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Gulfshore Business Daily: Sept. 6

Rick Schooler


Lee Health has named Rick Schooler as its new chief information officer (CIO). Schooler will oversee operational management, planning, organizing and strategic direction of the information systems/information technology (IT) function for the health system. Schooler’s career spans 28 years in healthcare and nine years outside of healthcare. He joined Lee Health after serving as vice president and CIO at Orlando Health. Before joining Orlando Health, he was the vice president and CIO at Central Georgia Health System (Navicent Health). Schooler is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (FCHIME) and the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society (FHIMSS). He has received multiple awards throughout his career, including the John E. Gall Healthcare CIO of the Year. Schooler earned his Master of Business Administration from the University of Indianapolis and a bachelor’s degree in computer and information technology from Purdue University. He is also a Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO) and a board-certified executive coach.



The Southwest Florida Community Foundation is inviting the public to participate in On the Table Southwest Florida on Oct. 17 in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. On the Table gatherings can be mealtime conversations at any point during the day. While eight to 12 guests at each table has been found to be an ideal number for everyone to have a chance to speak and be heard, the number of guests a host wants to invite is optional. Gatherings can be co-hosted with local churches, businesses or nonprofits and everyone is encouraged to bring their friends or network peers. Those registered to host gatherings will be provided with tools and resources online and invitation template forms to track RSVPs. The launch team at Southwest Florida Community Foundation will also be holding host training sessions and supplying host kits before the October event date. On the Table has been started in over 30 communities across the country. The goal is to have a conversation about community issues. To sign up to be a host, to attend a table gathering, or more information or to register to be a host, visit www.floridacommunity.com/on-the-table, email OTT@floridacommunity.com or call (239) 274-5900.



Nearly 300 community and business leaders cheered on the 2019 Small Business of the Year and Bonita Springs Citizen of the Year Award winners at the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce’s Awards Celebration Luncheon. The program closed with a special announcement about the opening of The Hub, a new community workspace located inside the Bonita Chamber. The Hub features free coffee, fast Wi-Fi, two semi-private office suites and an open, café-style seating area for individuals to use for small meetings or remote work. The 2019 Small Business of the Year Award was presented to Stickboy Creative. The Bonita Springs Citizen of the Year Award was presented to Harlan Parrish, Lee County President of FineMark National Bank & Trust. The 13th Honorary Pat Lord Award was presented to Danville Leadbetter of London Bay Homes, who helped the Bonita Chamber team design and create The Hub. The Chamber Appreciation Award was presented to Bonita Springs-Estero REALTORS. Outgoing Board of Directors Chairman Kim Hastings presented the Chairman’s Award to Westley Weidenmiller of Presstige Printing and welcomed incoming chairman Rich Mancini of Henderson Franklin. Dianne E. Jacob of PNC Bank was the keynote speaker.


Brighton Pointe side view


Kensington Golf & Country Club has completed the final phase of its multi-million-dollar renovation and expansion project. The opening of these new facilities comes in the midst of the club’s 25th-anniversary celebration this year. Initiated in 2018, the $3.5-million construction project included the addition of several new member amenities as well as a complete refurbishment of certain existing facilities. The final phase of work included a new 150-seat outdoor dining area known as Brighton Pointe. Designed by Naples architect David Humphrey, the open-air building offers a view down the 18th hole of the golf course and features island-style architecture, including a full kitchen, bar area and fire pit. It also extends food and beverage service to those using the club’s adjacent pool. Immediately adjacent to the outdoor dining area are two newly built bocce ball courts and a pavilion near the pool area. Earlier this year, Kensington Golf & Country Club opened its newly refurbished tennis facilities. Four new Pickleball courts also were installed.



Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Event on Aug. 8 at The Club at Grandezza in Estero to recognize its volunteers. The annual appreciation event brought volunteers together for an evening of refreshments and networking to celebrate a record-breaking year of student impact. Throughout the 2018-19 school year, Junior Achievement partnered with more than 270 classroom business volunteers to deliver lessons on financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship to more than 12,498 students in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties. Junior Achievement also honored a number of individuals and businesses for their contributions during an awards ceremony held during the event. In celebration of Junior Achievement USA’s 100th anniversary, the JA Centennial Leadership Award was given to Jim Shields for work with Estero’s “2,5,8, Graduate” program. Other recognitions included Volunteer of the Year-Lee County: Deborah Wingerson; Volunteer of the Year-Collier County: Al Kozel; JA Organization of the Year-Collier & Lee Counties: IBERIABANK; and JA Board of Directors, Chair Eagle Award: Curt Todd. Volunteer opportunities are described in detail at www.JASWFL.org.


Patrick J. Kennedy


David Lawrence Center announces that former congressman and mental health advocate Patrick J. Kennedy will headline its signature fundraiser, Sound Minds, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 3 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples. For the past six years, David Lawrence Center has hosted the Sound Minds Mental Health Symposium. This year, David Lawrence Center changed the event format, turning the symposium into a fundraising luncheon. The new format is being chaired by Kate and Rob Edwards. Since leaving Congress, Kennedy has dedicated his professional life to advocating for those with mental health and substance use disorders. Kennedy, the lead author of the groundbreaking Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (Federal Parity Law), will share stories and insights from his political and personal journey with mental illness and addiction.  Immediately following the luncheon will be a VIP Meet the Speaker reception, where sponsors and VIP ticket holders may meet Kennedy.


Robert Neurock


GATES Construction has added Robert Neurock as senior project manager. Neurock is responsible for overall project coordination and management from the pre-construction and permitting stage through to owner occupancy.  He has more than 20 years of construction experience with a wide variety of project types and particular expertise in commercial, hospitality, hotel projects, multi-family residential, healthcare, education, and aviation. He will be based out of GATES Construction’s Headquarters office in Bonita Springs. For more information, visit www.GATESinc.com.




Meals of Hope to host Hurricane Dorian meal-packing event

To benefit the victims of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas, Meals of Hope is sponsoring a meal-packing event 8:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday at Naples High School. The organization plans to pack 100,000 meals to be distributed in the Bahamas to those affected by the hurricane. Collier Harvest Foundation is supporting the event. Volunteers are needed and donations are accepted. To donate funds to help cover the cost of the meals, or to volunteer to help pack meals, contact Steven Kissinger at (239) 398-9640 or email skissinger@mealsofhope.org. To learn more, visit www.mealsofhope.org or call (239) 537-7775.


Child Care of Southwest Florida collecting donations for Hurricane Dorian relief

Child Care of Southwest Florida is partnering with Venice-based Agape Flights to collect critical supplies for those impacted by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. Donations of new items can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at Child Care of Southwest Florida’s administrative offices at 6831 Palisades Park Court, Suite 6, in Fort Myers. Agape Flights requests relief supplies such as nonperishable food items, paper and baby supplies, cleaning supplies, hygiene first aid supplies (travel sizes preferred), first aid supplies, and miscellaneous items including generators, chain saws, hand tree saws, flashlights, batteries, solar lights, tarps, work gloves and more. Agape Flights does not accept donations of bottled water, liquid bleach, clothing, medications, linens or opened items.


Community Foundation of Collier County launches Hurricane Dorian Disaster Relief Fund

The Community Foundation of Collier County has established the Hurricane Dorian Disaster Relief Fund to provide disaster relief to victims of the storm. All of the donations collected will go to hurricane victims. At this time, relief efforts are focused on assisting the Bahamas in their recovery. Funds will be sent to Bahamas nonprofits and to the United Way of Miami-Dade, who will work with other United Ways and nonprofits supporting immediate and long-term recovery needs. The foundation will continue to monitor the southeastern U.S. for any significant impact and the potential need for support. Donations can be made online at cfcollier.org/hurricane-dorian-disaster-relief-fund/ or by sending a check to the Community Foundation of Collier County at 1110 Pine Ridge Road, Suite 200, Naples. Enter “Hurricane Dorian” on the memo line of your check. As the Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, donations are tax-deductible.


Family-A-Fair, Back to School events held for families in need

“Family-A-Fair,” a family health fair and “Back to School” event, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 15 at the Gargiulo Education Center at 1414 Rail Head Blvd., Naples. The event is meant for children and families in need. Backpacks and school supplies will be given away, plus new shoes to the first 50 kids. Free health screenings will be provided as well as other services offered by community organizations. There is no cost to attend, and free food and free activities are available. Participating organizations include: Gargiulo Education Center, Meals of Hope, Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Avow, Catholic Charities, Northside Naples Kiwanis Club, St. Vincent de Paul, Help a Diabetic Child, Maria’s Birthday Wishes for the Homeless, Bikes for Tykes, United Arts Council, Counseling of Southwest Florida, North Naples First Responders, The Stage Bonita and First Florida Integrity Bank.


Neighborhood Bash – Party at The Clinic set for November

Join the Neighborhood Health Clinic will host Neighborhood Bash – Party at the Clinic from 5-8 p.m. on Nov. 1 at charity’s campus at 121 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples. The Neighborhood Bash – Party at the Clinic is a casual evening honoring the clinic’s 20 years of hope and healing made possible by the support of the community. The event includes appetizers and cocktails, food trucks, games with prizes, and live music by The Pearl Street Band. Millennium Physicians Group, Marine Industries of Collier County, Physicians Regional Healthcare System and Woodhouse Day Spa are event sponsors. The committee comprises chair Casey Andress, Lindsay Brown, Ann Elwell, Marge Klasa, Nancy Laich, Courtney Smuder, Jennifer Walker and Kory Walker. Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased by calling (239) 316-7416 or visiting at www.neighborhoodhealthclinic.org/neighborhood-bash/.


Sanibel Captiva Community Bank partners with Habitat for Humanity

Sanibel Captiva Community Bank has partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties Inc. The partnership includes a $20,000 donation and the dedication of 30 employees who helped build a home for a family in Fort Myers in late August. Bank employees volunteered together on a Saturday to raise the exterior walls on one of 67 Habitat homes being built in Lee and Hendry counties this year.


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