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Junior Achievement names event sponsors for 2018 Business Hall of Fame, Lee County

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Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida has announced title, platinum and gold sponsors for its upcoming induction and awards ceremony for the 2018 Business Hall of Fame, Lee County.

IBERIABANK is the title sponsor for the event. Platinum sponsors include B & I Contractors, Inc. and Publix Super Markets. Additional gold sponsors include BB&T, Chico’s FAS, Comcast, Edison National Bank, Florida Community Bank, Florida Weekly, Lee Health Foundation, Pavese Law Firm and The News-Press.

The Business Hall of Fame dinner and awards ceremony will take place Wednesday, April 25 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, 5001 Coconut Road in Bonita Springs. A cocktail reception at 5 p.m. kicks off the event, followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m.

During the event, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida will induct Pason Gaddis, co-founder and CEO of Florida Media Group, LLC, and Gary Griffin, P.E., president and CEO of B & I Contractors, Inc., into the 2018 Business Hall of Fame, Lee County. The prestigious award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who serve as role models for youth through their professional accomplishments and commitment to the community. Gaddis and Griffin will join a distinguished group of individuals who have been inducted into the Business Hall of Fame since its founding in 1999.

Additional sponsorships are still available and include entrance to the event: premium diamond sponsorships for $10,000, platinum level sponsorships for $8,000 and gold level sponsorships for $5,500. These levels include eight seats, with an additional two seats reserved for students. Silver sponsor levels cost $2,000 and include eight seats with two extra seats for students, while bronze sponsor levels cost $1,000 and include four seats at a reserved table. Individual seats are also available for $250 each.

Sponsors also are needed to support student admission, which is $125 per ticket. Junior Achievement students attending the event will have an opportunity to practice their etiquette skills while interacting with local professionals. Full-page and half-page advertisements are available in the event program book for $1,000 and $500, respectively.

To reserve tables, purchase individual tickets or become a sponsor, call the Junior Achievement office at 239-225-2590 or visit www.JASWFL.org. Proceeds benefit local Junior Achievement programs.

About Junior Achievement:

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future and make smart academic and economic choices. Junior Achievement programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches 4.8 million students per year in more than 100 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.6 million students served by operations in over 100 countries worldwide. Locally, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida partnered with more than 280 classroom business volunteers during the 2016-2017 school year to provide more than 10,600 students with Junior Achievement programs in excess of 440 classes throughout Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties. For more information on Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida visit www.JASWFL.org, call 239-225-2590 or email info@jaswfl.org.

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