Gulfshore Business Daily: October 17

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Collier Child Care Resources (CCCR) has announced the winners of the 19th annual Family Friendly Business Awards, which recognize organizations in Collier County with policies and benefits that assist employees in raising their family. Two organizations were honored as Employers of the Year for showing special commitment to family-friendly policies and innovative practices. Arthrex received the Employer of the Year award in the large business category of 50 employees or more, and NCH Healthcare System was the runner-up. PBS Contractors received the Employer of the Year award in the small/medium business category of 49 employees or less, and Quarles & Brady LLP was the runner-up. For more information on the winners of the Family Friendly Business Awards, visit  


The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce has announced the 2018 Distinguished Public Service Awards (DPSA) winners. The winners of this year’s DPSA were presented on Oct. 10 at the Hilton Naples. They are: Fire Safety: Lt. Kevin Nelmes, paramedic; Law Enforcement: Lt. Leslie Weidenhammer; Emergency Medical Services: EMS Battalion Chief Michele Williamson; and Emergency Management Services: Dan Summers, director, Collier County Bureau of Emergency Services, Collier County Government.  Established in 2003, the Distinguished Public Service Awards honor the outstanding contribution of an individual or team in their respective public service profession and to the wellbeing of Collier County. 


In recognition of National STEM Day, Florida SouthWestern State College’s (FSW) Critical Thinking Lecture Series will present a STEM Panel at 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 8 at the FSW Thomas Edison Campus, Building AA-177, in Fort Myers. Additionally, the presentation can be viewed digitally at the FSW Charlotte Campus, Building O, Room 117; the FSW Collier Campus, Building M, Room 201; and the FSW Hendry/Glades Curtis Center, Building A, Room 114. The STEM Panel will feature three Southwest Florida women who have built their careers in STEM fields: Reema Bhatia, Stickboy Creative and Vectra Digital; Pricilla Doyle, District 21 Medical Examiner’s Office; and Kelly Sloan, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Sea Turtle Program. Free and open to the public, the Critical Thinking Lecture Series features college and community leaders who discuss how they use critical thinking skills in their profession or focus on critical topics from their area of career or academic interest. Presentations take place weekly, and the fall series runs September through November. The full schedule can be viewed at For more information, contact Whitney Rhyne at (239) 433-6943 or


Dwayne Bergmann Interiors has won a first-place national award for the best kitchen design in the state of Florida. A partner firm, Wood-Mode Fine Custom Cabinetry, presented the award to Bergmann in September in Hershey, Pennsylvania, as part of Wood-Mode’s 75th-anniversary celebration. The inaugural Design Awards attracted more than 560 entries from North American designers and dealers who desired to showcase their residential use of custom Wood-Mode and Brookhaven cabinetry. Dwayne Bergmann Interiors was one of 23 winners overall and one of 14 winners in its respective category for a Wood-Mode-incorporated kitchen. The colors, textures, accessories and artwork in the kitchen capture the client’s individuality via a melting pot of inspiration and medium. Dwayne Bergmann Interiors was scored on a 20-point scale for lifestyle, creativity and use of space.


 GATES Construction has added Cora Harkins as director of business development and marketing. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland and has more than 30 years of experience in business development and marketing, working for general contractors and national manufacturers of architectural products. As In her new role, Harkins is responsible for overseeing the business development and marketing support staff, developing corporate strategies, company promotion, GATES’ company-wide networking plan, expanding territories including Palm Beach Gardens and Sarasota, and increasing market-share overall. Harkins will be based out of GATES Construction’s headquarters in Bonita Springs.


Colin Marshall, Quadrum Global’s president of senior living management at Amavida, has been appointed to the Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation board of directors. Marshall is overseeing the development and opening of Amavida, a 32-acre resort-style independent-living, assisted-living and memory-care community in Fort Myers, located directly adjacent to Lakes Regional Park. From the north side of the community, Amavida residents will have a private entrance to Lakes Park’s amenities and events. Marshall has two decades of experience working in several niche health care specialties, including primary and preventative care, practice management, transitional care and rehabilitation, and senior living. His past roles include vice president of operations and principal and owner of a health care and long-term care consulting company. The Enrichment Foundation board is responsible for supporting the enhancement of Lee County’s Lakes Regional Park through voluntary and philanthropic endeavors, and increasing public awareness of the park.


Galbraith, PLLC has added Marc A. Hetzner as partner in the firm’s trusts and estate department. Hetzner has more than 30 years of experience in estate planning law and has tried tax cases before the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. District Court, and the Indiana Tax. Hetzner’s main area of focus will be in providing estate planning and administration for clients who own substantial closely held business interests.


Golisano Children’s Hospital receives $5 million donation

Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida has received a $5 million unrestricted donation from Baycross Christian Family Foundation to support the Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Little Red Wagon Fund and its efforts to fulfill the region’s most critical pediatric healthcare needs. Baycross Christian Family Foundation, based in Sarasota, is a longtime supporter of Golisano Children’s Hospital and, over the years, has contributed to the hospital’s ongoing initiatives, including its capital campaign and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Parent Support Group. The Little Red Wagon Fund plays a key role in advancing innovative programs, technologies and services to strengthen the future of the hospital and meet the expanding health care needs of the region, a press release states. For more information, visit

O-A-K collecting Hurricane Michael relief supplies through Friday

In the wake of Hurricane Michael’s impact on the Florida Panhandle, Owen-Ames-Kimball Company (O-A-K) is collecting hurricane relief supplies to aid in the region’s efforts to recover from the storm. O-A-K is collecting donations from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday at its offices in Fort Myers and Naples, and will deliver a semi-truck full of relief supplies to the Panama City area. For questions, a full list of needed supplies, or to discuss possibility of delivering donations outside of the allotted collection hours, call Lacey Fann at (239) 561-4141 or

Red Cross provides support post-Irma

The Red Cross has awarded Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties’ Disaster Recovery Program nearly $500,000 to aid Hurricane Irma victims. These funds will allow Habitat’s Disaster Recovery Program to help low-income residents, who own their home, with repairs as a result of damage caused by Hurricane Irma. With donated funds, the Red Cross has provided emergency relief and will continue to provide disaster relief and recovery, directly and through organizations like Habitat Lee and Hendry’s Disaster Recovery Program. Residents interested in learning more about Habitat’s Disaster Recovery Program can attend an informational meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 6 at the Downtown Fort Myers Library in Meeting Room A. There is no need to register for the meeting. More information can be found at or by calling (239) 652-4663.

ROOF creates housing opportunities for adults with disabilities with grant

Residential Options of Florida (ROOF) has received a $15,000 grant from the Angel Fund at the Community Foundation of Collier County. This award will support ROOF to create opportunities for people with developmental disabilities to live independently in the community with support services designed to help them be successful in their new homes. This grant will support residents in two new rental homes in Immokalee: Independence Place and Liberty Place. These two homes represent the first of their kind in Immokalee, a press release states. For more information, visit

Walk to End Alzheimer’s set for November

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s will begin with 8 a.m. registration on Nov. 17 at North Collier Regional Park in Naples. Participants of the family-friendly event will complete a two-mile walk and learn about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment and support programs and services from the Alzheimer’s Association. Walk participants also honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease with the Promise Garden ceremony. Registration is available at


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