Gulfshore Business Daily: September 13

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A countywide campaign aims to help local businesses impacted by the red tide and algal blooms. The promotion­, OneLee, contains dozens of deals from area businesses to motivate residents to dine, shop and play locally. Residents are encouraged to use #onelee in their social media posts to support this movement. Many of the online deals will be from businesses in coastal communities such as Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel & Captiva islands and Bonita Beach, which have suffered severe economic losses. The deals will launch Saturday. To post a deal, email The deal should be active for at least 30 days. Any current deals or new deals are eligible. Include deal details and at least one image. To find deals, starting Saturday, visit


Forty years ago this week, the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida (AAASWFL) filed articles of incorporation to serve older adults in the area and became official on Sept. 12, 1978. In addition to celebrating the anniversary, AAASWFL will also accept its 500,000th call to the Southwest Florida Elder Helpline. The Elder Helpline is a toll-free service that helps connect seniors and adults with disabilities to needed resources in our community. The Area Agency on Aging has operated the Southwest Florida Elder Helpline since 2003.  Last year, the agency received nearly 64,000 calls to the toll-free service. This year, that number is expected to climb to more than 70,000. The state’s network of 11 Area Agencies on Aging share a database of service providers to assist seniors, people with disabilities, caregivers, and other individuals with locating resources in their communities. Assistance is available in 200 languages. 


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida a $337,400 Capital Assistance for Hurricane Response and Recovery Efforts (CARE) grant to help ease the financial impact to the organization from Hurricane Irma. Administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), CARE funding for Florida totaled nearly$13.15, dispersed statewide to 41 community health centers. The grants will help ensure continued access to quality primary healthcare services at community health centers in Florida affected by the hurricane. This funding was made available by the Bipartisan Budget Act, signed by President Donald Trump in February of this year. CARE offers capital assistance and support for minor alteration, renovation and equipment costs to assist impacted HRSA-funded health centers providing services in Florida. In total, HRSA awarded nearly $60 million to health centers affected by the hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina and Texas, as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


Shy Wolf Sanctuary Education and Experience Center has added Peter Everts to its board of directors. Everts relocated to Naples from the Netherlands in 2016, bringing more than 30 years of experience in the medical industry to Southwest Florida. Everts currently serves as director of Gulf Coast Biologics in Fort Myers. In the Netherlands, Everts co-owned an integrative healing center and also served as founder and chief science officer for a medical company serving markets around the globe. Through his consulting firm, Everts has served as consultant for U.S. companies Cytomedix and Arthrex. His background specializes in regenerative medicine, cell therapies and wound care.


Engel & Völkers Florida hosted its eighth annual Leadership Summit on Sept. 6 at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. Members of the Engel & Völkers Florida network, which comprises 28 brokerages, were joined by their colleagues from regions all around North America and Canada. The team gathered for a daylong conference to discuss industry-related best practices, network, strategize tactics for the year to come, review successful growth from the year prior and honor award winners. The event also included a dinner reception and awards ceremony to honor the top performing shops in the Florida market in 2017. Engel & Völkers Olde Naples won the award for most transactions.


Farr Law Firm attorney Fletcher H. Rush is now Florida Bar board certified in wills, trusts and estates. Board certification is the highest level of evaluation by The Florida Bar of competency and experience. Board certification helps consumers identify specialists in various areas of law and is The Florida Bar’s “Legal Expert” status. Rush has been an attorney with Farr Law Firm since 2013 and focuses his practice on estate planning, estate and trust administration, and related tax matters. He received his Master of Laws in taxation from the University of Florida graduate tax program in 2013. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2012 and received his Juris Doctor in 2012 from University of Florida Levin College of Law. Rush also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida and is a director for the Library Foundation for Sarasota County, the South Sarasota United Way and the Sarasota County Bar Association’s Young Lawyer’s Division. He is a member of the Southwest Florida Estate Planning Council and the Venice Estate Planning Council. 


The Fall Hiring Event, hosted by Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) and coordinated by CareerSource Southwest Florida, will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 18 at Suncoast Credit Union Arena in Fort Myers. For more information about the event, contact Peg Elmore at (239) 931-8282 ext. 1801 or email


C.A.R.E fundraising costume party set for January

The Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies (C.A.R.E.) will host “The Harlequin’s Dance” on Jan. 26 at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center. John Wright, president of the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce, will serve as the master of ceremonies at the 31st annual fundraising event and costume party. Kelly Liscum is chair of the ball committee. C.A.R.E. has been assisting victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and all victims of violent crime in Charlotte County for 37 years. Individual tickets are $135 per person; tables of ten can be purchased for $1,250 before Dec. 31 or $1,350 thereafter. The last date to purchase tickets is Jan. 17. Gaming and an open bar is included in the ticket price. Tickets may be purchased at or (941) 639-5499. For information on sponsorships contact John Wright at (305) 494-2954, Judi Harris at (941) 380-2443 or Liscum at (941) 380-2443.

Festival of Trees seeks businesses, organizations to decorate trees

Festival of Trees organizers are seeking businesses interested in an event marketing opportunity. Tree sponsors decorate an artificial tree (tree provided), which are displayed from Nov. 27 to Dec. 2 at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. Trees are viewed by the public, voted on for bragging rights and raffled to winners on the final day of the festival. Proceeds from the festival support the art center and the Southwest Florida Goodwill Foundation. Contact Susan at or (239) 652-1613 for details.

‘Pars for a Purpose’ to raise funds, awareness for Captains for Clean Water

DataPartners is the lead sponsor of a charity event set to raise funds and awareness for Captains for Clean Water, a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding science-based solutions to Florida’s red tide crisis. The “Pars for a Purpose” event will be held Oct. 5-6 at the St. James Bay Golf Club in Carabelle, Florida, about 50 miles south of Tallahassee. The first day wraps up with outdoor music and a banquet dinner. Day two includes the charity golf tournament, awards ceremony and media interviews. A news conference to discuss Florida’s algae and red tide disasters will take place at 1 p.m. on Oct. 5. To register for Pars for a Purpose, click here.

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