Gulfshore Business Daily: September 27

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The Shell Factory & Nature Park announces its newest tenant, Players Circle Theatre, located at 16554 N. Cleveland Ave. in Fort Myers. In partnership with the Actors Equity Association (contract pending), its inaugural season is slated to kick off in December and will include five professional shows. Led by Carrie and Robert Cacioppo, the venue will be a flexible black box theatre. Seating up to192 guests, the performances will place the audience no more than five rows from the stage. The space will have a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system, accompanied by a Bluetooth loop hearing aid system and hearing headsets at no charge. Adjacent to the theatre, a 1,000-square-foot lobby will seat 50-plus, and the walls will showcase180 framed vintage Broadway playbills ranging from the 1920s through today. Guests can also enjoy the Southern Grill restaurant. Performances will include Broadway-level entertainment with prices starting at $25 per person. VIP seating and subscription packages are also available. A list of performances will be announced, and tickets will be available in October. Currently, donations are being accepted and show sponsors are needed.  For more information, email at



Public forums themed “How Healthy Are You?” will be held from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Oct. 16 in the Community Room of the Naples Daily News. The complimentary 90-minute forums will focus on preventive, proactive and personalized medical approaches that extend the healthy human lifespan. The events are hosted by Naples-based Longevity BioImaging and Longevity Performance Center. Speakers from the organizations include Dr. William K. Kapp, CEO and founder, Dr. Carl DuCharme, medical director, and Sharon Bruno, vice president. The presentations will unveil diagnostic assessments and therapies offered by Longevity to help individuals achieve a blueprint of their past, present and future health and wellbeing. Discussions will focus on whole-genome sequencing, brain and body imaging, and advanced bloodwork analysis with machine learning algorithms. Discussions also center on lifestyle adjustments and regenerative therapies that can detect and prevent diseases and extend the healthy lifespan. To register, visit


Dr. Amanda L. Danley


Dr. Amanda L. Danley has joined Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida as a family medicine physician, seeing patients at the Cape Coral Family Practice. Danley earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Florida State University in Tallahassee. She completed Florida State University’s residency program at Lee Health in Fort Myers, where she was named “Outstanding Resident.” During her residency, Danley participated in a medical service trip to Los Cedros, Nicaragua.  She also provided pre-sports physicals for under-served middle and high school students in Immokalee and assisted with medical care and evaluation of athletes during football games of Island Coast High School in Cape Coral. She is board certified in family medicine and has received additional certifications in advanced cardiac life support, basic life support, advanced life support in obstetrics, and pediatric advanced life support. Danley is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Florida Academy of Family Physicians and the Lee County Medical Society.


Jason Cooper


Home Base Southwest Florida (SWFL), a local nonprofit founded by the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital dedicated to supporting veterans, service members and military families impacted by the invisible wounds of war, has added U.S. Marine Corps veteran Jason Cooper as assistant director of development. He this new role, Cooper will be responsible for the planning, direction and management of development activities. In this capacity, he is charged with marketing Home Base SWFL through corporate partnerships, events and more. Cooper joined the team to help support Home Base SWFL’s continued growth throughout Florida and expansion into outpatient clinical care this fall. Prior to joining Home Base, Cooper most recently served as the Director of Sales for Evolve Technologies. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in political science from Florida Gulf Coast University.



West Wind Inn of Sanibel Florida has named Patrick Fitz executive chef of the resort’s on-property open-to-the-public restaurant, Normandie Seaside Café. Normandie is one of five on-property dining establishments part of the Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts hospitality management group. Fitz has 10-plus years of culinary experience on Sanibel Island, working with Sundial Resort, The Sanctuary Golf Club and, for the past five years, Blue Coyote. Named “Best Chef on the Islands,” Fitz broke into the industry at the age of 17, washing dishes. Beyond a standard menu, he plans “at least one” chef’s inspiration special nightly at Normandie Seaside Café and the recreation of at least one island favorite, Clay Pot Grouper.


Scott Moore


Scott Moore has joined Stevens Construction as director of operations. Moore manages the construction program for Stevens Construction’s South Florida office. Leading the project management and field teams, Moore ensures projects achieve client’s budget, schedule and quality goals. Moore is also responsible for guiding the company’s safety program, standard operating procedures and assisting in project development. With a 30-year career serving as the contractor, field architect and the owner’s representative, Moore has managed more than $1 billion in construction including multiple projects at Shell Point Retirement Community and Manatee Memorial Hospital. 



Studio+, an architecture and interior design firm, has hired four new team members to its team. Lorrie Bennett has joined as marketing manager and brings more than 20 years of experience as a creative director, award-winning senior graphic designer, and fine artist to the Studio+ team. Matthew Leger has been hired as a senior project manager. Leger has more than 20 years of experience in planning, architecture, and construction. He was also recently appointed to the City of Fort Myers Planning Board. Dexter Foster has joined the team as an architectural designer. Foster has a degree from Rhode Island School of Design and experience as a pre-construction estimator and an architecture design intern. Joining the team as a marketing intern is Laurel De Luca, a current student at Florida Gulf Coast University studying journalism with a double minor in marketing and interdisciplinary studies.



Avow announces the Center for Grief and Bereavement, a newly dedicated space with expanded services to help adults navigate the adjustment to life after the loss of a loved one. Located in its Lyon Center on the Avow campus at 1223 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, the Center for Grief and Bereavement optimizes space formerly occupied by the Avow Kids program, which moved into nearby Aunt Janet’s House earlier this year. While adult bereavement services have been offered on the campus since 1992 and by Avow since its founding in 1983, the refreshed and expanded center provides dedicated spaces for private and group meetings as well as a black-light lit meditation space where participants privately or with others can write or draw their feelings in colorful markers on acrylic panels. The center also houses the new Elizabeth Kubler-Ross Memorial Library, which contains books and memorabilia on end-of-life topics and other subjects from Dr. Kubler-Ross’s personal collection. The items are available for the community to use onsite. Avow’s professional grief counselors support adults who have lost someone to death or other means. All sessions are open to residents and visitors in Southwest Florida without cost.



Matanzas on the Bay to host Howl-O-Ween Wildlife Fundraiser 

Matanzas on the Bay on Fort Myers Beach is partnering with the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) to host a family-friendly, Halloween and animal-themed fundraiser. The CROW Howl-O-Ween Wildlife Fundraiser will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 26 at Matanzas on the Bay. Free car parking and boat dockage is available for guests. The event includes live music by guitarist and singer Scotty Bryan and children’s activities. CROW’s wildlife experts will also lead interactive, educational sessions exploring Florida’s animal residents, highlighted by appearances from the clinic’s wildlife ambassadors. There will be a $14 buffet and craft beer on sale from Fort Myers Brewing Co. Guests can participate in a selection of prize drawings and Matanzas on the Bay will also be collecting donations throughout the duration of the event. Proceeds from the Howl-O-Ween Wildlife Fundraiser benefit CROW. To learn more about the event, follow the restaurant on Facebook.


Guardian ad Litem Foundation’s 2018 Fashion to a Tea event raised $10,028 to support the Foundation’s programs and initiatives.

Guardian ad Litem Foundation to host Fashion to a Tea

Guardian ad Litem Foundation, 20th Judicial Circuit, will host a high tea luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 30 at Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club to raise money for programs assisting foster children in Charlotte County. Fashion to a Tea features lunch, a silent auction, surprises and a fashion show with models showcasing the styles available at HipNotique in Punta Gorda. Guests are encouraged to wear hats to complement the high tea environment. NBC2 anchor Stacey Deffenbaugh will emcee the event. Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased online at or by calling (941) 613-3233. Sponsorship opportunities start at $500 and include event tickets, marketing and public recognition. Proceeds from the event will support Guardian ad Litem Foundation.


Everglades Wonder Gardens ‘Brews for the Birds’ returns in November

Everglades Wonder Gardens will host the third annual Brews for the Birds fundraiser from 4-8 p.m. on Nov. 2. The event includes unlimited craft beer tastings from popular local breweries, while supplies last, as well as food trucks and live music from Roots Almighty and singer-songwriter Emma Arnold. All event proceeds from ticket sales, as well as 10% of food truck sales, will support the enhancement of the Wonder Gardens birds’ living environment. General admission tickets are $35 and $20 non-drink tickets, and general admission tickets at the door, if still available, will be $50. To purchase tickets online, visit Pint sponsorships are still available. Contact committee chair Sabra Smith at (239) 449-1524 or for more information.


Naples Senior Center awarded $150,000 grant

The Naples Senior Center has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation. The grant will support core programming including socialization and wellness activities at the senior center. The Naples Senior Center is the only human services agency of its kind, providing “one-stop shop” services addressing the emotional and social needs of seniors in Collier and southern Lee counties. This latest grant from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation will enable the Naples Senior Center to offer more than 100 programs and activities, which will provide 12,500 class units for members. The grant will also support a variety of wellness and recreational activities such as arts, crafts, movies, gardening and cards as well as exercise classes like Tai Chi, chair yoga and cardio fitness that will improve the physical fitness of members.


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