Gulfshore Business Daily: October 29

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Dr. Carol L. Roberts


The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) has opened the application period for the $20 million Rebuild Florida Workforce Recovery Training Program for local workforce development boards, educational institutions and technical centers in communities most impacted by Hurricane Irma to train Floridians in the construction trades necessary to support disaster recovery efforts. The funding may be used to launch or expand training programs for construction trades, including roofing, masonry, carpentry, concrete finishing, plumbing, HVAC, electricity, heavy equipment operations, carpet laying, window installation, plastering, welding and more. Additional information about the Rebuild Florida Workforce Recovery Training Program, including the Request For Applications, is available here. As a reminder, the deadline to submit applications for the separate $85 million Rebuild Florida Infrastructure Repair Program is Thursday. The original deadline of Aug. 30 was extended due to Hurricane Dorian.



The Midpoint Madness Veterans Day 5K Run/Walk will close the Midpoint Bridge from 6-9 p.m. on Nov. 11. Motorists are encouraged to use the Cape Coral Bridge or the U.S. 41 and Business 41 bridges as alternate routes. Lee County Department of Transportation will place message boards on Friday, to alert motorists of the closure. For information about the annual nighttime Veterans Day event, contact the Fort Myers YMCA at  or the Fort Myers Track Club at Pre- and post-race activities will be at Royal Palm Square at the base of the Midpoint Bridge in Fort Myers at 1400 Colonial Blvd. The race begins at 7 p.m. For more information about the Lee County Department of Transportation, visit or email traffic concerns to For questions regarding the bridge closure, call (239) 533-9400.


Dr. Carol L. Roberts


Naples Center for Functional Medicine will host a complimentary class at 6 p.m. on Nov. 6 at 800 Goodlette Road, Suite 270, in Naples. The class will explain how functional and integrative medicine can help Southwest Florida residents improve their overall health and lifestyle. “Functional Medicine 101” explores the ground floor of good health. Attendees will learn the basics of functional medicine, an evidence-based, holistic approach to medical care that identifies the root causes of sickness or pain, treating the whole patient rather than just symptoms. Doctors of functional medicine develop a detailed health history analysis that includes a biochemical and lifestyle profile of a patient before outlining an individual road map to long-term health. The class will be led by medical director Dr. Carol L. Roberts, who has practiced functional, integrative and holistic medicine for more than 25 years. The class is free to attend, but RSVPs are encouraged by visiting or calling (239) 649-7400.



Pathways Early Education Center of Immokalee has expanded the center’s Naples-based administrative offices at 4060 Tamiami Trail N., Unit 1, Naples. With the additional space, Pathways plans to host events and “virtual tours” of the Immokalee-based, early education center. The organization will be hosting an open house from 3:30-6:30 p.m. on Nov. 4 from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm, where Naples Mayor Bill Barnett and Collier County Commissioner Penny Taylor will officially “cut the ribbon” on the new office space. Residents and neighbors are invited to attend the open house and learn more about changing the path for the children of Immokalee.


Laird A. Lile


Laird A. Lile, a board-certified wills, trusts and estates attorney in Naples, has been named by Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles T. Canady to the newly created Task Force on the Distribution of IOTA Funds. Under the rules regulating The Florida Bar, funds from Interest on Trust Accounts (IOTA) Program flow to The Florida Bar Foundation to be “used to fund programs which are designed to improve the administration of justice or to expand the delivery of legal services to the poor,” according to a press release. The Task Force will examine whether the rules should be amended to ensure the most effective use of IOTA funds better. Lile currently serves on the Florida Supreme Court’s Judicial Management Council and the Florida Courts Technology Commission. For more information, visit



Panira Health Clinic has appointed two to its board of directors: Tim Philbrick as chairman and Jim Kelleher as vice-chair. Philbrick is a consultant with Business Dynamix Solutions. Philbrick attended both the University of Michigan and Florida Gulf Coast University, earning degrees in education. For the past 12 years, Philbrick has been involved in the Youth Leadership Collier program as a facilitator. Kelleher is the founder and managing partner of The Kelleher Firm, P.A., a personal injury law firm that serves the Naples and Southwest Florida areas. He is a graduate of Lemoyne College and SUNY Buffalo Law School. He has supported Catholic Education and charities in Collier County for 15-plus years.


Priority Marketing wins third consecutive global ‘Benny Award’ for Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest campaign


Priority Marketing has been awarded an international “Benny Award” for its design work promoting the 2019 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest. Printing Industries of America recognized Priority Marketing as a “Best of Category” winner through its Premier Print Awards, the graphic arts industry’s largest and most prestigious international printing and design competition. The Benny Award is its top honor and celebrates exceptional graphic artistry and superior print quality. For the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, Priority Marketing created an auction catalog book and a custom event invitation booklet that included RSVP cards and mailing envelopes. Silver metallic highlights accented custom die-cut materials that featured warm blue colors to reflect the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest’s oceanic theme of “Making Waves.” Priority Marketing developed the campaign’s concept, imagery and specialized printing concepts, while Palm Printing provided all printed campaign materials and services. Priority Marketing is the only firm in Southwest Florida that received a Benny Award in 2019, according to a press release.


Colin Marshall


Colin Marshall, president of Quadrum Senior Living–developer of the Fort Myers active adult community Amavida–recently served as a panelist during the invitation-only Chief Executive Summit at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. Argentum, the nation’s largest senior living association, organized the event. Marshall participated in a panel discussion focused on trending issues facing senior living owners and operators, plus a Q&A session with an audience of 60 chief executives from senior living facilities around the country. Amavida offers 300 independent living, 125 assisted living and 35 memory care units. For more information, visit



 World Wine Tour held Saturday

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate presents the 12th annual World Wine Tour, benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities Southwest Florida on Nov. 2 at Shangri-La Springs in Bonita Springs. Beginning at 4:30 p.m., guests will tour and sip a variety of domestic and international wines, hand-selected by the owner of The Wine Store Naples. Guests will also enjoy light bites from participating local restaurants, a raffle, and musical entertainment by Spotlight Entertainment of SWFL. Guests that register early online may book advance dinner reservations for Harvest & Wisdom for the evening of the World Wine Tour. The restaurant is currently serving lunch but will open its doors to our guests for dinner after the event. Admission to the event is $75 per person. VIP tickets are available for $125 per person. Tickets can be purchased at


Annual Day for Kids held this weekend

Boys & Girls Club of Collier County will host its annual Day for Kids from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 2 at Boys & Girls Club of Collier County’s Nichols Campus in Naples and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bolch Campus in Immokalee. The free events include games, food, face painting, crafts, bounce houses and more. Day for Kids highlights the critical needs of kids and teens in our community. Boys & Girls Club of Collier County is one of hundreds of Day for Kids events planned nationwide that is open to the public as well as club members and their families. For more information, visit or call (239) 325-1700.


Brews for the Birds held Saturday

The third annual Brews for the Birds will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Saturday at the Everglades Wonder Gardens in downtown Bonita Springs. Guests can experience the garden while sampling craft beers from 15 different breweries. All proceeds raised go to the care and feeding of the birds who call the gardens home. A limited number of tickets are still available here.


Steve and Doris Colgate at the 2019 Blues by the Bay

Blues by the Bay to support The Heights Foundation’s education programs

The fifth annual “Blues by the Bay” will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Nov. 19 at the riverfront home of Dean and Lori Munro, in the St. Charles Harbour community. Guests will enjoy samplings from area restaurants, fine wines, a signature Blue Bay Martini, champagne and live music by The Wayward Souls. Guests can upgrade to VIP level and receive tickets to the exclusive pre-party at the home of Tim and Sandy Youngquist in St. Charles Yacht Club and VIP benefits. Live and silent auction items will be offered and all proceeds will benefit the School Success programs for at-risk children in the Harlem Heights neighborhood in Fort Myers. Event sponsors include Edison National Bank/Bank of the Islands and entech. VIP sponsors include Rich and Sandy Heinrich and Jason and Sherri Huff. JP Morgan Limousine is an in-kind sponsor. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. Dress is resort casual. Tickets are now on sale for $125 each and space is limited. VIP opportunities and sponsorships that include the exclusive pre-party are also available. Purchase tickets at or call Karen Lesza at (239) 482-7706.


VIP tickets still available for Shop for Success 

VIPtickets are still available for Dress for Success SW Florida’s biggest shopping event of the year, Shop for Success, held from 5-9 p.m. on Nov. 8 at the Crowne Plaza Fort Myers at Bell Tower. VIP tickets start at $50, offering exclusive early shopping opportunities. General admission is free after 5 p.m. Shop for Success will feature 5,000 square feet of gently used clothing in sizes 00 to 26 and accessories starting at $5. Two tiers of VIP tickets are available to shoppers wanting a custom experience, including early entrance, light bites and a complimentary cocktail, with additional add-ons to include personal shoppers, private dressing areas, and new for this year, a room designated for brand-new clothing with tags. A cash bar will also be available. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the event will benefit Dress for Success SW Florida. To purchase tickets, call (239) 689-4992 or visit

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