Gulfshore Business Daily: October 30

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The Community Foundation of Collier County has distributed $2,538,052 in grants in the first quarter of its 2018-19 fiscal year (July 1-Sept.  30) to nonprofit agencies and scholarships for secondary education and specialized training. The distributions included $36,000 to the City of Naples for the Blair Foundation Tree Challenge to help reforest the city, which sustained significant damage from Hurricane Irma. Also included in the grant awards is $182,356 from the Community Foundation’s Changing Needs Fund, which is designed to be a safety net to help meet the changing needs of our community.  Naples Pathways Coalition received a $5,000 capital equipment grant from the Community Foundation’s Changing Needs Fund to expand its Lights for Bikes program, which provides service employees, who depend on bikes for transportation to and from work, with bike lights and safety gear. For more information, visit


Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) college credit certificate (CCC) in risk management and insurance management beginning in the 2019 spring term. As part of their associate in science degree in business administration and management, students will complete 60-credit hours and an Associate of Science degree in business administration and management, CCC in risk management and insurance management, and state of Florida licensure for insurance. Students will be waived from state-mandated insurance licensing exams when the above program is taken at FSW. FSW is one of only 13 Florida colleges designated to offer this option. For more information, call the FSW School of Business and Technology at (239) 489-9270, email, or visit


Collier Child Care Resources (CCCR) is seeking six volunteers from the public with early childhood knowledge to evaluate the 2019 Apple Blossom Award “Teacher of the Year” nominees. The Apple Blossom Award evaluators will conduct classroom visits between February and early March to assess nominees who educate and care for children ages birth to 5 years. Nominee evaluators must have some knowledge of early childhood education, in either the classroom or as an administrator of an early childhood education program. Former preschool teachers, administrators, first-grade teachers, speech therapists, or counselors who have worked with children birth to 6-years-old are encouraged to volunteer. Evaluators use a C.L.A.S.S. based scoring form with criteria such as teacher sensitivity, language support, positive climate and behavior guidance. Those interested in being an evaluator for the 2019 Apple Blossom Awards can contact JoAnn Lawrence,, (239) 643-3908, or visit


Jordan Scardigno has been hired as the executive director for Moorings Park at Grey Oaks. As the executive director for Moorings Park at Grey Oaks, Scardigno will lead day-to-day operations. Prior to joining Moorings Park at Grey Oaks, Scardigno served as the associate executive director and director of sales for a luxury for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in the Southwest Florida market. Since earning his Bachelor of Science degree in health services administration from the University of Central Florida, Scardigno has dedicated more than 15 years to various senior-living communities throughout the area.


To celebrate the upcoming LPGA season-ending event, the CME Group Tour Championship tournament has partnered with a variety of Southwest Florida restaurants for the inaugural Corona Premier Oasis Trail Restaurant Week. From Nov. 4-10, the weeklong event invites patrons to enjoy featured menu items from Corona Premier Oasis Trail restaurant partners and receive discounts on Corona Premier Oasis Trail tickets. Participating restaurants will include Boston Beer Garden, Black Eyed Pig BBQ, Belgian Yummies and Naples Flatbread Kitchen & Bar. Upon purchasing select dishes at each restaurant, customers will be given a $5 off discount code for one Corona Premier Oasis Trail ticket. Each restaurant will have their own specific discount codes. The tournament will also be running an Instagram photo contest from the official account, @cmegrouptourchamp, which will award two winners with free Corona Premier Oasis Trail tickets. To participate, users who share their Restaurant Week featured dish, include the hashtag #CPOTRestaurantWeek and follow the tournament’s Instagram account will be entered to win. For more information, visit


The Women’s Foundation of Collier County has added three new members to its board of directors. Anne Fleming, Kate McGinnis, and Sharon Treiser joined the board for a three-year term on July 1. Fleming is general manager of Waterside Shops, a position she has held for the past five years; Sharon Treiser is a J.P. Morgan vice president/client advisor and philanthropist; Kate McGinnis has served as vice president of organization development for Drake Beam Morin Inc. in New York and has been involved with the Women of the (239) club in Naples. The Women’s Foundation of Collier County is a field-of-interest fund at the Community Foundation of Collier County whose mission is to serve the current and changing needs of women and girls in this community. For more details, visit


Brews for the Birds held Saturday

The second annual Brews for the Birds will be held from 3-7 p.m. on Saturday at the Everglades Wonder Gardens. Tickets are $45 as of Oct. 1.   ScreenIt  and   Rosier Insurance are serving as this year’s KEG sponsors, with all proceeds benefiting bird habitats at the Gardens.  Last years event sold out in advance. For tickets and more information, click here.

Cape Coral Animal Shelter fundraiser set for Saturday

The Cape Coral Animal Shelter (CCAS) will host Rock’N’ Rescue from 6-10 p.m. on Nov. 3 at the Cape Coral Yacht Club ballroom. The event will be a fundraiser and kickoff for the community to purchase engraved pavers for placement at the shelter. A message can be added to the pavers commemorating a pet, family member, or to recognize a business. Pavers are available for a special price until Saturday. Four-inch by eight-inch pavers are discounted from $150 to $125 and larger eight-by-eight-inch bricks from $250 to $225. CCAS is working with LARC Inc., a local organization supporting individuals with disabilities, who will be making the engraved pavers. Nevermind Bar and Eatery and Ceno's Grille will provide and Metro Diner is donating the dessert. The Riverside Band will be playing throughout the evening. A silent auction will be held the evening of the event and “Rock’N’ Rescue” T-shirts will be for sale. Tickets for the event are $100 per person or $700 for a table of eight. One ticket includes dinner and two drinks. For more information, visit

FMCS surpasses fundraising goal through ‘Feed the Need’ program

Fort Myers Christian School (FMCS) has surpassed its fundraising goal of $60,000 to support its school through an innovative “food-raising” packing project called “Feed the Need.” Feed the Need is a fundraiser for FMCS that sets aside a significant portion of the funds raised to purchase, pack and distribute healthy meals to hungry children in Haiti, Jolo, West Virginia and Southwest Florida. Feed the Need at FMCS culminates in a one-day, student-led food packing party event from 9 a.m. to noon on on Thursday. NBC2 News anchor Peter Busch will be the honorary emcee with principal Mel Mitchell during the event. For more information, visit

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