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The Community Foundation of Sarasota County awards $10K grant to Goodwill SWFL

THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF SARASOTA COUNTY AWARDS $10K GRANT TO GOODWILL SWFL Fort Myers, FL…

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THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF SARASOTA COUNTY AWARDS $10K GRANT TO GOODWILL SWFL

Fort Myers, FL – The Community Foundation of Sarasota County has awarded a $10,000 grant to Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc. to support a customer service portal and kiosk in multiple languages which will allow Goodwill resource staff to better collect data, serve clients and track outcomes per specific demographic groups served.

As a pilot, this kiosk feature will be available at the Goodwill Community Resource Center (CRC) in Port Charlotte, allowing individuals to access assistance and overcome language barriers, while enabling Goodwill staff to more readily follow up with those served keeping them moving toward their goals.

“We are grateful for and excited about the Community Foundation of Sarasota County’s support for the customer portal and kiosk! This grant truly builds our capacity both to serve and to communicate program success” states Angela Hemstreet, Goodwill SWFL’s Director of Employment Services.

The grant was made possible through the Walter Haskins Fund in memory of Stacey K. Haskins.

About Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc.: Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc. is 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to serving people with disabilities and disadvantages by offering life-changing opportunities to achieve independence. For information on how Goodwill SWFL positively impacts the community, visit www.Goodwillswfl.org
About the Community Foundation of Sarasota County: The Community Foundation of Sarasota County is a public charity founded in 1979 by the Southwest Florida Estate Planning Council as a resource for caring individuals and the causes they support, enabling them to make a charitable impact on the community. With assets of $488 million in more than 1,580 charitable funds, the Community Foundation awarded grants and scholarships totaling $40 million dollars last year in the areas of education, the arts, health and human services, civic engagement, animal welfare and the environment. Since its founding, the Community Foundation has been able to grant more than $435.8 million to area nonprofit organizations to our community thanks to the generosity of charitable individuals, families, and businesses. For more information, visit www.CFSarasota.org or call (941) 955-3000.

Southwest Florida Symphony announces lineup for 64th season lineup

Southwest Florida Symphony announces lineup for 64th season lineup FORT MYERS, Fla. (June 13, 2024)…

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Southwest Florida Symphony announces lineup for 64th season lineup

FORT MYERS, Fla. (June 13, 2024) – The Southwest Florida Symphony, Lee County’s only professional orchestra, is excited to announce another innovative and diverse lineup of performances for the 2024-25 season. Maestro Stilian Kirov, the Symphony’s interim artistic advisor, will lead the orchestra through its 64th season of celebrated works of all genres, many of which are woven with groundbreaking pieces that allow concertgoers to expand their musical diet.

            The symphony opens the season on Oct. 25 with another innovative Brave New Pops in partnership with the Alliance for the Arts. “Rock & Roll Séance” is a multimedia performance curated, arranged, and conducted by locally beloved Maestro Andrew Lipke. This concert takes place outdoors on the Alliance for the Arts lawn and incorporates video, live vocalists who will channel the spirits of rock stars from the afterlife, and audience interactivity, all made larger than life with a full symphony orchestra performing bold arrangements for iconic rock tunes by Kurt Cobain’s Nirvana, Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, John Lennon, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, and more.  

From Dec. 6to 11, the Symphony takes its Holiday Pops on the road throughout Southwest Florida, from Babcock Ranch to the Tribby at Shell Point and other venues in between. In keeping with the Symphony’s signature innovation, Maestro Andrew Lipke returns with unique arrangements for traditional holiday favorites, with special guest vocalist Mary Bichner, who will add even more sparkle and joy to this beloved Holiday Pops tradition.

 On Jan. 17, the orchestra commences its mainstage series at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center in Punta Gorda led by Maestro Stilian Kirov with Beethoven’s glorious Symphony No. 9, along with the Fort Myers Mastersingers, then kicks off its Barbara B. Mann Hall Concert Series on Jan. 18, repeating this performance. The concert opens with a Youth Orchestra side-by-side, both of which haven’t been performed with the orchestra in a decade.  

Other Barbara B. Mann Series performances include John Williams the Great on Feb. 1, with a “prequel” performance at Charlotte Performing Arts Center on Jan. 31. You’ve Got Mail: Musical Love Letters featuring Maestro Andrew Lipke and mezzo-soprano Mary Bichner, on Feb. 14, with an encore at Charlotte Performing Arts Center on Feb. 15. On March 15,, for one-night only at Barbara B. Mann Hall, the orchestra presents 2025: A Space Odyssey featuring excerpts from Also Sprach Zarathustra (the Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey), the theme from Star Trek, and Holst’s The Planets. March 29 features an unlikely fusion, with weather in common. The Four Seasons: Vivaldi and Valli, featuring Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and tunes that made lead Jersey Boy, Frankie Valli, of the Four Seasons, famous. The Barbara B. Mann Concert Series concludes on April 26 with American Beauty, featuring pieces by beloved American composers and Dvorak’s 9thsymphony: From the New World, which was inspired by his infatuation with America.

Other performances include a quartet at the Alliance for the Arts Oct. 7 memorial event, commemorating the one-year anniversary of the Hamas attacks on Israel, a chamber concert at the Tribby at Shell Point on Nov. 7, featuring award-winning pianist Pricilla Navarro, and a Young People’s Concert, The Conductor’s Spellbook, led by Maestro Kirov, on Feb. 3 and 4.

Season subscriptions and single tickets to select concerts are currently on sale.

To purchase tickets or learn more, visit swflso.org/tickets/.

The Southwest Florida Symphony debuted as a community orchestra on April 15, 1961, playing in schools and community centers with a roster of only 24 volunteer musicians. Today, the symphony boasts a roster of 70 world-class professional musicians and is Lee County’s only entirely professional orchestra. The Southwest Florida Symphony’s 64th year continues the orchestra’s tradition of artistic excellence and innovation as Interim Artistic Advisor Maestro Stilian Kirov leads a season of spectacular performances. Maestro Kirov was selected through a brief but intense process to bridge the Symphony’s artistic gap until a Music Director search is complete.

For more information about the Southwest Florida Symphony, upcoming season performances, and subscription and ticketing information, visit swflso.org or call 239-418-1500.

Nominate Your Colleague Today!

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Join us Friday, August 23, 2024  
at the Caloosa Sound Convention Center  

1375 Monroe Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901


Make sure your staff is nominated for this year’s E Awards! Remind your guests
that it is easy to nominate your colleagues for providing exceptional customer
service at EAwards.org!

NOMINATE THEM TODAY!

The nomination deadline is July 12, 2024.

Nomination criteria includes:

-Service satisfaction – going the “extra mile”.
-Leadership work ethic – willingness to help; attitude; problem-solving.
-Job knowledge – how their performance skills and creativity affected their
service.
-Fort Myers – Island, Beaches and Neighborhoods awareness – familiarity
with and promotion of Lee County.
-Compassion – helping during a crisis or emergency without expecting or
needing thanks just because you care.

Nominations can be submitted by guests, supervisors or colleagues, how-
ever self-nominations are not accepted.

Do you think you have the Best Tourism Boss in Lee County?

Nominate him or her today
for this special category!

Best Tourism Boss


Interesting in sponsoring? Email [email protected] for details!

Click here for a printable flyer to share in employee break areas!

Hurricane Ian Inspired Documentary "Blown Away: The Spirit of Recovery" to Premiere at Babcock Ranch (FREE EVENT)

What:Sponsored by Storm Smart, “Blown Away: The Spirit of Recovery,” the documentary directed by nine-time…

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What:
Sponsored by Storm Smart, “Blown Away: The Spirit of Recovery,” the documentary directed by nine-time Emmy winner John Biffar and narrated by NBC News Anchorman Lester Holt, winner of the Best Documentary category at the fourteenth annual Greater Fort Myers Film Festival, will have its world premiere at Babcock Ranch.

When:

Friday, June 14: Doors open at 6 p.m.

Where:
The Field House
433001 Cypress Parkway, Babcock Ranch, FL 33982

Details:
The documentary showcases stunning footage of Hurricane Ian’s devastation and the resulting recovery efforts, highlighting the love and bravery of those who helped others in their darkest hours.

Special Note:

Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Why:
Celebrate the incredible resilience and spirit of recovery showcased in this award-winning documentary.

This is a FREE event, but advance registration is required.

Attendees can register here

About Storm Smart
Storm Smart is the premier outdoor enhancement and weather protection company has become the largest manufacturer and installer of code-approved lifestyle and hurricane protection products in Florida, with more than 100,000 customers in Florida, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Guam, since opening its doors in 1996, in Fort Myers Fl.

Storm Smart is headquartered at 6182 Idlewild Street in Fort Myers. call (239) 938-1000. Online at StormSmart.com.

Sister says! Lock in your tickets today!

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Class is in Session Soon!

Sister says, “Get out your uniforms and
schoolbooks because class starts next
week!” But we say, come as you are
and be ready for a “class” session filled
with interactive hilarity!  

LATE NITE CATECHISM
  begins June
19, and our irrepressible Sister is ready
to tackle some big topics in an intense,
hilarious, yet lovable way. Every per-
formance is uniquely shaped by who
is in the audience, making each session
a one-of-a-kind experience. This is live
theatre at its hysterical best. You don’t
want to miss it!


LATE NITE CATECHISM
By Vicki Quade & Maripat Donovan


PLAYING JUNE 19 – JULY 7
Class is in session in the ArtStage Studio Theatre
2 PM on Wed., Thurs, Fri., Sat., and Sun., and 7
PM on Fri. & Sat.



 

This sinfully, funny night of interactive comedy is part stand-up routine, part
comedy theatre, and part exaggerated catechism class.  The show is designed as
a participatory theatre experience led by Sister (played by actress Denise Marie
Christina Fennell) who expects her students (aka audience members) to participate
or FACE THE WRATH! (Just kidding, mostly.)

 

You don’t have to be Catholic to get a kick out of
the
Nun-sense in this “class.” IT’S FUN FOR ALL!  

The program is accepting and warm to people of all faiths and designed to bring
every audience member – no matter their viewpoint – closer together. The Hollywood
Reporter declared LATE NITE CATECHISM  “a laugh-filled evening for all cultures,
classes and religions.” WATCH  VIDEO TO LEARN MORE


Meet the “Teacher!”

Denise Marie Christina Fennell is a versatile and captivating performer, who
builds an electric rapport with the audience as her productions unfold. She is
incredibly talented at leading an interrogative, comedic, interactive evening,
proven by her experience in multiple interactive performances. Fennell has
starred as “Sister” for many years, on top of her notable roles in Tony n’
Tina’s Wedding and Shear Madness.


GATHER FRIENDS & SAVE!
Call a group of friends, neighbors, or colleagues and
enjoy our summer production for less. Discounted
pricing begins with groups of 10 or more. 


LEARN MORE HERE 



There is still time to join
our EDUCATION
SUMMER CAMPS!

Our first camp is underway, but registration is still open for Aladdin,
Anastasia, and Camp Mini Stars, however, availability is limited so
don’t wait! Programs are available for children ages 6 to 18 and taught
by theatre professionals. Musical intensive sessions run 9 AM – 4 PM
daily for two weeks. Mini Stars for one week.  Click here to learn more!



Meet the cast of Seussical Jr.! These young stars have been working
hard to prepare for two Zizzer-zazzer-zuzz performances tomorrow and
Friday. Want to check it out? Buy tickets here!    



2024-2025 SEASON SUBSCRIPTIONS ON SALE!


Subscriptions for the SEASON 27 are now on sale! Our 2024-2025 line-up includes
three musicals, a love story, a mystery, three zany comedies, and a provocative, sexy
‘date night’ play. Our promise to offer a wide variety of theatrical productions contin-
ues next season and we hope you will join us. Premium subscribers secure the best
seats at the best price and enjoy an exclusive benefit next season. Preview sub-
scriptions sell out fast. Don’t delay – lock in your seat soon! Single tickets go on sale
July 8.

CLICK HERE TO READ OUR FULL SEASON 27 LINE-UP.   

Subscribers enjoy free parking 2 hours before curtain, no-fee* date changes, get $5
off additional tickets and receive a privilege card offering discounts to downtown
area restaurants. 

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE!
*See form for details and restrictions.  



Single Tickets Go On Sale in 26 Days!!!


Auditions for Season 27 underway in NYC!

Producing Artistic Director Greg Longenhagen and Associate Artistic Director Jason
Parrish traveled to New York City last week to begin formal auditions for Season 27
productions. While there, the pair got help facilitating the process from a few
familiar faces. Michael Marotta was on hand to weigh in on auditions for FOREVER
PLAID, our first production of the 27th season which he will be directing. Jackie
Schram and Matt Lytle (from A SHERLOCK CAROL) were also on hand to assist as
readers, with Stephanie Layton serving as pianist/musical consultant. 

More than 100 people, most of whom are professional actors affiliated with Actors’
Equity, participated in the auditions.



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Pictured: The Cast of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

LATE NITE CATECHISM is produced by Entertainment Events, Inc. 


Florida Repertory Theatre is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization, FEI #65-0827621.

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OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE
(800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT,
APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.

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Our mailing address is: Florida Repertory Theatre PO Box 2483 Fort Myers, FL 33902-2483
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Peek at the Week Ahead

Hundreds of lectures. Knowledgeable instructors.  Join us in-person at one of our 19 locations or…

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Hundreds of lectures. Knowledgeable instructors. 
Join us in-person at one of our 19 locations
or participate online.

         
JUNE – SEPTEMBER 2024 PROGRAM REGISTRATION
IS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE OR VIA PHONE  

Keep your mind active and engaged!
Register for a lecture with FGCU Academy!  

Dear John, Take a peek into our featured classes along with a look ahead.  

Mah Jongg: Gayle Dorio will show you how to bring your game to a higher level than
you have played at before. She is an extremely knowledgeable and passionate instruct-
or of the game.  

Hamas Terrorist Attacks: Tom Eastwood will share with you his plethora of information
on what went wrong in an unbiased way.  

Spanish Armada: Nancy Maxwell will present to you the facts and fiction of this import-
ant fateful battle between Spain and England.  

iPhone/iPad: Tips, Tricks & Secrets: John Guerra is a computer guru and will enlighten
you with his knowledge of how to maneuver your iPhone/iPad in an easy manner with
the most updated tips, tricks & secrets.  

Along with our featured lectures, we have many more lectures taking place during the
week you may be interested in as well. Check them out in Looking Ahead section be-
low.

VIEW SUMMER PROGRAM GUIDE HERE  

REGISTER FOR SUMMER COURSES HERE    

Our 2025 International Travel trips have been released. Scroll down to our travel section
below to see the plethora of offerings.  

Call our office for assistance with your registrations at 239.434.4737.

     



Advanced Mah Jongg Strategies (3-part series)  

June 17, 19, 21 | 10 – 11:30am Mon / Wed / Fri  

Naples Center  

Please bring your 2024 Mah Jongg Rule Card (from the National Mah Jongg League;
call 212-246-3052) and your own Mah Jongg set. Take your Mah Jongg to a higher
level. Be prepared to play hands with defensive strategies and faster decision making.
Learn when to call and when to wait. Why is this game more about looking and listen-
ing than just studying your hand?



The Failure of Israeli Intelligence in the
Hamas Terrorist Attacks – What Went Wrong?  

June 17 | 10:30 – 12pm, Monday
Presented by: Thomas Eastwood  

Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

Join a former counterintelligence officer in a discussion of the Hamas terrorist attacks
in Israel. How did Israel (and the U.S.) fail to predict the attack? Israel has some of the
best intelligence and border security policies of any nation in the world. Was it a failure
to collect the clues or were warnings misinterpreted or ignored? This lecture discusses
intelligence and military gaffes, not politics. We also examine the structure and history
of Israeli intelligence.



The Spanish Armada – A Magnificent Myth!  

June 18 | 10 – 11:30am Tuesday
Presented by: Nancy Maxwell  

Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

What a sight to behold! Hundreds of Spanish ships coursing their way up the coast of
Europe towards England. The two countries had been on a collision course for decades,
and now, in 1588, they were headed for a showdown. Spanish wealth and power, as
everyone knew (or thought they knew) was unlimited, and the Armada was supposed
to be invincible. To everyone’s surprise, the English survived, and the myths that began
around that event continue to this day. This lecture examines the facts and the fiction of
this fateful battle between Spain
and England.  



iPhone/iPad: Tips, Tricks and Secrets All Users Should Know  

June 18 | 10:30 – 12pm, Tuesday
Presented by: John Guerra  

Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

Join this lecture-style presentation to learn all the new features, upgrades and enhance-
ments of Apple’s newest operating system for iPhone and iPad, iOS 17. We explore tips,
tricks and secrets that make using your device easier, more powerful and efficient. All
levels from beginner to advanced users will benefit from this informative and interest-
ing program.


   

Week of June 17 – 21  

Monday June 17
Woodrow Wilson: An American Legacy
William “Wild Bill” Donovan  

Wednesday June 19
What Has Religion to do With Politics?  

Thursday June 20
Who Really Discovered America?
Phone/iPad Apps: Apple Mail and Safari  

Friday June 21
Get Ready to Vote in the August Primaries      

Summer Films 2024    

International Film Tuesday @ Moorings Park Grande Lake



     

   
June 18 – GL6890
A Man Called Ove (Drama/Comedy, 2015,
PG-13, 116 mins)
Ove, an ill-tempered, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association
rules and visiting his wife’s grave, has finally given up on life just as an unlikely friend-
ship develops with his boisterous new neighbors.    

FGCU Academy

 
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2024 Travel Open House Presentation

 
Southern Italy & Sicily
September 4-18, 2024  
15 days for $6,674  

View Brochure

 
Southeast Asia Odysseys
October 31-November 18, 2024 
19 days for $7,597  

View Brochure

 
Sensations of Lyon & Provence
2024 River Cruise
September 17 – 28, 2024
12 days from $5,469  

View Brochure

 
Jewels of the Rhine
2024 River Cruise
September 20 – 30, 2024
11 days from $4,925   

View Brochure    

2025 TRAVEL PROGRAMS  

See our list of exciting tours and cruises for 2025. These trips will fill up fast
as they have in the past. To view more information on any of the trips listed
below – click here

Once you are on the travel page, scroll down to the trip you are interested
in to view more information and to download a brochure for that trip.  

-Cuba: Art, Culture & History In Support of the Cuban People
-Natural Treasures of Indonesia, Borneo & Taiwan Yacht Cruise
-Northern Italy: From the Alps to the Adriatic
-Journey Through Central Europe
-Insider’s Japan
-Paradores and Pousadas: Portugal & Spain
-Machu Picchu to the Galapagos
-Egypt and the Eternal Nile
-Moroccan Discovery: From the Imperial Cities to the Sahara
-Portugal and the Douro River Cruise
-Gems of Eastern Europe River Cruise Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria,
Romania    

Travel Abroad with FGCU Academy  
Call our office 239.434.4737  for assistance with
registration or Click to View our Website      

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Advocate Radiation Oncology welcomes Dr. Brian Lawenda to cancer treatment centers in Venice, Port Charlotte

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Dr. Brian Lawenda, a Navy veteran and Harvard-trained radiation oncologist, has joined Advocate Radiation Oncology and is seeing patients at the practice’s cancer treatment centers in Venice and Port Charlotte.

Dr. Lawenda earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry and cellular biology from the University of California at San Diego before completing his Doctor of Medicine degree at Temple University. He then completed a residency in radiation oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital through Harvard Medical School, as well as a fellowship in medical acupuncture through Stanford University and UCLA.

A functional medicine practitioner, Dr. Lawenda attained the rank of commander during his 13-year career with the U.S. Navy. Dr. Lawenda’s clinical experience includes both radiation oncology and integrative oncology, and his professional experience includes roles in academia and at oncology practices in California, Indiana, Nevada and Washington. Board certified by the American Board of Radiology, Dr. Lawenda is a member of the American College of Radiation Oncology and American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology.

Dr. Lawenda treats patients with a variety of cancers, including breast, prostate, lung, head, neck and other types of cancers, using Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), Three-Dimensional Conformal Radiation Therapy (3DCRT), Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) or Stereotactic Ablative Radiotherapy (SABR), Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) and Brachytherapy. In addition to producing peer-reviewed articles, Dr. Lawenda has authored two books: “Empowered Against Cancer: Science-Based Strategies to Optimize Your Treatments and Thrive – A Practical Guide” and “Optimizing Health and Cancer Outcomes with Functional Medicine.”

Dr. Lawenda sees patients at Advocate Radiation Oncology’s locations at 8026 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 101 in Venice, and 3080 Harbor Blvd. in Port Charlotte.

About Advocate Radiation Oncology

Advocate Radiation Oncology has a mission to provide compassionate health care expertise to cancer patients. The practice’s world-class, board-certified radiation oncologists and researchers trained at some of the nation’s top medical schools and access industry-leading technology to treat patients with breast, prostate, lung, brain, head and neck, rectal, liver, bone, cervical and other types of cancers. Advocate is a locally owned practice with nine cancer treatment centers across southern Florida. For more information, please visit AdvocateRO.com.

Melissa Ward joins Priority Marketing as assistant to the CEO

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Melissa Ward joins Priority Marketing as assistant to the CEO

Priority Marketing has hired Melissa Ward as assistant to the CEO, a new role as the firm expands its portfolio of services and adds new client partners.

Reporting directly to President and Chief Creative Officer Teri Hansen, APR, Ward manages an executive calendar, prepares meeting agendas and relevant documents, secures meeting spaces, coordinates schedules, facilitates communications with clients and community partners, prioritizes tasks, manages workflow and completes additional administrative tasks as assigned.

Before joining Priority Marketing, Ward was a senior executive assistant for Chico’s FAS, a global women’s specialty retailer of private branded, sophisticated, casual-to-dressy clothing, intimates, complementary accessories and other non-clothing items. Ward’s previous positions include executive assistant to the CEO at LSI Companies, a firm specializing in the development, acquisition, and disposition of land and improved properties in Southwest Florida, and executive assistant to the CFO at Bonita Bay Properties, a real estate development company.

Ward attended Grand Valley State University.

About Priority Marketing
Founded in 1992 by Teri Hansen, APR, Priority Marketing’s portfolio of professional services includes public relations, brand development, web services, social media, creative services, media buying, video production, digital marketing, event planning and more. As Southwest Florida’s largest full-service firm, Priority Marketing has grown to include more than 65 savvy creatives and mastermind strategists who partner with clients across a broad spectrum of industries, including hospitality and tourism, retail, health care, senior living, construction, legal, aviation, financial, education and government, as well as charitable organizations. The firm has been honored at the local, state, national and international levels with prestigious awards while providing over $5 million in discounted and pro-bono services to local nonprofits. For more information, please call 239-267-2638 or visit PriorityMarketing.com.

Habitat for Humanity raises record $534,000 during 2024 Women Build

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Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties recently concluded its most successful season of Women Build. Fundraising teams, local companies and individual donors raised a record $534,000 to support Habitat’s home-building efforts for female-led households, the largest single-year fundraising total in Women Build history for Lee and Hendry counties.

Women Build is an annual initiative to engage women in the effort to provide safe and decent homes for families in need of affordable housing. During the 2024 season, 180 volunteers contributed 1,216 hours on 16 different homes for female-led families. Habitat also celebrated the support of 158 SuperPeople, each pledging at least $250 annually for five years to support Women Build’s mission in Lee and Hendry counties.

A portion of funds raised during this year’s Women Build will cover the construction costs of a new affordable home for a local mom, her two young children and fully disabled mother. Through her partnership with Habitat, the future homeowner will put in 300 hours of sweat equity, attend more than 20 hours of homeownership classes, contribute to their closing costs and pay an affordable mortgage set at no more than 30% of their monthly income.

“We are so grateful that our supporters recognize the increasing need to provide safe, decent and affordable housing for families in our community,” says Elisha Baird, vice president of strategic partnerships for Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties. “The overwhelming support from the community, along with the hard work of our volunteers, has set a new standard for what we can accomplish together for female-led families through Women Build.”

On May 16, Habitat for Humanity celebrated the successful completion of its 14th Women Build season with a Thank You Party at the Habitat ReStore on McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers. Each year, Habitat’s coveted High Heel Award is given to the captain of the top-earning fundraising team to honor their commitment to Women Build. The winning team, led by Dede D’Arcy and Donna Aldrich, raised a record-breaking $74,275 during this year’s Women Build.

Since 2011, Women Build has partnered with 29 female-headed families to build strength and stability through local fundraising and volunteer efforts. This year, Habitat is set to build 68 affordable homes, with female-headed households making up 75% of its future homeowners.

Women Build 2024 was generously sponsored by Title Sponsor FineMark National Bank & Trust, Aubuchon Team of Companies, Edison National Bank, Royal Palm Coast Realtors Association, Habitat ReStores of Lee and Hendry Counties, Suffolk Construction, Suncoast Credit Union, Victory Layne Chevrolet, Zonta Foundation of Southwest Florida, Inc., Legends Golf & Country Club, Mark Loren Designs, Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club, Sun Country Homes of Florida, The Landings Yacht, Golf and Tennis Club, Alan Einhorn & Vicki Cooper, John & Lesley Hill, Robert & Ann Arnall, George Byam, Cundall Family Fund, Ed & Connie Lizak and Schenian Family Foundation, Inc.

To learn more about Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties or to get involved, visit Habitat4Humanity.org.  

About Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties

A faith-based, private nonprofit organization, Habitat for Humanity is one of the leading affordable housing builders and developers in Lee and Hendry counties. Habitat partners with families to realize their housing and financial goals through HUD-approved housing counseling services. The organization offers pathways to affordable homeownership, serves as a mortgage lender and restores homes to safe and whole conditions through repair services. Since 1982, Habitat has built more than 1,800 homes, repaired over 350 homes and counseled more than 2,300 families to achieve their housing and financial goals. Everyone who engages with Habitat’s mission is working to address the critical need for affordable housing in Lee and Hendry counties. For more information, visit Habitat4Humanity.org.