LEE HEALTH TO PURCHASE NCH OWNERSHIP OF FACILITY
After almost two decades of co-ownership of Bonita Community Health Center (BCHC), Lee Health and NCH Healthcare System have reached an agreement whereby Lee Health will become the sole owner of the facility. Lee Health’s publicly-elected Board of Directors approved the purchase at its board meeting on Oct. 31. BCHC is a 100,000-square-foot facility with physician offices, urgent care center, diagnostics and imaging, surgery center and physical therapy services. It opened in December of 2000 as a joint operation of NCH and Lee Health with 50/50 ownership. Lee Health has no immediate operational changes planned at the time of acquisition. Patients will continue to see the same familiar physicians and providers and staffing changes are not anticipated. Bonita Community Health Center is located at 3501 Health Center Blvd. in Bonita Springs, just south of the intersection of U.S. 41 and Coconut Road.
FLORIDA DEO HOSTING REGIONAL PUBLIC WORKSHOPS FOR MITIGATION FUNDS
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) has announced the upcoming schedule of regional public workshops to seek community input for the use of more than $633 million in first-of-its-kind funding for disaster mitigation projects in areas affected by Hurricanes Hermine, Matthew or Irma. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is providing this funding through the newly created Community Development Block Grant – Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) program. The Lee County event took place on Monday at North Fort Myers Public Library, but upcoming events in Florida can be viewed here. The DEO will use information from these workshops to develop a State Action Plan in partnership with state agencies working on resiliency efforts. The State Action Plan, once approved by HUD, will provide a high-level strategy for how the funding will be used to address eligible communities’ disaster mitigation needs. The State Action Plan is due to HUD for approval by Feb. 3, 2020.
DN3 LIQUIDATIONS ADDS THIRD SWFL LOCATION
DN3 Liquidations, a retail store that offers deep discounts on everyday items, has leased an 8,000-square-foot space at 16850 S. Tamiami Trail in Fort Myers. This is the company’s third and largest location in the Southwest Florida market. Its other locations are at 4075 Pine Ridge Road in Naples and at Fleamasters Flea Market in Fort Myers. Dannielle Robinson, senior associate with Colliers International Southwest Florida, represented both parties in the transaction. The landlord is Fort Myers Patio, LLC.
LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER FOR THURSDAY’S NONPROFIT DAY
Registration for Nonprofit Day closes on Wednesday at fpraswfl.org. Produced by the Florida Public Relations Association Southwest Florida Chapter, Nonprofit Day is a half-day conference to learn public relations and marketing best practices for the season of giving, including #GivingTuesday and year-end giving. The event is held from 8 a.m. to noon on Thursday at the Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport at Town Center. The presenters are Eric Anderson, The Salvation Army; Julio Barina, Markham, Norton, Mosteller, Wright & Co., P.A.; Duane Higgins, Lee Health Foundation and Jill Palmer, American Red Cross Florida’s Southern Gulf Chapter. Attendees will head back to the office with case studies, takeaways and practical tips on topics including storytelling, the business of nonprofits, reaching members and volunteers diversifying your donor base. Online registration is $30 which includes breakfast. Walk-in attendees will be charged an additional $10 convenience fee.
GREATER FORT MYERS CHAMBER TO DISCUSS IMPACT OF PROPOSED MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE
The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce will address the potential business impact of a statewide proposal to increase minimum wage levels during a business breakfast held from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Friday at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Fort Myers. A proposed ballot initiative to raise Florida’s minimum wage to $15 an hour will be discussed during the upcoming legislative session and is expected to be included on the 2020 ballot. The chamber has assembled a panel of economic and business professionals to share information and provide education on this potential increase in Florida. Panel participants include Dana Brunett, Lee County Economic Development Office; Victor Claar, Ph.D., Florida Gulf Coast University’s (FGCU) Department of Economics; Lois Croft, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA); and Jay Johnson, Bubba’s Roadhouse & Saloon in Cape Coral. The panel will be moderated by John Talmage, director of the Lee County Economic Development Office. Admission is $25 for Chamber members and $35 for future Chamber members, and includes a full breakfast buffet. To learn more or to register for the event, visit FortMyers.org or call (239) 332-2930.
HYLTON-TERRY APPOINTED TO FRA BOARD
Fort Myers CRA Executive Director Michele Hylton-Terry was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of the Florida Redevelopment Association (FRA) on Oct.17 at the FRA’s Annual Conference in Tampa. The FRA is the statewide organization that promotes redevelopment in Florida. Its Board of Directors are volunteer leaders who are responsible for the direction of the organization. The board governs, develops policy, and sets a course for the future. Their focus is on the mission and strategic goals of the Florida Redevelopment Association. Functions include governance, policy and position development, maintaining a visionary/future focus, and fiduciary responsibilities. The Fort Myers CRA leads redevelopment and revitalization of the city’s most blighted areas. Hylton-Terry was appointed executive director for the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) in June 2018. She has been with the agency since 2003.
HOLOCAUST MUSEUM & COHEN EDUCATION CENTER TO OPEN
The public is invited to attend the grand opening and dedication ceremony of the Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center, held from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday at the Museum’s new location: 975 Imperial Golf Course Blvd., Suite 108, Naples. There will be a ribbon-cutting with local and state dignitaries including Sen. Kathleen Passidomo and local clergy. Guests will be able to meet Holocaust survivors and take walk-throughs of the new museum. Children’s activities will also be available. Music will be provided by the Naples Klezmer band. The event is free of charge, and RSVPs are encouraged. RSVP at www.HolocaustMuseumSWFL.org.
GREENSTEIN OBTAINS CERTIFICATION IN SPECIAL NEEDS TRUSTS
The Sanibel Captiva Trust Co.’s Executive Vice President Steve Greenstein has received his certification in Special Needs Trusts from the Cannon Financial Institute. A Special Needs Trust is a specialized irrevocable trust that allows a disabled beneficiary to enjoy the use of property that is held in the trust for their benefit, while at the same time allowing that beneficiary to receive essential needs-based government benefits. In order to properly address the unique concerns of special needs beneficiaries, it requires an understanding of planning and taxation issues, guardianship, and knowledge of the rules for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits, a press release states. Greenstein is a J.D. and Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA). He also maintains a Certificate in Behavioral Finance.
Naples Zoo offers free admission to military members Veterans Day Weekend
Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens will once again offer free admission to veterans and active military service members during Veterans Day Weekend. The free admission is offered for this weekend, Nov. 9-11. Plus, adult and child guests in their party will receive $2 off regular Zoo admission during this time. To receive the free admission, military service members should present current military identification or a membership card in a veteran’s organization with matching photo ID. To learn more, visit www.napleszoo.org or call (239) 262-5409.
Collier Senior Resources, Golden Gate Senior Center to host Veterans Day Luncheon
Veterans and their families are invited to join Collier Senior Resources (CSR) at the Golden Gate Senior Center for a Veterans Day Luncheon at 11 a.m. on Nov. 12 at 4898 Coronado Parkway. Free and open to veterans from all military branches, as well as their loved ones, the event is sponsored by The Law office of Jeffrey M. Janeiro, P.L. RSVPs are required; please include branch of service when calling: (239) 919-7322. For more information on Collier Senior Resources and the Golden Gate Senior Center, call (239) 252-4541 or visit www.CollierSeniorResources.org.
Swinging With Purpose selects Earn to Learn FL as 2020 fundraising beneficiary
Earn to Learn FL has been selected as beneficiary of the 2020 Swinging With Purpose fundraising event, held May 3 at Quail West Golf and Country Club in Naples. Swinging With Purpose will support the Earn to Learn FL Career Advancement Through Technical Education Project to help low- to moderate-income students earn postsecondary education, including Career and Technical Training (CTE), with little or no student debt, according to a press release. The Career Advancement Through Technical Education Project will match students’ savings of up to $250, with up to $2,000 in financial assistance for tuition, fees, books and equipment needed to complete a credentialed course. Details on the 2020 Swinging With Purpose will be available Feb. 1 at SwingingWithPurpose.org. For more information, visit EarnToLearnFL.org or email Brenda Tate at Brenda@EarnToLearnFL.org.
Mina Edison Society’s Focus on Excellence Event benefits FSW
Florida SouthWestern (FSW) State College students shared how scholarships made their dreams possible for more than 150 attendees at the Mina Edison Society’s Focus on Excellence signature annual event Oct. 30. Busey Wealth Management was the title sponsor. The event raised $40,425 for scholarships for academic excellence at the college. With enrollment at the college growing to more than 22,000 students, the goal of the Mina Edison Society is to triple annually the number of scholarships granted. Since its founding in 2007, the Mina Edison Society’s endowed fund has distributed $72,000. The event at The Forest Country Club in Fort Myers included networking, a student expo and awards, and a keynote address by Dr. Eileen DeLuca, FSW provost and vice president of student affairs. Susan Kyle received annual Mina Edison Society’s signature Luminary Award during the event.
MS Day to be held in November
MS Day in Southwest Florida will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 23 at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Bonita Springs. MS Day is an annual gathering of people with multiple sclerosis, their friends and families. This year at the event, all attendees who have a connection to MS will be invited to lock arms and create a circle of hope and support. MS Day also will feature the “MS Center’s Got Talent” show, and there will be food, music, activities and vendor tables. Anyone who wishes to enter the talent show should sign up at mscenterswfl.org as soon as possible and follow the instructions there. The talent spots are first-come, first served.
Meals of Hope food pantry outreach extended with Bank of America grant
Meals of Hope, the largest food pantry provider in Southwest Florida, plans to use its portion of a grant Bank of America awarded to Collier and Lee County nonprofits to help support its newest mobile food pantry in Bonita Springs and its annual Holidays Without Hunger meal packing events in December. Meals of Hope provides a total of 14 food pantries–including seven mobile pantries–throughout Collier and Lee Counties to distribute food to approximately 1,000 families each week. Additional services and summer meal programs serve more than 10,000 Southwest Florida residents each month. To learn more, visit www.mealsofhope.org or call (239) 537-7775.
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