows the holiday buying themes of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. A donation of $100 can feed one child for an entire school year. Blessings in a Backpack focuses on children in kindergarten through fifth grade who qualify for the free and reduced meal program at Title 1 schools. Donations are also accepted via mail at P.O. Box 61402 Fort Myers, FL 33906. All contributions are tax-deductible.


Wolfstock raises more than $28,000

Shy Wolf Sanctuary’s inaugural Wolfstock Brewfest and Food Truck Rally at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs raised more than $28,000. More than 550 people turned out to sample craft brews and enjoy Southwest Florida’s top food trucks while showing their support for the 70 resident animals at Shy Wolf Sanctuary. The organization will kick off a full capital campaign in January. For more information, contact Shy Wolf Sanctuary’s executive director, Deanna Deppen, at (239) 290-9867.


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