Priority Marketing’s August 2023 Client Headlines Report recaps news stories that you should read, watch or hear before the month ends.
The firm’s award-winning Public Relations Team helps clients and partners earn media coverage in newspapers and magazines, on television and radio, and on blogs, social media and websites. At the end of each month, the PR Team combs through hundreds of local, national and international news headlines to create its informative Client Headlines Report.
Below are just some of the many important stories that were published or aired in August 2023.
Hero for children with cancer passes away
Frank Haskell, who co-founded Barbara’s Friends to support children with cancer, recently passed away after working tirelessly for three decades to help local children win their battles with cancer and life-threatening blood disorders. Through his efforts, Barbara’s Friends raised $25 million that has supported more than 10,000 children at Golisano Children’s Hospital.
South Florida Hospital News & Healthcare Report: Frank Haskell, 93, local hero for children with cancer, dies
Gulfshore Business: Haskell, local hero for children with cancer, dies at 93
Fort Myers Beach Observer: Frank Haskell, co-founder of Barbara’s Friends, dies
Top business, community leaders honored by chamber
The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce honored local businesses and their leaders during the second annual Chamber Awards. Winners include: Small Business of the Year (SPADA Salon & Day Spa), Large Business of the Year (Stevens Construction), Community Impact Award (Will Prather, Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre), Entrepreneur of the Year (Rob Whyte, Fort Myers Brewing), Nonprofit Excellence Award (Community Cooperative) and Young Professional of the Year (Stefanie Ink Edwards, Community Cooperative). The Chamber’s Women in Business Committee also honored Marilyn Santiago with the APEX Award, which recognizes local women with outstanding reputations for professionalism, philanthropy and leadership.
Gulfshore Business: Greater Fort Myers Chamber crowns annual award winners
Lehigh Acres Citizen: Greater Fort Myers Chamber celebrates community excellence at annual Chamber Awards
Florida Weekly: Chamber celebrates businesses, leaders at awards dinner
Nonprofit earns grant to provide legal services to children
The Lee County Legal Aid Society, which has a deep history dating back to 1967, is a private, nonprofit organization that provides no-cost civil legal aid to low-income families in Lee County. Priority Marketing helped the organization announce a new three-year initiative, funded through a monumental federal grant, that will assist immigrant children and teens, including those who are abandoned, entered the country alone or are victims of human trafficking.
Noticias WINK: Oportunidad legal para jóvenes inmigrantes
Cape Coral Breeze: Legal Aid expands services to aid immigrant minors
Charity Pros announces ‘Hurricane Heroes’
Charity Pros, which recently announced its All-Star Concert featuring headliner Matchbox Twenty, identified a short list of local officials, business owners and community leaders who stepped up for the community in the wake of Hurricane Ian. These Hurricane Heroes (Sheriff Carmine Marceno and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office; Mayor Dan Allers of Fort Myers Beach; Ed and Kim Ryan, founders of Beach Talk Radio; Pastors Shawn and Mallie Critser of Beach Baptist Church; and Doug Miller and Amy Eldridge, owners of FK Your Diet) will be honored during the concert on Saturday, Oct. 7 at Hammond Stadium.
Beach Talk Radio: Charity Pros Announces Hurricane Heroes
SWFL Business Today: Charity Pros announces Hurricane Ian ‘Heroes’
Chamber leader steps aside
The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce announced that President and CEO Brian Hamman stepped down from his role to focus on his family as his father navigates a serious health condition. Hamman will continue to fulfill his responsibilities as Lee County Commissioner for District 4 and serve in an advisory capacity during the transition. Board Chair Jay Johnson will fulfill the responsibilities while the board seeks a permanent replacement.
Business Observer: Fort Myers chamber president and CEO resigns position
The News-Press: Hamman leaves post as head of Fort Myers Chamber
Cape Coral Breeze: Hamman steps down as president and CEO of Greater Fort Myers Chamber
SWFL Business Today: Greater Fort Myers Chamber announces departure of President and CEO Brian Hamman
Fast-growing Ave Maria to get its own hardware store
Ave Maria is the fastest-growing community in Collier County and among the Top 20 Master Planned Communities in the U.S. based on new home sales. In 2024, Ave Maria will finally have its own hardware store after Sunshine Ace Hardware – which has a 65-year history in Collier County – announced that it is building a store less than a mile from the Ave Maria Town Center.
Gulfshore Business: Sunshine Ace Hardware to open store in Ave Maria
Florida Weekly: Ave Maria to get its own Sunshine Ace Hardware
SWFL Business Today: Sunshine Ace bringing hardware store to Ave Maria
Naples Daily News: What venues will NCH and others open outside Ave Maria town center?
Two SWFL women win state awards for community service
The Florida Commission on the Status of Women honored 11 women, including two from Southwest Florida, with Spirit of Community Awards, which recognize meritorious women and men who have improved the lives of women of Florida and have served as positive role models for women and girls in their community. Debbie Toler of Bonita Springs (Guadalupe Center board member) and Glenna Hayhoe of Naples (NAMI Collier volunteer) were among those honored.
eBella: Women to Watch, August 2023
Florida Commission on the Status of Women: Spirit of Community Award Winners
Above Board Chamber of Florida: Community advocate Debbie Toler wins Florida ‘Spirit of Community Award’
Trio of clients among fastest-growing companies in America
Inc., a national business magazine and media brand, named three of Priority Marketing’s client partners to its prestigious 2023 Inc. 5000 list, a national honor roll highlighting the country’s fastest-growing private companies. MY Shower Door and Stevens Construction have been featured nearly every year since 2015, while D3 Glass made the list for the first time. Inc. uses a three-year period to calculate revenue growth.
The News-Press: 22 SWFL privately held companies made Inc.’s top 5,000 this year
US Glass News Network: Multiple Glass Companies Listed as Fasted-Growing Private Firms in US
Glass Magazine: MY Shower Door, D3 Glass earn Inc. 5000 ranking
SWFL Business Today: Stevens Construction Inc. named to fastest-growing companies list by Inc. Magazine for sixth year
SWFL Business Today: MY Shower Door earns prestigious Inc. 5000 ranking for seventh time
Getting pumped up about school
Thousands of Southwest Florida students returned to school in August following summer vacation. To help get children and teens pumped up for the occasion, volunteers and staff with United Way of Lee, Hendry, and Glades participated in a pep rally of sorts on the first day of class. Business leaders high-fived, clapped and cheered as students walked into school eager to learn.
The News-Press: United Way welcomes students back to school
Housing initiative gains traction in Immokalee
The lack of decent, affordable housing has been a problem in Immokalee for decades, but the Immokalee Fair Housing Alliance has launched a major construction project that will provide quality housing for local families. Priority Marketing has helped the grass-roots nonprofit raise awareness and support, which has extended from local to national audiences.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy: 155 mph winds can’t knock down this low-income housing
Life in Naples: A housing breakthrough in Immokalee
Immokalee Bulletin: Immokalee Fair Housing Alliance names Hal Hills to board of directors
Florida Weekly: A mid-year look on the bright side
Senior communities offer outpatient services to non-residents
The Preserve in south Fort Myers and Gulf Coast Village in Cape Coral are among the region’s top residential communities for older adults. Now, seniors who live elsewhere can take advantage of physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy services to maximize their wellness. The communities, both sponsored by Volunteers of America National Services, opened outpatient services to help Southwest Floridians achieve a variety of treatment goals, including achieving a heightened sense of wellness, increased functional ability and independence, improved communication ability, reduced risk of falls and injury prevention.
Above Board Chamber: The Preserve, Gulf Coast Village offer outpatient services for SWFL seniors
Law enforcement continues training for all situations
NAMI Collier provides free mental health support, education, advocacy and outreach to those affected by mental illnesses. The organization also works with local enforcement to make sure its first responders better understand how to deal with people who may be facing mental health crises. Priority Marketing worked with local media to tell a complex story about Crisis Intervention Training that plays out in our community every day.
SWFL copes with stifling heat
Temperatures in the mid- to upper-90s are above average, but Southwest Floridians are proving their ability to roll with the punches. Priority Marketing helped a pair of clients with heat-related stories.
Lloyd Roofing’s team of roofing pros has no choice but to endure the heat, and the company prioritizes employee safety above all else.
The News-Press: Roofers and Florida’s extreme heat: How hot is it up there?
Volunteers of America (which locally oversees Gulf Coast Village, The Preserve and Senior Choice at Home) outlined options for seniors to continue exercise and getting their steps in despite the heat.
Florida Weekly: Despite stifling heat, there are cool ways to stay active
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